Our Fleet

World-class ships designed with American standards in mind

 

Our worldwide fleet of private river ships—many of which are award-winning—was custom-built especially to meet the needs of our travelers. Whether you’re in Europe or Russia, you’ll travel exclusively with other Americans—for the ultimate in camaraderie. Share stories in your ship’s welcoming lounge or relax on deck with a cool drink. Enjoy single, open seating and unparalleled service in our window-lined dining room. Help yourself to complimentary coffee, tea, and espresso 24 hours a day. And with color flat-screen TVs in every cabin, and complimentary wireless Internet access in most common areas, you can always stay informed and in touch. Finally take comfort in knowing that your ship’s professional staff—all fluent in English—will always be on hand and at your service.

Elbe

We’re pleased to announce the acquisition of our newest vessel—formerly the M/S Dresden, originally built in 1991 for Peter Deilmann Cruises. The M/S River Allegro will officially join the Grand Circle fleet when she sets sail along the Elbe in April 2011. In the meantime, we are investing $3 million this year in a major renovation with an emphasis on comfort. We’re reducing the number of berths from 108 to 90, expanding the bar and lounge area, redecorating the dining room, and more—ultimately bringing the M/S River Allegro up to the high standards of Grand Circle’s award-winning fleet of European river ships. Because we own and will operate the M/S River Allegro exclusively for Grand Circle travelers, we will control the quality of your onboard experience and ensure that you’re well taken care of as you cruise along the Elbe. 

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Rhine, Main and Danube

Custom-built for Grand Circle with our travelers’ needs in mind, your private river ship has a passenger capacity of 140 or 164, with all outside cabins. You’ll experience fine dining and excellent views in the non-smoking dining room. Plus, enjoy leisure time in the bar and lounge, library, and sun deck. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in select common areas. Your cabin features color TV with CNN and movies, radio, direct-dial telephone, individual heating and air-conditioning controls, twin beds that convert to sofas, and private bath with shower and hair dryer.

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France

Set to launch in 2015, the M/S River Chanson’s intimate size and comfortable appointments ensure a relaxing and personal experience. As you discover the beauty of France in a group of no more than 45 travelers, each with its own expert, resident Program Director, you’ll revel in the warm camaraderie of your fellow American travelers. This river ship has a capacity of just 90 passengers in 44 cabins—all with outside views. Ship amenities include a bar and lounge, restaurant, library, and a teak-covered Sun Deck.

The M/S Bizet was launched in 2002. This ship has a capacity of 120 passengers in 60 cabins, all with outside views. Ship amenities include an elevator, bar & lounge, library and sun deck. Your ship has an international crew of 33 and three English-speaking Program Directors.

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Because Grand Circle’s M/S Provence carries a maximum of just 46 passengers, at times you might feel as if you have the river cruiser all to yourself. In actuality, of course, you’ll enjoy the journey—and share the camaraderie—with like-minded fellow travelers. Along the way, relax on the ship’s sun deck and take in France’s grand sights—from charming villages to rolling vineyards, and from elegant Paris to the pristine Cote d’Azur.

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Designed specifically for the smaller waterways of France, Grand Circle’s M/S Chardonnay provides a more intimate cruising experience. This river cruiser carries a maximum of just 46 Grand Circle travelers. That’s because we believe the picturesque villages and vineyards that make up the French countryside are best appreciated aboard a river ship that’s as relaxed as the region itself.

 

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Mediterranean and Red Sea

Owned, operated, and staffed by OAT, these vessels were designed exclusively for two small groups of just 25 OAT travelers, each with its own Trip Leader. On the main deck, you’ll find our reception area and ship’s library. For relaxation, the lounge/bar features inviting leather couches and soft chairs. When it’s time for meals, our large dining area at the stern features an “open seating” policy. While cruising, we’ll enjoy daily breakfast buffets; sit-down lunches and dinners feature international and local specialties paired with regional wines. And for a restful night’s sleep, there are 26 cabins—24 twins and 2 singles. All cabins feature identical private bathrooms with a shower. Each cabin includes a moveable bed, flat-screen TV with CNN, telephone, safe, mini-fridge, individually controlled air-conditioning, hair dryer, and dual electrical outlets.

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Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and Southern Ocean

The Corinthian is 290 feet long and carries 98 passengers in 49 outside-facing suites—each at least 215 sq. ft. in area. All suites feature individual climate control, mini-refrigerator, safe, telephone, TV, DVD/CD player, a sitting area, hair dryer, and a private bathroom with shower. An elevator serves all passenger decks. The ship’s well-appointed common areas include a restaurant, two lounges and a library with Internet access, and provide congenial spaces to get to know your fellow travelers as you cruise. Enjoy discoveries on land in a group of no more than 25 travelers led by your own expert, resident Program Director.

 

Russia

You’ll cruise aboard the M/S Rossia, fully refurbished in 2007, or the M/S Tikhi Don, refurbished in 2005. These vessels accommodate just 216 passengers and feature all outside cabins, Western decor, and a friendly Russian staff. You’ll enjoy English-only shipboard announcements; a dining area with regional and international cuisine; two bars and a library onboard; and panoramic views from the lounge and sun deck. Your cabin features a picture window, twin beds, refrigerator, color TV with movies, and a private, European-style bath with shower.

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