The Leader in Small Ship and River Cruising Worldwide
Worldwide Discovery at Extraordinary Value Since 1958

Travel by River Ship

Enjoy an unparalleled, 4-star experience—and unpack once—aboard our privately owned, award-winning fleet

River cruising is the most carefree way to travel, and the Grand Circle Cruise Line fleet features a range of options, from 46-passenger river cruisers in France to a 216-passenger Volga river ship in Russia. Upon embarking any of our private river ships, you’ll quickly make yourself at home and spend your vacation at leisure, free to discover an entire country or region, while unpacking just once. Your group size will be no larger than 47 travelers, and we are the only cruise line that provides a dedicated Program Director to enrich your discoveries throughout your trip. And of course, you can count on the helpful presence of our professional, friendly onboard crew around the clock.

Get a close-up view of local culture

One of the things you’ll enjoy most about River Cruising is that you’re always close enough to land to observe the everyday comings and goings on shore. See rural farmers working their fields or witness the Sunday morning parade of visitors to a village church. And when we dock in ports along our route, you’ll have the opportunity to get close to the local culture—and join the daily life—of each port-of-call.

Relax in your comfortable outside cabins

All of our onboard accommodations are outside cabins with river views, so you’re able to enjoy the scenery day or night. Cabin sizes range from 120 to 231 square feet, depending on which River Cruise vacation you choose. Private baths are roomy, efficient, and feature modern, high-flow showers. Upper deck cabins on our European fleet even include a 16-square-foot balcony. For specific cabin sizes and features, view our river ships.

Make new friends—and discoveries—onboard

You won’t find big glitzy revues on Grand Circle Cruise Line’s entertainment roster. But, our ships frequently offer fun activities—and sometimes, a resident musician—to enhance your evenings onboard. And once you get to know your fellow travelers, you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of our welcoming lounge—whether it’s for a game of cards as you cruise or an after-dinner nightcap. Plus, our variety of included events, such as discussions and presentations by guest experts on local history, culture, and politics; language lessons; and cooking and crafts demonstrations, are designed to bring your destinations alive.

Our gracious onboard staff truly sets us apart

On our privately owned vessels, Grand Circle Cruise Line’s highly trained, English-speaking staff is there to ensure that you enjoy a carefree journey. From the gracious restaurant maitre’d to the ship’s hotel manager to the hard-working housekeeping staff, they’re at your service 24 hours a day—so that you always feel well-taken-care-of. And they work closely with your Program Director to ensure that every aspect of your trip runs smoothly. Our travelers often tell us that their interactions with our ships’ crew and staff—members of which have served Grand Circle travelers for many years—are among the most enjoyable aspects of their trip.

Grand Circle Cruise Line named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List and Platinum Circle of “World’s Best River Cruise Lines”

We’re pleased to share that Grand Circle Cruise Line has again been named to Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Gold List of “World’s Best River Cruise Lines”—and to its Platinum Circle of repeat winners. Our overall score of 95.2 was the highest overall score of any cruise line listed in either the river or ocean cruise line categories.

Grand Circle Cruise Line was ranked #1 “World’s Best River Cruise Line” by Condé Nast Traveler readers

We’re proud to announce that for the second year in a row, Grand Circle Cruise Line was ranked #1 “World’s Best River Cruise Line” in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the ninth year we’ve been recognized among the world’s best in the prestigious magazine’s annual survey—and the second time we’ve received this top honor. What makes this award so special is that it comes from our passionate travelers who read Condé Nast Traveler and took the time to vote and share their views with other travelers.

When you compare our award-winning onboard experience with our comprehensive value and low per diems, it’s clear: Other small ship cruise companies just don’t compare.

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