Travel Dynamics International
- Educational programs aboard a pair of ships, each quite different
- Five-course dinners and complimentary wines served each evening
- Expect an older, well-educated and well-heeled crowd
- Unusual themed sailings in North & Central America, Antarctica & Med
OnboardTravel 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 InternationalThe 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 PassengersExpect 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.
Travel Dynamics Member Reviews
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