Only Grand Circle Passengers Receive Full Refund on Aborted World Cruise Company Tour

Jun 01, 2000, 01:00 ET from Grand Circle Travel

    BOSTON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The following press release is being issued
 today by Grand Circle Travel:
     World Cruise Company, on day 39 of a 120-day around the world cruise,
 filed for bankruptcy on May 26 and 225 passengers found themselves stranded in
 Papeete, Tahiti, thousands of miles from home.  While most travelers has no
 choice but to secure their own arrangements home, 56 passengers were spared
 this expensive headache for one reason -- they had booked through Grand Circle
     Having learned that World Cruise Company was in serious financial trouble,
 Grand Circle associates in Boston and in local South Pacific offices acted
 quickly to provide its 56 travelers with alternative arrangements even before
 the bankruptcy.  Grand Circle Travel gave its passengers a 100 percent refund
 on the entire tour price, a $400 credit on a future Grand Circle tour,
 accommodations in Tahiti, and flights back home.  No other traveler -- whether
 booked directly though World Cruise Company or with a local travel agent --
 will be receiving any kind of refund or assistance back to the United States.
     "Each year we provide unique experiences and discoveries to more than
 90,000 travelers, and nothing is more important than their comfort and
 safety," said Sean O'Neill, president of Grand Circle Corporation.  "We regret
 the discontinuation of this cruise and the disappointment this has caused our
 travelers.  When unfortunate situations beyond our control sometimes arise,
 meeting our responsibility to our travelers is paramount.  While not
 inexpensive to Grand Circle, giving 100 percent refunds is the right thing to
     Established in 1958, Boston-based Grand Circle Travel is the largest
 United States provider of unique vacations to active Americans aged 50 and
 older.  Grand Circle serves more than 90,000 passengers each year and offers
 more than 300 extended stay, escorted tours, river cruises, ocean cruises, and
 cruisetour programs worldwide.  Each year, Grand Circle Travel donates part of
 its profits to the Grand Circle Foundation, which since 1992 has donated $5
 million to humanitarian and environmental projects at home in Boston and in
 countries where Grand Circle offers tours.

SOURCE Grand Circle Travel