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
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
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.
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