AmaWaterways has welcomed the arrival of its 2022 European season with strong reservations and easing of entry requirements signaling a rebound of international travel.
The extra-wide AmaMagna on the Danube River became the first of AmaWaterways’ 21-ship European fleet to start the spring season on 6 March from Budapest. The launch of the new season in Europe continued from 17 March 1onward with five ships dedicated to the popular Tulip Time cruises, five ships cruising the scenic rivers of France and another ten ships welcoming guests on the Rhine, Moselle, Danube and Douro rivers.
“After missing many celebrations with family and friends over the past two years, there is incredible pent-up demand, with travellers anxious to pack their bags and start fulfilling their travel ‘must do’ list,” said Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of AmaWaterways.
“A desire to step away from the day-to-day and reconnect with the world is driving demand for longer cruises, itineraries that include exclusive events and those that take guests to more exotic destinations like on our 11-night Secrets of Egypt & The Nile cruise and land itinerary, our Mekong River cruises or our Africa Safaris & Wildlife cruises.”
Highlights of AmaWaterways’ 2022 European season include:
An Excursion to Floriade on Nine Different River Cruise Itineraries
A highlight of 2022’s Amsterdam sailings is a visit to the once-in-a-decade horticultural event, Floriade Expo. The city district of Almere will host The Netherlands’ largest public event with the theme “Growing Green Cities.” This expo features gardens, innovative sustainable gardening exhibits, live entertainment and food stalls while encouraging visitors to “explore, touch and change” as part of their journey through Floriade.
Between 14 April and 9 October 2022, AmaWaterways guests have the opportunity to visit Floriade as a complimentary excursion on several distinctive river cruise itineraries sailing along the Rhine and Dutch and Belgian Waterways, including:
- Best of Holland & Belgium – sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam (new for 2022)
- Tulip Time – sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam
- Captivating Rhine and Enchanting Rhine – sailing between Amsterdam and Basel
- Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps – sailing from Amsterdam to Basel (new for 2022)
- Rhine & Moselle Fairytales and Rhine & Moselle Delights – sailing between Amsterdam and Basel
- Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle – sailing from Amsterdam to Luxembourg
- Treasures of the Main & Rhine – sailing from Nuremberg to Amsterdam
- Immersive Experiences in France and Portugal
River cruising in France has added appeal this year with five ships on four rivers and turnaround days on Thursdays contributing to the ease of combining itineraries for longer more immersive stays exploring the diverse food, wine and culture of the different regions. In high demand is the award-winning AmaKristina, the only twin-balcony ship in France, cruising for her first full season on the Rhône River between Lyon and Avignon. Also popular are Portugal cruises onboard AmaDouro and sister ship AmaVida, which kicked off the Douro River sailings on 26 March.
AmaWaterways’ also offers an Egypt & Nile River cruise itinerary as part of the Secrets of Egypt & The Nile, visiting the Valley of the Kings and Queens aboard AmaDahlia, alongside a series of Ancestry Heritage River journeys.