The M/Y Grace's fascinating history includes ownership by millionaire tycoons, service in the British navy, and the vacation home of renowned individuals the likes of Winston Churchill and many others. Rechristened for its late owner, Her Serene Royal Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, this elegant yacht provides a superb Galápagos experience with luxury accommodations and excellent dining.
The M/Y Grace perfectly embodies its name. Its history alone is fascinating. It began as Princess Grace Kelly’s honeymoon yacht. It also hosted such distinguished guests as Aristotle Onassis and Winston Churchill before becoming the yacht it is today.
Each of the eight exclusive cabins comes outfitted in rich wood details, crisp linens, and welcoming views. Equally divided between Deck A and Deck C, they also boast en suite bathrooms, digital air conditioning controls, and — in many — comfortable sitting areas. However, it is the Grace Kelly Suite on the Main Deck that remains the most coveted accommodation on board.
The spacious interior lounge and bright al fresco lounge are the hearts of the M/Y Grace. Both invite passengers to sit back and relax in elegant style while discussing the adventures of the day. At the same time, guests will also find two bars and a comfortable sun deck outfitted with Jacuzzi. While cruising through the Galápagos, guests have the option to dine indoors or al fresco, experiencing the Grace’s delightful personally curated cuisine. What’s more, the M/Y Grace is free of single-use plastics. This means the pristine Galapagos environment is protected every step of the way during each departure.
The limited number of guests aboard the M/Y Grace ensures top notch service and personalized attention. Travelers can expect both freedom and flexibility as they experience the Galapagos in a quieter and more secluded setting, away from the crowds. It is the Grace’s small size that makes it possible to visit parts of the archipelago normally unreachable by the larger cruise ships. The ship’s seven-night itineraries also allow travelers to venture off the beaten path for unforgettably immersive encounters with the Galapagos’s incredible nature.
Led by expert naturalist guides, excursions vary from kayaking and hiking to snorkeling and zodiac rides. Daily outings can be family-friendly, challenging, or dive-heavy, depending on each traveler’s preference. It is also possible to privately charter the yacht for large groups of up to 16.