Rating: Luxury Price from: £4,120pp for 8 days
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.
Operates: All year.
Specifications: Grace is a 145 foot motor yacht with a cruising speed of 12 knots. Cabins: Grace has a total of 9 suites comprising The Grace Kelly suite, 2 master suites, 2 twin suites and 4 premium suites. All have private bathroom, air conditioning, safe, telephone and generous storage space. Some have windows and others have portholes.
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 8-day 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.
Luxury accommodation, superb scenery and wildlife all combine in this deluxe adventure of a lifetime.
"It seems odd to start with a comment about cleaning, but I was astounded at how smart they kept it and how clean they kept the rooms. With a relatively small crew it was amazing. I think it would have been better if they had done all drinks on a fully inclusive basis (as happens at all the African locations we've been to). There is a $400 option to get a drinks weekly "season" but initially the manager said it had to be pre-booked. In the event we persuaded her that should not be the case. Food was good and we got on very well with the other passengers - mostly British, some USA and two Italians. One of the US passengers was "Six-time Tony Winner Miles Wilkin"! Sea passage was smooth and we had no problems whatever with motion sickness. Jet lag notwithstanding we slept well with the aircon working very well."