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AmaWaterways Wine Theme River Cruises for 2020-2021

AmaWaterways has just unveiled their schedule for wine-themed river cruises for this year and 2021.  There will be more than 60 exclusive “Celebration of Wine River Cruises”.

Wine themed river cruises are a celebration of wine through renowned vineyards uncovering the time-honored traditions of wine-making from the winemakers themselves.

Whether you’re a wine novice or a wine connoisseur, this is the perfect chance to indulge in one of the most perfect trifectas: travel, wine, and elegant cuisine.

There are 16 wine themed river cruises to choose from that sail on nearly all the rivers of Europe.  Sailings start in the second half of this year and throughout 2021.

Specially designed to further immerse you into the glorious history of Europe’s renowned wine regions, including France’s Garonne, Dordogne, Rhône, Saône and Seine rivers; Portugal and Spain’s Douro River; and the heart of Europe’s rivers, the Danube, Rhine, Moselle and Main

Download the New Wine Themed Brochure Now!

WINE RIVER CRUISES INCLUDE:

  • Elegantly appointed riverview staterooms and suites – most with signature twin balconies, French balconies or full balconies
  • Luxurious suites with added enhancements, such as larger sitting areas, expansive bathrooms and additional surprises
  • Experienced Cruise Manager who accompanies you throughout your river cruise and land journey
  • Onboard Wine Host, often from a renowned winery in North America, leading wine tastings and discussions along with a food and wine pairing dinner during the river cruise
  • All meals on board, with complimentary unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner
  • Sip & Sail cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer and spirits
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms and suites with complimentary high-speed internet, movies, music and English-language TV stations
  • Complimentary water always available
  • Unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Small guided group excursions with a variety of choices, including visits to renowned wineries and vineyards, immersive Special Interest Tours, and hiking and biking adventures
  • Complimentary bicycles, helmets and Nordic walking sticks
  • Distinctive onboard programs, such as interactive discussions, wine tastings, food and wine pairing dinner, cooking demonstrations, music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Wellness activities and classes led by a professionally trained Wellness Host
  • Expertly trained, all English-speaking staff

For itinerary details, schedule, or with any questions – call, text, WhatsApp 646-276-2727

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Crystal River Cruises New Savings Program!

It’s no secret that cruise lines and tour operators are going to have to put out some really good deals to lure people back into travel.  While 2020 may still be up in the air, there’s some good deals surfacing for 2021.  Crystal Cruises just put out a FANTASTIC opportunity!

Crystal River Cruises has a new Advance Purchase Savings program for select 2021 sailings where you could save up to 50% on a wide variety of European river cruises.

On over 60 sailings from March through December 2021, the promo offers a non-refundable fare of $3,699 per guest for the best available suite at the time of reservation, and the flexibility to change travel dates.

The key words here are NON-REFUNDABLE FULL PAYMENT which is fully due when you book.  So if you booked today, you’re total amount is due and it’s non refundable.  BUT, it is flexible so you can change to another date if you must.  Even with these terms, the deal is unbelievable!

Choose from 10 unique 7-night itineraries and explore the Danube and Rhine rivers on the Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel.

Example of a sailing: 

May 2, 2021 Budapest to Vilshofen Danube River sailing in a Deluxe Suite with Panoramic Balcony (S1) is $3,699 per person.

The normal rate per person is $7,799.

This savings program is capacity controlled and will be honored on a first-come first-serve basis.  It can end anytime.

Crystal River Cruises is:

  • All-Inclusive
  • Ultra Luxury
  • Europe’s only all-suite with Butler Service
  • Sailing with just 106 guests (most river cruise lines are anywhere from 140 to 190)

This is a fantastic opportunity to sail on Crystal for as low as $3,699 per person.  

Please call, text, Whatsapp Jerzy at 646-276-2727 with questions.

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Viking Opens Reservations for Mississippi River Cruises

Viking has just opened reservations for Mississippi river cruises set to start sailing in August 2022. They’re selling quick as the first sailing is already sold out.

The Viking Mississippi (name of the river ship) is currently being built in Louisiana.

It’ll be the largest and most modern ship on the the Mississippi.

There are 4 itineraries that will sail the Lower and Upper Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Heart of the Delta is an 8 day from New Orleans to Memphis
  • America’s Heartland is 8 days from St. Louis to St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Southern Celebration is 8 days from New Orleans back to New Orleans
  • America’s Great River is 15 days from St. Paul to New Orleans

You’ll be able to add pre and post cruise options in New Orleans (even during Mardi Gras), Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, St. Paul, and more).

For itinerary details, schedule, or with any questions – call, text, WhatsApp 646-276-2727

AmaWaterways – What’s Included In Your Rate!

AmaWaterways is a family owned and operated river cruise line that’s been in business since 2002.

Year in and year out they win countless awards, here are some of the recent awards:

  • Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards for Best River Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers, Best New River Ship
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for Overall River Cruising, Overall Cruise Ship (AmaMagna), Luxury Ship (AmaMagna)
  • Porthole Cruise Readers’ Choice Awards for Best River Ship (AmaLea)
  • Travy Awards for Best Overall River Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Line in Africa/Egypt, Best River Cruise Line in Asia, Best River Cruise Line in Europe.
  • Much much more….
At the Travy Awards 2020. Me with AmaWateways owners Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner

AmaWaterways sails in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Egypt.

They offer Wine Themes Cruises, Christmas Cruises (Magical!!!), and they have a Golf Program!

They have a fleet of 22 ship – including the revolutionary new AmaMagna (which is twice the width of a normal river ship).

AmaWaterways falls into the category of ALMOST ALL-INCLUSIVE (Europe):

  • All your meals on board are included
  • Beer & wine is served with lunch and dinner (very generous pours.  No skimping!)
  • Sip & Sail cocktail hour every day offering beer, wine, and spirits
  • Gourmet coffee, teas, bottled water 24 hours a day
  • All land tours included (available to reserve 60-90 days prior to sailing but you can wait to book on board. Not capacity controlled so you will not miss out!)
  • Special Interest Tours included (these are capacity controlled so book them the minute you get on board on your first day)
  • Bikes on board all ships (there are a certain number on board so book ahead of time when you know you’ll want to use them)
  • WiFi included (AmaWaterways knows people want to stay connected and they put a lot of money into WiFi technology)

Not included in your rate:

  • Gratuities
  • Spa services
  • Alcohol drinks outside of beer & wine with lunch & dinner and daily cocktail hour.

If you have any questions about AmaWaterways or anything else, please feel free to call 646-276-2727 or send us a note.

Virgin Voyages Exciting New Cruise Line coming to Miami!

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a Virgin Voyages cruise line boot camp.  This is a training session informing travel advisors about all the ins and outs of their cruise line.

Virgin Voyages is a new cruise line brought to you by Richard Branson.  And it looks fantastic! I was expecting just another addition to the cruise line roster.  But Virgin Voyages is going to be a bit different!

Two things that tipped me off to this immediately are:

  • It’s adults 18 and over only.  Leave the family at home for an adults only break.  Or if you don’t have kids, you won’t have a ship overrun by children!
  • The new ships will do shorter itineraries.  This is a big thing in my opinion. Most cruise lines that offer 4-5 night sailings are using much older vessels.  With Virgin, you can do a cruise as short as 3 nights on a brand new cruise ship.

Here are some other key differences:

  • There is no main dining area.  And, there are no buffets! There will be 20 eateries where you can pick and choose.  No extra charge! It’s included in your cruise fare.
  • Beverages included like soda, coffee, tea’s, and juice.  Alcohol is extra.
  • Gratuities are included.  For everything. Your meals, drinks, cabin…
  • WiFi is included.  Internet at sea can get pricey but it’s nice to not have to pay for this.  There is a premium version they sell if you want to stream video. But having the free version to keep connected is great!
  • Skipping the Broadway shows for more contemporary and immersive entertainment.
  • Parties, parties parties.  Pool parties. Night clubs.  
  • DJ’s on board!  From the likes of Diplo and Mark Ronson (both super famous DJ’s)
  • Exclusive beach club in Bimini.  It’s a tranquil environment and magnificent!  

All this and I haven’t yet mentioned the ship!  Named the Scarlet Lady, it holds 2,770 passengers with 1,160 crew.  It’s a high tech ship that’s sleek and modern.  

  • Cabins transform from sleep mode to day mode giving you more space to live and sleep. 
  • Rainshower with real glass doors (not the plasticky shower curtains).
  • Handmade hammock on your terrace for zen like relaxation.

Suites take it up a notch!  Categorized as Rock Star and Mega Rock Star.

Rock Star Suites:

  • Your very own concierge agent called “Rockstar Agent”
  • Better and stronger WiFi
  • Private transfers
  • In room bar (the first round is on Virgin!)
  • Priority access to all restaurants
  • VIP access to the Beach Club 

Mega Rock Star Suites:

  • Daily bar tab is on Virgin
  • Personalized bottomless bar
  • Thermal Suite daily access
  • Hair and makeup done daily
  • Prime location on deck 15 near Richard’s Rooftop (A chic top deck private club exclusively for suite guests)
  • Suites range from 570 SQFT to 2,147 SQFT

Virgin calls their guests “Sailors” and the travel agents who serve them “First Mates”.

Sailings start on April 1st of 2020 from Miami to the Caribbean on 4 night to 7 night sailings and in the Mediterranean during the summer months.  

In 2021, Virgin will introduce their second ship.  The ship is named Valiant Lady and will sail from Barcelona!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 305-814-8184 or send questions or comments here!

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