Small ship luxury in the Galapagos
The M/Y Grace is an authentic classic adventure yacht for those seeking to explore the Galapagos in true style. Her comfortable and tastefully designed cabins offer full ensuite bathrooms and are cleaned twice daily.
There are three levels on which to relax outdoors and under shade while inside, the yacht is fully air conditioned. The main saloon, where your guide will give presentations on each day‘s activities, provides a relaxing environment with a full entertainment centre. An onboard boutique carries both necessities and souvenires.
Grace provides fine onboard dining in both her dining room and al fresco on the rear deck. At sunset, happy hour is a highlight atop the sky lounge bar and is often accompanied by leaping dolphins and rays. Did we mention the yacht‘s sundeck and sizable jacuzzi to warm up after snorkelling?
M/Y Grace’s stellar past includes ownership by millionaire tycoons, royalty and stint in the British Navy. She was commissioned to be built in 1928, during the Great Gatsby era by Camper & Nicholson in Southampton, England. After serving as the personal yacht for high powered industrialists, including Sir George Tilley, chairman of the Prudential Insurance Co., she was conscripted to serve in the British Royal Navy during WWII.
During the war she played an important role at Dunkirk, captured a German torpedo E-boat and even has an unconfirmed sinking of a U-boat to her credit. In 1951 she was acquired by a company owned by Aristotle Onassis who renamed her Arion, and was later given as a wedding gift from Aristotle himself to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Rechristened Deo Juvante, it was onboard this vessel where Prince Rainier and princess Grace spent their honeymoon getaway. The ship has begun a new era in her rich history and its best days are yet to come as an icon in the Galapagos Islands.
Why we like it
- Small, luxurious adventure yacht
- Onboard naturalist guides
- 7-night voyages
- Plenty of space to relax
- Stellar history
At a Glance
Itinerary ex San Cristobal Island
Day 1 - AM arrive San Cristobal Island | PM San Cristobal, Isla Lobos & Kicker Rock
Day 2 - AM Espanola Island, Punta Suarez | PM Espanola Island, Gardner Bay
Day 3 - AM Floreana Island, Post Office Bay & Baroness View Point | PM Floreana Island, Cormorant Point & Champion Islet
Day 4 - AM Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill | PM Santa Cruz Island, Highlands & Puerto Ayora
Day 5 - AM Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach | PM Santa Cruz Island, Chinese Hat
Day 6 - AM Rabida Island, Jervis | PM Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay
Day 7 - AM Bartolome Island, Pinacle Rock & Overlook | PM North Seymour Island
Day 8 - AM Mosquera Islet | PM depart for mainland Ecuador
- Weekly departures every Saturday
- Itineraries ex-Baltra Island and ex-San Cristobal Island
- Hiking, snorkelling, kayaking and Zodiac trips
- 145 foot yacht
- 18 guests | 9 cabins
- Ensuite cabins with a/c and portholes