Luxury River Cruise Company Prepares to Expand to Colombia with Two New Ships, AmaMelodia and AmaMagdalena;
Year Ahead to Also Feature New Land Packages and Itineraries
CALABASAS, Calif. – (June 1, 2023) – The leader in luxury river cruising, AmaWaterways, released its 2024 Heart of the River brochure detailing the unparalleled experiences that await guests across Europe, Egypt, Asia, Colombia and Africa. The new brochure is available to order from the AmaWaterways website in print version or download immediately in digital format. In the year ahead, the company will continue on its innovative path forward with new ships, itineraries and land packages, including the launch of the world’s longest river cruises in Europe, Seven River Journeys, the first-ever major river cruise along the Magdalena River in Colombia, and the all-new culinary-themedFlavors of Burgundy itinerary.
“We have a lot in store for 2024 and are delighted to provide travel advisors and their clients with all the details they need to plan the trip of a lifetime,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “Whether novice or veteran river cruisers, our 2024 sailing season truly has something for everyone, from the history and culture of Europe to the unexplored splendor of Colombia.”
Cruising in Colombia with Two New Ships and Itineraries, Plus Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Packages
As the first-ever major river cruise line to sail along the Magdalena River in 2024, AmaWaterways is offering guests the choice between two seven-night itineraries, Magic of Colombia and Wonders of Colombia. Sailing between Cartagena and Barranquilla, both new itineraries take travelers down the only river in the Caribbean region to experience sites and cultural traditions that have been recognized by UNESCO for their outstanding universal value. Offering year-round departures, travelers have unlimited opportunities to uncover the soul and spirit of the “Land of a Thousand Rhythms” through unique and immersive shore excursions, live carnaval performances, local gastronomy, city tours and more – all included within the price of the cruise.
Awaiting guests in Colombia are two custom-built ships perfectly designed to enhance the experience. Launching Spring 2024,AmaMagdalena boasts only 30 staterooms while sistership AmaMelodia, offers 32 staterooms. Travelers can look forward to being warmly welcomed onboard the two ships, where they will find spacious 237 sq. ft. twin balcony staterooms, a heated pool, a fitness room, a nail salon and a new al fresco dining experience, on top of the luxurious amenities AmaWaterways is known for.
To make the most of guests’ time in Colombia, AmaWaterways invites travelers to extend their journey with optional pre-cruise land packages in Medellín and Cartagena, and a post-cruise land package in Panama City, Panama.
First-Ever 49-Night Seven River Journeys Through Europe, Launching in 2024
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Boasting the inclusion of unique excursions, gratuities, convenient airport transfers, complimentary laundry and luggage service as well as the accompaniment of an extraordinary AmaWaterways’ Cruise Manager throughout the 49-night journey, this experience will go beyond guests’ expectations, providing the river cruise journey of a lifetime.
New Flavors of Burgundy Itinerary with Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Packages in Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France
In response to continued guest interest in delving into famed culinary and wine regions, AmaWaterways will debut its all-new Flavors of Burgundy seven-night itinerary in 2024. Sailing between the Port of Dijon and Lyon, guests will savor the palate-pleasing journey that highlights the essence of France’s Burgundy region. Throughout this seven-night river cruise, travelers will explore Lyon’s famous Les Halles Market, pedal along the scenic Saône River, all while indulging in the region’s best Mâconnais and Chalonnaise wines. A video showcasing highlights of the Flavors of Burgundy itinerary can be found here.
The Flavors of Burgundy itinerary can be combined with pre- and post-cruise three-night land packages in Paris, France and Geneva, Switzerland. In each destination, travelers can enjoy ample leisure time and exclusive excursions to immerse themselves in the local cultures. While in Geneva, guests will enjoy a city tour through the “Peace Capital” and visit the mesmerizing Montreux and Chillon Castle. In Paris, travelers will have the opportunity to go on an evening illumination tour to discover why Paris is renowned as the “City of Light.”
To view and download AmaWaterways’ 2024 Heart of the River brochure, or order up to five complimentary copies, visit AmaWaterways’ Travel Advisor Portal.
To reserve an AmaWaterways river cruise for a client, visit AmaWaterways.com or call 1.800.626.0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways, Twitter @AmaWaterways, and YouTube at YouTube.com/AmaWaterways.
Family-owned and operated for more than 20 years, AmaWaterways offers unparalleled river cruise experiences with 28 custom-designed ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Douro, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Saône, Seine, Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, and Dutch and Belgian Waterways; Southeast Asia’s Mekong River; Africa’s Chobe River; Egypt’s Nile River and Colombia’s Magdalena River (2024). Co-founded by pioneering river cruise executives Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, the company is renowned for its warm and welcoming crew; innovative and sustainable ship design; wellness activities (including a wide choice of included small group shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options); and award-winning, locally sourced cuisine paired with complimentary fine wine. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, most AmaWaterways ships welcome an average of just 150 guests and feature onboard amenities such as a stunning Main Lounge, specialty Chef’s Table restaurant, hair and massage salons, Sun Deck walking track, and heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation, highlighted by the launch of the revolutionary AmaMagna, and the introduction of the history-making Seven River Journey itineraries. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families, as well as group and charter options.