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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

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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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A Magical Holiday Christmas River Cruise

I love the Christmas Holidays.  Once we get to Thanksgiving, I start feeling that Christmas spirit.  Christmas music around the clock, Christmas movies, the cooler weather.  I love it all. 
 
As much as I love to river cruise.  Combine them, perfection.
A Christmas river cruise is pure magic.  And the Christmas season is one of the best times to go to Europe.  A true winter wonderland.
 
Glide by storybook villages and snow-capped castles on the riverside.
 
Each year, timeless traditions spring to life at European Christmas Markets, where rows of colorful lights illuminate cobblestone streets and charming booths brimming with traditional handcrafted souvenirs in historic town squares. 
 
A river cruise visits some of the most delightful Christmas markets.
Indulge in gingerbread, Christmas cookies and sugary chimney cakes
Feast on mulled wine or sip hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.
Shop for Hand-carved toys and ornaments from Christmases past.
Listen to Angelic songs of strolling carolers.  
And romantic ice-skating in front of the beautifully illuminated Vienna City Hall.

Some of the time honored Christmas Markets include:

– The Budapest Christmas Market – it’s Hungary’s largest.  It’s strict “handcrafted-only” policy makes it the ideal shopping spot for the one of a kind gift.
– Vienna – situated in front their impressive 19th century town hall with awe inspiring decorations that illuminate the city.
– Strasbourg, France – the self proclaimed “Capital of Christmas”.  The oldest, largest, and most famous Christmas Markets in France. 
– Nuremberg, Germany – One of the largest and most popular in all of Europe.  Nuremberg’s 400 year old Christmas Market offers live music, hand crafted souvenirs, a nostalgic carousel, and a children’s steam train.
– Regensburg, Germany – which an independent jury has described as one of the loveliest in Germany
– Cologne, Germany – featuring their specialty – potato pancakes with applesauce
You’ll be transported from one Christmas wonderland to another by river ship. 
 
Onboard festivities include music performances, tree trimming, exquisite feasts, and engaging in customs that have long since passed.  

Christmas river cruises sail on the Rhine, Danube, and on the Seine in Paris:

– Danube river cruises sail from Budapest to Germany (Vilshofen, Passau, Nuremberg).  Extend in Prague which is less than 2 hours from where the cruise ends in Germany.  Transfer and hotels included so no need to worry about how you’re getting there.
 
– Rhine river cruises sail from Amsterdam to Basel.  Extend in Paris or Switzerland.
 
– Or a Parisian holiday on the Seine. 
 
Christmas river cruises start when the Christmas Markets open (Towards the end of November – could start as early as the 22nd or as late as the 29th).
 
Best time to go, I’d say anytime.  My opinion, that early part of December.
 
There’s also cruises that are out on Christmas day so you can celebrate on the ship.  And you can even celebrate the new year on a river cruise.  Keep in mind that most Christmas Markets do end just after Christmas day so if you’re most interested in the Christmas Markets, go a bit earlier in the month.
 
Christmas on a European river cruise is magical.  It’s a great option for couples and families.  If you’re looking for a holiday getaway, I would highly recommend a river cruise.  No better way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Please feel free to call with any questions at 305-814-8184!

This years top 10 most popular and fastest growing destinations

Virtuoso’s list of this years hottest upscale destination for fall into winter travel.

Top 10 most popular destination for fall 2019 are as follows:
1. United States
2. Italy
3. United Kingdom
4. France
5. South Africa
6. Israel
7. Australia
8. Germany
9. Japan

10. Spain

Interested in something a bit more adventurous or something different?

Here’s a list of the Hot 10 ranking of emerging places with the largest year-over-year percentage increase in fall travel bookings:
1. Uruguay
2. The Maldives
3. Malta
4. Romania
5. Egypt
6. Puerto Rico
7. Rwanda
8. Qatar
9. South Korea

10. Norway

Please feel free to call us at 305-814-8184 with questions.

AmaWaterways Christens newest ship sailing on the Douro River

AmaWaterways recently christened one of it’s newest ships for 2019.  The AmaDouro will sail on the Douro River – featured on Portugal and Spain river cruise itineraries.

Often overshadowed by the Rhine and the Danube, Douro river cruises are growing in popularity.

The ship will sail on the Enticing Douro 7 night cruise from Porto back to Porto with an extension in Lisbon.

Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe’s most unspoiled regions and to Port country— the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Sail roundtrip from Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges”; visit Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro; and marvel at Salamanca, the UNESCO-designated “Golden City.” Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

The spectacular AmaDouro, in 2019.  Like Ama’s other ships, the AmaDouro will feature spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, most of which will include balconies to take in views of the breathtaking hills and terraced vineyards along the river.

Staterooms will also include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe.

The Panoramic Lounge will be a stylish and inviting space for a drink and nightly entertainment. The ship also features a massage room, fitness room, Sun Deck swimming pool and a gift shop, as well as the culinary delights of the Main Restaurant, where you’ll be able to sample the region’s famous Port wine.

To learn more, call us at 305-814-8184 or send us a note here!


 

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