Once repositioned on the Rhône and the Seine rivers respectively, they will be ready to welcome passengers when, it is hoped, river cruising resumes in spring 2021. As earlier reported, the vessels are being redeployed due to heightened demand for France.
Follows AmaKristina's Rhine charter series
This year, AmaKristina completed a four-month series of charter cruises on the Rhine, successfully executing enhanced health and safety protocols and gaining valuable experience for when the fleet sails again. With this limited 2020 program, AmaWaterways became the first US-based river cruise line to resume sailing in Europe.
'As godmother of AmaKristina, I am excited to witness her extraordinary ocean journey down the west coast of France and Portugal and across the Mediterranean Sea to reach the mouth of the Rhône river where she will sail in 2021,' said Kristin Karst, EVP and co-founder of AmaWaterways. 'AmaDante will join AmaLyra on the Seine and offer a leisurely itinerary with more beautiful scenic daytime cruising and many opportunities for biking and hiking plus a fascinating pre- or post-cruise optional stay in St. Malo, Brittany, with a visit to Mont St. Michel.'
AmaDante joins her three sisters in France while AmaKristina will be the first 443-foot vessel with Ama's signature twin-balcony staterooms to sail on the French rivers. Taking over the 'Colors of Province' itinerary, AmaKristina will ply the Rhône between Lyon and Avignon.
AmaCello to the Saône
This frees AmaCello to travel a new route on the Saône into the renowned wine-growing area of Burgundy.
'Essence of Burgundy & Provence,' sailing between Chalon-sur-Saône and Arles, visits romantic cities and artistic epicenters, and gives experiences such as learning to cook French food in Valence at a culinary school.
Three nights in Geneva or three in nights in Barcelona are available as pre- or post-cruise land add-ons.
AmaDante and AmaLyra on the Seine
'Impressions of the Seine & Paris' provides the opportunity to sail at a more leisurely pace between Paris and Le Havre. The journey meanders through northern France with many overnight visits to idyllic towns, castles, gardens and sites memorialized by famous Impressionist painters.
Pre- and post-cruise land options include one or two nights in Paris or three nights in St. Malo with a visit to the island monastery of Mont St. Michel.