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The Leader in Small Ship and River Cruising Worldwide

Worldwide Discovery at Extraordinary Value Since 1958

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We’re the only company with resident Program Directors

While other cruise companies have a cruise director onboard—who oversees everyone on the ship—and local guides on shore, Grand Circle Cruise Line is the only company to provide expert, resident Program Directors who accompany you throughout the trip. As residents of the countries you visit, these dedicated professionals delight in sharing their in-depth knowledge of local history, culture—and even hidden gems—while taking you a step beyond where most Americans go. In addition to giving you the valuable insight that only a local can, each of our Program Directors is assigned to no more than 25 to 47 travelers—so you won’t get lost in a crowd. This is the reason why Grand Circle Cruise Line travelers consistently name our Program Directors as the main reason they continue to travel with us.

Our resident Program Directors provide deeper discoveries and richer experiences

No one knows a place better than someone who lives and works there. That’s why Grand Circle Cruise Line hand-picks Program Directors who hail from the destinations you’ll visit. And unlike other travel companies who rely on local guides to accompany you ashore, we make sure that your expertly-trained Program Director joins you on every included tour.

Beyond showing you the important monuments—which any guide can do—our Program Directors and expert local guides can offer a more personal perspective on the customs, politics, and local issues that many American travelers miss. Plus, they’ll share what they love most about their countries, from local legends and hidden treasures, to popular cafes and local shops. You’ll see for yourself how today’s local “landmarks” fit in with centuries-old cultural icons.

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