- year built
- crew members
- 145 feet
- 22.1 feet
- 8.2 feet
- cruising speed
- 10-12 knots
This 16-passenger Camper & Nicholsons yacht has traversed the waters of this world under many names, but has been rechristened with a name that takes her back to her history, to the very best of her times. Named after her late owner, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, the name is a representation of her elegance, beauty and prestige. Grace is the ideal yacht for the traveler who seeks a true explorer experience, complemented with excellent service, superb accommodations and fine dining. All who travel aboard this yacht will be part of a unique mission: to bring to life the natural living legacy of the islands through an experience unlike any other in Galapagos.
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Galapagos Infinity review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our small ship cruise experts have been aboard nearly every first-class vessel in the Galapagos Islands. Please read our Galapagos Grace review below then contact our small ship cruise experts to compare the Grace with other small cruise ships, yachts and catamarans offering Galapagos cruises.
The Motor Yacht Grace is unique in the Galapagos Islands. Her history and elegance make the ship itself part of the attraction. Motor Yacht Grace’s stellar past includes ownership of royalty, millionaire tycoons and stint in the British Navy. This yacht was a wedding gift from Aristotle Onassis to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, and it was on board this vessel where they spent their honeymoon getaway. Read more details on the History of Motor Yacht Grace.
Choose the Grace if you are seeking a combination of luxury, history and exploration. Travelers comment that the service on board this ship, coupled with the true feeling of a safari experience, is unlike anything that is currently offered in Galapagos. Refit and reconstructed during several stages of her past, the ship has always maintained her graceful and stylish lines. The Grace has begun a new era in her rich history. The level of service onboard, with a naturalist guide paired with every 9 guests, coupled with her beauty and luxury are highlights. She is quickly becoming an icon in the Galapagos and her best years are surely yet to come.
Common Areas Aboard Grace
Grace features a main salon equipped with a bar, TV/Video system and stereo system. Passengers can choose to eat inside, in the interior dining room or outside in the al-fresco dining area. The sundeck has a bar and plenty of space to be in the open air. Guests can also relax in the front of the boat where the jacuzzi and sun chairs are located.
With one naturalist guide for every 9 guests on a full yacht (no more than 1 to 16 on a non-full yacht), Grace offers one of the most intimate and personal expedition experiences in the Galapagos, where guests can truly interact and gain a wealth of knowledge from the real Galapagos experts. Grace features a jacuzzi, sea kayaks, snorkeling gear and wetsuits onboard. A Kids Club with activities like stargazing and movie nights is available for special family-oriented departures. Child-oriented guides who organize learning activities and provide children with a kids expedition journal are placed specifically for departures with children. A wide variety of books are available in the library as well as various board games and movies for children.
Dining Aboard Grace
All meals are served in either the inside dining room or the equally elegant al-fresco dining area at the stern of the yacht. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet style and prepared by specially trained chefs. Meals are served in wholesome quantities and in a variety of menus with tropical exotic fruits always available. Children’s menus, vegetarian menus and other special menus are available upon request. Hors d’oeuvres are normally served along with local juices as a welcome treat twice a day upon return to Grace following your daily Galapagos Island visits and snorkeling outings. Water (sparkling or still), soft drinks and juices are available free of charge throughout the duration of your cruise. Wine and beer are offered with meals, and added to your bar tab. There is a self-service coffee station that is open 18 hours per day. It opens at 6:30am with fresh-brewed coffee, tea or herbal teas and typically closes at 11:00pm. Cookies, crackers and chocolates are available at the coffee station 24 hours a day, as well as instant coffee.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Grace
M/Y Grace offers suites and staterooms of up to 200 square feet with private facilities, individual climate controls, safe boxes, telephones and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Bathrooms feature a walk-in shower, vanity, shampoo, conditioner, soap and hair dryers. During your visits to the islands, your cabin will be cleaned twice each day. Note that as of mid-October 2019, the Grace’s capacity changes to 16 guests with no cabin changes, offering a 10:1 guest-to-guide ratio.