Scheduled Grace Cruises

River Cruise Aboard Grace

Palmetto Bluff's 60 foot Antique Yacht

Palmetto Bluff's flagship Grace, is named to honor the sister of R.T. Wilson Jr. - the wealthy New Yorker who purchased the 18,000 acres of Palmetto Bluff in 1902. Grace, who lived for a time at Palmetto Bluff, married Cornelius "Neely" Vanderbilt III and went on to become the most prominent society hostess in New York and Newport, hosting literally hundreds of parties for charity each year.

Built in 1913 by the New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Company of Morris Heights, New York. Her original owner, Mr. Joseph B. Cousins, Esquire of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, commissioned the vessel for his family's use on Long Island Sound, the East and Hudson Rivers. She has the unique distinction of being one of the last remaining examples of the early gas-powered yachts built prior to World War I.

Well maintained until the late 1970's the vessel was abandoned in the water at a boatyard in the 1980's. In 1990, a partnership of antique yacht aficionados moved her to Fairhaven, MA were a rebuilding project was begun. In 2004, Palmetto Bluff acquired Grace and began extensive restoration which continues to this day.

Grace is available for tours, private charters and any special occasion throughout the year. Contact Wilson Landing to make arrangements.


May River Motor Yacht Scenic Cruise
Cruise the May River aboard our classic yacht, the "Grace." Be immersed in the same unique luxury the original owner Joseph B. Cousins designed to entertain his family and friends in 1913.
$40 Members • 90 min cruise • Sunday, Thursday & Friday • Departs: Grace Dock at 10:30 am 

Sunset on the May Cruise
Experience a magical show of light and beauty as the sun sets over the Lowcountry. Includes light hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, soda and water. 
$80 Members • 90 min cruise • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday • Departs: Grace Dock - time of departure varies based on sunset

Sommelier Sip and Sail
We’ve combined two of the favored past-times at Palmetto Bluff to create the ideal afternoon activity. We will offer 3 wines to delight the palate to share with you as you sail the May. Reservations required at least 24 hours prior to departure. Adults only. 
$96 Members • 90 min cruise • Every Other Friday • Departs: Grace Dock - timing varies based on sunset. 

Mimosas on the May 
Join our Captains for a relaxing Saturday morning aboard our majestic motor yacht, Grace. Cruise along the May River sipping on mimosas and enjoying delicious pastry & fruit.
$72 Members• 90 min cruise • Saturdays • Departs: Grace Dock at 10:30 am

Moonlight on the May
Music, moonbeams, and memories to be made await you on the May each month during this special one-hour cruise. The cruise includes live entertainment along with beer, wine, soda, and water.
$48 Members • 60 min cruise • Once Monthly : March - October • Departs: Grace Dock - timing varies based on sunset

Member Grace Cruise
Exclusively for Palmetto Bluff members and their escorted guests, enjoy an adult scenic cruise on the beautiful May River. Light bites, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served aboard Grace. Reservations are accepted two weeks in advance of each cruise. In order to accommodate as many members as possible party reservations of four or less will be accepted. 
Complimentary • 90 min cruise • Frequency and date vary monthly • Departs: Grace Dock - timing varies (4 p.m. or 6 p.m.)