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AMAWATERWAYS “Winter Heartland” cruise expanded to include magical New Year’s Eve in Paris

AMAWATERWAYS “Winter Heartland” cruise expanded to include magical New Year’s Eve in Paris ( Award-winning river cruise line AMAWATERWAYS announced that its upcoming “Winter Heartland” cruise has been expanded to include a magical New Year’s Eve in Paris. An exclusive four-night stay at the luxurious Le Méridien Etoile will allow passengers to ring in the New Year in the City of Lights, which is celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower. On New Year’s Eve, passengers will be escorted from the hotel to the world-famous Place du Trocadero, where they will toast a celebratory “Bonne Année” (Happy New Year) with champagne beneath a fireworks-emblazoned skyline.

The festive New Year’s celebration is the culmination of a spectacular 11-night Winter Heartland itinerary featuring a very special price of US$1,999. The program begins on December 21, 2009* with a 7-night cruise from Nuremberg to Trier, Germany, aboard the brand-new, 148-passenger MS Amalyra. Sail on the Main, Rhine, and Mosel rivers through a part of Europe renowned for its quaint medieval towns, historic castles, and the legendary hillside vineyards of the Mosel river valley. Along the way, passengers can spend time at world-famous Christmas Markets and also partake in holiday festivities onboard including a special Christmas dinner. The Paris land program, concluding with the New Year’s Eve celebration, follows the cruise. (An optional pre-cruise program in Prague is also available.)

“We are extremely excited to offer this special ‘New Year’s Eve in Paris’ addition to our Winter Heartland itinerary. It’s a unique, once-in-a lifetime opportunity to experience one of the world’s great cities in combination with our fabulous river cruises,” said Rudi Schreiner, president of AMAWATERWAYS.


AMAWATERWAYS has redefined river cruising since its founding (as Amadeus Waterways) in 2002 by river cruise industry pioneer, Rudi Schreiner, cruise industry executive, Kristin Karst, and former owner of Brendan Worldwide Vacations, Jimmy Murphy. The line is based in southern California and caters to discriminating North American and international travelers. The AMAWATERWAYS ships in Europe feature a warm, upscale décor, plus an unparalleled array of amenities and complimentary services, such as: spacious, 170-square foot standard cabins and 255-square foot junior suites, featuring French Balconies; plush bedding with down duvets; marble-appointed bathrooms, spa-quality bath amenities, terry robes, and slippers; and flat-screen TVs offering in-room “Infotainment” with complimentary Internet access. Gourmet meals in the restaurant are included in each cruise and are accompanied by carefully selected complimentary local wines and specialty coffees. The vessels feature a spa, fitness center, beauty salon, Aft Lounge with complimentary Wi-Fi, a whirlpool, walking track on the Sun Deck, and a fleet of bicycles for passenger use. An AMAWATERWAYS elite cruise director accompanies guests throughout the cruise. Expert local guides conduct complimentary tours for guests at each destination.

To make a reservation or for additional information, contact AMAWATERWAYS at 800-626-0126. Visit for more information about fine river cruise vacations from AMAWATERWAYS.

*December 21 is the cruise embarkation date; US departure is December 20. Guests must purchase 7-night cruise and 4 nights Paris to be eligible for US$1,999 per person rate. Prague pre-land program is additional; call for details. Rate is per person, based on double occupancy in Cat. E; upgrades additional; single supplement: 50 percent. Promotion valid on new bookings made by November 30, 2009; limited to availability; not combinable with other offers and is subject to change without notice. Port charges of US$98 per person, air, taxes, and fuel surcharges are additional. AMAWATERWAYS reserves the right to discontinue these offers at any time. Ship Registry: Switzerland.

Khanh Tang Director, Marketing Toll-Free: (800) 626-0126 (US and Canada) Direct: (818) 428-6198 (direct dial) Fax: (818) 772-7335 Email:

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