AmaWaterways Opens 2024 River Cruise Season With New Ships, Extended Seasons & Early Booking Rewards | Travel Research Online


AmaWaterways Opens 2024 River Cruise Season With New Ships, Extended Seasons & Early Booking Rewards

Award-winning luxury river cruise line, AmaWaterways, tells us that travelers can now book unforgettable river cruise vacations on all 2024 itineraries on the iconic rivers of Europe, Africa, Egypt and Asia. With an added reward for early bookings and extended seasons on the Rhine, Danube and Douro rivers, guests have the opportunity to save now when reserving their much-anticipated journeys. Whether celebrating a milestone anniversary, a special birthday or a reunion with friends and family, river cruising with AmaWaterways offers the perfect variety of included tours and culinary experiences to please all ages and types of travelers searching for a more personalized way to reconnect with the world around them.

AmaViola & AmaCerto docked in Vilshofen, Germany. © 2019 Britton Frost

“With an increased demand for intimate travel experiences, we knew how important it was to our guests, particularly those traveling with a group of friends or family, to confirm their 2024 travel plans and begin anticipating the wonderful, enriching vacation that awaits,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “Our repeat guests and novice river cruise travelers can save 5%* on balcony staterooms and suites by placing a deposit for their 2024 river cruise by December 31, 2022, and then relax knowing that the itinerary and stateroom of their choice are confirmed, while the full payment is not due until 90 days before departure.”

With a second ship for the Nile, extended seasons on the Douro, Rhine and Danube rivers, and a new itinerary on the Saône River through the Burgundy region of France, there is much to discover in 2024 with AmaWaterways.

Top of many world travelers’ “must-do” lists are the remarkable Seven River Journeys, which became a first-ever experience for the river cruise industry when launched in 2021. For 2024, two new journeys offer 49-nights cruising the full length of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, visiting 15 countries while on board one intimate ship, AmaMora. Another first for the luxury line, guests on both sailings are invited to expand their exploration into the southern tip of the Danube Delta region that leads to the Black Sea.

Highlights of other experiences in 2024 that are now open for booking include:

Douro River

AmaWaterways has extended its Portugal river cruising season for 2024 with additional sailings round trip from Porto on board AmaDouro. Travelers will have the opportunity to experience the golden fall foliage along the banks of the Douro River and for the first time ever, discover the joys of this popular destination throughout the festive December period with the final Christmas departure on December 21, 2024.


New for 2024, a seven-night Flavors of Burgundy itinerary traveling on the Saône River between Dijon and Lyon offers guests the added pleasure to explore in depth the famous wine-producing and culinary region of France. Continuing the trend of longer journeys, guests have the option of conveniently disembarking their first seven-night cruise aboard AmaCello in Lyon and boarding sister ship AmaKristina for an additional seven nights on the Colors of Provence cruise between Lyon and Arles. AmaWaterways offers a 10% combination cruise savings* on all second and subsequent river cruises. This brings the number to six unique itineraries in France with optional pre- and post-cruise stays escorted by Cruise Managers in cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Bilboa, Geneva and Nice.

Danube River

With nine itineraries offered by six award-winning ships, AmaWaterways continues to attract many repeat guests as well as first-time river cruisers to this fascinating region of Europe. For 2024, AmaMagna, the most luxurious ship on the Danube, offers an early start to the river cruise season on February 11 with her unique itinerary cruising between Vilshofen and Budapest. In addition, AmaViola lives up to her musical name with a series of six Celebration of Classical Music: The Danube departures between Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria. Also available in 2024 are six festive December departures on the unique five-night Majestic Capitals of the Danube itinerary visiting Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest with pre- or post-cruise land packages in Krakow, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic.

Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers

AmaLucia promises to warm hearts with extra doses of AmaLove as she kicks off her new Rhine season on February 11, 2024. For those looking to discover Western and Central Europe, AmaWaterways offers a variety of 7, 10 and 11-night cruises along the Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers. Boasting 10 fascinating itineraries such as Enchanting RhineVineyards of the Rhine & Moselle and Christmas Markets on the Rhine, travelers can sit back and cruise or be as active as they wish as they hike, bike and explore their way through the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Besides soaking up the region’s excellent wines, timeless traditions and deep-rooted history, guests are also able to extend their stay by adding optional pre- and post-cruise land packages in iconic destinations like Amsterdam, Lucerne, Zurich and Prague. Unique in the river cruise industry, guests opting to add land packages are escorted throughout their journeys by AmaWaterways’ knowledgeable Cruise Managers.

Dutch and Belgian Waterways

Travelers can look forward to some of the world’s most stunning sunsets along the remarkable Dutch and Belgian Waterways, while exploring a variety of legendary towns and famous WWII landmarks such as Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and Gent. Perfect for flower lovers, history buffs and connoisseurs of cheese and chocolate alike, guests will enjoy wonderful excursions on these popular itineraries, from gorgeous tulip farms in Hoorn within AmaWaterways’ spring-only Tulip Time sailings to the Roosevelt family home in Veere and full-day tours of Bruges on the Best of Holland & Belgium cruises.

Nile River

Following an extremely successful season of sailing with AmaDahlia, AmaWaterways will set sail with its second ship on the Nile, AmaLilia, starting March 4, 2024. The two sister ships will sail the same immersiveSecrets of Egypt & Nile itinerary departing on different days, offering an unparalleled 11-night cruise and land experience that includes a seven-night roundtrip river cruise from Luxor, paired with three nights pre- and one-night post-cruise stays in historic Cairo. Popular optional land packages paired with this destination include Dubai, Jordan and Israel.

Chobe River

Travelers can take a walk on the wild side and sail along Africa’s Chobe River aboard the luxurious Zambezi Queen. With five distinct itineraries to choose from, such as Discover Africa and Stars of South Africa, guests can look forward to discovering Africa’s vibrant culture, spotting some of the most prolific wildlife and exploring iconic destinations like Cape Town’s Table Mountain and Victoria Falls. AmaWaterways’ Africa itineraries combine the four-night luxurious river cruise experience with the choice of thrilling wildlife land safaris, city stays or the timeless grace of cross-country rail travel so guests can emerge themselves into the enriching cultural experience that is unlike any other.

Mekong River

On board the 124-passenger AmaDara, AmaWaterways offers guests one-of-a-kind sailing experiences along the 12th largest river in the world, the Mekong, with unique itineraries such as the Charms of The Mekong and Riches of The Mekong. Both magical itineraries can be combined with pre- and post-cruise land packages to discover the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat near Siem Reap, Cambodia, or the bustling centers of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam, or Bangkok, Thailand.


Additional details on AmaWaterways 2024 launch of two new ships cruising the Magdalena River in Colombia will be released in January 2023.

Added Reward for Early Bookings

Guests reserving their 2024 sailings before December 31, 2022, can enjoy 5% Early Booking Rewards* on balcony staterooms and suites on select itineraries. For Christmas Market Cruises, Triple Holiday Savings* apply.

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