Later this month the 'MY Grace', Grace Kelly's actual honeymoon yacht, sets sail on her maiden voyage around the Galapagos Islands.
This experience is available for the first time through Bailey Robinson (www.baileyrobinson.com tel 01488 689 700), the luxury operator who designs bespoke holidays for discerning travellers.
A wedding gift from Aristotle Onassis, Princess Grace of Monaco's honeymoon yacht, re-named "MY Grace" after her late owner, reflects Grace Kelly's own elegance and beauty. The indulgent onboard service, coupled with a remarkable nature and wildlife experience, is unlike anything currently offered in the Galapagos. This cruise is the ideal holiday option for couples, families and private charters (see prices below for couples and families).
As well as an awe inspiring array of wildlife ranging from blue-footed boobies to marine iguanas and giant tortoises, these extraordinary islands boast ever-changing environments from barren lava fields and twisted mangroves to white sand beaches, lagoons and giant ferns.
Being 145 feet and smaller than most yachts in the area, "MY Grace" will visit sites along the Galapagos archipelago normally out of bounds to larger ships. Highlights include the Tower of Genovesa, a giant collapsed crater, Floreana Island, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina and North Seymour Island.
After a day's hiking, snorkelling and sea kayaking in and around the 100 islands that make up the Galapagos, guests return to five-star service, luxurious accommodation and fine dining.
The yacht offers nine spacious staterooms with private bathrooms accommodating up to 18 guests. Other facilities include inside and alfresco dining areas, a sun deck, library, bar and Jacuzzi. One naturalist guide for every nine guests (on a full capacity ship) will bring to life the natural legacy of the islands.
The yacht's fascinating history began in 1928 when it was originally commissioned, serving for the British navy during World War II and playing an important role at Dunkirk. Since then owners have included millionaire tycoons whose guest lists have boasted the likes of Sir Winston Churchill.
MY Grace departs weekly and can be booked all year round.
Bailey Robinson can book individual cabins for couples and for families, as well as arranging exclusive private charters, not only on "MY Grace", but other vessels also.
Bailey Robinson offers an 11-night family package to Ecuador and The Galapagos from £19,950 (based on a family of four). This price includes four international economy flights with Iberia Airlines to Quito (via Madrid), two nights at the Hotel Plaza Grande, Quito, four internal flights to the Galapagos, a seven-night, full board cruise including all guided activity, ground transfers, meet and greet services in Quito, and a tour to the Otavalo area as well as Galapagos National Park Tax ($100 per person).
The cost for two people travelling and sharing a double cabin is from £4,990 per person. This price includes two international economy flights with Iberia Airlines to Quito (via Madrid), two nights at the Hotel Plaza Grande, Quito, two internal flights to the Galapagos, a seven-night, full board cruise including all guided activity, ground transfers, meet and greet services in Quito, and a tour to the Otavalo area as well as Galapagos National Park Tax ($100 per person).
Other Galapagos cruise options from Bailey Robinson include the "Alta", a charming schooner accommodating up to 16 passengers and the "MV Santa Cruz", a 237-foot deluxe cruise ship. To view further trips to the Galapagos Islands offered by Bailey Robinson visit www.baileyrobinson.com
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