Editors Note: Corinthian has been acquired by Grand Circle Cruise Line.
This luxury expedition ship has sailed under a variety of names and has been part of the Travel Dynamics International fleet twice. A sister ship to Silver Galapagos, now owned by Silversea, Corinthian started out as Renaissance Four in 1991, came under the TDI banner in 1996 as Clelia II and spent a year as Orion II before TDI reacquired it in 2012.
The ship is built to give well-heeled travelers all of the amenities they crave, while maintaining TDI's focus on enrichment and education. All of the cabins are suites, between 215 and 285 square feet. In-room features in each cabin include a satellite TV, a DVD/CD player, a mini-refrigerator and a telephone. Bathrooms have marble appointments and teak floors, with terry robes, slippers and L'Occitane products. Fresh flowers and a fruit basket go to every passenger, and there's 24-hour room service.
The ship has two lounges, the Lounge and the Nautilus Club. The former is where lectures and presentations are held, as well as the Captain's Welcome and Farewell celebrations; there's also a dance floor. The smaller Nautilus Club, on the same deck as the bridge, contains a piano bar, as well as a library. There's a gym, a massage room, a beauty salon and a Jacuzzi on the top sun deck. Besides the dining room, which serves its meals in open, unassigned seating, passengers can eat at an outdoor cafe on the Cleo Deck. Wine, beer and soft drinks are served during lunch and dinner, plus an open bar is available throughout the cruise. An elevator serves all decks, and there's even a resident physician in the infirmary. (A fee is charged for visits.) Internet is available in the library, and there's Wi-Fi throughout the ship, but it costs $27 per hour. The U.S. dollar is the ship's main currency.
Corinthian is ice-strengthened and carries a fleet of Zodiacs for forays ashore. Its itineraries include Antarctica in the winter and the Mediterranean during the rest of the year, with particular focus on ancient Greek and other civilizations.