Grand Circle Small Ship Cruise Line Named One of “World’s Best” by Travel + Leisure Readers
EARLIER THIS YEAR, T+L READERS NAMED GRAND CIRCLE’S FLEET #1 BEST VALUE
BOSTON—Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises, the leader in international small ship travel for Americans over 50, was named one of the 2007 “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Lines” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The World Best Awards, which uncovers Travel + Leisure readers’ favorite hotels, cruise lines, airlines, cities, islands, tour operator/safari outfitters and car-rental agencies, were announced in the magazine’s August issue.
“We are gratified to have been recognized for our small ship vacations by Travel + Leisure readers for the second year in a row,” said Alan E. Lewis, Grand Circle’s chairman and CEO. “We’re especially pleased to offer high quality experiences at a value that can be hundreds and even thousands of dollars less than comparable vacations offered by others.”
Winners were based on survey responses of Travel + Leisure subscribers. In the “small-ship cruise line” category, readers rated the ships’ cabins, food, service, itineraries/destinations, activities and value. (For complete results and methodology, please visit: www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.)
Grand Circle Small Ship Cruise Line was established in 1998 as a division of Grand Circle Corporation, the leader in international travel, adventure and discovery for Americans over 50. The fleet of 50+ ships includes 16 river ships in Europe, Russia and Egypt (11 are custom-built): six rustic barges; a 16-passenger expedition vessel in the Galápagos; the new, 50-passenger M/S Athena that launched in the Adriatic/E. Mediterranean in May (sister ship to launch this fall); the M/S Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia; and more than 25 exclusive charters.
Grand Circle offers more than 40 river cruises, barge trips, and small-ship adventures that range from 16 to 330 passengers. Prices begin at about $125 a day for a 16-day “Romance of the Rhine & Mosel” cruise, with included international air from Boston, Newark or New York, to about $326 a day for an 11-day M/S Paul Gauguin cruise to the Tuamotus & Society Islands with international air from Los Angeles. In 2007 to-date, 82% of travelers have rated their Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises experience as excellent.