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Notre Dame Alumni Travel

In 1986, a Notre Dame alumnus, Eduardo Diez and his wife Dolores Gangotena, pioneered high-end adventure cruises in the remote Galapagos Islands with his company Quasar Expeditions.

Celebrate this 30 year milestone with other Notre Dame alumni, as we invite you to be marvelled by the Galapagos Islands on a 7 night itinerary aboard the M/Y Grace. Guests will enjoy a short extension in the colonial city of Quito, the World’s First Unesco World Heritage Site, before venturing into the land of Darwin

For a period in their history, the Galapagos Islands were known around the world as the “Enchanted Isles”.

There is a mysterious and fascinating serenity that can be sensed while navigating these waters. For thousands of years, countless species have evolved and adapted to these treacherous lands and, despite the extremely limited resources, they have made the Galapagos their home. It is only when we immerse ourselves in this remarkable archipelago, that we are able to fully comprehend what captivated Charles Darwin to formulate a new understanding of the origins of life.

Dragons that dive to over 30 feet beneath the waves in search for food, flightless birds that swim and fish underwater like bullet torpedo's and prehistoric giant tortoises with elephant-like feet that once roamed the earth with dinosaurs, are just a small fraction of the nearly 9,000 species, most found nowhere else in the world, that make the Galapagos Islands a haven for life.

There is no doubt the Galapagos archipelago is a living laboratory, for scientists, naturalists and passionate travelers, and should be preserved for future generations.


Notre Dame Alumni Association Disclaimer
The University of Notre Dame, through its Alumni Association, is pleased to provide this service of facilitating travel opportunities for its Alumni and Friends. We strive to work with the nest partners to make available interesting and enriching travel options for the Notre Dame family. Please note that the University does not conduct tours, nor does it act as an agent for guests interested in tours. The Alumni Association acts as a facilitator with tour operators, with whom tour participants make arrangements for completing travel. We are pleased to act as liaison with tour operators should you have any questions or concerns that may arise before, during, or after your tour. The Alumni Association encourages you to familiarize yourself thoroughly with the tour operator’s cancellation and refund policies, and also to investigate available services such as trip cancellation insurance. The University is not responsible for changes to trips or travel arrangements, nor for losses or additional expenses resulting from travel. The Alumni Association reserves the right to withdraw its affiliation with any individual tour should conditions warrant.

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itineraries, rates
dates & activities
7 nights / 8 days itinerary
from san cristobal island
BEYOND DARWIN'S FOOTSTEPS


details & rates

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San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Cruise Itinerary
7 nights / 8 days itinerary
from baltra island
FOLLOWING DARWIN'S TRAIL


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Baltra Island, Galapagos Cruise Itinerary
Included Activities
guest reviews
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the
grace difference
yacht details
& layout
DECKPLAN, TECHNICAL INFORMATION
AND SAFETY

M/Y Grace abides under all international standards of safety for a Galapagos cruise ship of its type.

Our yachts were selected and built to experience the islands the way we did long ago, personally and privately but with distinction, comfort and elegance.


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special
departures

family cruises

Enjoy your Galapagos adventure in the company of your loved ones.

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photo safari cruises

Take those photos of a lifetime on our photo departures. Get the best light and take advantage of our guides’ knowledge for those unique locations and angles.

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other specialty cruises

Maximize your time in Galapagos focusing on what you like best.

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private
charters
MAKE GALAPAGOS THE ULTIMATE
PRIVATE GETAWAY

Travel to this natural wonderland as the founders once did: privately and intimately.

We invite you to be enchanted, by the Galapagos Islands.


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2018 dates
itinerary from
san cristobal island
BEYOND DARWIN'S FOOTSTEPS

  • Jan 13-20
  • Jan 27-Feb 3
  • Feb 10-17
  • Feb 24-Mar 3
  • Mar 10-17
  • Mar 24-31
  • Apr 7-14
  • Apr 21-28
  • May 5-12
  • May 19-26
  • Jun 2-9
  • Jun 16-23
  • Jun 30-Jul 7
  • Jul 14-21
  • Jul 28-Aug 4
  • Aug 11-18
  • Aug 25-Sep 1
  • Sep 8-15
  • Sep 22-29
  • Oct 6-13
  • Oct 20-27
  • Nov 3-10
  • Nov 17-24
  • Dec 1-8
  • Dec 15-22
  • Dec 29-Jan 5, ‘19

Quasar Expeditions' Galapagos cruise itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

itinerary from
baltra island
FOLLOWING DARWIN'S TRAIL

  • Jan 6-13
  • Jan 20-27
  • Feb 3-10
  • Feb 17-24
  • Mar 3-10
  • Mar 17-24
  • Mar 31-Apr 7
  • Apr 14-21
  • Apr 28-May 5
  • May 12-19
  • May 26-Jun 2
  • Jun 9-16
  • Jun 23-30
  • Jul 7-14
  • Jul 21-28
  • Aug 4-11
  • Aug 18-25
  • Sep 1-8
  • Sep 15-22
  • Sep 29-Oct 6
  • Oct 13-20
  • Oct 27-Nov 3
  • Nov 10-17
  • Nov 24-Dec 1
  • Dec 8-15
  • Dec 22-29

Quasar Expeditions' Galapagos cruise itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

2019 dates
itinerary from
san cristobal island
BEYOND DARWIN'S FOOTSTEPS

  • Jan 12-19
  • Jan 26-Feb 2
  • Feb 9-16
  • Feb 23-Mar 2
  • Mar 9-16
  • Mar 23-30
  • Apr 6-13
  • Apr 20-27
  • May 4-11
  • May 18-25
  • Jun 1-8
  • Jun 15-22
  • Jun 29-Jul 6
  • Jul 13-20
  • Jul 27-Aug 3
  • Aug 10-17
  • Aug 24-31
  • Sep 7-14
  • Sep 21-28
  • Oct 5-12
  • Oct 19-26
  • Nov 2-9
  • Nov 16-23
  • Nov 30-Dec 7
  • Dec 14-21
  • Dec 28-Jan 4, '20

Quasar Expeditions' Galapagos cruise itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

itinerary from
baltra island
FOLLOWING DARWIN'S TRAIL

  • Jan 5-12
  • Jan 19-26
  • Feb 2-9
  • Feb 16-23
  • Mar 2-9
  • Mar 16-23
  • Mar 30-Apr 6
  • Apr 13-20
  • Apr 27-May 4
  • May 11-18
  • May 25-Jun 1
  • Jun 8-15
  • Jun 22-29
  • Jul 6-13
  • Jul 20-27
  • Aug 3-10
  • Aug 17-24
  • Aug 31-Sep 7
  • Sep 14-21
  • Sep 28-Oct 5
  • Oct 12-19
  • Oct 26-Nov 2
  • Nov 9-16
  • Nov 23-30
  • Dec 7-14
  • Dec 21-28

Quasar Expeditions’ Galapagos cruise itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

m/y grace rates

Rates are per person & are valid from January 1 through December 31, 2018, 2019 or 2020.

*All Twin Cabins aboard M/Y Grace can be converted to offer 1 Queen bed.
*All other cabins have 1 Queen bed.
*Payment Schedule for reservations for 1 to 5 Travelers: A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is due at time of booking, final payment due 65 days prior to departure.
*Payment Schedule for Groups over 5 Travelers & Charters: Please inquire with us.
* ‘Willing to share’ accommodations are not offered by the Tour Company.
*Supplements & surcharges can be subject to change without prior notice.

Note: Current/additional taxes and surcharges not explicitly mentioned on this document may also change/apply depending on the rules, regulations, legislation and discretion of the Galapagos National Park and the local government. These may especially apply if local authorities raise the price of fuel in the Galapagos which as of April 1st, 2013 is set at $3.250062 USD / Gallon.

RATES ARE PER PERSON
IN US DOLLARS

2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15 /
2019
DEPARTURES
2020
DEPARTURES
Grace Kelly Suite$7,500$9,250$9,600
Master Suites: A1 & A4$6,700$8,195$8,500
Twin Suites: A2 & A3$6,250$7,700$8,000
Premium Staterooms: C1, C2 & C5$5,900$7,250$7,500
Premium Twin Staterooms: C3$5,600$6,900$7,200
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RATES ARE PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS

2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15 /
$7,500
2019
DEPARTURES
$9,250
2020
DEPARTURES
$9,600
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
$6,700
2019
DEPARTURES
$8,195
2020
DEPARTURES
$8,500
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
$6,250
2019
DEPARTURES
$7,700
2020
DEPARTURES
$8,000
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
$5,900
2019
DEPARTURES
$7,250
2020
DEPARTURES

$7,500
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
$5,600
2019
DEPARTURES
$6,900
2020
DEPARTURES
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DEPARTURES
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INCLUDED IN THE RATES ABOVE

  • Accommodations for 7 nights / 8 days
  • All meals and snacks during the trip
  • All transfers while in Galapagos
  • All guided services throughout the cruise
  • Non-alcoholic beverages consumed onboard
  • All snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel & fins)
  • Wetsuits (shorties)
  • Sea kayaks
NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATES ABOVE

  • Airport transfers in mainland Ecuador
  • Hotel accommodations in mainland Ecuador
  • Roundtrip Galapagos Airfare (starts at $472)
  • Gratuities & Tips to Crew and Staff
  • Bar consumption onboard
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Galapagos National Park one-time Fee ($100 adults, $50 children)
  • INGALA Transit Control Card one-time fee ($20)
ADDITIONAL CHARGES (DISCOUNTS & CONDITIONS)

  • 15% discount off the above rates (cruise only) for children 15 years old and younger. Maximum of 3 children discounts per family, per booking. No exceptions.
  • 75% Single Supplement surcharge applies to suites. 50% Single Supplement surcharge applies to other cabins.
  • 100% Single Supplement applies in all cabins and no discounts for children in Christmas and New Year’s cruises.
  • An additional $500-$700 per person holiday surcharge applies for FIT (individual passengers) for Christmas and New Years cruises.
  • Private charter surcharges apply for Christmas and New Years cruises. Please inquire with us for details.
 
payment terms
& booking policies

payments

FOR RESERVATIONS FOR 1 TO 5 TRAVELERS:

  • To confirm a Galapagos reservation: A $500 USD non-refundable per person deposit is due from the Customer at the time of booking.
  • Final Payment: Final Payment is due from the Customer at 65 days prior to departure

FOR RESERVATIONS OVER 5+ TRAVELERS OR CHARTERS, please inquire with us about the Payment & Cancellation Policies.

Forms of payment: Forms of payment accepted by the Tour Company include wire transfers, credit cards and checks. Detailed information regarding forms of payment will appear on the Customer’s invoice or will be provided upon request by the Tour Company. For Travel professionals, please note we do not accept credit card payments, only wire transfers or checks.

Payments are due in the Tour Company’s offices on the due date specified on the passenger’s invoice and should be sent in a timely fashion to arrive by the above mentioned date. Failure to do so may result in the release of cabins, with rebooking subject to availability at the desecration of the Tour Company.

cancellations

FOR RESERVATIONS FOR 1 TO 5 TRAVELERS:

The following cancellation fees will be applied to the Customer according to the number of days prior to departure that the Tour Company receives written notice of cancellation from the Customer. All cancellations must be made in writing and should be sent via email to the sales agent who made the Customer’s reservation for the Tour Company.

  • 65 days or more prior to departure: Deposit will be forfeited
  • 64 days or less prior to departure: 100% of total invoiced amount

FOR RESERVATIONS OVER 5+ TRAVELERS OR CHARTERS, please inquire with us about the Payment & Cancellation Policies.

How to guard against cancellation fees: The Tour Company strongly recommends the Customer purchase trip cancellation / interrupt insurance directly after the reservation is confirmed. This coverage reimburses the Customer for most non-refundable costs of the tour should he or she need to cancel due to illness, injury or other reasons covered under the policy.

For passengers with pre-existing conditions: coverage must typically be purchased from a travel insurance company within 24 hours from the time a reservation is confirmed to cover cancellation resulting from the pre-existing condition.

TERMS & CONDITIONS


Please click here to view our complete Terms & Conditions.

LETTER FROM FOUNDERS

Dear Explorer,


The first time we sailed the Galapagos Islands was onboard a 1902 Baltic trader, a wooden sailing boat that transported cargo in the Baltic Sea. Her accommodations were probably not much different from those offered onboard the HMS Beagle when Charles Darwin first visited the archipelago. Nonetheless, the enchantment of the islands, untouched by human hands, was planted deep in our hearts. We knew then, the Galapagos was a place to be experienced as privately and intimately as possible. This was the birth of Quasar Expeditions.

Our yachts were selected and built to experience the islands the way we did long ago but with distinction, comfort and elegance.

We remember when we took our children onboard our first yacht, how wonderful it was to feel that nature was putting on a show exclusively for us. Sharing the encounters and discoveries of every day exculsively with your loved ones, is a wonderful priviledge.

We invite you to be enchanted by the Galapagos Islands.

Dolores & Eduardo Diez


M/Y Grace, Galapagos Cruise
M/Y Grace Deck Plan

TYPEMotor Yacht / Expeditions Vessel
L.O.A145 feet / 44 meters
BEAM22.1 feet / 7 meters
ENGINES8 cylinder - Twin Deutz -500 bhp ea.
GENERATORS2 Caterpillar 75KW ea.
BUILDERCamper & Nicholsons: South Hampton, England
CRUISING SPEED12 knots
ACCOMMODATIONS 1 Master Suite on Monaco Deck - Main deck
2 Master Suites on Albert Deck - A deck
2 Twin Suites on Albert Deck- A deck
2 Double Premium Staterooms on Carolina Deck
2 Twin Premium Staterooms on Carolina Deck
CREW9 crew members plus 2 naturalist guides & 1 cruise director.
NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT72 mile Furuno Radar 19-53 CBB Navnet, Furuno GPS satellite navigator system, Furuno Depth Sounder, Simrad HS50 Electronic Girocompass, speed and distance log, compasses, barometers, forward looking echo sounder.
ONBOARD SAFETY EQUIPMENTEPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), 2 x 16 person open sea life rafts, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishing system, and sprinkler system throughout the vesse. Safety Onboard equipment on board either meets or exceeds USA Coast Guard regulations
COMFORT EQUIPMENTAir Renewal System, Air conditioning throughout, TV / CD / VHS/DVD , boutique, Jacuzzi
COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENTUHF, VHF radio, Satellite Phones
ELECTRICITY110 volts AC / 60 Hz: 2 flat prongs
CABIN INFORMATIONClick here
safety
ISM AND SOLAS CERTIFIED.
GLOBAL TRACKING SYSTEM.

M/Y Grace abides under all international standards of safety for a Galapagos cruise ship of its type. It is ISM (International Safety Management) certified and is equipped with an emergency alarm system, 3 emergency life rafts for 26 pax each, emergency life vests, fog horns, a PA system, smoke detectors, a sprinkler system and fire extinguishers. All emergency equipment is SOLAS certified. The yacht also carries 2 dingies (pangas/zodiacs) for 12 pax each for day to day activities.