Good things come on small ships

Before Alan and I founded Grand Circle, I began my career as a teacher. I was always pleased to see a class roster with just the right amount of students—these small groups led to enriching conversations and interactions. This is why I’m so excited that this month’s Harriet’s Corner spotlights Small Ship Cruise Tours, as traveling in groups of 25 people or fewer (and on many ships, crew to passenger ratios of 1 to 2!) provides a similar experience.

A favorite lesson for students of all ages is mythology, especially the ancient legends about Ephesus, which you can discover on Treasures of the Aegean: Greek Islands Cruise, Athens & Istanbul. You can also learn about Greek history and culture on other cruise tours—including Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece and Turkish Coastal Voyage: Greek Islands, Istanbul & Athens—or check out this month’s Global Kitchen, and learn how to whip up one of Greece’s signature dishes (served as a soup or sauce!) in a tangy, citrus-punctuated delight, Avgolemono, literally, “egg-lemon.”

You’ll also experience some of the world’s most iconic cuisines—French and Italian—on The Rivieras: France, Italy & the Isles, featuring the M/V Arethusa, ranked the #2 Small Ship in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. This month in Travel Talk , I help answer a question from a traveler who wants to know more about the experience sailing solo on this award-winning vessel.

And I’m proud to say Grand Circle Cruise Line will soon offer more trips aboard another one of our travelers’ favorite small ships: the 98-passenger, all-suite M/V Corinthian. While the Corinthian has been praised by travelers on our Antarctica’s White Wilderness trip—which you can read more about in this month’s Traveler Story from 11-time travelers Susan and David Weymouth—it’s now going to join our fleet year-round so we can offer you even more discoveries. Besides the vacations to Iberia & Morocco, the Baltics, and the British Isles that you can read about in Community News & Views, we’ll be announcing several other Corinthian trips in the coming months—so stay tuned and please check back on our website or in Harriet’s Corner to read more!

Which of our new destinations is most appealing to you? Where would you like to travel on your next Small Ship Cruise Tour? Share your thoughts with me at

Harriet Lewis