M/Y Grace has journeyed the waters of this world under many names. Camper & Nicholson in Southampton, England, built her during the Great Gatsby era in 1928. After serving as the personal yacht for high-powered industrialists, including Sir George Tilley, chairman of the Prudential Insurance Co., the M/Y Grace 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 a(n 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 later gave her to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco as a wedding gift. She is now rechristened with a name that recalls one of the best times in her history while representing her elegance, beauty, and prestige.
The five-star service onboard this ship, coupled with the true feeling of a safari experience, is unlike anything else offered in Galapagos. The M/Y Grace has begun a new era in her rich history, and her best days are yet to come as an icon in the Galapagos Islands.
Starting in 2012, two itineraries are offered to adhere to new touring regulations established by the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve to limit tourist visits for the islands' health and recovery. Take your pick between this southern itinerary and its companion tour of northern islands, based on your preferences and your dates; or if you want the complete Galapagos experience and have the time, take both!
"We had an absolute fabulous and magical time. The entire trip was everything we could have possibly hoped for. The Grace and the crew were terrific. We bonded with all of them. It was sad for all of us to have to leave them. I also sent a thank-you note to Dr. Liss, whose comments and suggestions were very helpful. Most importantly, I want to thank you and Journeys for all your efforts. We will have to come up with something that can equal the Galapagos for our next sojourn, although it is hard to imagine. I think we will just savor this trip for a while! Lene was delightful, knowledgeable, and professional." ~John Harvey Galapagos Charter aboard the M/Y Grace, May 22-29, 2010
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