Ranking: #1 in Small Cruise Ships Category: Small Passengers: 50 Number of cabins: 26 Number of cabins with balconies: 18 Smallest cabin, in square feet: 150 Price range: under $250 per person per night in an outside cabin Number of swimming pools: 0 Number of restaurants: 1
About this Cruise Ship
Built in 2007, the 50-passenger Arethusa, owned and operated by Grand Circle Cruise Line, brings their popular river cruise model to the Mediterranean. Like GC's river trips, much of what makes the Arethusa experience special is the ship's two English-speaking Program Directors—experts in regional history, culture, and art—each of whom leads a group of no more than 25 travelers for the duration of the cruise. Despite its size, the Arethusa offers most of the amenities you'd expect: a topside Sun Deck, a lounge and bar area, and a dining room with panoramic ocean views. The 26 cabins range from 150 to 170 square feet and all have flat-screen TVs, AC, and private bathrooms. Upper deck cabins have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and private balconies. Design-wise, the lack of an elevator is the only conspicuous omission, and may pose a problem for those with mobility issues, though the Arethusa has just three decks. Featured itineraries include two-week tours of the Greek Isles (plus Istanbul) and "Hidden Gems" of the Dalmatian coast.