October 18, 2010 - AmaWaterways
Garners Gold and Silver Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly Magazine
AmaWaterways, the premier river cruise line operating throughout Europe, Russia and Vietnam/Cambodia, has received Gold and Silver 2010 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly Magazine. Judged by a panel of travel industry experts, the Magellan Awards honor the best in travel across a broad range of industry segments. Travel Weekly honored AmaWaterways’ new MS AmaBella with a Gold Magellan Award in the category of River Cruise Ship, and also bestowed a Silver Magellan award on AmaWaterways in the River Cruising category.
“All of us at AmaWaterways are proud to have been honored with these prestigious Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly, and knowing that it comes from judges who are industry experts, with extremely high standards of excellence, it is even more satisfying,” said Rudi Schreiner, President of AmaWaterways.
The AmaBella is the seventh custom-designed amenity-filled ship to join the AmaWaterways fleet cruising the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel rivers in Europe. AmaBella joins the AmaDagio (launched 2006), AmaLegro (2007), AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008), AmaLyra (2009) and AmaDolce (2009).
Distinctive features aboard the award-winning AmaBella include staterooms that average 214 square feet, with the majority of them boasting revolutionary “Twin balconies” consisting of a full balcony plus a French balcony. Additionally, the ship features a range of alternative dining choices, a library with fireplace, heated swimming pool on the Sun Deck, plus the AmaWaterways exclusive “Infotainment” system, offering complimentary high-speed Internet access, complimentary first-run Hollywood movies, premium English-language satellite channels, a selection of travel videos on demand, plus computer functionality, all on the stateroom flat-panel TV. As with all the AmaWaterways vessels on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel Rivers, AmaBella features complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship. Sailing dates for this magnificent vessel are available in October, November and December 2011.
AmaWaterways is known for its personalized service levels, gourmet cuisine featuring fresh fish, local produce and regional wines, and nightly entertainment that highlights the rich cultural diversity of the line’s cruise itineraries.
“We are extremely proud of the Silver Magellan Award in the overall river cruising category, as it recognizes the service levels, innovative ship design and in-depth shore excursion experiences that AmaWaterways is known for,” notes Schreiner.The line is also known for such pioneering concepts as French balconies; complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner and Champagne with breakfast; complimentary specialty coffees and bottled water, plus a fleet of bicycles for enjoying complimentary guided tours or exploring on one’s own.
AmaWaterways will introduce the MS AmaVerde, a sister ship to AmaBella, in Europe in 2011. In Russia, the MS AmaKatarina will begin cruising between Moscow and St. Petersburg. The most luxurious ship on the Volga-Baltic Waterway, the 212-passenger AmaKatarina will feature ten stateroom categories and four suite categories, with accommodations ranging up to 452 square feet. The majority of staterooms will feature balconies, and the ship will also include a conference hall, second dining room, sauna and solarium.
In Vietnam and Cambodia, the brand-new 124-passenger MS AMALOTUS will join La Marguerite in offering 7-night cruises from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. The elegant vessel will boast 226 square-foot deluxe staterooms with all the amenities of a fine hotel. All suites and staterooms offer outside accommodations, with more than 82 percent featuring balconies.
September 17, 2010 – Uniworld
Ranked in Top 3 in Travel + Leisure 2010 World’s Best Awards survey for River Cruise Lines for Families
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is proud to announce that Travel + Leisure readers have ranked Uniworld Number 3 based on reader evaluations collected in Travel + Leisure’s 2010 World’s Best Awards survey. Respondents rated hotels and cruise lines on how well they cater to families.
Uniworld has developed multigenerational family-friendly river cruises specifically to appeal to grandparents and parents who wish to share the gift of Europe with the special young people in their lives. According to Guy Young, President of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, “We are very pleased that passengers have ranked us so highly. With such a huge demand for new opportunities for multigenerational travel, it was a natural evolution for us to offer river cruising programs geared towards families and developed around summer vacations to make planning easy.”
Uniworld offers special family pricing with young people between 4 and 18 traveling at 50% off the cruise price when traveling with an adult on select itineraries and dates. Add in all meals with soft drinks, entertainment, lectures and demonstrations onboard, and exciting shore excursions fully hosted by local guides, and it is an ideal, hassle-free, value-packed family vacation.
Special multigenerational itineraries include:
The 10-day Treasures of Prague, the Rhine & Main cruise, which includes a 7-night cruise in a river-view stateroom on the stylish newly-remodeled River Ambassador, and 2 nights in Prague at the superior first class Art Deco Hotel located in the UNESCO World Heritage historic city center. Some of the many family-oriented activities include an aerial cable car ride up to Fortress Ehrenbreitstein, German soft-drink tasting, tour of a sausage factory, and Nuremberg’s fantastic toy museum.
A 9-day Paris and Normandy River cruise along the Seine from Paris past the luminous countryside of Northern France to the nostalgic beaches of Normandy and then back to Paris. This unique program includes guided tours of Paris, Honfleur, Giverny, and the real-life education of standing on the beaches of Normandy sharing in events that forever changed the world
August 3, 2010 – Viking
Introduces all New Southeast Asia Program for
15-Day Magnificent Mekong Itinerary – Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River
Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise line, today announced that it will be offering a brand-new itinerary for 2011, a 15-day program along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia.
“Our guests have requested that we expand to other destinations so they can experience even more of the world,” said Chairman Torstein Hagen. “With the addition of this new Mekong River program, Viking now offers itineraries in six regions, which is more than any other river cruise line worldwide.”
From bustling floating markets to Angkor Wat, the greatest masterpiece of Khmer architecture, the 15-day Magnificent Mekong itinerary features a combination of land programs exploring key cities in Vietnam and Cambodia with a cruise along the scenic Mekong River. Two nights in Hanoi, Vietnam includes a visit to the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison and a cyclo tour of the old town; three nights in Siem Reap, Cambodia features tours to visit the famed temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam introduces guests to the city’s gracious colonial architecture. The centerpiece of the trip is an eight-day river cruise among lush Mekong River landscapes with stops in Phnom Penh and a variety of small riverside villages including Cái Bè, located in the picturesque Mekong delta.
All-inclusive pricing, starting at $3,399 per person, reflects the current offer of 2-for-1 cruise and land pricing. To extend their Southeast Asia vacation, guests can add one or both of the Explore More™ land extension programs visiting either Ha Long Bay, Vietnam or Bangkok, Thailand.
“We are proud to launch this new Mekong River program and know that it will soon become a favorite of both past and new Viking guests,” adds Hagen. “This itinerary was created by the same expert Viking team who developed our award-winning and highly rated China cruisetours. We have partnered with the world’s best hosts to provide a once-in-a-lifetime journey highlighted by the history, culture and charm of the region at a value-packed price.”