Grand Circle Cruise Line

Discover the world with the leader in small ship and river cruising worldwide

Since we began to assemble our fleet of river cruise and small ships, Grand Circle has been committed to providing discovery-rich vacations around the world while making the most of your travel dollar—a combination of experience and value that sets us apart as the leader in the travel industry. What’s more, our fleet has grown and received accolades from travelers and the industry—earning “World’s Best” accolades from readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines! Read on to learn why travelers choose us when they seek out discoveries on the world’s waterways.

Our river cruise & small ships are tops!

For the second year in a row, Grand Circle Cruise Line was ranked #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, all 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.

Enjoy Personalized Attention from Your Expert, Resident Program Director

Grand Circle Cruise Line is the only cruise line to provide you the dedicated attention of an expert, resident Program Director from the beginning of your main trip to the end. A native or resident of the region you’re visiting, your Program Director will enhance your experience with the kind of insight and passion that only an expert can provide—offering invaluable perspective during your included discoveries and tips for the ample free time built into each of our cruise itineraries. Plus, each of these trained and enthusiastic experts is assigned to your small group of no more than 25-47 travelers, which allows for even more personalized attention. Learn more about our Grand Circle Cruise Line Program Directors »

What Sets Grand Circle Cruise Line Apart?

Grand Circle Cruise Line is committed to providing you an unforgettable experience at the best value in the industry today—a combination that prompts 97% of our travelers to tell us they plan to travel with us again:

  • Great VALUE: Dollar for dollar, feature for feature, you’ll enjoy more for less. In fact, we invite you to shop around and see for yourself—especially with our Lowest Price Guarantee and Best Price Guarantee.
  • PACING that suits you: On your Grand Circle Cruise Line vacation, you’ll be sure to enjoy the must-see sites—but you’ll also have free time available to relax or make your own discoveries.
  • More CHOICE: Want to see more of your destination and make the most of your international airfare? Add an optional pre- or post-trip extension. Looking to expand your experience? Join us on an optional tour. You can even set out and explore on your own—the choice is always yours.
  • Enriching DISCOVERY: You’ll be immersed in your destination through Home-Hosted Visits, hands-on craft or art demonstrations, and discussions on the relevant topics that other travel companies might consider taboo. You’ll find these included features on every Grand Circle Cruise Line vacation—and you’ll benefit from a richer understanding of the local culture.

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