Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises Is Named to Condé Nast Traveler's 2008 Gold List
Itineraries, Service and Value Contribute to Grand Circle's High Scores
BOSTON-Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises has been named to Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List of the world's top cruise lines for the third year in a row. This is the 14th year that Condé Nast Traveler has issued its Gold List, which is comprised of readers' top picks of the world's best hotels, resorts, cruise lines and more. Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises' score ranked third highest in a select list of 15 cruise lines.
"We are proud and appreciative to have once again earned this recognition from Condé Nast Traveler and its readers," said Alan E. Lewis, Grand Circle's chairman and CEO. "We believe that the authentic onshore experiences we offer, such as local home and school visits, having our own nautical and hospitality staff, and our ability to offer small ship vacations at prices that typically are hundreds or even thousands less than those offered by others, are key reasons why people travel with us. Being included in Condé Nast's prestigious listing confirms that we've charted a smart course for our travelers."
More than 28,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers participated in this year's survey. Readers scored the cruise lines based on the following categories: itineraries, cabins, service, food, design, activities, and shore excursions. Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises' overall score was 87.6 out of 100, and readers gave their highest marks for Grand Circle's itineraries (94.4), service (94.0), and shore excursions (92.4).
Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises serves Grand Circle Corporation's two sister companies, Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Travel, which both provide unique international vacations to Americans over 50. The cruise line has grown from one custom-built river ship in 1998 to a fleet of 50+ small ships today, including custom-built river ships, rustic barges, a 16-passenger Galápagos expedition vessel, the 330-passenger M/S Paul Gauguin, three brand new 50 passenger ocean-faring ships, and exclusive private charters.
Established in 1958, Grand Circle Corporation is the leader in international travel, adventure, and discovery for Americans aged 50 and older. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., the company has 45 offices throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and Africa, and offers more than 100 river cruises, barge trips, small ship ocean cruises, extended stay vacations, escorted tours, and adventure vacations worldwide. Since 1992, Grand Circle Foundation has donated more than $30 million to educational, humanitarian, and cultural organizations around the world.
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