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AmaWaterways Releases 2019 Wine Cruise Brochure

AmaWaterways released its 2019 Wine Cruises Through Europe brochure with 64 exclusive sailings hosted by North American winemakers, winery owners and wine experts. The new brochure features an array of river cruises, including the debut of two new itineraries, the newest ship and an expanded list of shore excursions offering guests a way to explore […] The post AmaWaterways Releases 2019 Wine Cruise Brochure appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Amawaterways – An Overview of Douro River Cruise Itineraries

Amawaterways offers two packages on the Douro River – the Enticing Douro and Flavors of Portugal. There are some similarities between the two but also a few differences. So let’s take a look at each of the Amawaterways’ Douro River Cruise itineraries. Enticing Douro This is a 7-day itinerary that travels round trip from Porto. […] The post Amawaterways – An Overview of Douro River Cruise Itineraries appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines

Beverage Policies can vary dramatically from one river cruise line to the next. While nearly all of the major lines offer at least some complimentary beverages, some are more inclusive than others. Even if you’ve sailed with a particular line in the past, you may notice that beverage policies can change from year-to-year. Both Tauck […] The post Beverage Policies Across Different River Cruise Lines appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Active River Cruises:

River cruising can be surprisingly active. Unlike ocean cruises, river cruising throughout Europe, Asia and abroad requires a decent amount of physical mobility. Walking tours are prevalent in most, if not all, ports of call, and it should come as no surprise to those wearing FitBits that it’s easier than you might imagine to hit […] The post Active River Cruises: appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaMagna: River Cruising’s Answer To Small Luxury Ocean Ships

At 72 feet across, AmaMagna is roughly twice as wide as the company’s existing river cruise vessels. Measuring 443 feet long and managed by a crew of 70, AmaMagna will be able to transport 196 guests along the Danube in a kind of comfort not previously known. The post AmaMagna: River Cruising’s Answer To Small Luxury Ocean Ships appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto in Southeastern Europe – Cruising the Lower Danube River

Back in late 1991, communism collapsed in Eastern Europe, a forgotten region harboring countries essentially ghosted behind an invisible Iron Curtain. With the dissolution of the former Soviet Union, the region’s once Soviet-subsidized and now Soviet-abandoned economies countered financial devastation with varying degrees of success. Unfortunately, this has been compounded by subsequent ethnic wars, religious […] The post AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto in Southeastern Europe – Cruising the Lower Danube River appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Announces Sponsorship of New Samantha Brown Show

AmaWaterways announced the two-year sponsorship of a new show by celebrated travel expert Samantha Brown. Debuting tonight, the first season of Places to Love will air on public television, nationwide, with 13 weekly episodes. A second season will follow. The show explores some of the most vibrant destinations around the globe and showcases the unexpected personalities that bring […] The post AmaWaterways Announces Sponsorship of New Samantha Brown Show appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Will Expand Wellness Program to Five Ships in 2018

AmaWaterways announced that the company’s Wellness Program – tested earlier this year onboard AmaLyra – will be expanding to six ships in 2018. The first in the river cruising industry to offer bicycles onboard, AmaWaterways practices active cruising through its new Wellness Program, which includes morning stretches, jogging, yoga, cardio/core strengthening, resistance band workouts and circuit […] The post AmaWaterways Will Expand Wellness Program to Five Ships in 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Announces 2018 Wine Cruises

AmaWaterways announced its 2018 Wine Cruise lince-up with 50-plus itineraries hosted by North American winemakers, winery owners and expert oenologists. Designed to provide an immersive wine experience, AmaWaterways’ Wine Cruises blend the best of both New and Old World viticulture by offering guests access to some of North America’s top winemakers, and the opportunity to experience […] The post AmaWaterways Announces 2018 Wine Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Announces Month Long Discount Offer for CLIA’s Plan a Cruise Month

Each year, the cruise industry – led by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – comes together for one month to support a worldwide movement to learn, plan and book a cruise vacation. The campaign offers advice to cruise veterans and rookies, cruise line deals, promotions and expert opinions to help maritime enthusiasts navigate an […] The post AmaWaterways Announces Month Long Discount Offer for CLIA’s Plan a Cruise Month appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Video: A Cruise Along The Seine With AmaWaterways

The Normandy region is renown for its beauty, its palatable flavors, its gorgeous countryside and the D-Day Landing Beaches. Bookended by Paris, a cruise along the Seine speaks to the sublime pleasures of exploring a narrow ribbon of river that inspired a handful of French Impressionists and that continues to inspire Francophiles today. Check out […] The post Video: A Cruise Along The Seine With AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Releases 2019-2020 Africa Brochure

AmaWaterways released the company’s 2019-20 Africa Safaris & Wildlife Cruise Brochure, which features several returning favorite itineraries and a new four-night post-cruise extension in Rwanda. “My husband and I fell in love with Africa several years ago, and as such, we wanted to create a truly unique journey for our guests to experience this incredible […] The post AmaWaterways Releases 2019-2020 Africa Brochure appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2018 Danube Christmas Markets Price Comparisons

Of all the possible months to take a European river cruise, late November through until the Holidays remains our favorite time to take trip down the famed Blue Danube. Although fall comes with cooler temperatures and the possibility of rain and or snow falling, these “off-season” river cruise departures also have some major advantages going […] The post 2018 Danube Christmas Markets Price Comparisons appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Video: A Cruise On France’s Rhone River With AmaWaterways

Transcript A Rhone River cruise delivers you to the epicenter of a fascinating destination. I’m Ralph Grizzle of River Cruise Advisor, and I experienced the Rhone on AmaWaterways during a weeklong voyage from Lyon to Arles. Join me for adventure on one of France’s most famed rivers. The perfect gateway to a Rhone discovery is […] The post Video: A Cruise On France’s Rhone River With AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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2018 Price Comparisons On The Seine

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As AmaWaterways’ 144-guest AmaLyra made its way back into Paris earlier this month, I stood out on deck to take a beautiful sight. Ahead of me: the iconic Eiffel Tower and in front of it, a replica of the Statue of Liberty (the authentic one in New York was a gift to the United States from the […] The post 2018 Price Comparisons On The Seine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Rhone River Excursions On AmaWaterways

So why choose to river cruise the Rhone? For argument’s sake, let’s say that you’ve narrowed your choices and that you’ve settled on France for your river cruise. You could do the Seine, which is lovely, setting off on your journey on a gorgeous evening from beneath the Eiffel Tower for an adventure that takes […] The post Rhone River Excursions On AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Offers Early Booking Savings for 2017 Christmas Cruises

AmaWaterways has redefined holiday travel for those seeking an unforgettable journey this holiday season.  Guests booking by September 30, 2017 can receive up to $1,500 off per stateroom for their next Christmas Markets cruise, offering an incredible value of accommodations, service and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that won’t break the bank. AmaWaterways’ Christmas Market themed itineraries travel to some of the most festive […] The post AmaWaterways Offers Early Booking Savings for 2017 Christmas Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Double-Width Ships On the Rivers: Why You Might Want to Give them a Spin

On the rivers of Europe, there has always been one glaring issue holding back river cruise lines from being as innovative as they’d like: size. Ships sailing the Danube, the Main and the Rhine have to adhere to strict regulations governing how long, wide, and tall ships can be built. This is done primarily so […] The post Double-Width Ships On the Rivers: Why You Might Want to Give them a Spin appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Announces Discount on 2017 Christmas Cruises

AmaWaterways announces the launch of a limited-time offer, giving travelers who book one of the company’s Christmas Markets cruise itineraries by July 31, 2017 up to $1,500 off their cruise fare.  The offer brings affordability to those seeking an unforgettable journey exploring the Christmas magic of Europe’s Danube and Rhine rivers. AmaWaterways’ Christmas Markets themed […] The post AmaWaterways Announces Discount on 2017 Christmas Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Overnight In Tournon, On AmaWaterways

After a 25-kilometer morning bike ride through gorgeous French countryside, we departed Vienne, France, this afternoon on one of the most beautiful days I have experienced on the rivers of Europe. The landscape was stunning, with the nascent blooms of spring bathed in the buttery brightness of a perfect May day. AmaCello was taking us […] The post Overnight In Tournon, On AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruising The Rhone On AmaWaterways: Lyon To Arles

OUR CRUISE FROM LYON TO ARLES April 20-27, 2017, I will cruise along the Rhône river through France’s legendary wine growing regions. The region is home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône, and I’m sure we’ll sample plenty of wine. We’ll enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, […] The post Cruising The Rhone On AmaWaterways: Lyon To Arles appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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On Avalon Waterways In Amsterdam: Channeling Our Inner Van Gogh

In Amsterdam, Avalon Waterways invited a group of us to try its newest offering, an Active Discovery experience where a skeptic learned to appreciate painting. Amsterdam, April 12, 2017 — The skeptic in me thought it would be boring. A painting workshop. I’m not a painter. Why would I want to waste my time putting a […] The post On Avalon Waterways In Amsterdam: Channeling Our Inner Van Gogh appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Cruising the Mekong in 2017

Running between Cambodia and Vietnam in Southeast Asia is the Mekong River. At 4,350 kilometres (2,703 miles) in length, it is the 12th longest river in the world, and the 7th longest river in Asia. On the river cruise front, it has also proven to be one of the most popular waterways in Southeast Asia; […] The post Cruising the Mekong in 2017 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Boats & Bikes With Backroads & AmaWaterways

This is a continuation of a series featuring my favorite cruises of 2016, to be compiled in an ebook that will be published on January 31, 2017. Do you enjoy bicycling and seeing new places? If so, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better mix than bicycling in Europe during your river cruise. In September, I did […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Boats & Bikes With Backroads & AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: AmaWaterways’ Taste Of Bordeaux

Wow! I spent a lot of time on the rivers of Europe last year. Eight river cruises in total. In fact, when I wrote these words I was sitting in the 8th-floor Marriott lounge overlooking the Rhône river in Lyon, France. I highly recommend the hotel for pre/post cruise stayovers, by the way. There’s a beautiful park behind the […] The post My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: AmaWaterways’ Taste Of Bordeaux appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Favorite Voyages of 2016: On The Seine With AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways operates in three regions of France: Bordeaux, Provence and Paris/Normandy. One of my favorites is along the romantic Seine. The seven-night voyage begins in the “City of Light,” where the AmaLegro was docked within view of the Eiffel Tower. Once underway, AmaLegro follows the meandering Seine along landscapes that inspired impressionists such as Claude Monet. […] The post My Favorite Voyages of 2016: On The Seine With AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Riverside Chat: Q&A AmaWaterways & Magnificent Europe

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Transcript: I’m Ralph Grizzle, and I run a website called RiverCruiseAdvisor.com. We provide resources to help people make informed choices about river cruises. The Magnificent Europe itinerary that I am on now spans 15 days. You visit five countries on three rivers, plus you get to do the Main-Danube Canal. I think it’s AmaWaterway’s most […] The post Riverside Chat: Q&A AmaWaterways & Magnificent Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Sets Its Sights On India In 2018

European river cruise operator AmaWaterways has its sights set on a new destination: India. Company co-founders Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner revealed the news in December 2016, confirming that the company is currently in discussions to determine the size and amenities of a potential vessel to sail India’s Ganges River. They also stated that they […] The post AmaWaterways Sets Its Sights On India In 2018 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Who Knew? It’s Wine Tourism Day: A Toast With AmaWaterways

In Bourg, Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, co-owners of AmaWaterways, became honorary inductees to La Connétablie de Guyenne, an organization founded in 1152 to glorify Bordeaux wines. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
In celebration of Wine Tourism Day on November 12, AmaWaterways is inviting travelers to toast to the holiday with a special offer available on its wine-themed cruises – showcasing the acclaimed wine regions along Europe’s Danube, Douro, Mosel, Rhine, Rhone and Seine Rivers. Celebrated globally, Wine Tourism Day promotes the concept of traveling to wine […] The post Who Knew? It’s Wine Tourism Day: A Toast With AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Feature Video: AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise

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On AmaWaterways 15-day Magnificent Europe voyages between Budapest and Amsterdam, you’ll experience three rivers, five countries and scenic cruising through the heartland of Europe. You’ll experience all of this from the comfort of your floating boutique hotel — the 164-guest AmaSonata — with plush accommodations, award-winning cuisine and service that is professional, personal and perhaps […] The post Feature Video: AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Ships Of 2017: Coming Soon to the Rivers of Europe

niworld's new S.S. Joie de Vivre begins operating on the Seine in March of 2017. Rendering courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.
Next year promises to be another great season for river cruising through Europe, with companies launching new itineraries, new destinations, and of course, new river cruise ships. While the overall numbers are down a bit from 2016 (largely in part due to the fact that Viking River Cruises will only be introducing two new vessels […] The post The Ships Of 2017: Coming Soon to the Rivers of Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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e-book: AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe

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AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe It could just be AmaWaterways most aspirational cruise: three rivers, five countries, 14 nights between Amsterdam and Budapest. Ralph Grizzle’s 33-page guide details it all, including his take on the cruise, as well as what you can expect on such an extended voyage. Buy AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe The post e-book: AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New Video & New eBook Featuring AmaWaterways Amsterdam To Budapest

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Later this week, we’re releasing a five-minute video featuring our AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe voyage this past September. Our 30-second teaser gives you a taste of what’s to come. 50 Percent Savings Please note the 50 percent savings for the brand new companion ebook to AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe. Use the code october2016 during checkout to receive this limited-time offer (it […] The post New Video & New eBook Featuring AmaWaterways Amsterdam To Budapest appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Can You Expect On An AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise? Part II

Early morning cruising on the Main River. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
It could just be AmaWaterways’ most aspirational itinerary: a cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest, covering three rivers, five countries and spanning 15 days. Welcome to AmaWaterways’ Magnificent Europe. Time seemed to stand still on the river. That’s precisely how you would have wanted it had you been on our Magnificent Europe voyage. We were in no rush. […] The post What Can You Expect On An AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise? Part II appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Just For Fun: 360 Video On AmaSonata

Last week while on our AmaWaterways’ Magnificent Europe river cruise, we experimented with 360 video. To keep things simple, we set up the camera in the middle of the oversized chess board on AmaSonata’s top deck. Then we ran circles around the chess board. The result was a fun little video, which you can view below. Thanks […] The post Just For Fun: 360 Video On AmaSonata appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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What Can You Expect On An AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise? Part I

Our home away from home: AmaSonata on the Rhine. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
I am currently midway on a voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest on AmaWaterways’ 164-guest AmaSonata. The duration of the cruise, spanning 14 nights/15 days, is perfect for those who have the time for a truly immersive European experience. In fact, I’ve already heard from more than one person on this voyage that they would love […] The post What Can You Expect On An AmaWaterways Magnificent Europe River Cruise? Part I appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Which Lines Offer River Cruises in Russia?

Scenic Tsar sails Russian itineraries for Scenic Tours. Photo courtesy of Scenic Tours
It’s one of the most historic waterways in the world, but river cruises on Russia’s Volga River are becoming a rare commodity. Geopolitical issues have seen the reduction of these voyages in recent years, though there are still cruise lines that continue to be committed to the region. The vast majority of river cruises through […] The post Which Lines Offer River Cruises in Russia? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Christmas Markets Roundup 2016

Avalon is increasing the number of Christmas Market river cruises it has on offer for 2017 with five new itineraries. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders
If we could only pick one more river cruise to take, it wouldn’t be a difficult decision. Both River Cruise Advisor’s Ralph Grizzle and myself would, without hesitation, hop aboard one of the festive Christmas Markets river cruises that close out the year on the rivers of Europe. Typically operating between November 25 and December […] The post Christmas Markets Roundup 2016 appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Backroads Bike Trips & River Boating: A Winning Combination For Active Travelers

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Backroads Bike Trips & AmaWaterways river cruising makes for a perfect combination for active travelers. Check out our experience of cycling the Danube. 7:45 a.m. Vienna, Austria. We had a big day ahead, a bike ride from Vienna to Bratislava, a distance that would cover 46 miles and fueled only by our muscles. On the […] The post Backroads Bike Trips & River Boating: A Winning Combination For Active Travelers appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Bicycling The Wachau (Wow!chau) Valley With Backroads & AmaWaterways

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Yesterday proved to be the most exhilarating day of our trip so far. There’s still a chance, however, that yesterday will be topped. We are only a little more than midway through an 8-day, 7-night trip on AmaSonata, traveling from Prague to Budapest. Each day holds its own surprises. One intriguing day is still ahead, […] The post Bicycling The Wachau (Wow!chau) Valley With Backroads & AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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En Route To AmaSonata, By Bicycle With Backroads Along The Danube

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After a great day of exploring Prague yesterday, our morning started at 8 o’clock with a 3.5-hour bus transfer from Prague’s Hilton Old Town to Tittling, Germany. Once there, we enjoyed a Bavarian lunch and afterward gathered outside to be fitted for our bicycles, provided by Backroads, the tour company that partnered with AmaWaterways for […] The post En Route To AmaSonata, By Bicycle With Backroads Along The Danube appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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This Week: Bicycling Along The Danube With AmaWaterways, But First A Few Days In Prague

On the Charles Bridge in Prague: While you're at home, Europe is bustling with people and life-enriching adventures. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
This week, I am fortunate to be mixing several of my passions: travel in Europe, river cruising, bicycling and spending quality time with one of my favorite people. Tomorrow morning, my 19-year-old son Alex and I will begin a bicycling adventure from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. Google Maps tells me that we’ll be covering […] The post This Week: Bicycling Along The Danube With AmaWaterways, But First A Few Days In Prague appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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New AmaWaterways Training Course for Travel Agents

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Today, we launch something new here on River Cruise Advisor. We’ve channeled our collective knowledge to produce the first of what will be a series of educational courses designed for travel agents who want to increase their knowledge about river cruising. The initiative is called River Cruise Academy, and our first in-depth course features AmaWaterways. […] The post New AmaWaterways Training Course for Travel Agents appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways Welcomes Family-Friendly AmaViola Into The Fleet

AmaWaterways' AmaViola. Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways.
AmaWaterways welcomed its newest ship, the into the fleet yesterday in a ceremony in the town of Vilshofen, Germany. The 170-guest AmaViola, like sister AmaStella, has been purpose-built to cater to multi-generational families travelling together; a rarity in the world of river cruising, where many lines cater to a demographic made up largely of retirees. […] The post AmaWaterways Welcomes Family-Friendly AmaViola Into The Fleet appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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