With unique designs that allow easy travel through shallow waters and narrow channels, the Grande Caribe and Grande Mariner offer soft adventure in casual, unpretentious surroundings. The itineraries are specially tailored to the active and inquisitive senior traveler who prefers small quiet ports to tourist traps. With a maximum capacity of 100 passengers, it is easy to socialize and make friends with the typically retired, well-traveled and sociable group onboard. The ships are cozy and comfortable, with a relaxed atmosphere evident in the BYOB policy and informal dress code. Along the way, your captain and onboard lecturers offer enjoyable informational commentary, as you cruise past the breathtaking scenery. The crew, chefs, guest lecturers, outside entertainment, and land tours are all carefully chosen, to provide a pleasurable and relaxing vacation.
Single-sitting meals with an open seating policy allows you the freedom to meet many traveling companions. With a maximum of 96 passengers aboard, you can meet and dine with nearly everyone over the course of your trip. Our chef-prepared meals are delicious, healthy, and often reflective of the region in which you are traveling. Beverages and snacks are available around the clock. With a little advance notice, dietary restrictions can be easily accommodated.
Guests love the unusual "Bring Your Own Bottle" liquor arrangement, which reduces onboard expenses typically associated with cruising. Mixers, ice, snacks, refrigeration, and storage are provided around the clock in our lounge where you can help yourself.
The ships are perfect for those who enjoy conversations, reading, card playing, and occasional entertainment by talented guests and crew (there is a piano aboard both ships). The ships have three common areas: the lounge; dining room; and outside top deck that all offer options for socializing and enjoying activities while onboard. The Cruise Directors offer a variety of activities for guest participation.
The patented bow ramps allow passengers to disembark without the need for docks or jetties. Shallow drafts let the ships sail through shallow waterways, while retractable pilot houses are ideal for sailing under low bridges and locks. Each ship also features a stern swimming platform and two launches (one of them with a glass bottom), which can be boarded from the stern. All cabins feature fresh air ventilation systems, which continuously feed in fresh air and remove "used" air.