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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.

Benefits of adding pre and post days to your river cruise

If you can, always arrive early for your river cruise.  If you can, get to your starting destination a few days early.  I recommend 2-3 days but if you can only do 1, that’s OK.

This tip is not just for a river cruise, I recommend adding a few days for ANY trip you do.  River cruise, ocean cruise, land tour, etc…

Benefits of arriving early:

  • There’s no doubt that you’ll be starting in a wonderful city.  Spending some extra time there will be magnificent. Explore the city, do some of the things that are not part of the tour, venture out of the city to do something different.  Your travel advisor can give you some recommendations here.
  • It will help you get over jet lag for the start of your trip.
  • Flight delays are unpredictable.  Weather, mechanical issues, airline strikes, can affect your flight.  I’ve seen them all happen!  By leaving earlier, you minimize missing the start of your trip.  Most of the time you’ll be meeting your tour guides and fellow travelers over dinner on the first night and you don’t want to miss that!

In addition, you’ll be ending your river cruise in different spectacular city.  If you can add another couple days on the end of your trip, I always recommend that as well.  You’ve traveled a long way, why not make the most of it.

Here are some ideas:

  • Prague – Although Prague is not on a river, it’s a short bus or train ride from cruises that start or end in Germany on the Danube River.  Almost all river cruise lines offer pre or post cruise stays in Prague and they offer transfers to make it easy.
  • Amsterdam – One of the most popular river cruise itineraries are on the Rhine River.  Many either start or end in Amsterdam. This is an excellent city to spend a few extra days!
  • Vietnam and Cambodia river cruise on the Mekong River – Add some time in Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap.
  • Ski the Swiss alps when starting or ending your Rhine River cruise from Basel.

We certainly don’t have to keep it just to the cities that start or end your river cruise.  It’s super easy to fly from one city to another in Europe.  

  • Experience London or Paris then hop on a flight or train to start your Rhine River cruise in Amsterdam.
  • One of my favorite countries in the world is Italy.  Spend some time in Rome, Florence, Naples, Venice… Uniworld has a river cruise starting in Venice on the Po.  Or hop on a short flight to your starting tour destination.
  • I’ve added a few days in Thailand as it’s just a short flight away!  Add a stay in Krabi, Thailand at the end of your river cruise to soak in the sun at some of the most beautiful beaches.  And the Thai food is the BEST I’VE EVER HAD!

There are MANY options!  As a travel advisor, I can offer some fantastic recommendations and help plan your trip from A to Z…


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