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AmaWaterways Unveils 2020 Preview Brochure with New River Cruise Offerings


Leading River Cruise Company Opens 2020 Reservations, Featuring New Itineraries and More Ways to Personalize River Cruising



CalabasisCA – December 11, 2018 – The river cruise industry continues to experience rapid growth and increased bookings, and at the forefront of that is industry leader AmaWaterways.  With today’s release of the company’s 2020 preview brochure, AmaWaterways is showing once again why it has earned the reputation as the leading innovator in river cruising, with exciting new itineraries and activities. Reflecting the line’s commitment to innovation and excellence, the preview brochure introduces new land extensions and itineraries on its award-winning ships – including the revolutionary AmaMagna – all of which are now open for reservations.


“As the industry continues to gain momentum, travelers of all ages are now facing more options than ever before, and we’re thrilled to lead the charge, offering new amenities and itineraries that we are confident will continue surpassing expectations,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “We’re excited to invite guests on board AmaWaterways in 2020, where they will find unparalleled service and a wide range of inclusive choices in dining, accommodations, tours and activities to truly personalize their river cruise vacation!”


Chartering New Waters with Revolutionary Ship, AmaMagna

Only a year after her launch, AmaMagna will cruise new waters and continue to elevate the luxury of river cruising, expanding her presence to the lower Danube on four select departures. The innovative ship will cruise the seven-night Gems of Southeast Europe itinerary between Budapest, Hungary and Giurgiu, Romania through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania with stops at fascinating sites such as the ethereal Belogradchik Rocks and the UNESCO-designated Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo.


AmaMagna will also sail the popular 14-night Grand Danube Cruise, between Vilshofen, Germany and Giurgui, Romania traveling to seven countries and offering scenic views through the Iron Gates between Serbia and Romania.


Measuring twice the width of a traditional European river cruise ship, the luxuriousAmaMagna allows for added personal space in the large suites (the majority 355 sq. ft. or larger); four tempting dining venues, including the Al Fresco Restaurant, Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant, The Chef’s Table Restaurant and Main Restaurant; and new enticing amenities, such as the expansive Zen Wellness Studio and the innovative Water Sports Platform complete with the Sundowner vessel for complimentary tours of the Danube.


New Itineraries Highlighting Immersive Cultural Experiences

In 2020, AmaWaterways will offer two new and enriching itineraries onboardAmaDante. One of which is the seven-night Treasures of the Main & Rhineitinerary sailing from Nuremberg to Amsterdam taking guests through storybook scenery and iconic landmarks as well as through the locks of Main-Danube Canal. This new itinerary will be perfectly packaged with an optional three-night pre-cruise land program in Prague, the “Golden City of a Hundred Spires.”


In addition to the Treasures of the Main & Rhine, AmaWaterways will add the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle itinerary on board AmaDante from Amsterdam to Luxemburg to which guests can add a two-night stay in Amsterdam before embarking on a seven-night cruise through the UNESCO-designated Rhine and vineyard-clad Moselle valleys. Other scenic stops include the charming villages of Rüdesheim, Cochem and Bernkastel before ending the cruise with an optional three-night extension in Paris, the “City of Lights.”


To meet the growing demand for the line’s popular Wine Cruises, AmaWaterways announced more than 70 hosted wine-themed cruises in 2020, two of which will be on the new Treasures of the Main & Rhine itinerary. On these special cruises, guests enjoy onboard lectures and wine tastings led by celebrated wine experts and shore excursions with engaging and curated epicurean experiences.


New Land Extensions Offering Further Personalization of River Cruising

Furthering its commitment to giving guests the opportunity to personalize their luxury river cruise vacation, AmaWaterways will yet again enhance its pre and post-cruise land extensions in 2020, offering guests truly immersive experiences in each destination.


Those on board the Gems of Southeast Europe and Grand Danube itineraries will now have the choice of a new three-night land extension in Istanbul, Turkey as an alternative to a four-night land extension in Bucharest and Brasov. The new extension in Istanbul takes guests through the cultural landscape highlighting the most iconic spots and the history behind the city, as well as a tour of the legendary Topkapi Palace.


On the Colors of Provence and Spain itinerary, a new three-night land extension in Nice, France will also be offered as an alternative to a three-night land extension in Barcelona. With the Nice extension, guests can explore the French Riviera, including visits to the stunning Aix-en-Provence, Monaco and Monte Carlo.


Incentives for Booking Early

Travelers wishing to get the itinerary, ship, stateroom category, and departure date of their choice are encouraged to book their 2020 vacations now and receive savings on select cruises of up to $1,000 per stateroom, depending on the duration of the cruise. Guests can also receive savings up to $1,500 per stateroom on select European Wine Cruises. Returning guests enjoy additional savings.


For more information, to order a new 2020 Preview Brochure or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, please contact a travel advisor, visit or call (800) 626-0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at and Twitter @AmaWaterways.




A family-owned company celebrating 16 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships in 2019 sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. The company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation including the 2019 launch of AmaMagna, a new dimension in luxury river cruising at twice the width of traditional river ships, plus a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, offering group or chartered sailings geared towards active travelers and families.


With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Town & Country River Cruise Awards as “Best Overall,” “Best for Food,” “Best for Onboard Activities” and “Best for On-Shore Activities” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Awards “Best River Cruise Line.