Rating: Luxury Price from: Â£3,540pp 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 2 master suites, 2 twin suites and 5 premium suites. All have private bathroom, air conditioning, safe, telephone and generous storage space.
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.
"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."
The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499