AmaWaterways kicks off 2023 season with more opportunities than ever

WHY IT PUTS: AmaWaterways celebrated the opening of the 2023 European season. — Janine Kristoff, Managing Editor, TravelPulse

Luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways celebrated the opening of its 2023 European season following a successful cruise manager kickoff meeting aboard AmaMagna hosted by co-founder and EVP Christine Karst. Guests are now welcome aboard the AmaWaterways flotilla of 19 award-winning vessels sailing the majestic waterways of Europe, including five vessels cruising the scenic rivers of France, five vessels destined for Tulip Time cruises in early spring, and ten more welcoming guests on the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube and Douro. With warm and friendly service, many included shore excursions, luxurious accommodations, delicious food and local wine, river cruises with AmaWaterways in Europe are a personalized way to experience the world’s most captivating destinations.

“Our cruise managers add a touch of flair to our guests’ experience and the opportunity to kick off the 2023 European season with a face-to-face meeting was very special,” Karst said. “We are seeing strong travel demand in 2023 and are receiving many last-minute bookings for all dates, including this summer. Traveling as a family creates special memories that last a lifetime, and departures in July and August are exquisite travel months when everyone is free to enjoy the included walking and biking tours, wine tasting and great culinary experiences.”

Auto-generated description AmaWaterways has long been known for its innovation in active river cruising. As the first company to offer complimentary bikes on every ship, with a complimentary onboard wellness program as well as hiking and walking tours for all fitness levels, AmaWaterways is a leader in providing a healthy lifestyle for guests. For this navigational season, the company is introducing a brand new full size pickleball court on the AmaMagna sundeck. Joining the fastest growing sport in the United States, AmaMagna is the first river cruise ship to feature a full-size pickleball court, giving guests the opportunity to socialize and stay active, creating vacation memories of a lifetime.

Highlights from the 2023 AmaWaterways European season include:

Immersive experience in France

With the constant demand for exciting travel experiences, AmaWaterways offers a host of memorable and enriching experiences that introduce travelers to the rich history, culture, food, wine and people of France. This season, specially organized excursions await travelers, such as exclusive wine festivals, truffle treasure hunts and exciting city tours in the most popular regions of France. Since many AmaWaterways flights to France depart on Thursdays, travelers can easily book combo cruises, visiting up to three different rivers in one trip, expanding their adventures by exploring different regions and historical sites, and saving 10% on consecutive cruises.

All-new journeys along the seven rivers

In 2023, AmaWaterways will officially launch its historic Seven River Journeys, taking guests across 14 countries in 45 days, the longest and most epic river cruise to date. With three dates to choose from, each itinerary will include a unique experience, exceptional amenities, hassle-free transfers between ships, free laundry and transportation, all gratuities on board, and over 130 free shore excursions. Seven River Journeys offers guests the opportunity to delve deeper into each region’s distinctive history, cultural traditions, local cuisine and wines, while enjoying an array of exclusive experiences. These long, wishlist-worthy voyages are guaranteed to surprise and delight guests as they explore great capital cities, charming villages, and World Heritage Sites along some of the world’s most legendary waterways.

Extended season on the Douro River

AmaWaterways has extended the Portugal River cruise season in 2023 with 14 additional round trips aboard AmaDouro. With cruises available until the end of December, guests have the opportunity to experience the joys of this popular destination at the start of the winter season with mild weather, fewer crowds and charming Christmas markets complemented by stunning scenery and delicious food and wine tasting. .

Majestic new routes

Due to increased demand for immersive cultural events, AmaWaterways has added a new classical music celebration to its itinerary list for 2023: Danube cruises. This seven-day cruise passes through Austria, Hungary and Slovakia to the music of Mozart, Strauss and other iconic musicians, giving guests a unique insight into the rich history of classical music and legendary composers in the region. Classical music lovers can choose from seven flights between Vienna and Budapest and visit the birthplaces of famous musicians, world-famous opera houses and enjoy live performances in beautiful venues.

In 2023, AmaWaterways offers time-strapped travelers a new opportunity to explore the Danube with the five-day itinerary “The Majestic Capitals of the Danube”. Guests will get acquainted with the three most impressive capitals of Europe – Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria – with a selection of included daily excursions such as hilltop hikes, bike tours and tastings of local delicacies. These cruises take place during April, May and December aboard the stunning yachts AmaLea, AmaViola and the one of a kind AmaMagna with very spacious rooms, four restaurants and more.

With a variety of pre-cruise and post-cruise land packages, guests can extend their stay in Europe to explore incredible cities. Travelers can get a free two-, three- or four-day ground package on select flights until March 31, 2023. During pre-cruise or post-cruise land packages, AmaWaterways guests stay in world-class four and five-star hotels and enjoy convenient transfers and transportation between hotels and the ship, as well as the services of their AmaWaterways cruise manager throughout the journey. .

SOURCE: AmaWaterways press release.

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