--By Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor
Travel Dynamics International sidelined Yorktown in March 2014 due to "cash issues." In July of the same year, the ship was seized by a German bank claiming they were owed money for it. The bank is currently trying to sell the ship to a new owner.
Yorktown Fellow Passengers
Because most people book their voyages through tour groups affiliated with TDI, the makeup and demographics vary. Passengers professed loyalty to their booking group, such as the Smithsonian or Orvis, rather than the line itself. That being said, the type of person who chooses an enrichment vacation is a little self-selecting. On our cruise, we met a New York City public school teacher, a timekeeper for the Indy 500 and a wide range of physicians.
Although Yorktown is billed as an expedition vessel, our shipmates seemed less athletically inclined than those we've met on similar cruises with other companies. Many passengers complained about the itinerary being too difficult, and at a few stops, a fair number of people stayed onboard. Most fell within the 60-to-80 age range, although a few people were in their 50's.
Yorktown Dress Code
As with most expedition cruises, the ship eschews formal nights, and sport coats are not required, although several men wore jackets at the Captain's Welcome Dinner. Your daytime clothes will depend on the itinerary. On my Belize trip, passengers wore loose pants and tops designed to be comfortable and cool, as well as hats to protect from the sun. At night, men wore slacks to dinner (no jeans or shorts), and women wore nice pants, skirts or dresses that still fell on the casual side. While there's no need for heels, women may find themselves packing a variety of shoes -- hiking boots or sneakers, water shoes, flip-flops and sandals -- and wearing all of them.
American dollars are the ship's currency. Gratuities for the crew are paid at the end of the trip, in cash or with your credit card as an addition to your total bill. The company pools tips, and you're not encouraged to give individual amounts to waiters or housekeeping staff. The recommended amount is $16 per person, per day.
My wife and I approached this with some fear and trepidation due to a prior review of the same Yorktown cruise among the U.S. and British Virgin Islands a few weeks before ours, which commenced from St. Thomas on Friday, January 17, 2014. We need ...continue
January 3, 2014
We have just returned from our trip on the Yorktown visiting the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, offered by Travel Dynamics International (TDI). Rather than repeat the information about the ship’s provenance or the ...continue
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This is my first review of a cruise via Cruise Critic, so fellow cruisers here is my opinion of what our cruise on the Yorktown was like. I have identified good points, bad points and where I think they could make improvements. The ships ...continue