2 Quasar Grace Fitness Cruise Reviews

Quasar Grace Galapagos 1 week tour (originating in San Cristobal, ending in Baltra) exceeded my expectations in every way. The boat was elegant, well-appointed and very comfortable. I didn’t see a single boat in the Galapagos that ... Read More
Quasar Grace Galapagos 1 week tour (originating in San Cristobal, ending in Baltra) exceeded my expectations in every way. The boat was elegant, well-appointed and very comfortable. I didn’t see a single boat in the Galapagos that was as beautiful as Grace. Her age (built in 1928, later gifted to Princess Grace and Prince Rainier by Ari Onassis) was not an issue at all - she is fast, nimble and beautifully maintained. The itinerary and activities were perfectly planned, with several excursions a day on land and sea. Land visits were timed to capture the animals in their most dramatic moments (e.g., the mating dance of the blue-footed boobies), while also avoiding other tourists. We snorkeled almost every day, and it was the best I've experienced, swimming with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks, and many schools of beautiful fish. I am physically fit and a long-distance swimmer, but the activities were structured in a way that even older and less able guests could fully enjoy them. Late January was a perfect time to visit because the water was warm enough to swim without a wetsuit. The food was wonderful, served al fresco. I can’t imagine preparing 3 meals/day for 16 guests plus crew in a yacht kitchen, but the kitchen staff continued to surprise us with new delicacies. The fruits and vegetables were incredibly fresh and flavorful. I looked forward to the fresh breads in the basket every morning, prepared by Walter. There were 2 ceviches (shrimp and crab) that were so good that we asked the chef for the recipe. The fresh tuna was a crowd pleaser, and the preparations and sauces always had a unique and harmonious mixture of ingredients. The crew was exceptional. I was impressed with their expertise across multiple roles, commitment to pleasing their guests, professionalism and work ethic. Melissa (hospitality) was delightful, very responsive and energetic. Freddy and Miguel, our zodiac pilots, were very capable, confident and fun. Saul, our bartender, learned our names and preferred cocktails and wines very quickly, and always appeared just as my glass was getting low. Nelly crept into our rooms several times a day to tidy up, and quickly replaced any linens as they began to get grimy. Our guide, Rafael Pesante, was extremely knowledgeable, which of course, is critical. But on top of that, he was a skilled teacher and story teller. He was full of energy and good cheer. He treated every single guest as if they were his top priority. He took beautiful photographs of every excursion and supplied downloads to departing guests. He treated the other crew members as equals and fostered a sense of family. I can’t imagine that there is a better guide in the Galapagos. Most impressive of all was the way they all work together to give their guests a memorable experience. One morning around 6am, one of the crew members spotted orcas near the boat. Immediately after that, Rafael came on the intercom encouraging everyone to come to the zodiacs in their pajamas ASAP to chase the orcas. Within minutes, all 16 guests were loaded into the boats and on the chase. We had a thrilling ride and captured dramatic footage of the orcas. A less-organized crew would never have been able to pull that off, and a bigger boat never would have even bothered. I could not have been happier with the Grace experience. My only hesitation in giving this glowing review is that it might create more competition to get a reservation when I inevitably return to the Grace one day! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We went on a two month trip within South America, from Atacama, Chile to Machu Picchu, Peru to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands being the Galapagos islands the last part of our trip and indeed the Galapsgos was the highlight of our ... Read More
We went on a two month trip within South America, from Atacama, Chile to Machu Picchu, Peru to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands being the Galapagos islands the last part of our trip and indeed the Galapsgos was the highlight of our adventure. We visited the islands at the end of October for a 7 night cruise in the yacht MY Grace. We cannot be more grateful to choose this yacht. It was highly recommended to us by our agent, and indeed it was the perfect choice for us. The classic look and history of this beautiful yacht was what we were looking for, with less than 20 people on board, it was like having our own private boat in these wonderful islands. The Grace offer so much ample spaces inside and outside. We saw many other yachts in the islands and this yacht looked outstanding. Our cabin accommodation and services were just perfect for us, we stayed in the top deck. The food was delicious and well prepared considering that I have some food restrictions, the chef was well appointed and experienced to accommodate our personal needs. The cleaning of our cabin and areas of yacht was acceptable. All the staff were very friendly and always with a smile on their faces and ready to help everyone in our group in / out the raft, the bartender well prepared drinks. Our guide Rafael was oustanding, he has so much acknowledge and caring for these amazing Galapagos islands. We share a week with very entuciastic and caring people. Our trip on the Grace was beyond our expectations. We definately planning to return back to the Galapagos in a few years to experience the other part of her itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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