Grand Circle Acquires River Cloud II


River cruise company Grand Circle Cruise Line has acquired the River Cloud II, a 90-passenger ship that will operate Grand Circle’s new river cruise tour in Bordeaux, beginning in March 2015.

Renamed the M/S Chanson, the river ship was acquired from Sea Cloud Cruises.

“We are delighted to add the Chanson to our award-winning fleet,” said CEO Vince Cook. “With its capacity of just 90 passengers, our new ship can enter small ports that are inaccessible to larger ships, allowing our travellers to explore small villages and towns, engage with local people, and experience the daily life of a community.”

The Chanson will provide an intimate cruising experience for just two groups of no more than 45 travellers, each with its own expert resident program director. The ship has 47 cabins — all with private baths, flat-screen TV with DVD player, radio, telephone, in-room safe, and individual hearing and air conditioning controls; dining room with informal, single seating; lounge; bar; small library; teak-covered sun deck, and an English-speaking ship staff.

Grand Circle Cruise Line’s new 13-day Bordeaux: Vineyards, Vintages & Chateaux begins at $2,595 and explores Paris, Chartres, Amboise, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Cadillac, Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne and Saint Emilion. Inclusions: accommodation (one night at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse or similar in Paris; two nights at the Novotel Amboise hotel or similar in Amboise; two nights at the Best Western Masqhotel in La Rochelle; seven nights aboard the Chanson; 29 meals with beer, wine and soft drinks during lunch and dinner onboard; eight tours;  Exclusive Discovery Series events; personal headset on all included and optional tours during the cruise; services of a resident program director (assigned to no more than 45 travellers); Captain’s welcome reception, welcome dinner, and farewell dinner; 5% Frequent Traveler Credit applicable towards one’s next Grand Circle trip; baggage handling for one piece of luggage p.p., including tips; and all port charges and gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers.