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Award-Winning River Cruise Line

At Grand Circle, our #1 goal is to deliver the best travel experience at the best value. We have been ranked among the “World’s Best” River Cruise Lines in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for thirteen years in a row―from 2006 to 2019. In fact, since we first launched our fleet, we’ve earned top marks to become one of the industry’s most decorated river cruise lines.

We’re proud to provide our travelers unforgettable discoveries and we’re extremely gratified when our travelers and industry experts recognize that commitment, and honor us by giving us award-winning high marks in independent surveys.

Click each icon below to see some of our most recent accolades:

Ranked Among the World’s Best Cruise Lines

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
Top “World’s Best” River Cruise Lines 2012-2016, 2018-2019

Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards celebrate readers’ favorite travel experiences in a number of different categories, including cruise lines, tour operators, and more.

Condé Nast Top 5 River Cruises

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
#5 in 2019
#1 from 2012-2016
Listed among “World’s Best” 2010-2011, 2017-2019

Condé Nast Traveler readers are annually asked to rate the world’s best cities, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, and more. In the cruise line category, readers rate their experiences based on ship activities/facilities, cabins, crew/service, design/layout, food/dining, itineraries/schedule, and shore excursions.

Best River Cruise Line for Enrichment

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

Selected by Cruise Critic’s international team of editors, the Editors’ Picks Awards are designed to showcase excellence in categories including dining, cabins, enrichment, and more.

#2 Best River Cruise Line

USA Today 10 Best Readers Choice Awards

In 2015 and 2016, readers selected their favorite river cruise lines as part of USA Today 10 Best’s survey of the best of the best on the world’s riverways.

Gold List & Platinum Circle

Condé Nast Traveler

Until 2015, Condé Nast Traveler readers were asked annually to participate in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Survey—and the resulting Gold List honor was bestowed to a who’s who of top destinations, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, and more. Those who made the list for five consecutive years—like Grand Circle Cruise Line—also earned a place in the prestigious Platinum Circle.

Now that you’ve seen our accolades, click here to start planning your next vacation with the world’s best today!

Click here to see the other commendations we’ve collected over the years, and view below to learn about awards we’ve received for our workplace and for Grand Circle Foundation.

Grand Circle Corporation


Best Wellness Employer “Silver Certification” for our worksite wellness program.
The award is given by Wellness Workdays in collaboration with Harvard Medical School to recognize the significant accomplishments of employers dedicated to improving employee health and well-being.


2018 WorkWell Massachusetts Award Bronze Level
Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts


Boston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
National Association for Business Resources (NABR)


Best Wellness Employer “Silver Certification” for our worksite wellness program.
The award is given by Wellness Workdays in collaboration with Harvard Medical School to recognize the significant accomplishments of employers dedicated to improving employee health and well-being.


Tourism Council of Bhutan
In appreciation for promoting Bhutan as a tourist destination;
largest U.S. travel company to Bhutan


Top Producing Tour Operator received by O.A.T. and Grand Circle Travel

Best Value for the Money Packages received by Grand Circle Travel
South African Tourism Board


Humanitarian Award received by O.A.T.
Tanzania Tourist Board


Top 15 Corporate Charitable Contributors in MA
Corporate Philanthropy Summit and Boston Business Journal


25 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work for in America
Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc. and Society for Human Resource Management


New England Social Entrepreneur of the Year received by Grand Circle CEO Alan Lewis
Ernst & Young


Excellence Award
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy


Top 20 Best Places to Work (large company division)
Boston Business Journal

2000 & 1998

Friends of Thailand Award
Government of Thailand

Grand Circle Foundation


Citizenship Award received by Harriet Lewis
City on a Hill Public Charter School


Cornerstone Award
Neurofibromatosis Foundation


Circle of Giving Award received by Harriet Lewis
The New England Women's Leadership Award (NEWLA)


Thompson Island Outward Bound North Star Award
Thompson Island Outward Bound


UNESCO World Heritage Centre Partners in Conservation Program


AIDS Action Corporate Partner Award
AIDS Action Committee


Big Sister Association Achievement Award
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston


Recognition Award
Shelter, Inc.


Hero of Philanthropy Award
National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE)


Thompson Island Founders' Award
Thompson Island Outward Bound


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Founders' Award
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

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