Serious travelers know that the world is more than a collection of iconic sites—it’s a treasure trove of timeless traditions, historical intrigue, and fascinating lifestyles just waiting to be discovered. And no other company can reveal those highlights to you like O.A.T. Our 24- to 98-passenger, ocean-cruising small ships are designed to slip into more remote ports that larger vessels cannot reach, giving you greater access to the cultural heart of the regions we visit. Plus, because all of the ships on our Small Ship Adventures are privately owned or privately chartered by Grand Circle Cruise Line, you can expect an onboard experience tailored to you.
And with itineraries designed for American travelers and a local Trip Leader by your side every step of the way, you’ll enjoy the most authentic and fulfilling explorations possible—all at the best price, guaranteed. See below to learn more about why travelers choose us—and why Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked our entire fleet among the “Top 100 Cruise Ships in the World,” with our three Mediterranean ships among the top five.
You will always receive a 4-star experience at a 3-star price aboard our award-winning fleet of small ships. Included in your trip price are all accommodations, most meals (plus all onboard house beer and wine, as well as soft drinks), included tours, our exclusive Discovery Series cultural events, port charges, and included gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers—yet you’ll still enjoy the lowest prices per day. In fact, we guarantee that you won’t find a lower price in cruising—and if you do, we’ll match it.
Meet Federica Wagner
Learn about an unforgettable moment this Trip Leader witnessed between travelers and locals.
Local Trip Leaders
We are the only small ship cruise line to provide expert, local Trip Leaders to you and your group of no more than 25 like-minded American travelers throughout your trip. Trip Leaders like Federica Wagner, featured here, are so much more than the solitary cruise director found on other ships: They’re with you on land and on water, sharing first-hand insights into your destination, from personal recommendations to candid discussions about controversial topics.
The Small Ship Experience
See how our award-winning 50-passenger small ships will enhance your cruise experience.
Small ships, greater access
The size of our ships, featured in this video, allows us to slip into smaller ports that larger vessels cannot access, limiting your land transfers and bringing you closer to the most authentic discoveries. Explore remote harbors as easily as iconic cities in two groups of 25 aboard our 50-passenger Mediterranean small ships, four groups of 25 aboard our 89-passenger M/V Clio or 98-passenger M/V Corinthian, and one group of 24 aboard our privately-charted, 24-passenger Discovery.
Trip Experience: Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece
Watch travelers as they savor local flavors and revel in Croatia’s warm hospitality.
Immersive cultural connections
Explore your destination on a deeper, more authentic level, experiencing the hidden gems that other American travelers miss. With our exclusive Discovery Series events, you’ll learn about the local culture from those who work, learn, and live there—from Home-Hosted meals (like the one featured here) and school visits to discussions with local residents, and more. These invaluable cultural connections provide you with a greater understanding of life in your destination and a richer understanding of your world.
The leader in solo-friendly travel
We believe solo travelers shouldn’t have to pay a heavy premium to explore the world, so we offer FREE or low-cost Single Supplements on every Small Ship Adventure and FREE Single Supplements on every trip extension. And with dedicated Trip Leaders and regional offices nearby for support, you’ll always feel safe and secure. See how in this special video.
Trip Extension: Iguassu Falls
Watch travelers trek through the rainforest and marvel at thundering Iguassu Falls.
Customize your trip—make it even more special
We offer a variety of ways for you to create your own unique travel experience. You can “break away” before or after your trip; customize your flight itinerary; or extend your discoveries, and make the most of your international airfare, with a pre- or post-trip extension, such as the Iguassu Falls excursion seen here. You can even upgrade your cabin to enjoy a private balcony as you cruise. Just let us know and we’ll make it happen.
NEW Best Price Guarantee
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Travelers and industry experts alike consistently rank the Grand Circle Cruise Line fleet among the best ships worldwide.
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