Destination: River Cruises


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On select 2021 sailings throughout Europe

AmaWaterways is delighted to welcome you back to the river – and during their exceptional 2021 sailing season, they invite you to experience some of their newest and most popular river cruise itineraries throughout Europe. As they celebrate their 18th year as a river cruise line, and most importantly, as a family, they are thrilled to offer you Free Roundtrip Airfare from select US and Canada gateways on select 2021 sailings when you make your reservation by December 31, 2020.

As an alternative, enjoy Free Companion Air from select US and Canada gateways OR upgrade to Business Class for $2,999 per person.

NOTE: Pricing and availability listed below is subject to change.

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Free 2021 Airfare for March 21, 27, 28, April 4 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on May 5 Sailing

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Free 2021 Airfare on March 29 (wine cruise), April 10, 11, May 8, 9, 23, 24 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on April 3 (wine cruise), 4, 5, 19, May 1, 2, 3, 16, 30, 31 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on November 27 Sailing

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Free 2021 Airfare on May 8, 15, 22, June 19, 26 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on March 28, April 11, 25, 28, May 9, 23, June 6, 20, July 4, 18, August 15, 29, October 10, 24, November 7, 21 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on May 13, June 10, 17, July 22, 29, August 12 (wine cruise), Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, July 8 (wine cruise), 15 (wine cruise), 29, August 5, 12 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on June 24, July 1, August 19, 26 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on May 6, 13, 27, June 3, 10, July 1, 15, 22, 29 (wine cruise), August 5 (wine cruise), 12 (wine cruise), 26 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on November 27, December 12 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on December 4 & 11 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on November 27, 28, 29, December 12 Sailings

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Free 2021 Airfare on November 25, December 2, 7, 9 Sailings

Other select gateways available for an additional $199 per person; ask for details.

All rates are per person in USD based on double occupancy in a base category stateroom unless stated otherwise. FREE AIR, FREE COMPANION AIR and BUSINESS AIR are valid on select sailings for new FIT and Group double occupancy reservations booked and deposited by December 31, 2020. FREE AIR and FREE COMPANION AIR promotions are based on economy, round-trip, trans-Atlantic airfare departing from select gateways as published (based on availability). FREE COMPANION AIR is based on double occupancy, applies to the second guest and requires the purchase of airfare through AmaWaterways for the first guest. BUSINESS AIR promotion is $2,999 per person based on double occupancy. Offers includes base ticket price, fuel surcharges, taxes and roundtrip airport transfers between the airport and ship and/or hotel for services purchased through AmaWaterways for a published itinerary only. Promotions not applicable to triple/child fares. The deposit requirement for air economy airfare promotions is $750 per person, $550 of which is non-refundable. The deposit requirement for BUSINESS AIRFARE promotion is $1,000 per person, $800 of which is non-refundable. Guest(s) must pay full brochure (published) fare for all itinerary components in order qualify. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of AmaWaterways and are published approximately 75 days prior to departure or sooner. Custom itineraries, itinerary requests and schedule deviations are not accepted on this promotion. Air carrier and flight schedule will be confirmed by AmaWaterways and cannot be substituted. No recourse available for those who wish to change or cancel their selected flight schedules. Additional luggage fees and other ancillary charges imposed by the carrier will apply and can be found on the carrier’s website on or after the release of the flight schedule. Air promotions are not combinable with Solo Traveler promotions or any other promotions/discounts. Offers are capacity-controlled and subject to modification, reduction or withdrawal without notice. Stateroom upgrades, land programs, port charges, visas, and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply.


What to Expect on a River Cruise

River cruises are brimming with onboard amenities. Stateroom are most often river-facing, and come equipped with hotel-style beds, private bathrooms, individual climate control, refrigerators, safes and TVs. Higher stateroom categories may have French balconies, verandas, and separate sleeping and sitting quarters. Rooms range from 150 to 600 square feet. Guests receive excellent and personalized service from on board staff. Additionally, ships include restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as free Wi-Fi. Some ships even come equipped with libraries, boutiques, pools and/or sun decks.

Guests are given a choice of dining options, including where and what to eat. Breakfasts can either be enjoyed al fresco or at the morning buffet, while lunches and dinners can be eaten while viewing passing sights or with friends in a common eating area. Open seating is offered, allowing guests to meet new people or enjoy the presence of the same people each day. Cruises offer regional cuisine and use locally sourced ingredients to help with their authenticity. Also common are wine pairings, selected from local tastes to help guests get a closer understanding of a region’s culture.

River cruisers spend more time in the cities, towns and ports along the way. Included shore excursions consist of guided tours that help guests become well-acquainted with the culture, art and history of their destinations. In addition to guided tours, guests can roam freely around local stops or arrange optional shore excursions. There’s always ample opportunity to find something to do in every port, whether it’s visiting an ancient castle, attending a classical concert or enjoying a famous museum.

Who You’ll Be Cruising With

While river cruises can be enjoyed by people of all ages, they generally appeal to people more advanced in age — baby boomers, in particular. Many river cruise lines allow children aboard their ships, although they may have age restrictions in place and usually there isn’t much for kids to do. The makeup of a liner can include people of a wide range of nationalities, but more often than not, guests come from English-speaking countries.

Best Times to Go

Whether you choose to travel in the on-season or the off-season, you’ll be able to gain a deep cultural experience in each of your destinations. In the spring and summer, you may witness local outdoor events and lively activities that only occur during the warmer months of the year. Cooler weather in the fall may mean you’ll run into fewer people in the streets of cities and ports you visit, which will allow you to take your time and get a closer look at sites that interest you without feeling rushed or crowded. And in the winter season, you’ll be delighted by festive Christmas markets and enchanted by the holiday traditions and celebrations of the locals.

What You Should Pack

Given that weather will be variable depending on where your river cruise takes you, bringing along both warm and light clothes is wise. Even during warm months, there is wind on the rivers, so it’s best to plan for layers even if the weather is hot. Additionally, you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking, so bring along comfortable shoes. Lastly, pack some dressier clothes in case you attend a formal event while visiting one of your cruise destinations.

How They Differ from Ocean Cruises

Although river cruises and ocean cruises share a number of similarities, there are also various—and considerable—differences between the two. For one, ocean liners are bigger and offer more stateroom accommodations on average. Appropriately, they’re able to host significantly more guests. The smaller scale of river ships means fewer guests, but more opportunities to get to know fellow travelers, which often lead to lifelong friendships.

In contrast to ocean cruises that may include multiple sea days, you will rarely experience a full day of sailing on a river cruise. Typically, guests will awake each morning to find themselves in a new port. With river cruising, you can also enjoy an ever-changing mural of breathtaking scenery from your ship, so the journey itself becomes part of your discovery.

For those without sea legs, river cruises have the advantage of smooth trekking, shallow waters and the gift of land that’s always in sight. Lastly, most river cruises offer inclusive value, meaning your Wi-Fi, water, alcohol and included excursions are covered in the price. However, ocean cruises tend to offer more upscale amenities, like fitness centers, multiple dining options and a variety of live entertainment.

Who Would Enjoy a River Cruise?

River cruises are great for everyone, especially those desiring a more relaxed and intimate form of travel. Individuals who’ve never stepped foot on a ship before will enjoy the relative ease of a river-bound trip with little chance of seasickness. Furthermore, with a focus on cultural exploration of locations, river cruises are perfect for those with a curiosity about art and history, or a general interest in travel.  Every river is unique and each tells a different story—not only of the countries through which it flows, but also of its locks, canals, scenery and bridges.

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All information, inclusions, and amenities are subject to change without notice. Please contact us for the most up-to-date information.