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AmaWaterways Debuts Addition of European Wine Experts to Its Celebration of Wine River Cruises

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Four Select 2022 Itineraries Through Celebrated Wine Regions Now Feature Wine Hosts From Europe

Calabasas, CA – (May 12, 2022) – AmaWaterways, the luxury river cruise line known for curating incredible epicurean experiences, today announced the introduction of European Wine Hosts to a special series within the  Celebration of Wine River Cruises. With more than 60 Celebration of Wine River Cruises through Europe scheduled for 2022, AmaWaterways has selected four special departures designated as European Wine Immersion Sailings where notable wine experts from Europe will  lead guests through renowned wine regions while sharing in-depth knowledge of local wines, rich traditions and the history of European winemaking.

“We’ve continued to see an increased demand for our wine-themed cruises and are excited to introduce passionate European wine hosts to guide guests through a complete immersion into European wine,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-founder. “As part of our Celebration of Wine River Cruises, the European Wine Immersion sailings will feature the popular enhanced tastings, interactive discussions and shore excursions, but will add detailed insights and experiences exclusively catered to the European wine region guests sail through.”

The all-new European Wine Immersion Sailings highlight enhanced epicurean experiences, such as onshore tasting events or visits to seasonal wine festivals in local towns and are hosted by European based wine experts. Equipped with extensive knowledge and a passion for regional wines, the European hosts hand-select wines that represent the culture, history and winemaking techniques of specific regions for guests to enjoy with special meals, tastings or seminars, all included in the price of the cruise.

On these scenic seven-night journeys, guests experience an extraordinary combination of culinary and vinicultural adventure and have the opportunity to taste varietals sourced from leading wineries located along the river cruise itinerary. While on board, guests will indulge in delectable, locally sourced and specially curated wine-paired dinners that highlight regionally inspired delicacies. 

AmaWaterways initially launched its Celebration of Wine River Cruises in 2010 in collaboration with North American wine producers to share its appreciation for wine and provide guests, whether knowledgeable connoisseurs or entrant consumers, with the opportunity to taste, learn more about and compare New World and Old World varietals. With the new European Wine Immersion Sailings, guests will enjoy cruising the rivers along which the earliest vines were planted, while learning about regional methods of cultivation and historical figures behind European winemaking. Also planned during the cruise are visits to historic European wine cellars, vineyards or châteaux and interactive expert-led onboard tastings and discussions focused on regional wines.

Guests looking for an enhanced wine experience and immersion into European wine can join the following esteemed wine hosts on four European Wine Immersion sailings in 2022:

  • Helene Teboul, French wine expert from Marseille, France on the August 4, Colors of Provence sailing
  • Fintan Kerr, European wine expert based in Barcelona, Spain, on the October 27, Taste of Bordeaux sailing
  • Réka Piros, European wine expert from Hungary, on the October 29, Paris & Normandy sailing
  • Marcia Moricz, European wine expert based in Koblenz, Germany, on the November 8, Europe’s Rivers & Castles sailing

For full details on 2022 Celebration of Wine River Cruises, visit amawaterways.com/explore/wine-cruises. To book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your preferred Travel Advisor, call 1.800.626.0126 or visit AmaWaterways.com. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways, Twitter @AmaWaterways and YouTube at YouTube.com/AmaWaterways.com.

About AmaWaterways

Family-owned and operated for almost 20 years, AmaWaterways offers unparalleled river cruise experiences with 26 custom-designed ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Douro, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Saône, Seine, Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, and Dutch and Belgian Waterways; Southeast Asia’s Mekong River; Africa’s Chobe River; Egypt’s Nile River and Colombia’s Magdalena River (2024).Co-founded and led by pioneering river cruise executives Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its extraordinarily warm and welcoming crew; innovative and sustainable  ship design; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included small group shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options; and its award-winning, locally sourced cuisine with complimentary fine wine. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, most ships welcome an average of just 150 guests and feature onboard amenities such as a stunning Main Lounge, specialty Chef’s Table restaurant, hair and massage salons, a Sun Deck walking track with heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of the revolutionary AmaMagna, and the introduction of the history-making Seven River Journey itineraries. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options. 

With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Award for “Best River Cruise Line” and Departures’ 2020 Legend Award for “Best Luxury Cruising Experiences This Year.” In addition, 20 ships in AmaWaterways’ European fleet have received the prestigious Green Award certification for industry-leading safety, quality and environmental performance.

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