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Our Privately Owned Fleet

Four-star ships designed with American standards in mind

Our worldwide fleet of privately owned vessels—many of which are award-winning—were custom-built or extensively refurbished especially to meet the needs of our travelers. Whether you’re cruising an iconic European river or sailing the storied waters of the Mediterranean, you’ll enjoy the warm camaraderie of your exclusively American fellow travelers. Share stories in your ship’s welcoming lounge or relax on the Sun Deck with a cool drink. Enjoy single, open seating; freshly prepared, regionally-inspired cuisine; and unparalleled service in our window-lined dining room. And take comfort in knowing that your ship’s professional staff—all fluent in English—will always be on hand and at your service.

Our River Cruise & Small Ships are Tops!

We’re thrilled that Grand Circle Cruise Line was—for the second straight year—ranked the #1 “World’s Best River Cruise Line” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards—and named to the magazine’s prestigious Gold List and Platinum Circle for 2014. Plus, 15 of our privately owned ships were ranked among the “Top 100 Cruise Ships in the World” 2014 Readers’ Poll, with the M/V Artemis and M/V Arethusa taking the top two spots on the “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships in the World” list.

Small ships designed with you in mind
When Grand Circle Cruise Line decided to build our own line of small ships, we polled our travelers to learn what specifications and amenities they desired on a cruise vacation. We took these suggestions and incorporated them into the design of our custom-built River Cruise and Mediterranean small ships, which launched between 1999 and 2007. As the worldwide leader in small ship and river cruising, our entire fleet caters exclusively to American travelers.

Relax in your outside cabin
Because all of our cabins line the outside wall of the ship, you’ll always have views of the passing scenery. Most cabins are 150-215 sq. ft. in area (Cabins aboard the M/S River Allegro are approximately 120 sq. ft.) and include twin beds. On our European river ships, our staff converts them into daytime couches. Each cabin also offers closet and storage space, a desk with vanity mirror, a private bath with shower, a direct-dial telephone, and a flat-screen TV. Certain cabins also feature balconies.

Casual style in an intimate setting
After a day of exploring charming ports, medieval castles, or ancient ruins, you’ll appreciate the relaxed camaraderie of your private small ship. Sit back and enjoy an aperitif in the bar and lounge. Join friends on the panoramic Sun Deck to watch a sunset. Your English-speaking staff wants you to have an unforgettable experience, and will do whatever they can to see that you do!

Travel safe, sound, and carefree
Technology has helped to make the world’s waterways safer and easier to navigate than ever. Our shipboard radar ensures careful navigation at night and in low visibility. For example, you’ll enjoy a landmark transit of the canal that links the Main and Danube rivers—an engineering feat completed in 1992.

European River Cruise Ships

M/S Provence


In Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 40 River Ship in the World" 2014 Readers' Poll
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Mediterranean Small Ships

M/V Artemis


In Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 20 Small Cruise Ships in the World" 2014 Readers' Poll
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Corinthian Small Ship


Our newest, 98-passenger, all-suite small ship
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