CALABASAS — As part of their ongoing partnership, AmaWaterways and Backroads have announced a jam-packed lineup of over 120 river cruises on the Danube, Douro, Rhine and Seine rivers in 2019-2020.
The season will feature nine full-ship charters and select sailings onboard AmaWaterways’ new ship, AmaMagna, set to debut in May 2019. Plus, there will be “expanded capacity” sailings that will bring together more than 60 Backroads cycling enthusiasts onboard a single ship.
“We’re excited to introduce new options with Backroads and to welcome even more active travellers onboard our ships, including the beautiful AmaMagna,” said Gary Murphy, vice president of sales and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “2019 is going to be a banner year for AmaWaterways, and we’re excited to continue our valued partnership with Backroads during this very exciting time!”
After a nearly sold-out 2018 season, the two companies are set for expansion in 2019 and 2020. Next year, Backroads will offer a total of 68 departures, some tailored specifically for couples, families and solo travellers, including bike tours along the Danube, Douro, Rhine and Seine Rivers as well as walking tours along the Douro River.
In order to meet increasing demand, Backroads has announced 73 total departures for 2020 with six full-ship charters and additional group sailings on the AmaMagna. Its groups make up a subset of AmaWaterways guests onboard, with the typical group size averaging around 26 guests.
The popular full-ship charter (otherwise known as the Full Ship Celebration River Cruise) will now offer two departures on the Danube and one on the Douro in 2019 (including departures for families with older teens & 20s), and three on the Danube and three on the Douro in 2020. During these cruises, 100-150 fellow biking enthusiasts will come together on one of the largest active group tours in the world.
Every Backroads river cruise trip features four or more expert Trip Leaders on the ship and on shore, support vanes, choice of cycling and walking routes for all abilities, custom-designed titanium bikes for all rider types and fully loaded GPS routes.
The new AmaMagna measures nearly twice the width of a traditional European river cruise ship and features the Al Fresco Restaurant, a wine bar, The Chef’s Table Restaurant, a wellness studio, an expanded Wellness Program. Guests will also enjoy signature twin balconies in most staterooms, as well as connecting and triple occupancy staterooms ideal for multi-generational groups.
For more information go to backroads.com and amawaterways.com.