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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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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

Alex and me. © 2016 Ralph Grizzle
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

© 2016 Ralph Grizzle
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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AmaWaterways Bordeaux, A Review & Tips For Making The Most Of Your Time On AmaDolce

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AmaWaterways Bordeaux Overview First up, this is an intense itinerary. You can busy yourself from morning to midnight, if you choose to do so (more on that in a moment). On each day of the seven-night, eight-day cruise along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers — and through the Gironde Estuary — you’ll be offered complimentary morning and […] The post AmaWaterways Bordeaux, A Review & Tips For Making The Most Of Your Time On AmaDolce appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Beautiful Bordeaux, A First For AmaDolce

© 2016 Monica Frisk
We are off to a good start. After flying overnight from New York’s JFK to London’s Heathrow to Amsterdam’s Schiphol and eventually landing after 10 p.m. at Bordeaux’s Mérignac airport, I transferred by taxi (30 minutes/50 euros) to the waterfront at “Hangar 14,” where I rolled my luggage aboard AmaDolce. Stepping on board felt a […] The post Beautiful Bordeaux, A First For AmaDolce appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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On Our Way To Bordeaux: Who Offers Bordeaux River Cruises?

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Bordeaux River Cruises: UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Great Wines & Charming Towns By the time you read this, River Cruise Advisor’s Ralph Grizzle will be in the beautiful city of Bordeaux, France. His home for eight days is AmaWaterways’ sleek 148-guest AmaDolce, which operates the line’s popular Taste of Bordeaux itinerary. From Bordeaux, Ralph’s journey will […] The post On Our Way To Bordeaux: Who Offers Bordeaux River Cruises? appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Photo Slideshow: AmaWaterways New Year’s Eve Cruise

View the slideshow in the player above by clicking the arrows. Over New Year’s Eve, we cruised on AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto from Basel to Amsterdam. Monica Frisk put together this photo slideshow. She’s a big fan of river cruising and of AmaWaterways – and of sailing along the rivers over the holidays. We traveled with Monica’s […] The post Photo Slideshow: AmaWaterways New Year’s Eve Cruise appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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AmaWaterways’ Celebration of Wine Voyages

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Love The Grape? You’ll Love These Wine-Themed River Cruises A few years back, AmaWaterways unveiled a series of special wine-themed river cruises. At first, just a handful of itineraries and sailing dates were available for what the line had dubbed its In Celebration of Wine specialty theme cruises. That quickly changed: the cruising public booked […] The post AmaWaterways’ Celebration of Wine Voyages appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Three Kid-Friendly River Cruises

Nuremberg's amazing Marktplatz is anchored by the imposing Frauenkirche - which was, like the town, meticulously built after WWII. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
Although river cruising is primarily an adult activity, it doesn’t mean that kids are totally left out in the cold. A growing number of river cruise lines, including AmaWaterways, Tauck and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection actively cater to multigenerational families with special kid-friendly summer sailings and winter voyages timed during school breaks for the […] The post Three Kid-Friendly River Cruises appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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My Six Favorite River Cruises Of 2015, Part II

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle
Last week, I began writing about my six favorite river cruises of 2015. In that post, I covered 1) paddling the Loire River on CroisiEurope’s Loire Princesse; 2) doing the Danube on Scenic Jasper; and 3) experiencing the high style of Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa. Those three river cruises took me through mid-year. In June and […] The post My Six Favorite River Cruises Of 2015, Part II appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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One Company Exits The Elbe & Another Enters: Should You Consider An Elbe River Cruise? Plus, AmaWaterways’ Low Water Guarantee

Kristin Karst, avidcruiser.com
The Elbe has always been a tricky river to navigate. Many who book Elbe river cruises return home disappointed because their ships were unable to sail due to low water. They end up sleeping on the ships and doing bus tours during the day. You can read quite a few subscriber comments about the realities […] The post One Company Exits The Elbe & Another Enters: Should You Consider An Elbe River Cruise? Plus, AmaWaterways’ Low Water Guarantee appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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The Future Of The Internet On River Cruises: Here Already On AmaWaterways

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During my November cruise on AmaSerena, I was impressed by a number of things related to the AmaWaterways’ product. I wrote about how AmaSerena dared to go where few – if any – dared to go: up a shallow stretch of the Rhine, where low water thwarted navigation for the scheduled sailings of most, if […] The post The Future Of The Internet On River Cruises: Here Already On AmaWaterways appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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Is AmaWaterways The Champion Of Low Water? Going Where There Were No Others On The Rhine

© 2015 Ralph Grizzle
During a seven-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam, where we disembarked on Wednesday of this week, I asked myself: Is AmaWaterways more adept than its competitors when it comes to navigating low water? I had good reason to pose such a question. Water levels along the Rhine River have been at historic lows. On some stretches of […] The post Is AmaWaterways The Champion Of Low Water? Going Where There Were No Others On The Rhine appeared first on River Cruise Advisor.
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