Quasar M Y Grace

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Overview

Arguably the most stylish yacht sailing in the Galapagos today, the M/Y Grace is an exclusive 16 passenger vessel that combines history and style with first class naturalist guides for a fully immersive Galapagos experience.

The ship’s colourful past includes ownership by millionaire tycoons, royalty and even a stint in the British Navy during World War II. In 1951 she was acquired by Aristotle Onassis who later gave her as a wedding gift to Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly who spent their honeymoon onboard.

The unique configuration of this Camper & Nicholson motor yacht makes for a swift, stable vessel that provides both spaciousness and supreme comfort. She is the ideal size, with just eight tastefully decorated cabins, each with private facilities accommodating a maximum of sixteen guests taken care of by a crew of nine and two naturalist guides. All of the A deck cabins have direct access to the panoramic deck as well as picture windows so you can still enjoy the views of the islands and the abundant wildlife, from the comfort of your own suite.

Communal areas include a comfortable and spacious lounge which also has an outside area, and the ship’s excellent cuisine is served, weather permitting, in an al fresco dining area on the stern deck. There is a jacuzzi on the ship’s bow, as well as a sun deck with plenty of space to sunbathe, read a book, take pictures, or just enjoy the journey to the next island.


The Dehouche opinion:

the Pros
  • Completely refurbished every 2 years (last refurb in 2018)
  • Small number of guests for a spacious yacht meaning more private space per guest and a more exclusive feel
  • Maximum of 10 guests per guide on the expeditions (most larger yachts work with groups of 16)
  • Small guest numbers mean more daily activities compared to other yachts
  • Extra personalized activities such as early morning snorkels and zodiac sundowners
  • Plated lunches and dinners for a higher end dining experience (and avoid food waste on buffets)
  • Wetsuits available to borrow at no extra cost
the Cons
  • C-Deck cabins have portholes rather than windows and can experience some engine noise (this is true of all small yachts)
  • This yacht only offers fixed date 7-night departures, however this means you will be able to reach more remote areas of the islands for better wildlife experiences and less contact with other yacht groups
  • There is no WiFi, but it’s a great excuse to switch off and reconnect with nature for the week

Price:

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Facilities & Services

  • 360-degree decks and panoramic windows
  • Stabilizers for unparalleled smooth sailing
  • 6 Kayaks
  • 2 Dinghies (zodiacs)
  • Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sundeck
  • Lounge
  • Air Conditioning throughout
  • Satellite Phone (for emergency use)
  • TV & DVD (in the public lounge)

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