AmaWaterways Unveils 2021 River Cruise Collection

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

AmaWaterways has opened reservations for its 2021 sailings, with incentives for those who book early. Highlights for the year will include a new ship, four new itineraries and new pre- and post-cruise land programs in some of Europe’s most sought-after destinations.

“We couldn’t be more excited to unveil all of the new offerings we have for 2021,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “France is in the spotlight and as godmother of AmaKristina, I am thrilled to see her moving over to the Rhône to join AmaCello which will take on a new itinerary exploring both the Burgundy and Provence regions. We have also added more lower Danube cruises and new land programs to Geneva and Lake Como – all designed to please our loyal repeat guests and attract discerning travellers looking for unique experiences!”

AmaLucia Launching March 2021 & Five Ships Repositioning

Joining AmaWaterways’ European fleet, the new 156-passenger AmaLucia, sister ship to AmaSiena (2020),  will feature signature twin balconies, connecting staterooms and multiple dining venues including The Chef’s Table, among other luxurious amenities. Celebrating spring in the Netherlands and Belgium, AmaLucia begins her journey 16MAR, 2021 sailing a series of Tulip Time cruises before setting sail on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers.

In response to the growing demand for more French itineraries, AmaWaterways has announced the repositioning of three ships – besides the award-winning AmaKristina moving to the Rhône, AmaDante will join AmaLyra on the Seine and AmaCello will sail a new itinerary on both the Rhône and Saône rivers. Lastly, AmaBella and AmaVerde will rejoin AmaWaterways’ European fleet sailing the Dutch & Belgian Waterways and the Danube. 

Four New European Itineraries Plus Pre- & Post- Land Programs

In 2021, AmaWaterways will debut four new seven-night cruise itineraries – all complemented by pre- or post-cruise land programs:

Impressions of the Seine & Paris sailing on board AmaDante from Paris to Le Havre (or reverse) will take guests through the best of Northern France.

Land options: Pre-cruise: Two nights in Paris / Post-cruise: Three nights in St. Malo with a visit to the magical island monastery of Mont St. Michel and one night in Paris, France

Essence of Burgundy & Provence sailing on board AmaCello from Chalon-sur-Saône to Arles (or reverse) will visit romantic cities and artistic epicentres, along with offering experiences such as learning to cook French food in Valence at a culinary school. 

Land options: Pre-cruise: Three nights in Geneva, Switzerland / Post-cruise: Three in nights in Barcelona, Spain.

Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps sailing on board AmaMora and AmaSerena from Amsterdam to Basel (or reverse) will enchant guests with vineyard-clad hills, charming villages and castles strung like pearls along the banks of the Rhine river.

Land options: Pre-cruise: Two nights in Amsterdam, Netherlands / Post-cruise: Three nights in Lake Como, Italy.

Best of Holland & Belgium sailing on board the AmaSerena round-trip from Amsterdam will provide history buffs with a close-up look at the region’s rich historical past with visits to Utrecht and Dordrecht, Holland’s oldest city.

Land options: Pre and Post-cruise: Two nights in Amsterdam, Netherlands

In addition, AmaWaterways will enhance its pre- and post-cruise experiences with a new land extension in the Champagne region of France where guests can visit acclaimed vineyards and savor tastings of Veuve Clicquot and Moet et Chandon. This will be available as an add-on to Europe’s Rivers & Castles, Rhine & Moselle Splendors and Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle itineraries.


Added Rewards for Early Bookings

Guests booking by 30APR, 2020 will receive 5% cruise savings on balcony staterooms and suites (excluding Holiday Cruises), plus free pre-paid gratuities for all 2021 Mekong and Europe cruises and up to CA$1,800 savings per stateroom on select departures.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.