Travel Dynamics acquires Clelia II yacht

Travel Dynamics International, an educational small-ship cruising company, acquired a 100-passenger yacht, the Clelia II, for an undisclosed amount.

The yacht was built in Italy in 1990 as the Renaissance IV. Travel Dynamics acquired it from a private family, which had owned it since 1995.

"Given the growing demand for small-ship cruising, we are especially excited to be adding another high-quality cruise ship to our fleet," George Papagapitos, president of Travel Dynamics, said in a release.

Clelia II will be the third ship in the Travel Dynamics fleet, the other two being the Corinthian II and Callisto.

"Clelia II offers elegant all-suite accommodations, spacious public areas, expansive open decks and a state-of-the-art spa," Papagapitos said. "The addition of this ship to our fleet will allow us to expand our signature cultural and expedition cruises in the Western Hemisphere."

The 50-suite yacht will join Travel Dynamic's fleet in spring 2009, following refurbishment, redecoration and upgrading the ship's hull to ice-class for cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic.

After coming out of dry dock, the Clelia II will operate on the Great Lakes, during summer and early fall, sailing seven-day cruises between Toronto and Duluth, Minnesota. Later in the fall, the ship will cruise in Canada's Maritime Provinces and along the U.S. Atlantic coast, followed by cruises along South America's East Coast. From November 2009 to February 2010, the Clelia II will sail in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Michelle Baran at [email protected].

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