Best Yacht for an Intimate Experience – M/Y Grace
M/Y Grace has a rich history which passengers will love to explore. Built in 1928, the yacht - then named Monica, played host to the original tycoons before serving with the British Royal Navy during the Second World War. It was acquired by Aristotle Onassis in the early 1950s and hosted luminaries such as Sir Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor before being presented to Prince Rainer III and Grace Kelly as a wedding present. The couple honeymooned on the yacht and it was recently renamed Grace, to recapture the old-world charm and romance she hosted on her decks.
Accommodating just 18 passengers plus crew, this timeless yacht allows you to experience cruising of old, just like Darwin did when he first discovered the islands. Offering 8 and 15-day itineraries, which take in the central, eastern, western and southern islands of Galápagos, you can discover the swashbuckling history of Isla Floreana, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz or snorkel with sea lions off Isla Española. A bi-lingual expert naturalist joins you on-board to advise on the best places to visit too, so you don’t miss out on anything during your cruise. Dining on M/Y Grace is a delightful experience as Ecuadorian and international dishes are served on the romantic outdoor deck. You can enjoy bird watching and dolphin spotting as you dine, before relaxing with a glass of champagne as the sun sets over the archipelago. If you’re travelling to the Galápagos for a special occasion, book the classic Adriana Hoyos-designed Grace Kelly suite and imagine life on the ocean waves as it was back in the 1950s.