AmaWaterways AmaPura Ship Details

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When AmaPura launched in 2014 it was done with the style and flair that AmaWaterways has become accustomed to providing.  Guests onboard the AmaPura were greeted by a local dance group, who put on a spectacular cultural performance prior to the ship’s departure for Myanmar.

As this new destination continues to intrigue travelers, we wanted to take a closer look at the ship providing access to this mysterious land.

Seven separate categories of staterooms and suites are available:

AmaWaterways and Backroads Adventure Partnership

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AmaWaterways has a new partner, BackRoads a leader in the active travel market! This new combination will provide the ultimate in both luxury and activity to river cruisers.

Wachau Valley Vineyards

Wachau Valley Vineyards – Flickr photo by Jay8085


In teaming up with AmaWaterways, we are excited to combine our trademark biking, walking and hiking experiences with the luxury of river cruising. With these ship-based adventures, guests will have the opportunity to conveniently explore European cities and countryside on a Backroads trip, with the bonus of only having to unpack once.” said Backroads Founder and President, Tom Hale.

Mysterious Myanmar On AmaWaterways

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Sunset Temple Bagan

Popular river cruise operator AmaWaterways has always pushed the envelope when it comes to pioneering new destinations. The line was one of the first operators to realize the full potential of sailing along the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia and to aggressively market the Mekong to North Americans alike.

The company also invested heavily in upgrading its ship along Russia’s Volga River, and currently leads the way in South Africa, where the 24-guest Zambezi Queen plies the Chobe as part of a comprehensive land-river-cruisetour.

7 Must-See UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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UNESCO was created in 1945 as a means to help ensure the preservation of our natural, cultural, and intellectual heritage.

Of the nearly 1,000 awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage sites, here are a few of our favorites that will be stops on upcoming Holland America Line voyages, including the 2015 and 2016 African & Indian Ocean sailings.


Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Van Nelle Factory (Dutch: Van Nellefabriek) is a former factory building in Rotterdam, Netherlands designed by architects Johannes Brinkman and Leendert van der Vlugt.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer: 375 Suites, Which Will Be Yours?

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Next year, Regent Seven Seas is launching what it is calling, “the most luxurious cruise ship ever built.

It’s a lofty claim, and Regent is doing everything to ensure that the new Seven Seas Explorer lives up to that expectation by creating some of the most stunning interior spaces ever seen aboard a luxury cruise ship – and it all starts with your suite.

Good Bye to Single Supplements

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Recently we shared with you the behind the scenes of how and why single supplement charges are part of the booking process and what you can do to lower them.

Cunard Queen Victoria Single Stateroom

Cunard Queen Victoria Single Stateroom

We hate to see that be the reason someone misses out on a fabulous solo vacation, so we are excited to see that some lines are making changes regarding the single supplement policy.

Current sailings we know of that are dropping the charge:

The Dollar Hasn’t Been This Strong Against The Euro Since 2002: Year Of The River Cruise

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Europe’s palaces are waiting to welcome you, and with the dollar so strong against the euro, there’s not been a better time to visit Europe in more than a decade. Pictured here, Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, which you can visit on Douro river cruises. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

This week, I am attending Cruise Shipping Miami, the world’s largest cruise industry event. People from all over the world are here, and what’s buzzing before the conference begins is the strength of the dollar against European currencies. 

Breaking down the World Cruise Experience

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Winter is a great time to escape the bitter cold and travel to the exotic and warm tropical routes of a world cruise.  Even better THIS winter is the perfect time to start planning how you’ll be spending it next year!


Many of our guests tell us a world cruise is their favorite way to spend the winter months.

New to the world cruise idea? Let us break it down for you!

New Ship Announcement: Oceania Cruises Sirena

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The seas will have a new mermaid in April 2016, thanks to the launch of Sirena by Oceania Cruises.


Sirena (which means mermaid) will be the result of a $40 million renovation to the former Princess ship. 

In addition to growing their fleet in 2016 to 6 luxury mid-size ships, Oceania will:

  • Sail 90 new itineraries
  • Have 50 extended voyages
  • Add 20 new ports to their sailings
  • Offer a new 40 day sailing for re-positioning

Crystal Cruises To Offer Four World Cruises In 2018, What You Get For Going All The Way

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Crystal ships

It’s a first for Crystal Cruises: Both of its ships will offer world cruises in 2018. Crystal is calling its offerings “revolutionary.”

Are they? Let’s take a look.



Both world cruises commence in January 2018, with Crystal Symphony departing Cape Town on January 7 and Crystal Serenity departing Los Angeles on January 23. The sailing will mark Crystal Symphony’s first full World Cruise since 2003.

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