Big announcements in the river cruising world unfolded on Friday (May 21) as AmaWaterways and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises announced their return to sailing in Europe.
AmaWaterways will return to the rivers on board select ships beginning July 3, 2021 in Portugal.
“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 AmaWaterways’ Executive Vice President and Co-Founder Kristin Karst in a statement.
“We are proud to announce a selection of sailings starting the first week of July in Portugal with other restart dates throughout July on select ships on all the European rivers including the most luxurious ship on the Danube River, the AmaMagna on July 21st.”
AmaWaterways’ President and Co-Founder Rudi Schreiner noted that the company will continue to monitor updates from global health authorities, local governments and airlines with regards to the entry requirements.
“In the coming days, we will be providing more information regarding the specific documentation needed for sailing with us,” Schreiner said.
Details will also be posted in the Travel Updates section on AmaWaterways’ website and will be sent to travel partners via email.
“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. “Our team is committed to ensuring our guests have a wonderful experience as they return to the rivers, visiting the world’s most beautiful destinations.”
2021 sailing dates are as follows:
- July 3: AmaDouro will commence sailings through Portugal
- July 21: AmaMagna will commence sailings on the Danube River
- July 22: AmaKristina will commence sailings in France on the Rhône River
- July 22: AmaLyra will commence sailings in France on the Seine River
- July 27: AmaVida will commence sailings in Portugal and Spain
- July 29: AmaDolce will commence sailings through Bordeaux, France
- July 29: AmaSiena will commence sailings on the Rhine River
Uniworld resumes in Italy
Uniworld also unveiled its first sailing dates for this year.
The luxury river cruise company will resume cruising on June 20, 2021, debuting its most recently transformed Super Ship S.S. La Venezia in Italy.
Cruises will restart in France shortly after Italy, with first departures for S.S. Bon Voyage on June 27th, S.S. Joie de Vivre on July 4th and S.S. Catherine on July 11th.
The news comes as both Italy and France plan to reopen their borders for international travellers in June.
“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. “Our guests are like family to us, and their wellbeing is our main priority, which is why we’re taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure they’re comfortable when they’re ready to explore the rivers with us again.”
Uniworld’s Milan, Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy itinerary, commencing June 18, 2021 in Milan, will be the line’s first cruise since the pandemic began.
Additionally, the first four sailings of this year are included in the Cruise Back into Travel offer that is valid for bookings through May 31, where guests can save up to 30 per cent off per person on select dates for a limited time.
“Restarting these itineraries is just the first step in getting all of our ships back on the rivers this year,” Bettridge added. “We have a lot to look forward to with the debut of the all-new S.S. Sphinx launching in Egypt September 25th, and we’ll also begin sailing the Peruvian Amazon September 1st 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.”
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