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Global Morning News – Visit European Christmas Markets on a River Cruise

Posted on: September 5, 2023

One of my favourite river cruises was the one where I got to visit the Christmas markets in Europe. The atmosphere is just fabulous and although you have to pack warmer clothes there is always glühwein (mulled wine) and the most delicious gingerbread ever. I was happy therefore to see that there is a special sale on with AMAWaterways – one of my favourite river cruise companies.

AMA really excels when it comes to food and wine – it is a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs which is an International Association of Gastronomy now established in over 75 countries. It brings together enthusiasts who share the same values of quality, fine dining, the encouragement of the culinary arts and the pleasures of the table. This really shows in the quality of the wine they offer and also the fantastic cuisine on board. Also for foodies, the Chef’s Kitchen is a really special place to dine. This is a kitchen at the back of the ship with an open kitchen and special tastings. Reservations are required at no fee and they do ensure that every passenger gets a chance to experience this.

Also with less passengers on board than other river cruise ships there is lots of extra space on board.

Our special offers for AmaWaterways this month are excellent –

  • 20% discount
  • Airfare available at a guaranteed rate of $1099 pp
  • Pre-paid gratuities included for you at no cost
  • Sip and sail hour every day before dinner with free champagne, wine or cocktails.

While on board your wine and beer is included as well as all your meals. Also included is an excursion in each port of call.

Let’s look at where you can go – I found this lovely itinerary –

Amsterdam to Basel passing through the Netherlands, Germany and France and ending in Switzerland.
Duration: 7 Nights
Price: $3,823 CAD per person
Date: November 23, 2023


  • One week river cruising
  • All meals, wine and beer and daily cocktails
  • Excursion at each port of call
  • Specialty dining at the Chef’s Kitchen


Cruise Grand Cayman, Mexico and Bahamas
Duration: 6 Nights
Price: $1,959 CAD per person
Date: December 3, 2023


  • Balcony stateroom
  • All drinks, WIF and gratuities
  • $300 Onboard Credit
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