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 Attentions From Your Expert Resident Program Director

Grand Circle Cruise Line is the only cruise line with Program Directors who join your group for the duration of your travels—on land and on water. A native or resident of the region you are visiting, your Program Director will enhance your exploration with the kind of insight and passion that only a local can provide, offering invaluable tips and suggestions for spending the ample free time built into every Grand Circle Cruise Line itinerary. Plus, each Program Director is assigned to a small group of no more than 25 to 45 travelers, allowing for more personalized attention.
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What Sets Grand Circle Cruise Line Apart

By ensuring your trip includes these four components, we strive to provide you with an unforgettable experience. This is why 97% of our travelers tell us that they plan to travel with us again:

  • Great VALUE: Dollar for dollar, feature for feature, you’ll enjoy more for less. We invite you to shop around and see for yourself. Better yet, take advantage of Grand Circle Cruise Line's Lowest Price Guarantee.
  • PACING that suits you: On a Grand Circle Cruise Line vacation, you won’t miss out on the must-see sites—but you’ll also enjoy free time to relax or make your own discoveries.
  • More CHOICE: Want to see more of the region? Add on an optional pre- or post-trip extension. Looking to expand your experience? Join one of our optional tours. Or set out and explore on your own: The choice is yours.
  • Enriching DISCOVERY: Home-Hosted Visits, hands-on crafts or art demonstrations, and discussions on topics other travel companies might consider taboo. Enjoy these included features, plus the expert advice of your Program Director. Immerse yourself in the local culture—and learn!

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