I took my first big-ship cruise over 40 years ago, and that was what I sold when I first became a travel agent, but around the time that I started my own agency I began to look for something different. That same year I attended a seminar introducing AMAwaterways river cruises and became enthused with what I learned.
If you have been traveling for either business or pleasure over the past few years, you may have noticed that it has become more and more difficult to travel by air. Aside from the inconveniences caused by heightened security at airports, it just isn’t easy to find a flight which takes you where you want to go, when you want to go, and doesn’t cost the proverbial arm and leg. With a few exceptions, if you are based in the United States you will need to fly to your port of embarkation for your small ship or river cruise.
For many of us, small ship cruising offers the opportunity to visit remote destinations and experience a relatively pristine environment. In many cases, passengers cruise with the expectation of viewing local wildlife – whales and bears in Alaska, giant tortoises in the Galapagos, or monkeys in the rain forests of Central America. Most of the time, these expectations will be met; on the typical small ship soft adventure or expedition cruise passengers are accompanied by one or more naturalists who are experienced and knowledgeable about the destination, and who are able to locate wildlife in its native habitat.
AMA Waterways, the river cruise line with the newest and most luxurious ships on European rivers, is in the process of upgrading the infotainment system on board their newest ships. The new systems are being installed on all AMA ships sailing the Danube, Main, Rhine, and Mosel rivers.