Our experience on the Quasar cruise aboard the M/Y Grace in the Galapagos, was sublime. Certainly, the Galapagos with its primeval landscapes and unparalleled opportunities to see wildlife up-close is unique. Just as certainly, the Grace is comfortable and elegant, with a timeless cozy charm, though not grandiose or ostentatious. The Galápagos Islands, seen from the home base of the M/Y Grace constitute a solid foundation for a great trip, however the crown jewel is the staff and guides of the Grace. They transformed a wonderful experience into a magical experience.
Where can I begin? Frankly, before our trip began I was skeptical about how much "joy and discovery" were to be found amongst these islands of rocks and birds. The staff and guides worked seamlessly and tirelessly to create an environment where joy and discovery were yet one more natural phenomenon, to be experienced effortlessly. Like we say in the US, as easy as falling off a log.
The staff of the Grace were unfailingly warm, welcoming, and gracious. Their tireless efforts to ensure our happiness were an inspiration. Their relaxed teamwork, coordinated without apparent organization, never once forgot about our safety and well-being. Their attention to small details was continually surprising and refreshing. Every time we returned to Grace from snorkeling we were welcomed with towels and refreshments. Every time we returned to our cabin from breakfast, our rooms had been cleaned and our bed made. At the risk of sounding facetious, I felt like Princess Grace.