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Small ship and river cruise company, Grand Circle Cruise Line has purchased its second ship in less than a week, as part of expansion plans.

Chief executive Vince Cook said the company acquired the 98-passenger vessel M/V Corinthian from small ship operator and educational program company, Travel Dynamics. The sale follows last week’s acquisition of River Cloud II, which will be renamed M/S Chanson.

Grand Circle will assume operational control of M/V Corinthian next year when she returns from an Antarctica voyage.

The line has also entered an agreement with Travel Dynamics to continue to provide guests with on board education programs.

“We are committed to expanding our small ship fleet and to creating affordable, new small ship itineraries that provide travelers with an intimate experience of a destination.

“Our travelers to Antarctica have had an amazing experience on the Corinthian, and we feel extremely proud that this spectacular ship has joined our growing fleet,” Mr Cook said.

Grand Circle Cruise Line will launch three new itineraries for the Corinthian in 2015, including an eight-night roundtrip from Lisbon, Portugal with stops in Portimao, Algarve; Casablanca and Tangiers, Monaco; and Gibraltar and Seville in Spain.

There’s also a 12-night Baltics cruise calling in Copenhagen and Ronne, Denmark; Gdansk, Poland; Visby and Stockholm, Sweden; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Helsinki, Finland. And an 11-night UK cruise sailing to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, the Outer Hebrides Islands, and Isle of Skye, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; Holyhead, Wales; and the Isle of Scilly, England.

M/V Corinthian has 49 large outside-facing suites. All suites have individual climate control, mini-refrigerator, a sitting area and a private bath.

Public spaces on board include a restaurant, two lounges – one with panoramic windows – and a library with Internet access.