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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
Wonderful trip. Great information, food was Equadorean and wonderful. The different exposures to the islands ( snorkeling with penguins ,sea lions, Rays, reef sharks, and of course, fish) hiking up peaks, across lava fields, seeing ... Read More
Wonderful trip. Great information, food was Equadorean and wonderful. The different exposures to the islands ( snorkeling with penguins ,sea lions, Rays, reef sharks, and of course, fish) hiking up peaks, across lava fields, seeing incredible flora and fauna, panga( raft) rides to see albatross, blue footed boobies, noddy terns, et. The naturalists were knowledgable, fun and helpful. Even the captain and the doctor could be anywhere, helping load pangas, bar tendering, you name it. It was a trip of a lifetime. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
We took the M/V Evolution in January 2015 to the Galapagos Islands. The cruise was better than I expected. I knew that this was considered a luxury yacht, but was extremely please with the large & well laid out cabin, the crew, the ... Read More
We took the M/V Evolution in January 2015 to the Galapagos Islands. The cruise was better than I expected. I knew that this was considered a luxury yacht, but was extremely please with the large & well laid out cabin, the crew, the excursions, and the ship itself. The staff was outstanding. All of them were very professional, caring & friendly. Debora Carrera, our "hotel" manager was excellent at her job & very kind. She got ot know each of the passengers very quickly & learned what we liked. Our ship doctor, Isaac Jimenez, pitched in on all the excursions, including taking wonderful pictures, in addition to caring for our medical needs. My husband had picked up a gastrointestinal disturbance prior to our trip & it got much worse while we were onboard. After Isaac gave him medication, it went away in a day. Isaac also helped guide me while we were snorkeling. Our guides - Jhosellyn Aguas Flores & Alex Cox - were wonderful - they taught us a lot, were very enthusiastic & caring. Each of them seemed to go above & beyond what I expected. The food was good - well varied, fresh, plentiful. Considering the meals were buffet, they were quite good. The activities were wonderful, as reported elsewhere. I really enjoyed all the island excursions & snorkeling. The housekeeping staff kept everything very clean, which was challenging since we showered throughout the day. The only negatives I have were 1) I had motion sickness even though I was taking meclizine; 2) related to #1, our cabin C1, was in the front of the ship & I think the location made the motion worse. The noise of the anchor being taken up would wake us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2014
I traveled on the M/V Evolution on a 7 day adventure cruise in the Galapagos Islands. I traveled with my spouse as part of a medium group. Our group was all people associated in some way with NIH. Most of us lived in the greater Washington ... Read More
I traveled on the M/V Evolution on a 7 day adventure cruise in the Galapagos Islands. I traveled with my spouse as part of a medium group. Our group was all people associated in some way with NIH. Most of us lived in the greater Washington DC metro area and had a least a few things in common, and nearly half of us were working scientists, but we did not go to the Galapagos as researchers, we went as eco-tourists. The flights to Galapagos are relatively short and painless, but because of the scheduling of flights from mainland Ecuador to Baltra Island, it took two days of travel to get there. My group left washington DC Friday morning, had a layover in Miami, and arrived in Guayaquil Friday night. We stayed at the Hotel Oro Verde (fantastic) overnight and flew to Baltra the next morning. The airport in Baltra is very small, and although they process literally hundreds of visitors a week, patience is required getting through the "customs" counter. Because all of the Galapagos is a nature reserve, the government of Ecuador tightly controls the number of visitors and where they go. That means that each person must be individually identified and checked off a list of approved visitors, and must pay for a permit to visit. Once my group got through the gauntlet, we were met by our naturalist guides, Samuel and Rafael, as well as two other crew members from the Evolution. All of the crew members were friendly, asked our names, and helped us with our luggage. We had a very short (less than 10 minutes) bus ride to the pier, where we all board small rubber rafts (pangas) and were ferried to the ship. From our first step on the ship, it was a delight. We were greeted by the cruise director/hotel manager, Michelle. We were given fresh fruit juice and directed to the lounge, where we were oriented to the ship, introduced to key staff members by name, and given an overview of the evening's activities. Michelle had the list of passengers and cabins, and we all trundled off to our cabins to put away our carry-on items (our checked luggage was delivered a bit later) and settle in. In general, each day on the Evolution followed a similar pattern: Wake up call at about 6, breakfast at 6:15, and depart for the morning hike at 7:15 (we needed to get out there before it got too hot). We would hike or stroll on a gorgeous island for and hour or two, then come back to the ship between 10 and 10:30. Change into swim gear, then snorkel until lunchtime. Have a fantstic lunch prepared by the ship's chef, then rest or nap while the ship repositioned, until early afternoon. Assemble to go to ashore for a hike on a different island around 3 pm. Come back to the ship at about 5, have fresh juice, cocktails, and appetizers. at 6:30, there was a briefing explaining what would happen the next day in detail, including what time to get up, what kind of shoes would be necessary, and how far we would walk. They crew was extremely organized and although we crammed a lot of sightseeing into 7 days, I never felt rushed. The cruise was the absolute best vacation I have ever had. The service on the boat was above and beyond anything I have ever experienced. I am sure that it helped that there were only 30 passengers on the boat, but it was amazing. All of the crew members knew our names, and all of the crew seemed genuinely happy to be on the ship, and to know us. Each meal was prepared fresh, often before our eyes, and the food was customized to each person's dietary needs. Every single time we boarded the ship, which was 3 times each day, we were greeted with damp washcloths for our hands and faces and fresh fruit juices. A different juice each time, all delicious. By coincidence, My wedding anniversary occurred while we were on the ship. I had thought "wouldn't it be neat to have the captain renew our vows?" but had hesitated to ask for such a personal favor. So, at lunchtime of my anniversary, I mentioned to Michelle, the cruise director, that I would really love it if the captain could come down and say a few words and "marry" us again. Michelle was immediately excited, and ran off to talk to the captain at once. By the time we had returned from our afternoon hike, Michelle had arranged for our cabin to be decorated with balloons and towel swans (surprise!), had the chef make us a heart-shaped cake, and prepared a wedding ceremony, complete with the captain and first mate in full uniform and a certificate of marriage (and all the other passengers as our guests). She also got another passenger to write us a wedding poem that the captain read at the conclusion of the ceremony. It was very touching, and she got it all together without any guidance from us, on 4 hours' notice. Incredible. The hikes and snorkeling sites were fantastic. We saw sea lions, a vast array of huge tropical fish, rays, sharks, penguins, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, nasca boobies, herons, flamingos, finches, gulls, Galapagos hawks, land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, bright red lightfoot crabs, and frigate birds. All up close. the animals were completely unafraid of humans and you could literally get within a few feet of them without them even moving. We also walked on lava flows, went into a giant lava tunnel underground, and saw tortoises that were alive during the civil war. I cannot overstate how truly wonderful the wildlife was. If you are interested in nature and conservation, this is a vacation for you. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2014
We just returned from a 7 night cruise in the Galapagos Islands aboard the Evolution. Although this cruise was completely different from most of the reviews I've read on the Cruise Critic website, it's certainly worth praise and ... Read More
We just returned from a 7 night cruise in the Galapagos Islands aboard the Evolution. Although this cruise was completely different from most of the reviews I've read on the Cruise Critic website, it's certainly worth praise and an exceptional review. Quasar Expeditions hosted the trip aboard our 32 passenger yacht and nothing could have been better! Each day was filled with a friendly wake up call to a delicious and hardy breakfast before boarding the panga (zodiac) for an early morning hike. We repositioned before lunch, or had another panga ride to our snorkel spot for the day, were greeted by the amazing staff of the Evolution with snacks in the jacuzzi after our underwater adventure, shared another amazing meal at lunch (including desert every day) then off to another exciting little island for our late afternoon hike. Early evening began with our Naturalist's briefing and review of our day's adventures including a recap of the wildlife and geological formations we visited during the day. The guides reinforced our knowledge and experiences of the day with a slide show, answered all our questions, and reviewed our itinerary for the following day. Dinner and wine (and another great desert) rounded out the day, or we finished up in the lounge with an after-dinner drink and discussion. This is a cruise for those who are active, interested in nature, and ready to immerse themselves in the Galapagos. The open air design of the Evolution is perfect to explore the islands, and the small size of the yacht makes each landing and snorkel experience feel as though you are the only people in the world. The islands are so isolated and special, I can't imagine sharing them with a huge group of people. The appointments aboard the Evolution are those of a first-class hotel, so while spending your days on lava fields and swimming with the sea turtles or sharks, you return to luxury and pampering by the staff. It was absolutely amazing! A note about our guides. Rafael Pesantes and Samuel Quiroz, both Level III Naturalist Guides, were fantastic! Rafa's love of the islands and the wildlife was contagious as he described the flight or breeding patterns of the blue footed boobies, or explained the evolutionary adaptations of the marine iguana. Sam guided up step by step through the volcanic creation and growth of the islands. They patiently answered all our questions in brief or in detail (not easy to do with a group of geneticists on board). More importantly, we had such fun learning and exploring and each day was filled with more wonders than the day before. Quasar has done it again by providing an incredible yacht, coupled with outstanding staff, and the best Naturalist guides in the islands!   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2014
We booked part of our honeymoon for eight days and seven nights on the Evolution. Neither of us had ever been on a cruise. We love animals, the outdoors, the sun and being on the water and chose the Galapagos as a unique experience for our ... Read More
We booked part of our honeymoon for eight days and seven nights on the Evolution. Neither of us had ever been on a cruise. We love animals, the outdoors, the sun and being on the water and chose the Galapagos as a unique experience for our honeymoon. We selected Quasar after researching about seven other companies. Every step of our interaction with Quasar was exceptional. I appreciated the prompt responses from the sales office. Once on the boat everything was first class and no detail was overlooked. The first night they even brought out cake and champagne for the whole group to celebrate our honeymoon. My husband can not eat gluten and they made homemade bread for him and always had gluten free options. Other people had dietary restrictions which were also accommodated. Our naturalist, Alex, was very talented. He is a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. Each day was thoughtfully planned to include activities such as snorkeling, nature hikes and beach walks. The food is amazing, each meal was fresh, tasty and filling. We were never hungry during our cruise. Rooms were cleaned three times a day. The staff were all very friendly and personable and seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs and getting to know the guests. I would highly recommend this cruse to anyone. You will not be disappointed. Usually I do not repeat travels, but would go back to the Galapagos on the Evolution any day. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2014
Grace is the most beautiful yacht in all the Galapagos waters, and her crew has got to be among the best ever. If you are looking for something special and appreciate the beauty of a historic vessel with wood furnishings, spacious open ... Read More
Grace is the most beautiful yacht in all the Galapagos waters, and her crew has got to be among the best ever. If you are looking for something special and appreciate the beauty of a historic vessel with wood furnishings, spacious open decks, and comfortable appointments, Grace is for you. This lovely yacht and the Quasar company attracts a top notch crew as well. They are genuinely committed to your comfort, enjoyment, and enlightenment. Cooked to order eggs at breakfast, hot chocolate while sitting in the hot tub after snorkeling, a fully stocked bar, elegant al fresco dining service, terrific food, wonderful naturalist briefings, lovely cabins, and more, we felt pampered at every moment. Our extraordinary guide, Rafael, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, very personable, and patient. He helped make the journey special. This was a very active journey. We usually had two excursions and a snorkel each day, with some time out for a siesta in the afternoons. The trip attracted like-minded adventurers and we quickly became friends. If you like being active and the informal, intimate nature of a special space, this is for you. If you like the giant cruise ships, this may not be for you. I tend toward seasickness so wore a medicated patch and had no problems on Grace. It will rock from side to side, and it took a week to gain my land legs back! I would recommend you bring some good earplugs to help you sleep when the engine runs as they move from port to port at night. Overall, one of the best trips we’ve ever had!   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
In July 2013 we embarked on a 7 day cruise on the Quasar Expeditions Evolution. It was truly one of the most enjoyable and well-designed holidays I have been on. Everything about the evolution and it's crew was simply perfect. The ... Read More
In July 2013 we embarked on a 7 day cruise on the Quasar Expeditions Evolution. It was truly one of the most enjoyable and well-designed holidays I have been on. Everything about the evolution and it's crew was simply perfect. The most important element of the trip for me was the Galapagos wildlife experience. I had very high expectations but the evolution crew still managed to exceed them. The Naturalist guides were unbeliveably passionate about the animals (one of the guides even read us a poem he wrote about the blue footed boobies!) and could spot a Galapagos hawk in the sky amongst swarms of hundreds of blue footed boobies and frigates. Good guides should be the priority on the Galapagos and the evolution nailed this. When on hikes or dinghy-rides it is extremely crucial that your guide can spot wildlife quickly and accurately. They should be able to talk at length about what you are seeing and both our guides excelled at this. I never ceased to be impressed at how many interesting things our guides spotted that I would never have seen on my own (snakes swallowing a lizard, sharks hiding in caves whilst snorkelling, hawks amongst the frigates, differentiating between fur seals and sea-lions). Having been to the Galapagos before I know that good passionate and knowledgeable guides are by no means the standard, the Quasar evolution team really hand-picked the best. The service on the evolution was impeccable: the staff was friendly and open (they knew us by name!), our rooms were cleaned twice a day, and due to the small size of the ship it really felt like everything was tailored to our wishes. One day a group of us expressed that we would prefer to go snorkelling instead of hiking, the crew immediately latched on to this and figured out a way that they could split our group into two so we could snorkel - this would never happen on larger more standardized ships. Service is about the details, and the crew was extremely detail-oriented, they were extremely good listeners and were dynamic enough to adapt to the different needs of each passenger. This type of tailor-made service really is only possible on a ship the size of the evolution. We also got a tour of the ship's bridge, which was fascinating, and stayed and chatted about sea stories with the ship's captain for well over an hour. The rooms were like what you would expect in a top-notch hotel (and given that this is a ship we are talking about that is quite an accomplishment!), with nice good-sized bathrooms, wood panelling, brass fixtures, very nice bed-sheets, carpet. I was surprised at how spacious the rooms were compared to those we have had on other cruises. All in all the experience was wonderful, the evolution was comfortable, luxurious, well-organized, and really exceeded any expectations I had with regards to service. The trip was worth every penny and really was unforgettable. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to go to experience the galapagos at its full potential!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2013
After much research and deliberation my partner and I booked a cruise on the Quasar evolution. I was looking for an interesting, yet relaxing holiday, whilst my partner was looking for more of a nature adventure. I am very glad that the ... Read More
After much research and deliberation my partner and I booked a cruise on the Quasar evolution. I was looking for an interesting, yet relaxing holiday, whilst my partner was looking for more of a nature adventure. I am very glad that the evolution was able to deliver exactly what both of us wanted! The evolution is a refurbished fishing ship and I must say that it was the most elegant looking ship we saw in the Galapagos. It really has a charm, elegance and character that only wooden-decks and brass fixtures can convey. Other ships looked fairly cold and sterile, while the evolution really felt luxurious and stylish. It just has a special aura to it that adds to the majestic feel of the beautiful Galapagos islands. The best spot on the ship was in the jacuzzi sipping on a cocktail in the sun or under the stars! The staff of the evolution was very helpful and friendly. They did everything to please everyone and were very attentive. Service was truly available 24/7, and given the small number of people on the boat they could help you with any special wishes (food, hike length and duration etc). What made the service special was the friendly and happy nature of the crew as a whole, the service wasn't cold and pompous, it was genuinely friendly and they perpetuated a friendly and happy mood throughout our 7 day cruise. There were 30 passengers on the ship when we took our cruise (I believe maximum capacity is 32), which felt like a small family group. This meant that there were usually about 25 of us on an island at a time (some stayed on board) split into two groups of around 12 people that would take opposite paths on the islands. The majority of the islands are completely uninhabited and walking around them with only 12 people was incredibly surreal, you felt like you are completely immersed with nature. The guides were the highest level of guide on the galapagos (level III, there are almost 4 times as many level I and level II guides so most other ships will not have level III guides, this is an important consideration!) and were incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. The small group size also helps with animal spotting as you are less noisy. Other ships land on the same islands with over 150 people, this is clearly a very different experience. The cruise was perfectly planned and coordinated. Given the logistics of transporting people on and off islands and navigating between islands whilst serving meals etc I was impressed at how seamless everything worked. The crew seem to be extremely experienced because despite what a complex undertaking a cruise is it always seems like everything was just automatic and there were never any logistical issues whatsoever. You never 'noticed' any planning issues or schedule conflicts etc, it all simply worked! Even with my preference for a more relaxed holiday, the hikes and excursions were so well planned that it was actually easy and relaxing to take part, but adventurous enough that every new island landing felt exciting! We had a great time on the evolution and wouldn't for a minute hesitate to go back or to recommend it to friends. The galapagos is a special place and it deserves a special crew and special ship!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2013
My trip aboard Evolution was, without a doubt, one of the top 3 trips of my lifetime. The food onboard was plentiful, varied, and catered to every culinary issue. The staff was concerned about making sure every passenger was catered to by ... Read More
My trip aboard Evolution was, without a doubt, one of the top 3 trips of my lifetime. The food onboard was plentiful, varied, and catered to every culinary issue. The staff was concerned about making sure every passenger was catered to by offering to make additions and substitutions when necessary as well as making sure beverages were plentiful. The presentation of food was beautiful and the staff was both competent and gracious. The knowledge of Alex, our guide was extensive and impressive right down to every rock formation, plant, marine life and animal on the islands. Alex also recognized the members of the group that had difficulty walking on the uneven terrain and provided walking sticks and even held our hands when necessary. Sometimes however, when speaking, his soft spoken demeanor made it difficult for those lagging behind to hear him. The crew was perfect!! They not only performed their jobs flawlessly, but their attitudes and demeanor were so accommodating and friendly. The looked as though they enjoyed doing their jobs and enjoyed working with each other. We would only recommend that the Quasar people have signs and be more visible at the airports both when arriving in Quito from the States and then again in Baltra. In addition, we would recommend that in your preliminary brochure, you emphasize footwear and perhaps show pictures of the kinds of lava trails and rocks that travelers will encounter.   Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2013
I recently had discovered expedition cruising on a trip on board the Aqua in the Peruvian Amazon a year ago, it was an eye opener, I practically had been dragged into it by my aunt who wanted me to go with her... I cant believe I almost ... Read More
I recently had discovered expedition cruising on a trip on board the Aqua in the Peruvian Amazon a year ago, it was an eye opener, I practically had been dragged into it by my aunt who wanted me to go with her... I cant believe I almost missed that trip. Well that is another story. This time I decided to go with my husband, we had spoken about visiting the Galapagos Islands for about a year or two, i always put him off and gave excuses or alternative trips. I have never had been an expedition cruiser and did not know what to expect... As I mentioned my last years trip enlightened me. We finally decided on traveling this spring, the travel agent was an easy pick, my aunt used Voyagers Travel in Peru for our Amazon trip last year, since they did such a great job I decided to contact their Ecuador office for our Galapagos trip, I am happy we did. Andre Robles and his staff did a wonderful job in planning our trip, they took care of every detail and looked after us throughout the whole journey. I cannot thank them enough for choosing the Evolution for our trip, the staff on board and the guide are true gems. I do a lot of business travel and since it was an adventure trip, I did not want to be stuck in a large chain hotel, so we decided on a boutique hotel in downtown Quito for our first 2 nights, the Plaza Grande, it was very nice and located right in front of the Cathedral and a short walk from other plazas, churches and museums. Since we had 12 altogether for our vacation, we decided to do some side trips around Quito. Unfortunately it was not the best time to visit the Andes, it rained every afternoon, I appreciate the advise from our agent to visit the cloudforest instead. We were booked for a 2 day tour to visit Mashpi lodge, what an amazing place, it is quite luxurious and in the middle of nowhere perched on a hill top surrounded by green lush trees. We enjoyed visiting the Tulip archaeological site and the trails were quite nice. Our highlight was definitely the Galapagos Islands, we did the 8 days Western Islands itinerary, yet it also included Espanola. I am prone to being sea sick, yet I would hate visiting a nature destination on a large cruise ship it would take so much away from the experience. I am glad we were suggested the Evolution, the boat is not too small as we thought and it only carries 32 people, we were lucky enough to only have 20 passengers on board. The boat is quite spacious and it has some really nice outside areas, which were great for enjoying the breeze as the boat went from Island to Island. We purposely chose one of the lower deck cabins as Andre our agent advised that there is less movement at the bottom part of the yacht. Our cabin had its own private bathroom and was adequate. Crew kept it clean, we always found a surprise - towel design or chocolates on our pillow - all in all Quasar runs a tight ship. The best were the excursions and our guide Jorge Garcia was a true walking library, he explained in detail the adaptation of species to each Island, how finches and even turtles varied from one Island to another. He answered all our questions, we are quite ignorant in terms of biology and volcanos, yet he gave explanations in a simple yet respectful way that we could understand. Evening briefings were life savers, apart from explaining the natural history of the Islands and talking a lot about Charles Darwin, we were advised on what close or shoes to take on next days excursions. My favourite Island? hard to say, my heart is split between Espanola and Fernandina, totally diferent and in opposite sides of the archipelago. We were lucky to see the waved albatross, the bird migrates and is not present from December - March, April was just right as they were returning and you could see quite a few pairs. The Nazca boobies put on a real show for us and I loved swimming in Gardner bay, although I almost got a heart attack when I saw a shark sleeping at the bottom near turtle rock. Fernandina was totally amazing as well, a volcanic landscape where you expect to find nothing... then a field carpeted with hundreds of black lizards, marine iguanas, I almost ran back to the zodiac, yet Jorge explained that they only eat algae, the wierd thing is that they lay on the rocks cooking it in their stomachs. I also enjoyed seeing flightless cormorants and we were luck to spot penguins too. Our cruise ended and we flew back to Guayquil a large port city in the coast of Ecuador, we had a tour of the renovated area by Santa Ana hill, it was colorful yet not my type of scene, I prefer Quito. But it was for the best since the flight to Quito always stops in Guayaquil and our international flight was direct from Guayaquil to Miami. We used American Airlines, the service was good. The flight from Miami to Quito or Guayaquil was just 4 hours. All in all one of the best travel experiences in my life. I am sold on expedition cruising and I am looking into Alaska or perhaps the Mekong river in Cambodia (I just got a newsletter from Aqua Expeditions about their trips to this area). My travel tastes have changed forever, I will jump on a small boat over a cruisliner anytime.   Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2013
I’ve been on two cruises and I would never repeat the first (on a super-large ship), but I was so impressed with the Grace that I’ve made arrangements with Quasar for a group of 28 to travel with them next year. I have no doubt that ... Read More
I’ve been on two cruises and I would never repeat the first (on a super-large ship), but I was so impressed with the Grace that I’ve made arrangements with Quasar for a group of 28 to travel with them next year. I have no doubt that our experience on the MY Evolution next year will be just as fantastic as our time on the Grace this past January. We chose the Grace and Quasar Expeditions based on their years of experience in the Galapagos along with the style and size of the MY Grace. I wanted a small, comfortable and "classic” yacht, and the Grace was that and more! I did extensive research about the cruise lines in the Galapagos, read reviews and compared over 25 yachts before selecting the Grace. Quasar’s website and their representatives (Paul & Diane) were extremely informative, helpful and possess absolute knowledge of the islands and the options for the best exploration. My husband and I traveled with our 10-year-old grandson. We flew to Guayaquil, Ecuador and spent one night at the Hotel Oro Verde (wisely recommended by Quasar). The Oro Verde was great, staff very helpful and the shuttle service included in the price of the room was there and waiting for us when we arrived. A representative from the Grace contacted me at the Oro Verde, and met us at the airport in Guayaquil for our flight to the islands, and the real fun began! Once we arrived in San Cristobal we were greeted by the staff from the Grace " they whisked away our bags and we boarded the Zodiac (or Panda/a small rubber boat) for the short ride to the yacht. We boarded the Grace around noon, took a short ride out of the harbor, and were treated to our first welcome toast and our first gourmet meal. I can’t say enough about the food… it was absolutely fantastic, a 5-start restaurant aboard an 18-person yacht (with their own pastry chef), we were continually surprised us with the outstanding dishes, a variety to please everyone and excellence beyond words! We were celebrating our grandson’s birthday and they surprised him (and us) with a beautiful, and delicious, 12” high layered birthday cake with 10 candles for desert with our first dinner. Our stateroom was large, attractive, functional, extravagant and beautifully appointed. All details down to spa soaps, shampoo and hair dryers were provided. The staterooms aboard the Grace make you feel as special as Princess Grace must have felt on her own honeymoon on the yacht. The common areas were warm, welcoming, and provided the perfect amount of "outside” room to enjoy the views of the islands. I have to note too that our adventures off the yacht began immediately upon our arrival too. After the first fantastic lunch, we had about an hour to settle in while we took a short ride to our first snorkel-site. In reading other reviews about cruises, some mention the ‘excursions’ while the Grace is 110% committed to making the exploration of The Galapagos the best you can find. Quasar, with 30+ years of experience in the islands clearly knows the best guides to travel with their yachts. Since your guide can make or break your adventures, we were amazingly pleased with our guide, Rafael, who made every experience on land and in the water safe, educational, fun, relaxed and perfect for each of the group whether they were young or old. The staff aboard the Grace were amazing too  absolutely professional, personable and completely skilled. They immediately took care of our needs (including playing board games with me and my grandson while others were resting) and went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we were always happy. Nothing was out of their notice and if any little problem did occur (like a little too much wind to eat outside) they changed plans and re-worked things for us so we didn’t even know a problem existed. More than efficient - they treated us as one big family, and indeed there were many hugs with all at our departure! Would I highly recommend the Grace to others? - Absolutely you can’t find a better yacht in the Galapagos!   Read Less
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