As reported by Cruise Industry News, Grand Circle Cruise Line has announced that it has acquired the 98-passenger Corinthian from Travel Dynamics.
For the last year, the Corinthian has been under charter by Grand Circle Line. Travel Dynamics will continue to operate the Corinthian throughout 2014, with Grand Circle assuming operational control when the ship returns to Antarctica in the fall.
Grand Circle and Travel Dynamics have entered into a long-term agreement through which Grand Circle will provide small-ship itineraries on the Corinthian and its other small ships for Travel Dynamics’ educational programs.
Grand Circle Cruise Line will launch three new itineraries for the Corinthian in 2015, including a 12-night Baltics cruise, an 11-night UK cruise and several repositioning cruises.
Grand Circle stated that its small ships are known for their small group size, for their outstanding local program directors (guides) and nautical and hospitality crew, and for itineraries that connect travelers with locals through activities such as visits to homes, schools, markets, neighborhoods and beyond.
Established in 1998 with a single river cruise ship, today Grand Circle Cruise Line has dozens of small ships and river ships, including three, 4-star plus 50 passenger ships that operate in the Mediterranean (Athena, Artemis and Arethusa), 15 privately-owned river ships, and exclusive charters.
The acquisition of the Corinthian closely follows on the acquisition of the River Cloud II, now named the Chanson, a 90-passenger river cruise ship that will operate in the Bordeaux region of France.