A luxury yacht on which Grace Kelly honeymooned with Prince Rainier after their wedding in 1956 is being offered for private charter for the princely sum of $127,000 (£95,326) a week.
The M/Y Grace, currently owned by Ecuador-based cruise company Quasar Expeditions, can accommodate up to 18 passengers with nine spacious cabins boasting colonial-style interiors and air conditioning.
Onboard features include an outdoor hot tub, a sun deck, a well-stocked wine cellar and large lounge area.
Moving to the bedrooms, the Grace Kelly suite is situated in the exact same place on the yacht where Grace Kelly’s suite was located in 50’s.
The airy room boasts an ensuite bathroom kitted out with a shower and hairdryer.
The M/Y Grace is currently available to hire in the Galapagos with itineraries tailored to meet guests’ needs. Rates are inclusive of fuel, meals, an expert naturalist guide, port fees and dues.
For those who can’t afford to shell out $127,000, travellers can also board the M/Y Grace on a shared excursion.
Quasar Expeditions currently runs eight-day trips around the Galapagos aboard the M/Y Grace with prices starting from $4,760.
Guests can opt to do various activities during the trip, such as kayaking, snorkelling and hiking around the stunning islands.
The historic vessel is also marketed to honeymooners keen on starting married life in the style of Grace Kelly – who was famed for films including High Society, Dial M For Murder and To Catch A Thief – and her spouse.
The M/Y Grace originally hit the water in 1928 after being crafted by Camper and Nicholsons in Southampton, England. She weighed 298 tons and was 147 feet long.
An Argentinean, named Santiago Soulas, was the one to commission her, naming her after his daughter Monica.
Soulas kept the yacht for four years before selling her to Zarch Couyoumbian, a Greek gentleman who named her Rion.
In 1938, Sir George Tilley, chairman of the Prudential Insurance Co., acquired and enjoyed her until 1939, when the British conscripted her for the war effort.
With the breakout of the Second World War in 1939, the yacht joined the Royal Navy with a crew of 20 and was renamed HMS Noir. She and 15 other vessels patrolled the entrances to the Solent and along the Isle of Wight.
On October 1945 she was decommissioned and 17 months later she arrived at her original builders – Southampton’s Camper & Nicholson – for restoration. On September 16, 1947 she was returned to Sir George Tilley.
Upon Sir George’s death in 1951, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis acquired HMS Noir and renamed her Arion.
The yacht went on to become property of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly (who became officially Princess Grace of Monaco) as a wedding gift from Onassis.
The royal couple honeymooned aboard the boat – which they christened Deo Juvente II – along the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia.
They kept her until 1958, when a Monaco-based businessman purchased her and renamed her Daska.
After changing hands several times more, Quasar Expeditions acquired the boat in 2007 and spent two years renovating her and decking her out with modern amenities.
The company decided to rechristen her the M/Y Grace: a name that would take her full circle.
Originally published at Daily Mail