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Who goes on Grand Circle cruise ships?

As with all Grand Circle cruises, the passengers onboard will all be at least 50 years old. Virtually all are from the United States, with a handful of Canadians, and they are generally well traveled. At least half of them are repeat passengers with Grand Circle. Passengers tend to be retired or semi-retired, active and college-educated, with strong business and professional backgrounds.

Do I have to dress up on a Grand Circle cruise?

Not really. There is no dress code, and passengers tend to dress casually for shore excursions. They might put on something a little smarter for dinner, but it isn't a must.

Is everything free on Grand Circle cruises?

Almost everything is included. Fares cover all meals; an open bar of house beer, house wine and soft drinks; most excursions; and Wi-Fi. Tips are not included.

What are Grand Circle’s most popular activities?

The focus of any Grand Circle cruise is the chance to experience other cultures, histories, traditions and people. In addition to standard walking tours and coach rides to places of interest, the line's Exclusive Discovery Series events take passengers into the heart of the destination's culture, providing a glimpse of people's day-to-day lives through home-hosted meals, for example.

Onboard, the ships offer local musicians on select nights; they always draw an audience.

Why go with Grand Circle?

  • Emphasis on other cultures, histories, traditions and people.
  • Itineraries include Europe, China, Russia.
  • Local and regional specialties included in menus.
  • Cruise with a well-traveled, over-50 bunch.

Best for: Mature, culturally-curious North American travelers looking for an inclusive river cruise

Not for: Families, budget cruisers and anyone under 50 years of age

Grand Circle Cruise Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

I don’t recommend Grand Circle

Other than Lucy I don’t have much good to say about an expensive $244 per day trip.On each side of the table is the seating area, which has enough space to seat two people or total 4, even though the rooms only sleep two.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Paris to normandy on the Seine River

This cruise departed from Paris after three days there and visited several towns on the Seine River, including Pontoise, Vernon, Rouen and Honfleur.The included activities list goes on and on, but you could just sit on the sun deck too if you wished.Read More
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Fast Alongside

10+ Cruises

Age 70s


This was our 3rd river cruise, the first and last on Grand Circle, The river boat is in desperate need of a makeover, cabin decor is worn looking at best.Grand Circle lowered the price $4,000 per couple a few weeks after we paid in full.Read More
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ncc and jcc

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Simply Splendid

The Springtime beauty of the Great Rivers of Europe mingled with the excellent and caring of the River Rhapsody staff made for an amazing trip!I'm sure all of the Grand Circle ships have great staff, but the Rhapsody staff made me feel so comfortable, as I was alone after dinner often and early morning since my Mother was sleeping.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

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