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Blog post July 8, 2021
An aerial shot of the luxury river ship AmaStella sailing in Passau, Germany.

Courtesy of AmaWaterways

An aerial shot of the luxury river ship AmaStella sailing in Passau, Germany.

AmaWaterways to begin family history cruises

Ancestry voyages to call on ports along Rhine River in 2022

River cruise line AmaWaterways announced it is partnering with genealogy site Ancestry to provide guests with a way in which to learn about their family history through Ancestry Experience packages. The special voyages include pre-cruise private consultations, onboard presentations, genealogist-led excursions and more.

The first cruise in the Ancestry series, “Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience,” is scheduled to depart July 30, 2022, aboard AmaStella on a Rhine River itinerary calling at ports in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland.

Guests who sign up for Ancestry Experience packages “will be matched with an expert from AncestryProGenealogists, Ancestry’s professional research division, who will conduct a one-hour welcome call to discuss aspects of their family that are of particular interest,” a spokesman for AmaWaterways announced.

During the cruise, a genealogist will provide presentations that offer perspective on guests’ ancestors and focus on available records to gather information that enables them to delve more deeply into their family histories.

Guests will also be privy to a private onboard consultation with a genealogist to review their family tree and ancestry-themed excursions.

As part of the program, AmaWaterways said it will invite travel advisors on an “Ancestry Heritage River Cruise” familiarization trip from Basel to Amsterdam aboard AmaMora, which departs Aug. 12, 2021.

The cruise will be hosted by AmaWaterways Vice President of Operations Jon Burrows and include onboard sessions led by Ancestry's Kyle Betit, senior genealogist and travel program operations manager, and Angie Bush, a genetic genealogists and genealogist educator.

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