According to the line, river cruising in February offers an opportunity to experience Europe during a 'romantic and less crowded time,' while giving travel advisors new options for clients looking to take advantage of lower airfares.
2024 Rhine and Danube cruises will begin Feb. 11.
Lower airfares, fewer crowds
'The end of winter is one of the most exquisite times to visit Europe. Airfares are lower and with fewer tourists, there is more space to truly embrace the magic of these regions that feature great museums and art galleries plus winter carnivals celebrated in many parts of Germany,' said Kristin Karst, EVP and co-founder, AmaWaterways.
On Feb. 11, 2024, the double-wide AmaMagna will set sail along the Danube, cruising from Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen, Germany. Cities visited in the seven-night cruise include Vienna and Bratislava. Among the shoreside events are an apricot brandy and chocolate tasting in Dürnstein and an exclusive wine festival in Spitz.
In addition, travelers celebrating the month of love have opportunities to sneak away to Budapest’s thermal spas or Vienna’s ice-skating rinks. Onboard, passengers can use the Sun Deck's heated pool and whirlpool, participate in exercise and relaxation classes led by AmaWaterways’ dedicated wellness host, play a round of pickleball at the ship’s new onboard court or book a massage.
Pre- or post-cruise land packages in Budapest or Prague are available.
AmaLucia on the Rhine
On the Rhine, AmaLucia likewise will begin sailing Feb. 11, 2024. The 'Captivating Rhine' and 'Enchanting Rhine' sail between Amsterdam and Basel on a voyage with colorful canals and the Swiss Alps. Both itineraries offer pre- and post-cruise land packages in Lake Lucerne, Zurich and Amsterdam.
'We introduced our first-ever Christmas market river cruises over 15 years ago and many had their doubts about Europe being an attractive winter river cruising destination for North Americans. However, our holiday itineraries have become some of our most sought out experiences,' said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder, AmaWaterways.
With the extended 2024 season, travel advisors have additional opportunities to boost their earnings and when reserving by March 31, 2023, clients can take advantage of early booking rewards with 5% cruise savings on balcony staterooms and suites on select 2024 Europe, Asia and Egypt sailings.