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Uniworld, AmaWaterways announce Europe cruise resumptions

AmaWaterways will first resume in Portugal, left, while Uniworld will start with the fully transformed La Venezia in Italy, right
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises plans to resume cruising June 20 in Italy, followed by France, while AmaWaterways will start July 3 in Portugal then add other destinations including the Danube.

These resumption announcements follow those of Viking, Scenic and Emerald Cruises after this week's European Union decision to open borders to COVID-19 vaccinated travelers.

Uniworld Italy and France

Uniworld's start will debut its most recently transformed Super Ship La Venezia in Italy. Cruises from France are to begin shortly after Italy, with first departures for Bon Voyage on June 27, Joie de Vivre on July 4 and Catherine on July 11.

'We’ve been waiting for this moment and are beyond thrilled to be back on the rivers, welcoming back our loyal guests on four of our most beautiful Super Ships this summer,' said Ellen Bettridge, president & CEO of Uniworld.

Uniworld’s 'Milan, Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy' itinerary, commencing June 18 in Milan, will be line’s first cruise since the pandemic began. After two days in Milan, travelers will embark La Venezia in Venice.

First step in getting all vessels back this year

'Restarting these itineraries is just the first step in getting all of our ships back on the rivers this year,' Bettridge said. 'We have a lot to look forward to with the debut of the all-new SS Sphinx launching in Egypt Sept. 25, and we’ll also begin sailing the Peruvian Amazon Sept 1. with two new itineraries aboard the Aria Amazon.

'Demand for river cruising is at an all-time high and the support and excitement we are receiving from both new and old guests is outstanding,' she added.


Restart dates for AmaWaterways are July 3 for AmaDouro in Portugal, July 21 for AmaMagna on the Danube, July 22 for AmaKristina in France on the Rhône and July 22 for AmaLyra on the Seine. Further dates are July 27 for AmaVida in Portugal and Spain, July 29 for AmaDolce in Bordeaux and July 29 for AmaSiena on the Rhine.

'We are so excited to see the situation in Europe evolving in a positive direction and are very optimistic about the new tourist entry requirements that will be officially announced in the coming days,' said Kristin Karst, EVP and co-founder, AmaWaterways.

President and Co-founder Rudi Schreiner added that AmaWaterways would continue to monitor the updates from global health authorities, local governments and airlines with regard to the entry requirements and provide specific documentation for travelers in the coming days.

Follows Ama's successful 2020 cruises

'Having successfully operated river cruises during summer 2020, our teams are experienced with enhanced health and safety protocols and are ready and eager to safely welcome guests back on board,' Schreiner said.

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