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You Haven't Lived Until You've Cruised!  With over 150 distinctive ships, 1800 ports-of-call and an unbelievable array of places to see and things to do; there is a perfect cruise for you.

Luxury Cruises
Luxury cruises are exceptional in every way. State-of-the-art facilities, superb cuisine, first-rate onboard entertainment and stimulating enrichment programs are featured on luxury cruise ships. Vessels tend to be smaller than the average ship and crew-to-passenger ratios are high to ensure impeccable service levels. Designed to deliver unique experiences, luxury cruise itineraries often include intimate ports less frequented by large ships, in addition to well-known hotspots.

The following cruise lines deliver a truly luxury experience on every departure.

Crystal Cruise Line
Crystal cruise line consistently receives "world's best" awards for its exceptional service and overall superb cruising experience. Crystal cruise ships are elegantly outfitted with...

Regent (Radisson) Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas offers flawless service, elegant surroundings and exotic itineraries, on each Regent cruise ship. The fleet of the Regent cruise line has six small, intimate ships...

Seabourn Cruise Line
Seabourn cruise ships have been compared to six-star resorts, consistently winning awards for polished service and luxurious atmospheres...

SeaDream Yacht Club
Founded in 2001, SeaDream Yacht Club provides travelers with a casual, intimate yachting experience and works under the motto, "No clocks, no crowds, no lines, no stress." Each yacht of the SeaDream cruise line departs...

Silversea Cruise Line
The small, all-suite ships of Silversea cruise line offer a luxurious cruising experience. Onboard Silversea cruise ships, you'll find outstanding cuisine and attentive service.

Grand Voyages – World Cruises
Are you ready for the most exciting and rewarding vacation on Earth?  For those who long to leave it all behind for an extended period of time, we have an exclusive list of deeply discounted long cruise itineraries, from 14 to 108 days in length.

While some Grand Voyages operate within a single region, many combine different regions of the world to provide a diverse sampling of people, places, cultures and climates.

Longer cruises comprised of multiple segments should be booked nine to twelve months in advance to ensure availability. If you delay, one segment of your desired itinerary could sell out, making it impossible to book the entire itinerary.
World Cruises typically depart in January, and last approximately 100 days. They are available in their entirety, or in segments of 10 to 90 days. Call Grand World Travel to find out about World Cruises and the various segments that are available.

2010 WORLD CRUISES Twelve ships are committed to 2010 World Cruises.
99 days     Jan 12, 2010   Cunard's Queen Victoria
104 days   May 21, 2010   Princess' Dawn Princess
114 days   Jan 6, 2010     Holland America's Amsterdam
108 days   Jan 5, 2010     Seabourn's Seabourn Odyssey
94 days     Jan 10, 2010   P&O Cruises' Arcadia
108 days   Jan 11, 2010    Crystal's Crystal Serenity
118 days   Jan 13, 2010    Regent's Seven Seas Voyager
106 days   Jan 5, 2010     Fred Olsen Cruise Line's Balmoral
107 days   Jan 27, 2010    Princess' Pacific Princess
101 days   Jan 4, 2010     Cunard's Queen Mary 2
91 days     Jan 21, 2010   Silversea's Silver Spirit
104 days   Jan 5, 2010     P&O Cruises' Aurora

Unlike virtually every other cruise, World Cruises are never available at a discount at the last minute. There is no reason to wait until the last minute to book, and no chance that others who do will obtain a lower price.

Instead, price breaks come in the form of early-booking discounts, past-passenger discounts, and additional discounts which apply only to the customers of the largest sellers of cruises. As one of the largest cruise-selling companies in the world, Grand World Travel has access to all of these special rates.

Magellan led the first World Cruise in 1519. Now you can make your own history on any of these magnificent voyages.

Family Cruises
Cruise ships are an ideal setting for a family vacation. Large ships are designed with kids-only facilities, counselors, planned activities and babysitting. Most cruise lines welcome children to travel on their ships, though infants and pregnant women are subject to some restrictions. On cruise lines with full youth programs, parents can plan their vacation knowing they will be able to relax and enjoy themselves while their children are being well taken care of, making new friends, and having fun. On cruise lines with no youth programs or dedicated youth facilities, kids should not expect to find playmates onboard and parents should plan to entertain their kids for the duration of the cruise.

Following is a summary of services and amenities for kids, by cruise line. Cruise lines with extensive kids programs are highlighted in blue.

 

Cruise Line

Baby Sitting Teen Center/Disco Youth Center or Playroom Youth Staff
Azamara
Carnival Most Ships
Celebrity Most Ships
Costa Cruises Some Ships
Cruise West
Crystal Seasonally
Cunard
Disney
Fred. Olsen Some Ships Seasonally
GAP Adventures
Holland America Most Ships Most Ships
Hurtigruten Some Ships
MSC Cruises
Norwegian Most Ships
Oceania Cruises
P&O Cruises Most Ships Most Ships
Peter Deilmann
Princess Most Ships Most Ships Most Ships
Regent (Radisson) Seasonally
Royal Caribbean
Seabourn
SeaDream Yacht Club
Silversea
Star Clippers
Uniworld
Viking River Cruises
Voyages of Discovery
Windstar
         


Alaskan Cruises
Alaskan cruises have surged in popularity in recent years, and demand to see America's last unspoiled frontier continues to grow. If you decide to cruise Alaska you can see snowcapped peaks, mighty glaciers, steep fjords and such wildlife as whales, black bears, brown bears, bald eagles, sea otters and seals. You'll also find historic gold rush towns, Native American art and culture, Russian heritage and plenty of outdoor adventure. Because of this region's popularity and short season, the per-diem prices for Alaskan cruises are among the highest in the cruise industry.

Alaskan cruises are generally divided into two types, Inside Passage cruises and Gulf of Alaska cruises. The Inside Passage has been the traditional way to cruise Alaska, with most ships sailing round-trip from Vancouver or Seattle, through glacier country as far north as Skagway or Juneau. Gulf of Alaska cruises cover more territory as they travel from Vancouver through the Inside Passage and up to Seward/Anchorage (or the reverse). Airfare for a Gulf of Alaska cruise is generally more expensive because Anchorage is so far north.

• The Alaskan cruise season lasts from May through September.

• Cruises to Alaska are seven to 12 days in length.

• You can find the most affordable Alaskan cruise rates in May and September, the off-peak periods.

• Nearly half of all passengers add a land tour to their Alaskan cruise. Denali National Park, the Yukon gold rush country and the Canadian Rockies are among options.

• Alaska experiences long hours of daylight during summer, lasting up to 23 hours a day in June.

• In addition to popular sightseeing tours via train and motorcoach, cruise lines have added more adventurous shore excursions to Alaskan itineraries, such as sea kayaking, mountain hiking and salmon fishing

• If you have frequent-flier miles, this may be a good time to use a free ticket to fly round trip to Vancouver, the main port of departure for Inside Passage cruises.

• Because in most cases you’ll need to fly a long distance to reach your port of departure, we suggest that you arrive at the port city at least one or two days in advance of your cruise. This will give you time to rest and get oriented before boarding the ship. Most cruise lines offer pre-cruise hotel packages.

Alaska Cruise Tours
Alaska cruise tours offer an in-depth look at America's last unspoiled frontier. Alaska cruise tours combine a cruise of the spectacular Inside Passage or Gulf of Alaska with a land tour that typically includes travel by motor coach, a train excursion in domed rail cars, and stays in wilderness lodges. Denali National Park, the Yukon gold rush country and the Canadian Rockies are among options for the land portion of an Alaskan cruise tour.

• The Alaskan cruise tour season lasts from May through September.

• Alaskan cruise tours last from 9 to 21 days.

• You can find the most affordable rates for Alaska cruise tours in May and September, the off-peak periods.

• Alaska experiences long hours of daylight during summer, lasting up to 23 hours a day in June.

• Passengers who end their Alaskan cruise tours in Anchorage or Fairbanks typically are scheduled to return home on late-evening "red-eye" flights.

River Cruises [More Details]
River cruises, sometimes referred to as river tours, offer travelers a relaxing and intimate way to experience countries and cultures centered around the world's major waterways. Guests on a river cruise enjoy the ever-changing scenery gently rolling past, while they avoid crowds and float along in great comfort. Visit chateaux, vineyards and villages on river cruises, and enjoy leisurely meals with fine wines onboard.

Travel companies operate river cruises all over the world. Often combined with a land tour, a river cruise is an ideal way to see the natural and historical treasures along such famous waterways as the Nile River, the Danube River, the Amazon River and the Yangtze River.

Grand World Travel also offers barge cruises. Barge cruises move at a slow pace, allowing passengers to go ashore to cycle or walk along the towpath, and then reboard the barge at a later point. Barge cruises also carry fewer passengers than riverboat cruises do, as some barge cruises operate with only six guests.