Adventurer, meet Grace: the classiest yacht in the Galapagos Islands, meticulously restored to offer the bucket-list wildlife safari you’re seeking.
A gift to Grace Kelly for her honeymoon, the award-winning Grace Yacht has undergone a complete renovation, bringing a refined yet adventurous spirit to every voyage. With features ideally suited to Galapagos, the 16-Guest Grace is the ultimate home away from home for discerning travelers like you. From couples to families to honeymooners and private charters, the agile yacht provides an insider view of Darwin’s enchanting islands and incredible wildlife.
Step aboard the new Grace for the journey of a lifetime, and discover the beauty, wonder, and elegance that has made her a favorite of travelers for decades.
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Indulge in the glamor of Princess Grace Kelly and experience the Galapagos like never before. On a yacht crafted by the legendary Camper & Nicholsons, you’re sure to sail in style. Will you be the envy of other passengers in the famous Grace Kelly Suite?
Meet Grace, the timeless beauty that has captured the hearts of travelers since the 1950s. Grace is the epitome of youth and glamor, having lived a gallant life that includes serving as a submarine chaser during World War II and sophisticated host to Aristotle Onassis, John Issa, and Sir Winston Churchill.
Don't be fooled by her age—the completely renovated Grace is as young and chic as the princess who honeymooned aboard. Her elegance and refinement are unmatched, and her parties are legendary. Come experience the magic for yourself, as Grace takes you on a journey through the wonders of the Galapagos.
Once known as Monica and later as Rion, the M/Y Grace has a fascinating history. Commissioned by Argentinean Santiago Soulas, she originally weighed 298 tons and was 147 feet long with a 23-foot beam and a 12-foot draft.View More
RION & THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR
Once enjoyed by Sir George Tilley in the late 1930s, she was conscripted by the British for the war effort in 1939. Stripped of her furnishings and paneling, she was used by the Royal Navy for coastal patrols during the War Years.View More
THE ROYAL NAVY & THE BATTLE OF DUNKIRK
Grace played an important role during WWII as she patrolled the calm waters off the Isle of Wight. Later, she was dispatched to the beaches of Dunkirk for the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force during Operation Dynamo.View More
THE FINEST HOUR
In a daring night operation, Rion and two other ships captured a German E-boat off the Isle of Wight. After engaging in a firefight, Rion delivered the final blow, securing the enemy vessel and escorting it to Portsmouth Harbour naval base.View More
THE END OF THE WAR
Her heroics continued as she hunted a submarine on the night of March 23, 1941, making multiple depth charge runs. Refitted as a floating annex to the Royal Navy Hospital, she served until the end of the war, earning a new name, HMS Noir.View More
RESTORATION AFTER THE WAR
After being decommissioned in 1945, she was restored to her luxurious beginnings by her original builders, Camper & Nicholsons. She was then returned to Sir George Tilley on September 16, 1947, remaining with him until his death in 1951.View More
ARISTOTLE ONASSIS & WINSTON CHURCHILL
HMS Noir became the glamorous Arion under Aristotle Onassis' charter firm, hosting a stream of A-list celebrities and even welcoming Sir Winston Churchill aboard during her three-year reign as the queen of the seas.View More
A WEDDING GIFT TO GRACE KELLY & PRINCE RAINIER OF MONACO
Aristotle Onassis gave a royal gift to Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly: the luxurious yacht Arion. The prince spent weeks refurbishing the vessel, which would later welcome the Hollywood star to her new home in Monaco.View More
THE ROYAL HONEYMOON
After the wedding, the royal couple began their honeymoon with a short stay in Mallorca, Spain, followed by a cruise aboard the yacht—which they christened Deo Juvente II—along the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia.View More
MONACO & DASKA
After being gifted to Monaco's royal couple, the yacht changed hands and was renamed Daska before becoming a popular charter in the Bahamas under Crest Shipping in the 1960s. She’s no stranger to crystalline waters.View More
Newly-named Angela continued her journey under the ownership of Valef Yachts in the Caribbean. After a heroic evacuation effort in the Lebanese Civil War and a stunning refurbishment, she remained a beloved luxury charter until 1982.View More
DASKA RETURNS & ZEIN IS BORN
With a new identity as the M/Y Zein, named after one of John Issa’s daughters, she cruised along the East Coast. Zein remained a sought-after vessel, catching the attention of buyers such as Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.View More
GRACE IN GALAPAGOS
The M/Y Zein became the M/Y Grace in 2007, as Quasar Expeditions took her back to her most elegant times. With a complete refit and recent renovation, she continues to make headlines as the most elegant ship to cruise the Galapagos Islands.View More
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About The Grace Yacht
Grace has been specially crafted to maximize wildlife encounters, with itineraries that ensure you experience the very best of the Galapagos. Enjoy playful sea lions, blue footed boobies, and majestic giant tortoises—every day is a new adventure.
ON WALKS & HIKES
ON ZODIAC RIDES
OF TOP GUIDES
BY A WORLD-CLASS CREW
BY OUTSOURCING SCUBA DIVING
Unforgettable meals are included in your authentic Galapagos experiences. Three meals a day are carefully prepared by master chefs who cater to every craving and dietary need. Plus, appetizers and snacks to rival your 5 o’clock favorites.SAMPLE DINING MENU
Our wine selection? A cut above. Reminisce about your adventurous days and take in the sunset from the yacht lounge. Mingle with other like-minded travelers for an even more memorable adventure—don’t be surprised if they become friends for life.WINE & SPIRITS MENU
BY CELEBRATED CHEFS
Quasar partners with chefs and service aficionados who are not only celebrated in the food industry, but who celebrate food itself. Taste their culinary passion and years of worldly experience in the subtle details of every memorable meal.DINING EXPERIENCE GUIDE
Local culture is the soul of our menus and culinary experiences. Our chefs collaborate with Ecuadorian producers and farmers to deliver unparalleled, nourishing meals. From coffee beans to saffron and honey, we seek out the best of Galapagos and beyond.A TASTE OF GALAPAGOS
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Our Galapagos Expedition Designers have been in your shoes before. They know what it takes to plan the perfect Galapagos cruise. With a complimentary call, we'll answer your every question, suggest or arrange trip add-ons, and recommend the best bucket-list itinerary. Don’t sweat the details—that’s our job.
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