The Grace was a wedding gift from Aristotle Onassis to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, and it was on board this vessel where they spent their honeymoon getaway. Cruise back in time and lay back in luxury as you enjoy one of the finest cruises available in the Galapagos Islands. The Grace boasts a high crew to passenger ratio, spacious cabins and stylish lines. The carefully selected professional and friendly naturalists aboard Evolution are the most knowledgeable in the region, with an average of 15 years of experience guiding on the Islands. Travelers comment that he service on board this ship, coupled with the true feeling of a safari experience, is unlike anything that is currently offered in Galapagos.
Experience the full spectrum of Galapagos wildlife that made the Islands famous and inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Many Galapagos cruises avoid the long navigations to save costs, but the Grace believes that a true Galapagos experience involves visiting the most remote islands as well. Amongst these is Genovesa or Tower Island, found far north on the archipelago. Visit this “Island of Birds” and be amazed at the variety of bird life that inhabits this partially submerged volcano.
Galapagos Grace Cruise Itineraries
There are two unique 8 day/7 night Galapagos Grace itineraries to choose from. One titled "Following Darwin's Footsteps" and one called "Beyond Darwin's Footsteps".
For your assistance we have put together a handy guide:
How to choose your Galapagos Cruise
Yacht descriptions, deck plans Grace
Beyond Darwin's Footsteps 8 days/7 nights
Day 1 - SATURDAY - Baltra, Pinnacle Rock & Overlook
Day 2 - SUNDAY - Punta Roca & Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)
Day 3 - MONDAY - Ubina Bay & Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)
Day 4 - TUESDAY - Puerto Villamil & Volcan Sierra Negra (Isabela)
Day 5 - WEDNESDAY - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Day 6 - THURSDAY - Mirador Baronesa & Post Office Bay (Floreana)
Day 7 - FRIDAY - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)
Day 8 - SATURDAY - Interpretation Center, San Cristobal
Beyond Darwin's Footsteps Itinerary Details
Following in Darwin’s Footsteps 8 days/7 nights
Day 1 - SATURDAY - Isla Lobos & Kicker Rock (San Cristobal)
Day 2 - SUNDAY - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)
Day 3 - MONDAY - Mirador Baronesa, Post Office Bay & Punta Cormorant
Day 4 - TUESDAY - Tintoreras/Humedales & Volcan Sierra Negra (Isablea)
Day 5 - WEDNESDAY - Bachas Beach & Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
Day 6 - THURSDAY - North Seymour & Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Day 7 - FRIDAY - Rabida & Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Day 8 - SATURDAY - Mosquera Islet, Baltra
Following in Darwin’s FootstepsItinerary Details
For yacht descriptions and deck plans visit Grace
GALAPAGOS CRUISE INCLUSIVE PACKAGE:
For your convenience we offer an Inclusive Package with three nights hotel accommodations in Quito, all airport/hotel transfers, Galapagos flights, Galapagos National Park entrance fees and taxes, Galapagos migration card and your Galapagos Coral cruise. View details of our
Galapagos Cruise Inclusive Package
Travelers not interested in our inclusive package must purchase Galapagos flights in conjunction with their Galapagos Cruise.
GALAPAGOS CRUISE CUSTOM PACKAGE:
If you are booking a cruise only program our experts can assist with hotels, transfers, flights and tours. Call AdventureSmith Explorations about customizing your tour or the possibilities of combining this trip with our Mainland Ecuador
and Peru: Machu Picchu
extensions. We are Galapagos cruise and Ecuador travel experts and our staff can help you customize the perfect Galapagos Cruise or Ecuador Tour Package.
Notes on Itinerary:
Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itinerary may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation, or at the captains discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of Galapagos cruising unique.
Any double cabin can be booked as a single for a 75% single supplement. If you are traveling alone and wish to share, same gender requests are available. Shares that remain unmatched are guaranteed the double rate.
Children under 12 receive a discount of 30% (not available during holidays). A maximum of two discounts allowed per family. Minimum child age is 7 years old.
Included aboard the Grace:
Cruises include accommodations aboard the Grace, all shore excursions with English speaking guides, all meals, guides and activities throughout the cruise, all non alcoholic beverages, use of snorkeling equipment, and fuel Surcharge.
Not Included aboard the Grace:
Airfare from US to Quito; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax from Quito; Entrance fees, INGALA Transit Control Card, tips to local staff and items of a personal nature such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, laundry fees and insurance of any kind.
Arrival and Departure:
Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 7:00am-9:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-5:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive Ecuador 2 days prior to their Galapagos Cruise.
Payment and Cancellation Policy
An initial, non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Reservations made 60 days or less prior to departure: A full non-refundable payment is required to confirm the booking. Cancellations made 120 to 61 days prior to departure: All deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations made 60 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as the cancellation penalty. Please see AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions
We highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with Travel Insurance. Please note that you must purchase your Travel Insurance policy within 14 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions.
The Grace accommodates 18 guests, has comfortable, well-appointed cabins and many on-board amenities. The crew is comprised of the captain, multilingual naturalist guides, barman/waiter, cook, engineer and deckhands. All meals are prepared and served by the crew on board. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on board. Life aboard a small boat requires some physical agility and a flexible and social nature. Guests are accommodated in nine spacious staterooms of up to 18 square meters (194 square feet) with private bathrooms, individual climate controls, safe boxes, telephones and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Alcoholic drinks are available for purchase on board. Yacht descriptions, deck plans Grace
This trip will be enjoyed by anyone who is in good health and leads an active life. Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are "wet", requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist. There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel.
The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are available to rent for the duration of the cruise. Shortie wet suits are also available for rent and are recommended from June to December.
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions
. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list, extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation. We strongly recommend the purchase of Trip Insurance through AdventureSmith Explorations.
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Call today.
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