Tuesday, January 10, 2012

AmaWaterways - A River Cruise Ship Takes an Ocean Cruise!

AmaWaterways is currently transporting the AmaDagio from Rotterdam in the Netherlands to Marseille, France to operate 7-night cruises on the Rhone River starting on March 29, 2012. The voyage from its current location in the Netherlands will take the ship through the English Channel, around Spain and Portugal and through the Strait of Gibraltar before it docks in Marseille, France.  Previously, the AmaDagio served the Rhine, Mosel and Danube itineraries.

So how does a river cruise ship head out to sea?  Take a look!


The AmaDagio is no ordinary river cruise ship.  OK, it is "ordinary" for AmaWaterways; which is one reason I am so enthusiastic about this river cruise line.  (I am taking my family on a Viet Nam and Cambodia river cruise down the Mekong River this summer and will be talking about that in some detail soon.)

She has 71 170-square-foot staterooms and four 255-square-foot Junior Suites. Eighty percent of all staterooms and Junior Suites feature large French balconies. Note that the square footage is competitive with what you expect on ocean cruise ships; quite unusual for river cruise ships.

Inside the ship is exquisitely decorated staterooms are all the amenities of a fine hotel with white-on-white plush bedding, a cozy sitting area, individually controlled air-conditioning and ample closet space. The AmaDagio features the latest in onboard entertainment with HD-TVs featuring the Infotainment system offering keyboard with internet access, English language TV stations, a large selection of movies and numerous music programs. Additional amenities include a full-service restaurant, wellness area with glassed-in fitness room, complimentary Wi-Fi and bicycles to explore the small towns and cities along the route.

As part of AmaWaterway’s 15-day Provence and Spain cruise-tour itinerary, the ship will begin sailing 7-night cruises in France between Lyon and Arles in March through the end of the year. Excursions include the Beaujolais wine region; tours of Roman ruins; and stops at UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon and Arles, where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life. After the cruise, guests will visit the medieval town of Perpignan, France before ending their voyage in Barcelona.
AmaWaterways President and Co-Owner Rudi Schreiner. “Our guests are like family to us and we want the AmaWaterways luxury travel experience to come to life. ”  On AmaWaterways, the "software" is as good as the "hardware". 
So let me ask you, "If AmaWaterways is willing to take an ocean cruise, shouldn't you consider a river cruise rather than an ocean cruise?"