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Sovereign Grace

Sovereign Grace

SAILBOAT TO PANAMA, COLOMBIA & SAN BLAS

Custom Build

74FT | 22.4 METRES

GUESTS

21

CREW LANGUAGES

ENG | ESP

PRICE PER PERSON USD

$500.00 – $550.00

PANAMA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

PUERTO LINDO

COLOMBIA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

CARTAGENA

Overview

Sovereign Grace is the second boat from the Wild Card Sailing fleet. It is even bigger at 74ft/22.5 metres, making it the largest boat available sailing from Panama to Colombia.

The operation has been in place providing shared sailing trips from Colombia and Panama since 2010, first with Wild Card which has taken over 3,000 passengers. Sovereign Grace joined the fleet in 2014 adding to that number.

Trips generally attract guests looking for large and heavy boat, especially when winds are stronger. As with Wild Card, guests should be comfortable to travelling and sharing the boat with a large group.

Please note: You may find the same boat described incorrectly online as Wild Card 2

Features

  • Competitive all-inclusive price
  • Puerto Lindo departure/arrival: Reduced travel costs
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Hammocks, beach toys

  • Experienced captain
  • Charging available for camera and phones
  • Fans installed under deck
  • Free lobster meal included

Captain

You captain and crew will depend on when you travel. New Zealander John the owner of both Sovereign Grace and Wild Card often will captain the boat himself.

On other occasions a contacted captain may be in charge.

Design

At 74ft / 22.5 metres Sovereign Grace is the largest sailboat offering San Blas sailing trips from Panama to Colombia. The heavy steel structure means the boat weighs approximately 60 tonnes, making it extremely sturdy and strong in heavy seas.

The boat is custom design, built originally in Sweden and finished in Holland in the 1970’s. After many years of neglect she was given a face-lift in 2014/2015 while under going extensive maintenance.

The fore-deck area is huge, and ideal for passengers to socialize, relax and party.

Accommodation

Sovereign Grace offers various types of passenger berths able to easily accommodate 21 passengers, although this is often limited to 20. Singles and doubles are available in shared cabins along with three totally private twin cabins available at no extra cost on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

A small double and singles located in the saloon area are available at a discounted rate after all standards are sold out.

$550.00 USD per person. Standard single double and privates.

$500.00 USD per person. Discounted, only available only after all standard spaces are sold in advance

If you want to be sure of getting a certain berth please let us know in advance so we can be sure there is availability for you.

Sovereign Grace Panama To Colombia

Puerto Lindo To Cartagena

Please note that the information provided below is to be used as a general example itinerary only.

Your trip, and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions.

Day 1

Your Captain or a crew member will meet all passengers in the morning in Puerto Lindo. Final location details and time will be confirmed when your booking is complete.

After a trip briefing and final instructions you will have some time for final preparation before you board and set sail in the early afernoon

The sailing from Puerto Lindo to San Blas is normally around 8 – 10 hours. You will anchor for the night near to the islands ready for your first full day in San Blas.

Day 2

You will awake with the boat already in San Blas, this means your total island leisure time will be the maximum possible amount over the coming days.

You will visit Isla Porvenir where immigration is completed by the captain while guests are given a guided island tour of either nearby Nulunaga or Whichubhuala.

The boat will then likely spend the evening anchored at the Western Holandes at Julio’s, a popular spot to drink some ‘Coco Locos’ on the beach. A pirate party and bonfire may be an option depending on the willingness of guests to get involved.

Day 3

Isla Ogopsibudup, Green Island or the ‘Swimming Pool’ anchorage in the Eastern Holandes are possibilities to spend the day and anchor for the night

Day 4

The San Blas tour will continue into you third and final day before sailing to Colombia.

The popular Coco Bandero anchorage is a possibility, alternatively another location in the Eastern Holandes. You will finally say goodbye to the San Blas Islands in the afternoon before starting your sail to Cartagena.

Day 5

The whole day and night will be spent sailing to Colombia on the open ocean. Make sure you have a book to read.

Day 6

In  most cases the boat will arrive into Cartagena and anchor in the bay at some point during the morning. You will likely have  to stay on board until the immigration process has been completed on your behalf.

You will be taken ashore near Club Nautico Marina, around 5 minutes by taxi to the main hostel and guest house area.

What is Included?

  Five nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day. Free lobster meal included

   Tea, coffee, water

  All standard immigration agent and port authority fees

What isn’t Included?

  Transport costs to Puerto Lindo

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20pp, cash USD only

  Entry fee or visa to Colombia if required

  Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about something fell free to contact us

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

No. You will need to budget for your own transport to start the trip at Puerto Lindo, and the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee.

We advise you to you to take some extra cash in USD in case you want to buy souvenirs, additional snacks, beers and coconuts

HOW CAN I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE?

The final balance must be paid in cash, USD only.

You should be sure to have this ready in advance of arriving in Portobelo. The ATM service here is often out of service.

Please remember your bank may restrict the amount you can withdraw when abroad in any 24 hour period. Please prepare accordingly.

HOW DO I GET TO PUERTO LINDO?

Public Transport

ONLY AVAILABLE THE DAY BEFORE DEPARTURE BETWEEN MONDAY AND SATURDAY  WE ADVISE LEAVING EARLY FROM THE CITY.

THERE IS NO CONNECTION EARLY ENOUGH TO USE THIS OPTION ON THE MORNING OF DEPARTURE. YOU WILL NEED TO STAY OVERNIGHT IN PUERTO LINDO IF YOU CHOSE TO TRAVEL THIS WAY.

Busses leave from Albrook Terminal in Panama City to the port City of COLON where you will need to find a connection to Puerto Lindo. You will need to buy a pre-loaded transport card at one of the kiosks in the departure hall.

Take the express bus to the city of Colon They depart every 30 minutes or when full. On arrival in the bus station in Colon you must ask specifically for the next departure to Puerto Lindo, they generally leave every  two hours until 17:30. Do not leave the bus station here.

Passengers can also depart the express bus before arriving to Colon and change in the town of ‘Sabanitas’ however this is not recommended when travelling with large luggage. The busses here often arrive already full with many locals struggling to board.

Cost: Approximately  $10.00  USD

Time: Up to 5 hours depending on connections

Shared Direct Transfer

A shared transfer will be available on the morning of departure leaving from Panama City between 06:00 – 07:00. You will be collected from your hotel/hostel and taken directly to the meeting point in Puerto Lindo

Cost: $27.00 Per Person

Time: Approximately 2 hrs

This service is provided by a non-affiliated local operator. We do not receive any commission from them and cannot take responsibility any lost or damaged items or other issues. You are free to book your transfer with your hotel or a local agency,  prices may vary.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before boarding you should separate all your belongings into two separate bags. One small/medium for anything you might need for the five day tour. You will keep this with you on the boat by your berth

– High factor UVA skin protection
– Book
– Ipod/Phone
– Swim wear
– Light clothing, T-Shirts & shorts, sandals
– Camera
– Snacks, juices/soda, alcohol
– Towel
– Light jacket/sweater
– Flashlight

You main larger luggage will be stowed and difficult to reach, make sure no essential items are packed. We strongly advise you to protect this larger luggage with large plastic trash bags. Use one to line the outside and more for the belonging inside, just in case.

CAN I CHARGE MY PHONE/CAMERA?

Yes, at certain times. The captain will let you know when it is possible. We recommend switching it off to conserve battery when you are not taking photos.

DOES THE BOAT HAVING SNORKEL AND FISHING EQUIPMENT?

Snorkel gear is available to use

Your captain will likely fish with lines while sailing in certain locations. Using rods from the boat while anchored in the islands will probably not be possible.

The local indigenous population heavily rely on selling fish themselves. To ensure sustainable and responsible tourism the captain will abide by the locals wishes not to fish in certain locations.

WHAT WILL WE DO EACH DAY ?

When you are in the San Blas islands the captain will likely leave you to make your own decisions what to do.

The captain and crew can help you organize beach parties, bonfires and visits to local villages, however they are not tour guides and cannot babysit guests. Their main responsibilities are on board the boat.

You can of course enjoy snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach or boat.

DO I NEED AN ONWARD TICKET WHEN WE ARRIVE IN COLOMBIA ?

No. At this moment in time it is not required when you arrive with a sailboat.

You should however check if the passport you are travelling on has any special conditions upon entering Colombia (ie Canadian reciprocal fee, please check your status)

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

Sovereign Grace will sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and it is safe to do so. It isn’t realistic to complete the crossing from Panama to Cartagena without motoring.

Preparation Checklist

  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final trip balance, Guna Yala fee and anything additional BEFORE you leave Panama City. There is no ATM services in Puerto Lindo
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advace. You may not have time on arrival before boarding the boat.
  • Before leaving the city please also be sure to make a photocopy of your passport photo page and the page containing the entry stamp issued to you on arrival in Panama. This may be needed for immigration
  • Separate your luggage into two bags. One small ‘day pack’ for what you will need for the time on the boat and your main bag/backpack which will be stowed away. It is also advisable to protect luggage with large plastic trash bags.
  • Dramamine is recommended for seasickness. Be sure to buy before leaving Panama City. You may want to consider taking early on your final day in the islands them to start working in advance before you set sail towards Cartagena. You captain will advise.

Sovereign Grace Colombia To Panama

Cartagena To Puerto Lindo

Please note that the information provided below is to be used as a general example itinerary only.

Your trip, and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions.

Pre-Departure Meeting

A meeting with your captain will take place the day before departure at a local hostel in the Getsemani area of Cartagena. The captain will give a briefing and confirm final arrangements for departure the following day

Day 1

Sovereign Grace will be anchored near Club Nautico Marina, in Manga. This is around five minutes in a taxi from the Getsemani area.

You will meet at the marina or nearby supermarket at specified time given by the captain at the pre-departure meeting. It is usually late afternoon or early evening.

Dinner will be provided as you set sail to Panama.

Day 2

A day and night sailing to the San Blas Islands and Panama. You won’t have much to do except catch up on some reading. Keep you eyes out for Dolphins who might give you an escort along the way.

Depending on weather conditions you may arrive to San Blas late this evening.

Day 3

If the boat isn’t already anchored overnight you will arrive at some point early in the morning.

You will be in a remote area of the outer islands of San Blas, far from the mainland. Cayos Coco Bandero and the Eastern Holandes are popular areas to explore in this region of the archipelago.

Day 4

Another Island awaits nearby in the Eastern or Western Holandes. Isla Ogopsibudup, Green Island and the the ‘Swimming Pool’ are all possibilities.

Day 5

This will be your final day in the San Blas Islands before sailing to the Panama mainland. All guests will be invited to tour of either El Porvenir, Nulunaga or Whichubhuala.

The final island of your San Blas adventure will be Isla Chichime. Sovereign Grace will sail at around sunset for your final overnight leg to Puerto Lindo

Day 6

At around sunrise the boat will anchor in the bay of Puerto Lindo, a typical small Caribbean town on the Panama ‘Costa Arriba’ not far from Portobelo.

After breakfast and saying goodbye to your hosts you will be taken ashore to town. Busses will be available to make your way to Panama City. Alternatively pre-arranged group transport can provided if booked in advance of the trip.

What is Included?

  Five nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day. Free lobster meal included

  Drinking water, tea and coffee

  All standard immigration agent and port authority fees

What isn’t Included?

 Transport costs from Puerto Lindo after your trip.

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20pp, cash USD only

  Visa costs to Panama if required

  Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about something feel free to contact us.

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

No. As per the information provided above you will need to budget for your own transport after the trip has ended to get from Puerto Lindo to Panama City, and the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee.

We advise you to you to take some extra cash in USD in case you want to buy souvenirs, additional snacks, beers and coconuts

HOW CAN I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE?

The final balance must be paid in cash, $USD to the captain when you board in Cartagena.

You can change change your Colombian pesos to $USD at the best rates locally. This is the most economic way of paying, you will avoid high credit/debit card charges and less economic exchange rates.

HOW DO I GET TO PANAMA CITY FROM PUERTO LINDO?

Public Transport

Busses leave Puerto Lindo in the morning. You will have to change in the town of Sabanitas or the port city of Colon. It is quicker to change in Sabanitas however the connection from here to Panama City will be busy and there may not be seats available.

Time: Approximately 3hrs

Cost: Approximately $10.00 USD

Shared Direct Transfer

A shared transfer may be available depending on overall demand.

Cost: On request

Time: Approximately 1.5hrs

This service is provided by a non-affiliated local operator. We do not receive any commission from them and cannot take responsibility any lost or damaged items or other issues. 

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before arriving at Club Nautico Marina should separate all your belongings into two separate bags. One small/medium for anything you might need for the five day tour. You will keep this with you on the boat by your berth

– High UVA skin protection
– Book
– Ipod/Phone
– Swim wear
– Light clothing, T-Shirts & shorts, sandals
– Camera
– Snacks, juices/soda, alcohol
– Towel
– Light jacket/sweater
– Flashlight

You main larger luggage will be stowed and difficult to reach, make sure no essential items are packed. We strongly advise you to protect this larger luggage with large plastic trash bags. Use one to line the outside and more for the belonging inside, just in case.

CAN I CHARGE MY PHONE/CAMERA?

Yes, at certain times. The captain will let you know when it is possible. We recommend switching it off to conserve battery when you are not taking photos.

DOES THE BOAT HAVE SNORKEL AND FISHING EQUIPMENT?

Snorkel gear is available to use

Your captain will likely fish with lines while sailing in certain locations. Using rods from the boat while anchored in the islands will probably not be possible. The local indigenous population heavily rely on selling fish themselves. To ensure sustainable and responsible tourism the captain will abide by the locals wishes not to fish in certain locations.

WHAT DO WE DO EACH DAY?

When you are in the San Blas islands the captain will likely leave you to make your own decisions what to do.

The captain and crew can help you organize beach parties, bonfires and visits to local villages, however they are not tour guides and cannot babysit guests. Their main responsibilities are on board the boat.

You can of course enjoy snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach or boat.

DO I NEED AN ONWARD TICKET FOR IMMIGRATION WHEN WE ARRIVE IN PANAMA?

No. At this moment in time passengers travelling aboard Sovereign Grace will not be required to show proof of onward travel as the boat is registered as a Panamanian commercial vessel.

The immigration services in Panama often change their regulations so we cannot guarantee this won’t change. You will be advised before departure if it does.

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

Wild Card will sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and it is safe to do so. It isn’t realistic to complete the crossing from Cartagena to Panama without motoring.

Preparation Checklist

  • Make sure you plan to arrive in Cartagena with sufficient time for the pre departure meeting
  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final cash balance in USD$. You should also be sure to change additional US Dollars to pay the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee of $20 per person and onward transport from Puerto Lindo to Panama City  (read FAQ’s)
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advance. In some locations within the islands you can make purchases however choices are limited.
  • Before departure please also be sure to make a photocopy of your passport photo page. This may be needed for immigration on arrival
  • Prepare all luggage before boarding (read FAQ’s)
  • Dramamine is recommended for seasickness. You should take your first dose early on the day of departure for it to start working in advance.

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Sovereign Grace Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 2 reviews
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I travelled with two friends on this boat and had an absolute blast! If you have the opportunity to go with these guys just do it!

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I travelled on Sovereign Grace recently and would highly recommend it to all fellow backpackers looking to make this crossing. The details and advice provided before booking was all spot on and greatly appreciated. The boat is the biggest one that makes the trip so good for people like me travelling alone wanting to meet lots of people and have fun. Our group was a great mix of people from Ireland, USA, Holland, France and elsewhere. There were also quite a few couples as well so it was a really good mix of people.

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