Our Galapagos cruise on the Grace (Quasar Expeditions) was somewhat disappointing. 13 passengers and a crew of 12 on a historic yacht (named for Princess Grace who honeymooned on it) sounded promising. And the itinerary, sites, and naturalist Rafa were great. Although elegant in a classic way, the yacht lacked amenities commonly seen on cruise ships such as TV, internet access, and any activities after 8:30 PM when it seemed the crew was interested in getting the passengers to bed. For a small number of passengers who bonded pretty well together it was ironic that the crew most directly involved day to day with passengers (the cruise director, waiter, and naturalist) never seemed to learn our names! The food, while excellent and bountiful for the most part, has to receive a downgrade because one night the majority of passengers developed moderate to severe gastrointestinal symtoms; an occurrence that the young cruise director attributed to a "virus"; a more classic presentation of a food-borne illness could not have occurred.

Disappointing Cruise on the Grace

Grace Cruise Review by stevechssc

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Galapagos
Our Galapagos cruise on the Grace (Quasar Expeditions) was somewhat disappointing.

13 passengers and a crew of 12 on a historic yacht (named for Princess Grace who honeymooned on it) sounded promising. And the itinerary, sites, and naturalist Rafa were great. Although elegant in a classic way, the yacht lacked amenities commonly seen on cruise ships such as TV, internet access, and any activities after 8:30 PM when it seemed the crew was interested in getting the passengers to bed. For a small number of passengers who bonded pretty well together it was ironic that the crew most directly involved day to day with passengers (the cruise director, waiter, and naturalist) never seemed to learn our names! The food, while excellent and bountiful for the most part, has to receive a downgrade because one night the majority of passengers developed moderate to severe gastrointestinal symtoms; an occurrence that the young cruise director attributed to a "virus"; a more classic presentation of a food-borne illness could not have occurred.
Quasar Expeditions, Management Team has responded
Very occasionally we get comments from passengers who expect the Galapagos to have all the things they left back home, when the reason the Galapagos is a wildlife paradise is exactly because it has kept out many of those things that would ruin it. The key to planning our voyages is to maximize close encounters with the Galapagos friendly creatures. We provide nightly entertainment in the form of videos. We tried to implement internet service, but it was not of acceptable quality and now we have more passengers telling us not to bring the internet on our yachts than those who want it. The Grace is not a cruise ship, it is an authentic vintage luxury yacht ideally suited to experiencing the Galapagos Islands habitat. That includes leaving the crowds behind as the Grace is exclusively for 18 passengers. When people travel abroad, especially on airplanes in the winter, they occasionally catch things and when they finally get to relax that illness can catch up to them. When illness strikes we give those passengers all the care they need. We have a doctor on staff aboard the Evolution. Our crew are locals and diligent when it comes to doing an excellent job and very welcoming. Here is one typical comment, “All The Best crew : Frank, Freddy, Pablito, Saul, Alejandra, our great captain. All functioning like a great team to please and help us and to make us feel so welcome and like if we were royalty” Jorge Escandon Thank you for joining us in the Galapagos Islands!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Small. Lots of engine noise and nose from banging shower doors and dehumidifier.