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AmaWaterways on the Danube riverAmaWaterways' Austrian founder Rudi Schreiner was involved with several of the other major river cruise companies before launching his own line in 2002 along with cruise industry executive Kristin Karst and Brendan Worldwide Vacations owner Jimmy Murphy. Formerly known as Amadeus Waterways, AmaWaterways has grown exponentially in the intervening nine years to become one of the major players in the European river cruise market.

Boasting some of the newest ships of any river cruise company, AmaWaterways have designed their ships exclusively for the English-speaking market and have staterooms equipped with flat-screen TVs and Internet access; French balconies on the top two decks, an elevator, a whirlpool, and bicycles for exploration ashore.

AmaWaterways operates a wide range of itineraries in Europe on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Mosel rivers, and in Russia on the Volga, Svir and Neva rivers.

AmaWaterways also operates two of its own luxury cruise vessels in Vietnam & Cambodia: La Marguerite and the brand-new Amalotus.

AmaCerto StateroomAfter the launch of the MS Amadagio in 2006, AmaWaterways redefined the concept of luxury river travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, the style and substance of onboard amenities are comparable to any 5-star hotel.

Each ship offers state-of-the-art public areas and elegantly appointed staterooms equipped with flat-screen TV, internet access and French balconies on the top upper decks. The ships also have an elevator, sun deck with walking track, whirlpool and bicycles.

In addition to the unlimited quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, enjoy a cappuccino or espresso with meals and a daily complimentary bottle of water in your stateroom.

The AmaWaterways Difference: • Luxurious cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom – 82% of the staterooms with large French balconies
• Hotel accommodation including daily buffet breakfast
• Terry bathrobes & white-on-white plush bedding
• Infotainment System, including TV and complimentary Internet, in every stateroom
• Gourmet dining with free-flowing wine, beer, and soda with every dinner; complimentary espresso and cappuccino with every meal
• Bottled water in every stateroom
• Cocktail Reception & Welcome Dinner
• All-inclusive Daily excursions
• Nightly onboard entertainment
• Complimentary bicycles for exploring charming towns

River Cruising In Europe

AmaWaterways Luxury River Travel

by Ralph Grizzle. An award-winning travel writer, and recognized cruise ship expert.

Luxury River Travel

After the launch of the MS Amadagio in 2006, AmaWaterways redefined the concept of luxury river travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, the style and substance of onboard amenities are comparable to any 5-star hotel.

AmaWaterways debuted two new river cruise vessels in 2009, the MS Amalyra and MS Amadolce, joining the fleet of luxurious vessels, the MS Amadante (2008), the MS Amacello (2008), the MS Amalegro (2007), and the MS Amadagio (2006). Two additional ships are scheduled for 2010.

Each ship offers state-of-the-art public areas and elegantly appointed staterooms equipped with flat-screen TV, internet access and French balconies on the top upper decks. The ships also have an elevator, sun deck with walking track, whirlpool and bicycles.

In addition to the unlimited quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, enjoy a cappuccino or espresso with meals and a daily complimentary bottle of water in your stateroom.

AmaWaterways’ Key Points

The Newest Fleet
With two new vessels in 2008, 2009 and 2010, AmaWaterways assures passengers the most modern, state-of-the-art river cruise experience in Europe.

More French Balconies
Passengers on AmaWaterways enjoy the largest number of French Balconies on the rivers of Europe. In fact 82 percent of the cabins are French Baclony cabins.

Exclusive Infotainment
AmaWaterways offers a multi-million dollare Infotainment System that provides complimentary Internet access in each stateroom, along with English-language satellite television and movies selected to match the cruise itinerary. All can be enjoyed on a flat panel TV.

Generous Beverage Policy
AmaWaterways serves free-flowing, specially selected local wines with every dinner, on a complimentary basis. You can also enjoy complimentary beer and soft drinks with dinner if you prefer. AmaWaterways also offers specialty coffees that are always available in the Panoramic Lounge, and are also free of charge.

Luxurious Stateroom Surroundings
AmaWaterways spacious 170-square-foot standard staterooms feature hotel-style beds, luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, down duvets, marble-appointed baths, sleek Eurojet showerheads, plush terry cloth robes and slippers, and complimentary bottled water replenished daily. The 255-square-foot Junior Suites offer an added living area and other extras.

Bicycles
An onboard fleet of bicycles (complimentary, of course) gives passengers the freedom to explore quaint towns and villages on their own.

Europe’s Finest Cruise Directors
AmaWaterways has searched the globe for the world’s best Cruise Directors, and hired the most talented, knowledgeable and professional team in the business. And there is passenger feedback to prove it. Customer service, attention to detail and passenger satisfaction are AmaWaterways’ hallmarks.

The Special AmaWaterwaysS philosophy
If there’s a secret to AmaWaterways success, it’s the company’s distinct business style. It is an efficiently-run, hands-on company, with short lines of communication to owners and executives. You’ll always get a live person answering the phone during business hours, never a recording. AmaWaterways believes in quickly resolving problems, and maintaining a warm, family-type atmosphere in the company, no matter how much the company is growing.

AmaWaterways New Wine Cruise On The World’s Most Beautiful Rivers

by Ralph Grizzle. An award-winning travel writer, and recognized cruise ship expert.

AmaWaterways will offer a “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel” cruise this fall, departing November 12, 2010, on the luxurious Ms Amalegro.

The special 7-night itinerary includes visits to world-famous wineries, off-site dinners hosted by renowned winemakers, onboard lectures and more. Hosted by AmaWaterways President Rudi Schreiner, the 7-night cruise will travel from Amsterdam to Trier, Germany, followed by three nights in Paris.

Accompanying the cruise will be winemaker Jim Clendenen, owner of the internationally-acclaimed Au Bon Climat winery in Santa Maria, California and Archie McLaren, founder and chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic. A portion of the cruise proceeds will be donated to charities supported by the Central Coast Wine Classic, one of the country’s preeminent wine auctions.

Moselle River cruises offer wine tastings in such wine villages as Cochem, settled by the Celts and later by Romans before being granted a town charter in 1332.

Cruise Highlights Include Dinners & Wine Tastings

Highlights of the “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel” itinerary include a dinner and wine tasting with a representative from the renown Georg Breuer winery at the Ruedesheimer Schloss in Rudesheim, Germany. The scenic Rhine Gorge town of Rudesheim is famous for its quaint wine taverns and surrounding vineyards, including the family-owned Breuer estate.

In Koblenz, guests will discover a 2,000-year old wine town at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers.

Mosying Along The Mosel

Continuing through the Mosel river valley, the world’s steepest vineyards and certainly one of the world’s most beautiful rivers, picturesque villages and charming wine towns appear at every turn. During the cruise from Koblenz to the riverside wine town of Winnigen, guests will enjoy an exceptional luncheon, with menu items paired with wines from the Heymann-Lowenstein winery.

In Cochem, guests will discover perfectly preserved timber-framed homes, medieval squares and the spectacular Reichsburg Castle perched above the Mosel. A welcoming wine fest awaits in the Mosel town of Zell, famous for its “Zeller Schwarze Katz” (Black Cat) wine.

An evening wine tasting in a local underground wine cellar showcases the area’s famous varietals. In Bernkastel, guests will enjoy a walking tour followed by a wine tasting at the Wine Museum hosted by Michael Stahlmann from the famous Dr. Loosen winery. Strategically located in the heart of the Mosel wine-producing region, Bernkastel boasts more than 500 years of documented wine history, and is known as “the international town of vine and wine.”

Situated on the Moselle River is the Romanesque city of Trier, Germany's oldest city and also one that claims to be 1,300 years older than Rome itself. Trier's Porta Nigra (Black Gate) dates from the 2nd century, when Trier was a Roman city.

Of course, throughout the cruise, guests will enjoy gourmet dining accompanied by complimentary local wines (plus beer and soft drinks) at dinner. Additional AmaWaterways amenities include French Balconies, complimentary 3G high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi; complimentary first-run Hollywood films; complimentary specialty coffees and bottled water, a fleet of bicycles on board plus much more.

After the 7-night cruise, guests will head to Luxembourg for a city tour of the Grand Duchy, followed by a high-speed TGV transfer to Paris. The three-night stay in the City of Lights includes a guided city tour, plus an exclusive excursion to the Champagne region.