ABOUT THE BOAT
- Sovereign Grace is the second boat in the fleet. She is even bigger at 74ft and 60 tonnes. She joined Wild Card in 2014 due to huge demand for another quality trip, and has been a great success.
- The forward deck area is huge, allowing everyone to relax while at anchor or when sailing. 21 berths are available in shared cabins, private twins/doubles and the saloon area
- Three toilets with electric flush toilets.
- Below deck dry stowage for all baggage.
- 8 person dinghy for transportation to shore.
- Shore activities include bbq , volleyball and snorkeling. Pirate costumes available.
Sovereign Grace’s captain is James (Chappy). He is another popular skipper with plenty of experience in San Blas and elsewhere. James is originally from California, boating his whole life on sail and motor yachts. Five years ago James said goodbye to the corporate life and set sail from his home in Boston to the San Blas islands, where he has been running charter boats and exploring the islands ever since.The boat always has plenty of crew on board to look after guests and keep a smooth running operation.
(Occasionally other experienced contracted captains are used when James is on vacations)
ABOUT THE TRIP
- Pre Departure Meeting - This will take place at Hostel Mamallena (Media Luna, Getsemani) at 7pm the night before departure. Please make sure you attend this meeting as final details regarding the departure time and meeting place will be given as well as full details regarding current immigration procedure.
- Day 1 – You will normally leave Cartagena in the late afternoon/early evening. The exact time will be confirmed by the captain the day before at the meeting. The boat will be anchored in the bay near ‘Club Nautico Marina’ in Mange. Around 5 – 7 minutes by taxi from Getsemani, the main hotel and guest house area. The Carulla Supermarket is nearby to give everyone a final opportunity to buy last minute supplies. After boarding the boat dinner will be served and you will start the trip towards San Blas
- After a trip briefing the captain will collect passports. Everyone will board the boat early afternoon before setting off at around 2pm. The boat should arrive in San Blas during the evening and anchor overnight.
- Day 2 – You will awake at sea and spend the whole day negativing westwards. Depending on currents you might arrive to San Blas late this evening, anchoring overnight in a remote area.
- Day 3 – This will be the first full day in San Blas. Most likely in one of the more tranquil anchorages in the outer section of the islands.
- Day 4 – Another full day in San Blas. This time you will head further west to anchor at another popular location
- Day 5 – The final day in San Blas before heading towards Puerto Lindo. You will visit one or two different locations before setting off towards the coast in the late afternoon or early evening.
- Day 6 – You should arrive to Puerto Lindo early in the morning and will be free to leave the boat after breakfast.
ABOUT THE FOOD
- Breakfast is around 7:30 am and includes coffee/tea, fruit, cereal and bread.
- At around 10 or 11 am a second cooked breakfast is served. Examples are Chorizo, omelettes, pancakes etc.
- Lunch is between 1 and 2 pm.
- Dinner is around 7pm.
- All meals are substantial with fresh vegetables. Seafood is regularly caught and purchased from the locals. Lobster will be served if in season.
- The boat has ample refrigeration for drink storage.
- Ice is provided for the coolers on deck for guest use.
- Neither boat provides alcohol , mixers or snacks such as chips.
- Alcohol can be purchased in the islands but it is generally the norm to purchase everything prior to the trip.
- Fruit is also served in the afternoon. Bread , nutella, jam and peanut butter are generally available all day.
COST & PAYMENT BREAKDOWN
- Total Cost = $550, plus $20 Guna territory entrance fee.
- $50 deposit payment made to Cacique Cruiser to reserve your spot.
- $500 per guest for the boat trip paid to the captain.
- Cost does not include transport to the trips starting location.
THE DEPARTURE POINTS & ARRIVAL LOCATIONS
- The boat departs from ‘Club Nautico Marina’ in Mange. This is a 5 – 7 minute taxi ride from Getsemani, the main hotel and hostel area of Cartagena.
- The boat arrives to Puerto Lindo, Panama. This is on the Caribbean coast about 2.5 hours away from Panama City. Guests can take a public bus to Panama City for about $10 per guest or a shuttle organized by the boat for $25 per guest.
BE PREPARED WITH THE FOLLOWING
- 2 copies of your passport.
- the cash you need to pay the balance of the ground transport, entrance fees, small boat to the sailboat, and the balance due on the sailboat trip.
- A high protection sunscreen.
- A tight-fitting T-shirt to snorkel.
- Prepare a small bag with all you need during the trip. The boat crew will put your big case in another storage without access.
- A mosquito repellent for nights without wind and evenings ashore.
- A sweat shirt or a light raincoat for the night.
- A towel.
- The boat supplies a mattress with sheets but no blanket.
- bring your snack, sweets, sodas, beers etc.
- If you get motion or sea sickness, we highly recommend that you buy motion sickness tablets from the pharmacy.
INFORM US AND THE BOAT CREW IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY
- You have health problems or conditions the crew should be aware of
- You can’t swim
- You have allergies to certain foods
Sovereign Grace is an independent boat which we represent as a guest service agent, because they are busy sailing and taking care of guests. Since we do not own and operate the boats we do not control the schedule, and cannot be held responsible for delays cancellations by the boat, or actions of the crews aboard the boats. However, in the event of a delay or cancellation we will provide guests with other available options, or refund their deposit payment. And if a guest registers a fair complaint or suggestion with us we will communicate with the boat and advocate for the guest in an effort to reach an amicable resolution.