The Islands of the Galapagos
Rating: Luxury Price from: From £5520pp for 8 days
- Very high guide to passenger ratio
- 1920s yacht epitmosing style
- En-suite cabins with air conditioning
- Spacious sun deck and separate deck with jacuzzi
- Two naturalist guides and a dedicated crew
- Chances to go kayaking and snorkelling
The Grace is the most luxurious of the small yachts cruising the Galapagos Islands and has a fascinating history. Although a relative newcomer to the islands, the Grace has been a luxury yacht under many famous owners, including Aristotle Onassis who gave the ship as a wedding gift to Princess Grace of Monaco, after whom the ship has been renamed. The Grace even participated in WWII where she captured a German Torpedo boat and is reported to have sunk a U-boat.
The Grace has been refitted to provide the best service in the Galapagos Islands. She has nine suites and staterooms all with private bathrooms, individual air conditioning, safe boxes and telephones. There are inside and al-fresco dining areas as well as a sun-deck, bar and jacuzzi.
The Grace carries two naturalist guides, so there are just nine passengers with each guide on the landing visits making for an intimate and personal experience. From mid-October 2019 the maximum passenger number decreases to 16, so there will be only eight passengers per guide.
Operates: All year.
Specifications: Grace is a 145 foot motor yacht with a cruising speed of 12 knots. Cabins: Grace has a total of nine suites comprising The Grace Kelly suite, two master suites, two twin suites and four premium suites. All have private bathroom, air conditioning, safe, telephone and generous storage space. Some have windows and others have portholes. She has a maximum passenger capacity of 18, which will decrease to 16 in mid-October 2019, ensuring even greater personalised service.
Facilities & Crew: Grace has a main salon with a bar, TV and DVD system, stereo system, reference books, playing cards and board games. There is a dining room and al fresco eating area on the deck. There is a second bar on the sundeck and ample seating. The jacuzzi is on the front deck where there are plenty of sun chairs. She carries sea kayaks, snorkelling equipment and wet suits, free for passengers to use. Grace has a boutique. The ship is air conditioned throughout. There is a ship’s crew of 9 plus 2 naturalist guides and a cruise director.
Itineraries: Grace offers eight day cruise itineraries.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are special family departures with a kids‘ club.
Health: The Galapagos Islands are not a malarial area.
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Place of Interest
UNESCO heritage site
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9 reviews from
"We loved the boat and it seemed to attract a like-minded crowd. The alfresco social spaces - especially the dining area makes all the difference to group culture. The crew service was great. We were trialling their new menu apparently - which is theme night. We would all advise them to drop 'German' theme - especially frankfurter soup!"
Mr. Eric Stelfox
"Classic old style yacht and just perfect for celebrating our ruby wedding.
On the downside we did a couple of all night sailings which were noisy and the food was not up to the standard we have experienced on, albeit slightly, larger boats."
Professor Brent Davies (09/01/2019)
"Great time at the Galapagos and the guides Roberto and Christina were excellent. Saw some stunning sights and animals. Two negatives the boat has no stabilisers and we should have been told about this by Tribes (one night it was very rough). Also, Tribes should have warned us about the Tip situation $200 for the Guides and $400 for the crew. We had to get the washout of a cash machine (very expensive) if Paul had told us about this we would have taken the cash!!
TRIBES RESPONSE: Some of the Galapagos yachts do give advice for very high "suggested" tips - Tribes has looked into this situation and the guides and crew are well paid in the islands and we think the recommended about can be extremely high and any tips should be at the passengers discretion."
Mr. Paul Dearden
"I think we got the best boat in the Galapagos and I think we also got the best naturalist. The crewe were excellent as well. There were just sixteen guests and from what I saw I would recommend anyone thinking of going on a cruise in the Galapagos to go for a small boat. Our naturalist Rafael Pesantes was brilliant he was knowledgeable, informative and good fun."
"Great boat - particularly liked the al fresco dining.
Excellent services from all and we felt very safe.
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