Author's Update: In December 2014, Ponant Cruises acquired many of the assets of Travel Dynamics International. Ponant specializes in luxury expedition cruising aboard its fleet of five yacht-style vessels, with a focus on destination-rich itineraries, including 15 years sailing the Polar regions.
For 45 years, Travel Dynamics International offered top-notch educational cruises to destinations around the world, accompanied by distinguished scholars, expert lecturers and local guides.
By combining the expertise of the two companies, Ponant intends to develop enrichment programs with a focus on cultural voyages and expeditions to all seven continents. Some of the information for Travel Dynamics International in the rest of this article is now out of date, but Ponant Cruises offers a similar luxury atmosphere and ambiance on its five small cruise ships.
Senior travelers looking for less luxury might enjoy Grand Circle Cruises, which offers a similar educational atmosphere for its cruise travelers on its small cruise ships.
Travel Dynamics International Lifestyle:
Travel Dynamics International (TDI) operated small cruise ships from 1969 to 2014. The company primarily focused on educational cruises to destinations in North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and Antarctica. Onboard dress is country club casual.
Travel Dynamics International Cruise Ships:
Cruise travelers who enjoyed sailing with Travel Dynamics International can find three of the ships previously used by TDI now owned and operated by Grand Circle Cruises--the Corinthian, Arethusa, and Artemis. Grand Circle also specializes in educational cruise tours.
Travel Dynamics International Passenger Profile:
Passengers on the TDI ships were those interested in lifelong learning and have an interest in history, culture, and nature. The cruises featured onboard experts who lectured on a variety of topics, and all shore excursions were included in the fare. Of course, those who are not interested in lectures or just want to stay onboard and enjoy the ship are welcome, but most TDI guests were engrossed in the destinations and wanted to expand their physical horizons.
Travel Dynamics International Accommodations and Cabins:
Travelers didn't find any large suites on the TDI ships. However, on a small ship, it won't take long to get from your cabin to the outdoors!
Travel Dynamics International Cuisine and Dining:
Breakfast and lunch were both served buffet style, and dinner was a five-course a la carte dinner with Continental European cuisine. All meals were open seating and served either in the ship's restaurant or outdoors on the sun deck, weather permitting. House wine and beer were complimentary with lunch and dinner. Room service was also available.
Travel Dynamics International Onboard Activities and Entertainment:
As noted earlier, most of TDI's guests were interested in learning about the cruise destinations, so much of the onboard time was filled with expert lecturers who lead discussions on the ports, culture, history, art, and flora/fauna/geology of the area. Many of the lecturers were world-class scholars, authors, or educators. Some are familiar names, like past lecturers Marvin Kalb, Peter Hillary, and Paul Volcker.