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Sailing on the Seine River in France with our own French chef!

Updated: 2 days ago

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We’re so excited about our upcoming river cruise in October on the Seine River (and you're invited)! Recently I had Scotty Horn, representative from AmaWaterways, and French chef Romina Rasmussen, join me for a live conversation about the river cruise line AmaWaterways

and specifically our October river cruise. To get all of the information, please listen or watch. But here’s a small recap of what we talked about.

Who is AmaWaterways?

AmaWaterways is a family-owned and operated river cruise company recognized for their exceptional service in navigating some of the world's most breathtaking rivers. Founded 22 years ago by Rudy Shriner and his wife Kristine, the company has earned the nickname "The Heart of the River". Their unique approach and dedication to the guest experience set them apart in the competitive world of river cruising. A notable figure in the company, Gary Murphy, whose family was instrumental in the travel industry, co-founded AmaWaterways. The company's leadership and commitment to personalized service distinguish it from larger, corporate-run cruise lines.

Why Take a River Cruise?

River cruising offers a unique and immersive travel experience, enabling you to traverse through countries and explore charming villages that are inaccessible by ocean liners or motor coaches.

  • Slower Pace: Unlike bustling ocean cruises, river cruises travel at a serene 10 to 12 miles per hour, allowing you to enjoy the views without stress.

  • Convenience: With amenities like personal balconies and dining flexibility, river cruises offer unparalleled comfort.

  • Local immersion: Enjoy intimate explorations of villages and historical sites without the rush and crowds, providing a deeper connection to each destination.


Destinations and Rivers of AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways offers cruises on many of the world's significant rivers, including:

  • Europe: From Northwestern to Eastern Europe, including the Seine in France, the Douro between Portugal and Spain, the Rhine, and Danube.

  • Asia: The Mekong between Cambodia and Vietnam.

  • Africa: The Chobe River in South Africa.

  • Egypt: The Nile River.

  • South America: The Magdalena River in Colombia, starting in 2025.

What Makes AmaWaterways Different?

AmaWaterways sets itself apart through several unique features:

  • Wellness Programs: Including yoga, strength training, and personal trainers.

  • Eco-Friendly Initiatives: Incorporating solar panels and other sustainable practices on their ships.

  • Space and Comfort: Spacious cabins, twin balconies, and large common areas.

  • Inclusive Excursions: Numerous daily excursions tailored for various activity levels, including guided hikes and bicycle tours.

  • Exceptional Cuisine: Award-winning chefs prepare cuisine without microwaves or freezers, ensuring fresh and delicious dishes for all dietary needs.

  • An onboard spa: get your hair or nails done, or enjoy a relaxing massage onboard.

Sailing on the AmaMagna

The AmaMagna is AmaWaterways’s flagship vessel, hailed as one of the world's greatest places by Time Magazine. It is the only vessel of its kind on the rivers.

- Twin Width: Twice as wide as standard river ships, providing ample space for guests.

- Four Restaurants: Main dining room, the Chef’s Table, and two additional dining venues.

- Wellness Features: Includes a Zen Wellness Room.

- Entertainment: Local entertainers come aboard nightly.

- Luxurious Staterooms: The innovative design features spacious rooms with outdoor balconies, luxurious bathrooms, and modern amenities.

Barbara's Itinerary

Barbara and Romina have curated a special itinerary for travelers: "Impressions of the Seine and Paris".

- Dates: October 19th to 26th, 2024.

- Highlights: Starting in La Havre, visiting the picturesque village of Honfleur, Omaha Beach in Normandy, medieval Caudebec-en-Caux, Joan of Arc’s town, Rouen, and the inspirations of Monet's gardens in Vernon. The trip concludes in the iconic city of Paris, with post-cruise explorations of the city’s secret gems led by Romina, a French-trained pastry chef.

Special Inclusions for This Cruise


- Multiple Excursions Daily: Options range from gentle walks to challenging hikes and bike tours, all included in the fare.

- Heated jacuzzi and Spa

- Sip and Sail Cocktail Hour: Complimentary for guests every evening.

- Free Wi-Fi: The fastest available, included in the fare.

- Group Experience: Travelers can explore with Barbara and Romina, enjoy exclusive demos, visit a bee farm, and additional culinary experiences crafted by Romina.

For the best discounts, contact Barbara before July 23, 2024! Ask about the 5% off, additional $100 per person off, and sensational airfare discounts!


Join us in experiencing the magic of AmaWaterways, where every detail is crafted to connect you with the destination, your travel companions, and yourself!


For more information or to book your trip, contact Barbara at or (801) 447-4322. Happy travels!


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