Leading River Cruise Company Unveils Three New Opportunities for Travelers to
Celebrate Black History and Culture Along the Rhône and Nile Rivers
CALABASAS, Calif. – (March 13, 2023) – Award-winning river cruise line AmaWaterways today announced three new opportunities for guests to celebrate the African and Black diaspora on the rivers in 2024. Due to the overwhelming demand for the first-ever Soulful Epicurean Experience on the Rhône River in France embarking August 24, 2023, two new June departure dates have been announced for that itinerary. The special journeys includes the Colors of Provence cruise plus three nights in Paris. Also added for 2024 is a Soulful Epicurean Experience in Egypt on Secrets of Egypt & The Nile itinerary starting in Cairo on May 17, 2024. The unique experiences available during the cruise and land packages invite travelers to discover and celebrate important aspects of Black history and culture unique to each country.
“We are fortunate to work with many travel advisors in the Black community who advised and encouraged us to develop these special-interest cruises celebrating Black history and culture,” said Kristin Karst, co-founder and executive vice president of AmaWaterways. “As our first Soulful Epicurean Experience cruise in France scheduled for 2023 sold out almost immediately, we are proud to give our global family additional opportunities in 2024 to celebrate and appreciate the diverse Black heritage found in France and Egypt.”
Secrets of Egypt & The Nile, Soulful Epicurean Experience
For the first time ever, AmaWaterways’ is pairing its Soulful Epicurean Experience with its fascinating 11-night Secrets of Egypt & The Nile itinerary starting in Cairo on May 17, 2024. In addition to the seven-night river cruise onboard the splendid 72-passenger AmaDahlia, guests will enjoy three nights pre-cruise and one night post-cruise in Cairo.
The seven-night river cruise onboard AmaDahlia sails roundtrip from Luxor visiting Edfu, Aswan, Esna, Kom Ombo and Qena and includes daily immersive tours and onboard experiences that shine light on the country’s vast African history and its regional delicacies. Guests also have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to visit a Nubian Village and meet the wonderful people who continue to carry the traditions of their ancestors that once ruled Egypt.
Throughout the journey, guests will be delighted by the warm service and lineup of fascinating excursions offered each day. The small group tours are guided by experienced Egyptologists and include visits to the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and Queens, Karnak and Luxor temples, as well as a papyrus making class. Travelers will gain access to authentic and exclusive experiences unique to AmaWaterways, such as a private lunch at the Abdeen Presidential Palace and a private tour of Queen Nefertari tomb.
Colors of Provence, Soulful Epicurean Experience
AmaWaterways’ Colors of Provence river cruise itinerary is set to welcome guests again in 2024 for two Soulful Epicurean Experience on board AmaKristina. The seven-night cruises will start or end (depending on the departure date) with a three-night land package in Paris, where many famous Black artists, writers and entertainers made history. While exploring the City of Light, travelers will dive deep into Black culture during a specially curated Josephine Baker excursion and a “Black History of Paris” city tour.
As AmaWaterways guests sail along the Rhône River between Lyon and Arles, they will enjoy a variety of experiences exclusive to this special itinerary that shine a light on Black heritage both onboard and ashore. The guided tours, including a full-day Black Heritage Tour in Marseille, showcase the region’s best jazz, food and wine so travelers can fully immerse themselves into the rich cultural history. These two unique Colors of Provence 10-night journeys will begin either in Arles on June 13, 2024 cruising to Lyon and finishing in Paris on June 23, 2024 or guests can start with the Paris land package on June 17, 2024 and conclude in Arles on June 27, 2024.
Both 2024 Soulful Epicurean Experience sailings offer authentic experiences and excursions that celebrate Black history and heritage. On top of the warm, personalized onboard service and locally influenced dining for which AmaWaterways is known, guests can look forward to enjoying nightly entertainment alongside like-minded guests who share a passion for discovering Black culture.
To book an AmaWaterways river cruise for a client, call 1-800-626-0126 or visit AmaWaterways.com. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways, Twitter @AmaWaterways, and YouTube at YouTube.com/AmaWaterways.
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Family-owned and operated for 20 years, AmaWaterways offers unparalleled river cruise experiences with 28 custom-designed ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Douro, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Saône, Seine, Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, and Dutch and Belgian Waterways; Southeast Asia’s Mekong River; Africa’s Chobe River; Egypt’s Nile River and Colombia’s Magdalena River (2024). Co-founded by pioneering river cruise executives Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, the company is renowned for its warm and welcoming crew; innovative and sustainable ship design; wellness activities (including a wide choice of included small group shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options); and award-winning, locally sourced cuisine paired with complimentary fine wine. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, most AmaWaterways ships welcome an average of just 150 guests and feature onboard amenities such as a stunning Main Lounge, specialty Chef’s Table restaurant, hair and massage salons, Sun Deck walking track, and heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation, highlighted by the launch of the revolutionary AmaMagna, and the introduction of the history-making Seven River Journey itineraries. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families, as well as group and charter options.
Becca Maroney or Lily Dyrsten
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