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Awards

At Grand Circle, our #1 commitment to our travelers is delivering the best travel experience at the best value, and we work hard everyday to accomplish that.

So, we are extremely gratified when our travelers honor us by giving us award-winning high marks in independent surveys. We’ve listed some of our recent awards below, including accolades we’ve received for our workplace and for the Grand Circle Foundation.

Condé Nast Traveler Awards

Grand Circle Cruise Line

Platinum Circle

2012-2014

Platinum Circle Member

Gold List Awards

2014

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #1

2013

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #1

2012

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #6

2011

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #5

2010

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #7

2009

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #6

2008

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #3

2007 & 2006

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #5

Readers' Choice Awards

2013

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #1

2012

World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #1

2011

World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked #2

2010

World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked #3

2009

World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked #5

2008

World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked #4

2007

World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked #2

2006 & 2005

World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked in Top 5

Top Cruise Ships Worldwide (Cruise Poll)

2014

2 Grand Circle small ships
Top 20 Small Cruise Ships

M/V Artemis (#1): Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece
M/V Arethusa (#2): The Rivieras: France, Italy & the Isles

2014

13 Grand Circle river cruise ships
Top 40 River-Cruise Ships

M/S Provence (#2): Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur
M/S River Allegro (#3): Essence of the Elbe
M/S Tikhi Don (#11): Russia Revealed
M/S River Melody (#13): Great Rivers
M/S River Concerto (#14): Great Rivers
M/S Bizet (#17): Seine
M/S River Rhapsody (#19): Great Rivers
M/S River Chardonnay (#23): Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur
M/V Athena* (#25): Great Rivers
M/S River Adagio (#26): Great Rivers
M/S River Harmony (#26): Rhine & Mosel
M/S River Aria (#35): Great Rivers
M/S Rossia (#37): Russia Revealed

*Please note: Our M/V Athena small ship was incorrectly listed by Condé Nast Traveler as a river cruise ship. An editorial correction from Condé Nast Traveler is pending.

2012

7 Grand Circle small ships
Top 40 World's Best River Ships

M/S River Concerto (#6): Rhine, Main & Danube
M/S River Adagio (#11): Rhine, Main & Danube
M/S River Aria (#15): Rhine, Main & Danube
M/S Chardonnay (#22): Saone & Rhone
M/S Bizet (#29): Seine
M/S River Harmony (#31): Rhine, Main & Danube
M/S River Rhapsody (#35): Rhine, Main & Danube

2011

7 Grand Circle small ships
Top 20 World's Best River Ships

2008

5 Grand Circle small ships among Top 10 Small Cruise Ships Worldwide
8 Grand Circle small ships make "Best Of" list
M/S Bizet ranks #1, M/S Anuket ranks #2

2007 & 2006

3 Grand Circle small ships among Top Small Cruise Ships Worldwide

Travel + Leisure Awards

Grand Circle Cruise Line

2013 World's Best River Cruise Lines
Ranked #3
World's Best Service
Ranked #5
2012 World's Best River Cruise Line
Ranked #5
2010 World's Best Tour Operator/Safari Outfitter
Ranked in Top 20
2009 World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked #10
2008 World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked #4
World's Best Tour Operator/Safari Outfitter
Ranked #14
2007 World's Best Value Cruise Line
Ranked #1
World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked #5
World's Best Service Cruise Lines
Ranked #10
2006 World's Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
Ranked #5

World Traveler Awards

Grand Circle Cruise Line

2008

"World's Leading River Cruise Operator"

Grand Circle Corporation

2013 Top Producing Tour Operator received by Grand Circle Travel and OAT

Best Value for the Money Packages received by Grand Circle Travel
South African Tourism Board
2006 Humanitarian Award received by OAT
Tanzania Tourist Board
2006 Top 15 Corporate Charitable Contributors in MA
Corporate Philanthrophy Summit and Boston Business Journal
2006 25 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work for in America
Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc. and Society for Human Resource Management
2006 New England Social Entrepreneur of the Year received by Grand Circle CEO Alan Lewis
Ernst & Young
2006 Excellence Award
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
2005 Top 20 Best Places to Work (large company division)
Boston Business Journal
2000 & 1998 Friends of Thailand Award
Government of Thailand

Grand Circle Foundation

2006 Citizenship Award received by Harriet Lewis
City on a Hill Public Charter School
2004 Cornerstone Award
Neurofibromatosis Foundation
2004 Circle of Giving Award received by Harriet Lewis
The New England Women's Leadership Award (NEWLA)
2004 Thompson Island Outward Bound North Star Award
Thompson Island Outward Bound
2003 UNESCO World Heritage Centre Partners in Conservation Program
UNESCO

2002 AIDS Action Corporate Partner Award
AIDS Action Committee
2001 Big Sister Association Achievement Award
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
2001 Recognition Award
Shelter, Inc.
2000 Hero of Philanthropy Award
National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE)
1998 Thompson Island Founders' Award
Thompson Island Outward Bound
1996 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Founders' Award
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

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