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River cruises Blog post April 13, 2017
A view of the scenic Middle Rhine Valley in Germany — prime river cruising country.

Andrew Cowin / Courtesy of Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.

A view of the scenic Middle Rhine Valley in Germany — prime river cruising country.

Best 2017-2018 wine cruises on AmaWaterways

The fast-growing river cruise line AmaWaterways is celebrating the modern epicurean lifestyle aboard its upscale ships with the announcement of its 2017-2018 wine cruise itineraries and release of its new Wine Cruises Through Europe brochure.

With a new luxury ship in its fleet, AmaKristina, and 95 sailings hosted by celebrated North American wine experts, AmaWaterways invites guests to uncork the traditions of the local culture and experience the wonders of wine along Europe’s legendary waterways.

President and co-owner Rudi Schreiner said that because of high demand, AmaWaterways has more than doubled the number of wine cruises, with the key addition of its new ship AmaKristina and two new itineraries this year. 

In addition to the many onboard activities and immersive shore excursions, AmaWaterways’ wine cruises add a unique, epicurean dimension to a variety of itineraries that immerse guests in the wine culture of the regions toured, such as Austria’s Wachau Valley, France’s Bordeaux region, Portugal’s Douro Valley and more. Tastings, winery tours, private cellar tours, visits to iconic vineyards, and first-hand lessons on the nuances of Old World winemaking encapsulate an enriching, educational experience — all at no additional cost.

Top AmaWaterways wine cruise itineraries

Some of the top AmaWaterways wine cruise itineraries include:

Rhine & Moselle Splendors, a new itinerary that takes guests on a voyage through the pages of a fairytale in cities where folklore and history come to life

Captivating Rhine, one of the new sailings that takes guests along the Rhine through France, Germany and The Netherlands, showcasing historical towns, castles, and vineyard-clad hills as well as wine, beer and coffee from iconic destinations

Taste of Bordeaux, a river cruise through the renowned Bordeaux region of France, punctuated by a comprehensive tour of French culture, food, and wine including vineyard and winemaking excursions, a wine festival and stops in the Loire Valley

A stateroom on the luxury ship AmaKristina.
Courtesy of AmaWaterwaysA stateroom on the luxury ship AmaKristina.

Colors of Provence, a cruise along the Rhône River connecting thousands of vineyards between Lyon and Arles, France, showcasing the distinct wines found in the Northern and Southern Rhône Valleys

Enticing Douro, which travels through the Douro River Valley to sample Portuguese wines from traditional quintas, and can include a three-night stay in Lisbon to sample its Old World architecture, cuisine, and wine

Europe’s Rivers & Castles, including a seven-night cruise from Nuremberg to Luxembourg, travels past picturesque European castles and historic vineyards, including a Kitzingen castle connected through legend to wine and Count Dracula

Hosts serve as onboard wine guides

Bringing the vineyards on board, the wine hosts recommend hand-selected food and wine pairings, lead discussions and offer additional tastings of distinct regional varieties each day. With these immersive experiences lead by experts from California, New York, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, Texas and British Columbia, guests aboard the AmaWaterways Wine Cruises have the opportunity to learn more about their favorite New World wines while indulging in the treasures of the Old World.

As an added incentive, guests that book an AmaWaterways Wine Cruise by July 31, 2017 will receive an exclusive Early Booking Reward of up to $750 off per person. AmaWaterways also welcomes returning guests with its Past Guest Benefits, which includes an additional savings of $100 per person, as well as other loyalty rewards.

AmaWaterways has earned many industry awards and accolades for the unparalleled experiences it offers guests. In the recent Berlitz Guide to River Cruising, AmaWaterways received the highest honors for having the top 10 river cruise ships out of more than 300 that were reviewed. In the river cruising category, AmaWaterways was awarded “Best Overall Cruise Line” and “Best for Onboard Activities, On-Shore Activities, and Food” by Town & Country, recognized in the prestigious “World’s Best Awards” by Travel + Leisure, awarded “Best Onboard Dining” by TravelAge West, named “Best Overall River Cruise Line,” by the Travvy Awards, and honored as the “Best River Cruise Line Overall” by Cruise Critic.

Interested in an AmaWaterways wine cruise?

Interested in an AmaWaterways wine cruise? To claim your Special Savings of $750 off per person, contact a Cruiseable travel advocate at 1-877-322-3773.

— Cruiseable news services

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