Are these cruise ships really seven of the world’s great places to visit?

I thought our readers would enjoy this article written by Rosemary McClure that originally appeared in the LA Times. By Rosemary McClure If you’re a fan of cruising, new ships keep rolling out with bigger and better amenities. But would you include any on a list of the world’s greatest places? Time magazine did. It named seven ships in its second annual list of 100 Great Places to Visit last week. Ships such as Norwegian Joy, which frequently …

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AmaWaterways Officially Welcomes Revolutionary Amamagna With Festive Christening Ceremony

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  CALABASAS, CA – (July 11, 2019) – AmaWaterways today christened its revolutionary new ship, AmaMagna, in Grein, Austria. The festive ceremony saw guests on board joining AmaWaterways co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst along with Godmother Samantha Brown, respected travel expert and Emmy Award-winning television host, as she officially christened the 23rd ship in the fleet. “With AmaMagna’s double width design allowing for more personal space, amenities and dining venues, I have had this unique ship …

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AmaWaterways Welcomes Amadouro and Celebrates Her Inaugural Voyage With Festive Christening Ceremony

  CALABASAS, CA – (April 12, 2019) – AmaWaterways today christened its newest river cruise ship, AmaDouro, with a festive ceremony in Porto, Portugal. The christening put the final touch on AmaDouro’s inaugural sailing – which began in Porto and returned today for the special evening event hosted by AmaWaterways co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst. Honorary guest, Advantage Travel Partnership Chief Executive Officer and AmaDouro Godmother, Julia Lo Bue-Said was joined by respected travel industry partners, …

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Heading for a Christmas on the Rhine cruise aboard the AmaCerto

Heading for a Christmas on the Rhine cruise aboard the AmaCerto When I was a kid, the family friend who gave me my middle name (Marie) and braided my hair was from Germany. To keep my squirming to a minimum, Mrs. Schmidt used to regale me with German fairy tales and other stories while she did those taking-forever-to-do braids. Such a place as Germany seemed so faraway and unattainable to a young Midwestern girl. But soon I …

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A memorable holiday trip on the Rhine aboard the AmaCerto

When I was a kid, the family friend who gave me my middle name (Marie) and braided my hair was from Germany. To keep my squirming to a minimum, Mrs. Schmidt used to regale me with German fairy tales and other stories while she did those taking-forever-to-do braids. Such a place as Germany seemed so faraway and unattainable to a young Midwestern girl. But soon I will be headed to visit the beautiful Germany Christmas markets as …

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Taste of Bordeaux cruise: Bordeaux

ABOARD AMADOLCE-Last day blues. Though I’m going off to Paris tomorrow morning, I’m always a bit sad to leave my home-away-from home after cruises like this, when the weather (and the scenery) has been simply gorgeous on both the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers. I’ve seen so many stately chateaux and verdant vineyards, enjoyed tasting distinguished wines and savoring the exceptional food that came out of the ship’s kitchen. A bonus for me has been the pleasure of …

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Taste of Bordeaux cruise: Libourne and St. Emilion

ABOARD AMADOLCE-Two perfect days of tasting wine and delicious food. On Tuesday, we had our usual wine lecture and tasting from our resident expert, Christopher Silva of the St. Francis winery in Sonoma. This time it was Cabernet Sauvignon, about which I knew next to nothing. And now I know a few things that might help me in my local wine shop. My afternoon tour took me to picture-perfect Saint-Emilion where I snapped lots of pictures of …

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Taste of Bordeaux cruise: Blaye and Bourg-en-Gironde, France

ABOARD AMADOLCE-The AmaDolce visited two places: first, Blaye, a quaint little town with a 17th century citadel listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the afternoon, the ship would dock in Bourg-en-Gironde, built during Roman times and still living inside medieval walls. So in the morning, I strolled the streets of Blaye and found the place pretty quiet. It was a Monday, in August, and many places, except for the fabulous and very fragrant bakeries., were …

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Taste of Bordeaux cruise: Pauillac/Medoc; Garonne River/Gironde

  ABOARD AMADOLCE-Morning brought the AmaDolce to the Gironde estuary and the town of Pauillac, the starting point for my tour of the world-famous region of Medoc. The most exciting part of the day for me would be the opportunity to actually see the places that belonged to the names I had only seen previously on fabulous (and usually expensive) bottles of wine: Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Saint-Estephe, Saint-Julien, etc. I snapped photos of some …

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Taste of Bordeaux cruise: Cadillac, France & Bordeaux, France

ABOARD AMADOLCE-This is the first full day on my “Taste of Bordeaux” cruise aboard AmaWaterways’ AmaDolce, taking me on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers to some of the greatest wine regions of France—and the world. There would be wine lectures and seminars led by Christopher Silva, CEO of the St. Francis Winery in Sonoma, California. And lots of tastings, of course. Though the AmaDolce is not a new ship, this is a brand new itinerary, in response, …

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