World's Best Cruise Lines 2010

Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises

Overall score: 86.6
Ship size: Small (500 passengers or less)

All aboard: History buffs and travel-show lovers

Exploration and history are the focus of Grand Circle sailings in Europe, Latin America, and China, where program directors tailor activities to each destination: "They really make the trip special." European river tours might afford the chance to see glassblowing demonstrations or to have dinner with a local family. Cabins are "compact and comfortable enough," with wood paneling and rattan furniture. "The crew all seemed to be having as much fun as we were." Regional cuisine includes "a memorable Leben knoedel (liver dumpling) soup." The itinerary from North to South America stops at Incan ruins along the way.


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