River cruising as a vacation choice is booming and, having tried my first one just last year, I can understand why. They allow you to explore vast areas of Europe, and increasingly Asia, in comfortable and intimate ships with around 150 people. They drift quietly along rivers surrounded by spectacular scenery
before docking in the heart of historic cities and quaint towns. You simply step off these sleek floating hotels in the centre of the action to start exploring.
There are a growing number of river cruise lines, with AmaWaterways as one of the leading ones. They launched in 2002, providing a premium and all-inclusive experience to discerning travellers. With a fleet of 17 ships in Europe, two in Vietnam and Cambodia and one each in Southern Africa and Myanmar (Burma), the choice of itineraries is extensive and varied. Their all-inclusive fares include accommodation, meals, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, on-board Wi-Fi and excursions. To cater for active travelers they have complimentary use of bicycles and operate activity-based tours, too.
Unsure if river cruising with AmaWaterways is right for you?
Still need convincing? Try these special offers!
AmaWaterways offers a variety of incentives and offers across the season to entice new travellers to try river cruising. On their site these can be found at AmaWaterways.com/SpecialOffers. At the time of writing, this includes these attractive ones:
- Fly for Free to Europe. A complimentary round-trip airfare when booking a balcony stateroom on select cruises. This means you only have to budget the actual cost of the cruise and (as it is all-inclusive) just the souvenirs and gifts you end up purchasing!
- Up to $3,000 offEuropean Christmas Market cruises. Europe has spectacular markets with charming gifts, decorations and seasonal food and wine. A river cruise transports you in ships decorated for the festive season right to the best of them.
- Save up $1,500 per stateroom off wine themed cruises with bonus features like special tours and tastings. A must if you enjoy European wines.
- No single supplement for solo travellers when booking a Category E Stateroom on European river cruises. This removes a barrier and additional cost for people that like or want to embark on a European river vacation.
If you have never river cruised, consider trying an AmaWaterways vacation and use one of the special offers to make it even more cost effective. If you have cruised with another line, why not try something different?