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AmaWaterways announces new ships, new cruises, new onboard facilities and new Burma cruises for 2014



River cruising continues to capture the imagination of the British public, with unprecedented growth from year to year. Luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways is setting the pace for the future with its constant innovation, leading the way both on board and in the destinations it explores.

2014 promises to be a bumper year for the award-winning cruise line, with exciting new ships, new, creative themed cruises and a move into Burma, with cruises on the Ayerawady starting late in 2014 on a brand new vessel, AmaPura.

This new cruising area and the investment in three new ships means that AmaWaterways will by the end of 2014 have 18 ships sailing in more than 20 countries on waterways including the Rhine, Seine, Danube, Main, Rhone, Douro and Moselle in Europe, as well as the waterways of Russia, the Mekong in Indochina, cruise-and-touring holidays in Africa and the Ayerawady.


NEW Two more AmaWaterways’ ships for Europe’s rivers

AmaWaterways will launch two new ships in 2014, AmaSonata and AmaReina, sisters to the popular, 164-passenger AmaPrima and AmaCerto. Both vessels will feature twin balcony staterooms and suites, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations, complimentary fine wine and beer at lunch and dinner, multiple dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, massage and beauty salon, fitness centre, free Internet and Infotainment in every stateroom and a fleet of bicycles for guests to borrow and enjoy. AmaSonata will travel the Danube and Rhine Rivers on seven itineraries, while AmaReina will be dedicated to the Enchanting Rhine seven-night itinerary.

NEW AmaWaterways’ debut on the Ayeyarwady in Burma

In the autumn of 2014, AmaWaterways will launch AmaPura, a 76-passenger river cruiser to sail the beautiful Ayeyarwady river, exploring the temples and riverside towns of mysterious Burma. The cruise line has always led the way in introducing new destinations; AmaWaterways was one of the first to explore the Mekong and is still the only river cruise operator to feature the Chobe River in Botswana. Prices and itineraries for Burma will be announced soon.

NEW A Viennese coffee house and a tasting menu on board

On Europe’s waterways, a Mozart Café, in the style of a traditional Viennese coffee shop, and an Erlebnis Restaurant, offering a superb tasting menu in intimate surroundings, will be added to AmaLyra, AmaDolce, AmaDante, AmaCello, AmaLegro and AmaDagio. A Mozart Café will also be added to AmaPrima and AmaCerto.

More inclusive drinks offerings

Unlimited and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are now served with lunch and dinner on AmaWaterways’ European cruises (excluding Russia). Wines usually reflect the region in which the ship is sailing and include labels and vintages not available outside Europe.

NEW Limited Edition Tours

Limited Edition Tours are a new collection of shore excursions with a specific focus. From culinary-themed tours exploring regional specialties to guided bike tours, these complimentary excursions are ideal for guests seeking an alternative to AmaWaterways’ regularly scheduled guided city tour in each port of call.


NEW Additional African adventures

New enhancements to AmaWaterways’ 2014 cruise-and-land safari programmes on the luxurious, 28-passenger Zambezi Queen include a 12-night Rivers & Rails of Africa itinerary, which features two nights aboard the Rovos Rail luxury train. The 14-night Stars of South Africa and 15-night Golden Trails of East Africa itineraries feature exclusive access to some of the most incredible accommodation in Africa, such as Singita Sweni Lodge and Singita Sabora Tented Camp, taking in Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. For guests looking for a shorter adventure, there is also a nine-night Discover Africa itinerary taking in Cape Town, the Zambezi Queen and Victoria Falls.


AmaWaterways will repeat many of its popular theme cruises in 2014, including Jewish Heritage, culinary and wine themed cruising, adding several new departures:

NEW Chocolate Connoisseurs Cruise

This special Chocolate Connoisseurs’ Cruise on the Danube, from Vilshofen to Budapest, will be hosted by chocolatier Norman Love of Norman Love Confections, maker of artisanal, handcrafted gourmet chocolates. Expect chocolate tastings, demonstrations and mouth-watering lectures.

NEW Knitting New Year Cruise

This knitting-themed cruise on the Danube in December 2014 will showcase the latest in luxury yarns and classes and forums on fashion trends, patterns and techniques. This cruise will be hosted by acclaimed textile expert Barry Klein, owner of Trendsetter Yarns in Los Angeles.   

NEW D-Day: The 70th anniversary

AmaWaterways will continue to feature seven-night round-trip Paris itineraries on the Seine in 2014, with two special ‘D-Day Remembered’ excursions added to the voyage to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The excursions start in Arromanches, a village renowned for its artificial ‘Mulberry’ harbour used during the June 6, 1944 Allied landings.

From here, there’s a choice of exploring either the US Sector or the British and Canadian Sectors. In the US Sector, guests visit Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which was the first US cemetery on European soil, as well as Point du Hoc on the Norman coast between Utah and Omaha Beaches.

The tour of the British and Canadian Sectors takes in the landing sites of the British 50th Division on Gold Beach and the Canadian 3rd Division on Juno Beach, where there is a museum dedicated to contributions made by Canadian soldiers during the war. There are opportunities to see the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, the Memorial Pegasus and the British Cemetery in Ranville, the first French village to be liberated on D-Day.   

Wine Cruises

2014 will include 16 departures on the Rhone, Seine, Douro, Danube and Rhine, each one hosted by a wine expert and including tastings and vineyard visits in addition to AmaWaterways’ regular programme of excursions.

Jewish Heritage Cruises

Four departures of this popular theme cruise will operate on the Danube for 2014, featuring special excursions in Linz, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest exploring Jewish history and heritage in the region in depth with a specialist guide.


NEW Provence and Spain

An optional land extension will be available on the Provence and Spain itinerary in 2014, adding two nights in Marseille (which in 2013 was European City of Culture) at the end of the seven-night Lyon to Arles voyage. The option to spend three nights in Barcelona instead remains, as does a chance to overnight in Paris for three nights before the cruise.


All cruises include all meals, free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, daily tours and excursions, free wi-fi, free use of on board bicycles and port charges.

Information source: AmaWaterways UK

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