AmaWaterways is repositioning two river ships to the Rhône and the Seine rivers in France ahead of the resumption of cruising in Spring 2021.
Responding to heightened demand, AmaWaterways is moving AmaKristina and AmaDante to the French rivers where they offer itineraries that reflect the rich culture, renowned culinary experiences and remarkable history of the Normandy, Brittany and Burgundy regions.
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This year AmaKristina completed a four-month series of charter cruises on the Rhine, successfully putting in place enhanced health and safety protocols to safeguard guests and crew. Rhine cruises on board AmaKristina helped the luxury river cruise line build invaluable experience sailing with protocols in 2020. Once travel restrictions are lifted, all ships and crews will be ready to offer guests peace of mind during their river cruise experience.
“As Godmother of AmaKristina, I am excited to witness her extraordinary ocean journey down the west coast of France and Portugal and across the Mediterranean Sea to reach the mouth of the Rhône river where she will sail in 2021,” said Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of AmaWaterways.
“AmaDante will join AmaLyra on the Seine and offer a leisurely itinerary, with more beautiful scenic daytime cruising and many opportunities for biking and hiking plus a fascinating pre- or post-cruise optional stay in St. Malo, Brittany with a visit to Mont St. Michel.”
AmaDante joins her three sister ships in France while AmaKristina will be the first 135-metre ship with signature twin-balcony staterooms to sail on French rivers. Taking over the popular Colors of Provence itinerary, AmaKristina will sail the Rhône between Lyon and Avignon. This will permit AmaCello to travel a new itinerary on the Saône, into the renowned wine-growing area of Burgundy.
Two new-for-2021 French itineraries and land programs include:
- Seven-night Impressions of the Seine & Paris operates at a leisurely pace between Paris and Le Havre. The journey meanders through the best of northern France with many overnight visits to towns, fairytale castles, beautiful gardens and sites memorialised by Impressionist painters.
- Pre- and post-cruise land options: two nights in Paris; three nights in St. Malo with a visit to the magical island monastery of Mont St. Michel; one night in Paris.
- Seven-night Essence of Burgundy & Provence sailing between Chalon-sur-Saône and Arles. This cruise embraces the romance, cuisine and fine arts of France with visits to romantic cities and artistic epicenters, along with experiences such as learning to cook French food in Valence at a culinary school.
- Pre- and post-cruise land options: three nights in Geneva, Switzerland; three in nights in Barcelona, Spain
Lead image: Rouen in Normandy, France | credit: Pierre Blaché from Pexels