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In December 2014, Ponant Cruises acquired part of the assets of Travel Dynamics International, which then ceased to exist as a company.

Travel Dynamics International operates education-focused travel programs aboard two ships, luxurious Corinthian and more bare bones Yorktown. The company manages to create an onboard ambience that's both relaxed and sophisticated. Five-course dinners and complimentary wines are served each evening at open-seating tables. Casual buffet breakfasts and lunches promote an easy camaraderie among passengers. Lectures are held almost every evening on each ship. Corinthian has in-cabin movies, but there are no TV's in Yorktown's cabins.

Most passengers participate in daily shore excursions, accompanied by knowledgeable local guides. The fast-paced touring leaves little time for independent exploration. So those interested in sampling the local cuisine or power shopping may need to pass on a scheduled excursion or two.

About Travel Dynamics International

The New York-based company was founded in 1959 (as Classical Cruises) around the premise of offering customized voyages to off-the-beaten-path destinations of historic and cultural importance. Adding to the uniqueness of the sailings are resident lecturers and hand-picked local guides, who share their expertise and enthusiasm. Unlike competitors Academic Arrangements Abroad and Gohagan & Company, Travel Dynamics focuses exclusively on cruise travel and operates its own small fleet.

Travel Dynamics International Fleet

Travel Dynamics has six ships in its fleet, though one -- Corinthian -- will be leaving the fleet in fall 2014.

Built in 2007, the two sister ships, Arethusa and Artemis, are 50-passenger yachts that call on out-of-the-way destinations. Cabins feature private balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, flat-screen TVs and minifridges.

Harmony V, launched in 2009, can also accommodate up to 50 passengers. Cabins feature twin- or queen-sized beds, private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. A swimming platform at the back allows for easy access between the ship and sea-related activities.

Other ships in the Travel Dynamics fleet are Pegasus and Road to Mandalay.

Yorktown is no longer part of Travel Dynamics' fleet.


Fellow Passengers

Expect an older, well-educated and well-heeled crowd. Many passengers are affiliated with nonprofit organizations like museum groups, tour operators or university associations; few book directly through Travel Dynamics. Due to the educational focus of onboard activities and shore excursions, Travel Dynamics' cruises are suited to adults with a strong intellectual interest in the itineraries. The exception is the summer, when special family cruises to the Mediterranean and the Great Lakes are geared to younger travelers.
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