AmaWaterways repositions two ships to France ahead of river cruise return

Two AmaWaterways ships are currently on an ocean journey from The Netherlands to France in order to meet demand for river cruising when it resumes next year.

AmaKristina and AmaDante are set to reposition on the Rhône and the Seine river respectively in time to welcome guests when river cruising resumes in spring 2021. 

A statement from the line said the ships had been repositioned in response to the heightened demand for itineraries that “reflect the rich culture, renowned culinary experiences and remarkable history of the Normandy, Brittany and Burgundy regions of France.”

AmaWaterways became the first US-based river cruise line to resume sailing in Europe earlier this year after AmaKristina completed a four-month series of charter cruises on the Rhine.

Amawaterways said the cruises on board AmaKristina had helped the luxury river cruise line gain “invaluable experience” of sailing with protocols in 2020.

It added that once travel restrictions are lifted, all ships and crews will be ready to offer guests peace of mind during their river cruise experience.

Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways, said: “As Godmother of AmaKristina, I am excited to witness her extraordinary ocean journey down the west coast of France and Portugal and across the Mediterranean Sea to reach the mouth of the Rhône river where she will sail in 2021.

“AmaDante will join AmaLyra on the Seine and offer a leisurely itinerary with more beautiful scenic daytime cruising and many opportunities for biking and hiking plus a fascinating pre- or post-cruise optional stay in St. Malo, Brittany with a visit to Mont St. Michel.”

AmaDante joins its three sisterships in France while AmaKristina will be the first 443 ft ship with twin-balcony staterooms to sail on French rivers.  

Taking over the popular Colours of Province itinerary, AmaKristina will sail the Rhône between Lyon and Avignon, permitting AmaCello to travel a new itinerary on the Saône into Burgundy.

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