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Grace motor yacht in the Galapagos Islands offers prestige and history

Galapagos Grace Motor Yacht

Grace Motor Yacht The unique configuration of this Camper & Nicholson motor yacht makes for a swift, stable vessel that provides both spaciousness and supreme comfort. 

Galapagos Travel on board the Grace Motor

She is the ideal sized vessel, attractive to the adventure traveler, sea-kayaker and natural-history passenger alike. The Grace is outfitted with a stabilizer system making for the smoothest running in the calm Galápagos seas. The main salon is truly spacious, equipped with luxurious sofas and chairs, a bar and entertainment center. Passengers gather here for briefings by our guides, to watch films, enjoy a drink at the bar or just relax. All meals can be served inside or outside (al fresco). She has nine very comfortable and luxurious cabins with plenty of storage. The front sun deck offers a hot tub and plenty of space to sunbathe, read a book, take pictures, or just enjoy the journey to the next island.

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Grace Motor Yacht Technical specifications

 

Category: Luxury Class
Capacity: 18 Passengers
Navigation equipment: 24 mile Furuno radar. 24 mile Si-tex radar, GPS Satellite
Navigator, depthfinders, speed and distance log,
compasses, barometer, forward looking echo sounder.
Safety Equipment: EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon),
2 x 12 person Vicking open sea life rafts, life jackets, 
flares and signals, fire extinguishing system.  In short,
safety equipment on board either  meets or exceeds
USA Coast Guard Regulations.
Comfort Equipment: 800 gal/day watermaker, air-conditioning throughout,
icemaker,  TV, stereo,VCR, DVD
Communication Equipment: VHF radio, SSB radio, Satellite Phone
Electricity: 110 volts AC / 60 Hz
Type:  Motor Yacht
L.O.A.: 145 feet / 44 meters
Beam: 7 feet / meters
Engines: 2 x 650 Twin Deutz
Generators: 2 x 35 KVA New Age / Cummins
Builder: Camper & Nicholson: Southampton, England
Speed: 12 knots
Accomodations: 1 Master Suite
3 Ocean View Suites
5 Premium Staterooms
Crew: 10 plus up to 2 naturalist guides & 1 cruise director.

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Grace Motor Yacht - Galapagos Cruise Itinerary

7 nights Galpagos cruises
SATURDAY / SATURDAY
Sat San Cristobal: Galapagos National Park / Playa Ochoa
Sun Genovesa: Prince Philip's Steps / Darwin Bay
Mon Isabela: Tagus Cove /
Fernandina: Punta Espinosa
Tue Isabela: Urbina Bay /Vicente Roca
Wed Bartolome: Pinacle Rock & Overlook /
Santiago Island: James Bay
Thu Santa Cruz: C.Darwin Research Station/Highlands
Fri Española: Punta Suarez / Hood: Gardner Bay
Sat San Cristóbal: Kicker Rock / Depart for main land

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Galapagos Cruises Itinerary-Grace Motor Yacht

Saturday
PLAYA OCHAO - KICKER ROCK
Once on board we have lunch and set sail passing Kicker Rock for Ochoa Beach.
Playa Ochoa is a small island just an hour from San Cristobal.  It is an excellent spot to practice snorkeling skills as well as view a variety of sea birds.
Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblence, is located of the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats.  This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many Tropicbirds, Frigates and boobies that fill the surrounding air. 

Sunday
TOWER ISLAND – BARRANCO - DARWIN BAY
At El Barranco also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, visitors climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. Everywhere one looks, there are Masked boobies on the ground and Red-Footed boobies in the trees. Beyond a broad lava field that extends towards the ocean, thousands of storm petrels flutter like swarms of locusts, and Short-eared Owls hunt down the more inexperienced ones. Snorkelling can be done at the beach or alongside the cliffs. The water inside the bay is very rich in nutrients, so one never knows what may be encountered. Tower is one of the most fantastic islands because of its animals, its landscape, its remoteness and its unspoiled nature.
PM. Darwin Bay beyond the beach a series of tide pools carved out of black volcanic rock offer Wandering Tattlers, Lava Gulls, Whimbrels and Turnstones a place to fish. Yellow-Crowned, Black-Crowned and Lava Herons and White and Yellow Warblers have also been seen in the area. The trail follows the coast through the Salt Bush and Mangrove nesting area of the Great Frigatebirds and Red-Footed Boobies. Unlike the Masked and Blue-Footed Boobies who nest on the ground, the Red-Footed Boobies can be seen nesting in trees between September and July. Boobies and Frigatebirds share an adversarial relationship. They nest in the same areas. Boobies frequently destroy the Frigatebird nests, while Frigatebirds feed on Booby eggs. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching from the trail includes sightings of Sharp-Beaked Finches, Large Cactus Finches, Large Ground Finches, Galapagos Doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

Monday
ISABELA ISLAND – TAGUS COVE
FERNANDINA ISLAND – PUNTA ESPINOZA
AM. Tagus Cove, this cove is located to the west of the island and it is usual to take a panga trip below the high cliffs. Here there is an opportunity to see penguins as well as marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions. As with many sites blue footed boobies are in abundance. After a dry landing one, can climb up the trail to oversee Darwin's Lake. This is below the slopes of Darwin Volcano and is, surprisingly, a salt water lake above sea level. It is said that the salt water is drawn up from below by adsorption through the porous volcanic rock of which this part of the island is formed. The trail also has a monument to a sailor who was lost at sea and there is a large amount of graffiti carved into the rock sides of the cove. Originally the names of ships that called at the island it has, in later years, degenerated into painted graffiti which, despite attempts to stop it, is still occasionally inflicted upon the rocks.
PM. Fernandina is the youngest and westernmost island in the Galapagos. Punta Espinosa is a narrow stretch of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen. While the panga driver skillfully eludes the reef to reach the landing site near a small mangrove forest, penguins throw themselves off the rocks into the water. Sally Lightfoot crabs disperse on the lava near the shore and herons and sandpipers explore the mangrove roots. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They are everywhere: basking in the sand, swimming near the shore, grazing on the exposed seaweed in the lava and blocking the way at the landing dock. This is one of the few places where there is the opportunity, of watching the iguanas feed underwater.

Tuesday
ISABELA ISLAND – URVINA BAY – PUNTA VICENTE ROCA
AM. South from Tagus Cove and still on the West coast is Urvina Bay. It is an easy wet landing on a gentle sloping beach.  This area is very interesting in that it is a perfect example of the geological activity of the islands. The waters of the bay are a good place to see turtles and rays and ashore is a short trail leading to a coral reef. From here it is easy to reach the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. You can see large colored land iguanas here and the possibility of seeing giant Galapagos turtles, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, pelicans and marine iguanas is excellent.
PM. Punta Vicente Roca The spot is a popular anchorage from which to take panga rides along the cliff that are the remains of the volcano or explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Masked and blue-footed boobies sit perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos, give rise to an abundance of marine life which, in combination with the protection of the coves, make Punta Vicente Roca one of the archipelago’s sough after dive spots. One cove is only accessible from the sea by way of an underwater passage. The passage opens to calm waters of the hidden cove where sea lions like to laze on the beach having traveled along the underwater route. The entire area of Punta Vicente Roca lies on the flank of 2,600 foot Volcano Ecuador. This is the Galapagos island’s sixth largest volcano. Half of Volcano Ecuador slid into the ocean leaving a spectacular cutaway view of the volcanic caldera

Wednesday
BARTOLOMEW ISLAND – DRAGON HILL 
AM. Bartholomew Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114mts, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands, such as: volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields and the famous pinnacle formed of Toba eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, is a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.
The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill). Dry landing and a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, including stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, sanderlings, and more. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western area of the archipelago. This area is a natural nesting site for land iguanas, which is constantly monitored and assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. The arid-zone vegetation can be a rewarding location for bird watching, where Darwin’s finches, Galápagos mockingbirds, the endemic Galápagos flycatcher, and yellow warblers are regular sightings. Tonight our expedition plan will reveal the interesting sites of the day
ahead.

Thursday
SANTA CRUZ - HIGH LANDS - CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
A morning bus ride will take guests to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special opportunity to view the islands’ most famous reptile: the giant tortoises in their wild habitat. What a privilege to see an endangered species roving in this lush environment! The vegetation of the area includes the Scalesia Forest (an endemic giant daisy tree) and birds such as the vermilion flycatcher, will delight everyone with its scarlet feathers against an emerald green forest. Look for Darwin’s finches (most of them from the tree-finch group), particularly the famous Woodpecker Finch. Lunch in a charming restaurant in the lush highlands of the island.
Charles Darwin Research Station and the rearing in captivity program for the giant tortoises. Here we witness the efforts and results of all the field work done in the name of science. Impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest and many land birds can be also seen. Then, a stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora will allow you to see how Galapagueños live in this magical paradise. Browse in the many handcraft shops. Return aboard the MV SANTA CRUZ for tonight’s expedition plan for next day’s adventure.

Friday
PUNTA SUAREZ (Española (Hood ) Island) - GARDNER BAY
Punta Suarez: This rocky point of land sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole, where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.
Gardner Bay: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and an opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks on the crystalline waters of the ocean

Saturday
SAN CRISTOBAL- INTERPRETATION CENTER
The interpretation centre was built with the cooperation of the Spanish Science Centre. It gives a very good introduction to the Galapagos Islands, its marine and land life, fauna and flora. It is located in the outskirts of the small city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which is the capital of the Galapagos Province.

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Grace Motor yacht deck plan

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Grace Motor yacht cruise rates

Duration Cabins Price per person (USD)
8 days 7 nights A1,A4 $ 5650 USD
8 days 7 nights A2,A3 $ 5200 USD
8 days 7 nights C1,C2,C3,C4,C5 $ 4750 USD

 

These are normal gross rates, discounts are offered on all season for this vessel, ask for your special discount rate when you request a cruise on this vessel. 

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