getting to the port of embarkation
AmaWaterways’ air department offers customized air service, and has contracts with major carriers, including Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Lufthansa and United Airlines.
aboard amawaterways, ‘tis the season
Post-wine harvesting and Christmas celebrations are two good reasons to zero in on selling river cruising in the “slow” season. November is the month for clients to be on board one of four different In Celebration of Wine cruises, whose wine-themed programs showcase the acclaimed wine regions along the Rhone, Rhine, and Danube rivers, learning about and tasting regional wines during visits to local vineyards and wine cellars. Wine experts from top U.S. wineries are co-hosts on these cruises.
For example, The Romantic Danube, a 7-night cruise plus three nights in Prague (or reverse) offers port departures on Nov. 4 and 14 for its In Celebration of Wine cruise, while The Legendary Danube combines three nights in Prague with a 7-night Nuremberg-Budapest cruise, departing on Nov. 1. Both cruises are priced from $2,399 pp dbl cruise-only ($3,089 cruise and land). Note: for 2013, the company will offer eight different wine itineraries in Europe.
Sure your clients will bundle up a bit, but it’s worth it to spend quality time with family and friends aboard a Christmas on the Rhine cruise, seven nights from Basel to Amsterdam, with a pre-holiday bonus of visiting the magical Christmas markets in Basel, Strasbourg, Rudesheim and Cologne; departures aboard the AmaCello start on Nov. 25, and cruise-only costs start at $2,499 pp dbl. Clients booked for Dec. 20 and 23 departures will be on board for some special Christmas cheer; cruise-only on Dec. 23 sailings is priced from $2,399.
p.s. Next year, AmaWaterways debuts two new river cruisers: the 164-passenger AmaPrima, making her debut April 3 on the Tulip Time cruise along the waterways of Holland and Belgium, before moving to cruising on the Rhine, Main and Danube; starting with a March 23 sailing, the 108-passenger AmaVida will cruise in Portugal’s Douro Valley.