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Amadeus Waterways, New AARP Travel Provider, Offers Exciting European, Russian, Egyptian River Cruises

Amadeus Waterways, New AARP Travel Provider, Offers Exciting European, Russian, Egyptian River Cruises ( For 39 Million AARP Members, Luxury Sightseeing – At a Discount

AARP Services Inc. and Amadeus Waterways, the well-known river sightseeing cruise operator, today announced a preferred provider relationship that will enable AARP’s 39 million members to take luxury cruises through Europe, Russia and Egypt at a discount.

Under the agreement, AARP members will receive a $100 per person discount on an Amadeus Waterways cruise. Members also will be eligible for additional exclusive offers on certain trips.

“AARP and AARP Services, Inc. are very excited to have Amadeus Waterways as our newest travel provider” said Tim Fitzgerald, AARP Services’ Director of AARP Travel Products and Services. “We are continuously working to bring extra value to AARP membership and help our members enjoy life. And now AARP members can receive a great discount while enjoying the unique small ship experience of traveling with Amadeus Waterways on one of their spectacular river cruises.”

“We are proud to be selected as an AARP provider of river cruises around the world,” said Amadeus Waterways Vice President Kristin Karst. “AARP is known for selecting member benefit providers that offer strong value in their products and services, and we are happy to be associated with an organization that is known for its high standards.”

Amadeus Waterways offers multi-day tours on new ships along some of Europe’s most fabled waterways, including the Danube and the Rhine. They also provide a trip in Egypt along the Nile, Southern France on the Rhône and Portugal on the Douro River. Daily shore excursions are integral to the cruises. Gourmet meals are provided, with complimentary local wines and fine evening musical performances. Hotel-style amenities are featured in the comfortable staterooms.

To make a reservation, please contact your travel agent or Amadeus Waterways at 1-866-364-9960. AARP members will need to provide their membership number at the time of booking to receive their $100 per person discount. The discount is applicable to cruises purchased on or after October 24, 2007. For more information, visit

AARP Services, Inc., founded in 1999, is a wholly owned subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the wide range of products and services that are offered as benefits to AARP’s 39+ million members. The offers span health products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services; legal services; and long-term care insurance. AARP Services founded AARP Financial Incorporated, a subsidiary that manages AARP-endorsed financial products including AARP Funds; AARP Services develops new products, manages and markets products and services, creates and maintains partnership and sponsorship relationships, and develops and manages AARP’s award-winning Web site,

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live&Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About Amadeus Waterways

In 2002, Rudi Schreiner, the former President of Viking River Cruises Inc. and Jim Murphy, the former owner and CEO of Brendan Worldwide Vacations, successfully launched the deluxe river cruise company Amadeus Waterways. The company focuses on maintaining a strong business relationship with its select and well-known tour operators and specialized travel agents in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, U.K., Scandinavia and Australia.

Amadeus Waterways offers a cultural adventure in an English-speaking, non-smoking environment, with personal service, fine cuisine and daily included shore excursions as you cruise the legendary rivers of Europe. The company owns and operates the new MS Amadante (2008), MS Amacello (2008), MS Amalegro (2007) and MS Amadagio (2006), which have set new standards in European river cruising and offer a number of features no other European river cruise ship can match. These elegant ships offer state-of-the-art public areas and elegantly appointed staterooms for your enjoyment. Exquisitely decorated staterooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and internet access, and feature French balconies on the upper two decks. The ships also have an elevator, a sun deck with walking track, a whirlpool and bicycles to explore on your own.

Dave Nathan AARP 202-434-2560 Kristin Karst Amadeus Waterways 800-626-0126

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