2023 EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISES
RETURN TO EUROPE!
Uncover the enchantments of Europe with an elegant Ama Waterways cruise and:
Save up to 5% on Suites & Balcony Stateroom
$300* Onboard Credit
Complimentary Premium Shore Excursion
Take advantage of this splendid offer on 7-night to 14-night voyages along the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and other stunning European rivers.
2023 Departures: Selected sailings throughout the year. Please contact us for more details.
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2020 AMERICAN RIVER CRUISES
AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT COMPANY
REDISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF AMERICA
Book a 2022 cruise along America's picturesque waterways and:
Save up to $2,000* per stateroom
Discover unparalleled beauty & tantalizing ports of call without leaving our fair shores as you sail in the luxury of American Queen Steamboat Company's stunning riverboats
2022 Departures: Selected sailings throughout the year. Please contact us for more details.
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2020 ALASKA CRUISE
MAGNIFICENT PASSAGE FROM ANCHORAGE TO VANCOUVER
Up to $300* Air Credit
Up to $400* Shipboard Credit
Discover Alaska from the comfort of Windstar's intimate Star Breeze on this unforgettable 11-day adventure
2020 Departures: Aug 2, 2020
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PORTS OF CALL THE WORLD OVER
More than two thirds of the world is covered by water, and on a voyage with our Ocean Collection you can discover it in unparalleled style. Awake in a tiny New England cove known only to locals. Ascend cobblestone streets through a town perched on a hill above the azure Mediterranean. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, sail through a New Zealand fjord, snorkel for black pearls in Bora Bora, float through the canals of Amsterdam and Venice or search for bears clambering next to an Alaskan glacier. This is a world of wonders at your fingertips aboard smaller ships with personalized service, prescient staff and curated cuisine that will give you a glorious taste of each destination.
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Walk among the holy in the ruins of Ephesus, glide upon the canals of Venice at sunset, and kick up your heels in a remarkable Barcelona nightclub. Watch the yachts of Monte Carlo over a dry martini, stroll the bougainvillea-draped streets of Capri, ride through the endless lavender fields of Provence, and sample the artistry of an acclaimed Valetta chef on Malta. Explore the ruins of Carthage in Tunisia, and marvel at the beauty of the coasts and coves of the Italian Riviera. Gaze upon a white-washed church with a brilliant blue roof from a cliff in Santorini, shop in the bustle of a local souk in Morocco, and view the ancient world from atop the Acropolis. From the splendors of the Sistine Chapel to the mighty Rock of Gibraltar, the cradle of civilization comes alive in the glorious Mediterranean.
The lowest rates are in the winter and the shoulder season months of April and October. You might take a chance with the weather, but with fewer crowds you’ll enjoy the historical sites all the more.
Stand inside a church built into a rock in Helsinki, gaze at the meticulously preserved hull of a 16th century warship raised from Stockholm Harbor or travel even further back in time at a museum populated with the finest longships of the Viking shipbuilders’ art. Feel the mist on your face from the spectacular fountains at sprawling Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, bike the streets of amazing Amsterdam and sample the local cheese alongside a canal. The medieval streets beckon in Tallinn and the joyous culture of the Latvians permeates the winding streets of Riga, and Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens dons her illuminated finery each evening. Get your Irish on in Dublin, and shop for kilts in Glasgow. From bountiful Bruges and the beauty of Paris to the monuments of Gdansk and the resurgent spirit of Berlin, Northern Europe is a playground of fascinating cultures.
When in Helsinki, head to the harborside Market Square, open from 8am to 4pm; it’s a wonderful spot to get an authentic Finnish lunch for a fraction of the price of a restaurant.
In Glacier Bay, the stillness is broken only by the creaking of the delft-blue walls of ice. In Juneau, leave on a floatplane from alongside your ship and then land on Mendenhall Glacier and walk on prehistoric ice fields. Visit an onion-domed Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka, stroll on dynamic Creek Street in colorful Ketchikan, and in Skagway, ride the White Pass and Yukon Railroad to the top of a mountain and back. Watch the rays of the morning sun paint the snow-capped peak of Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. Kayak in Icy Strait and learn the traditions of the Tlingit in Hoonah. From a dramatic journey through the Inside Passage to a fresh salmon dinner cooked over an open fire, Alaska will wow all your senses.
If you’re sailing northbound from Vancouver to Seward, book a stateroom on the right (starboard) side of the ship and do the opposite if sailing southbound. That way, you will always be facing the spectacular Alaskan coast.
Stretch out on the pink sands of Horseshoe Bay Beach or Elbow Beach (yes, the beaches are genuinely rose-tinged) or play a round of golf as a gentle ocean breeze blows across the pink sand traps. Shop among the boutiques of Front Street in Hamilton and discover the British history of the island at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Snorkel over one of the many 19th century wrecks scattered across the coral reef that encircles the island, climb the steps to St. Peter’s Church in St. George’s, discover the underwater world without getting wet at the Bermuda Aquarium, or gaze down at the impossibly blue waters on an aerial sightseeing excursion. This drop of tropical British refinement in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is truly unique.
If you’re feeling adventurous one evening, head to Café Cairo along Front Street. This quirky spot serving Middle Eastern cuisine is also a dance club and one of our favorite spots in Bermuda.
CANADA / NEW ENGLAND
Seen from the sea, the coastal enclaves of New England are at their very best. Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston or head below the decks of the USS Constitution for a moving history lesson. Follow the local foodies to off-the-beaten path cafes in perennially hip Portland, ponder the use of color by the Wyeths at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, and go for a windjammer sail in nearby Camden. In tony Bar Harbor, dip a lobster claw in butter after a day along the rocky coast of rugged Acadia National Park. Sail up stunning Saguenay Fjord along the St. Lawrence River, have afternoon tea at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City, and enjoy lunch in picturesque Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. Tour the Breakers in chic Newport and dart among tidal whirlpools in the Bay of Fundy. Here where the air is crisp, the water is clear and the natives friendly, you’ll feel right at home.
On a bracing fall day in Camden, head to Cappy’s near the harbor for the best clam chowder and blueberry pie you’ve ever had. It’s our favorite quintessential New England spot.
Among the sugar-sand beaches, swaying palms, crystal clear waters and vibrant hibiscus of the Caribbean, you’ll discover a world of many cultures. There are the Dutch charms of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, the Danish legacy of St. Thomas, the French joie de vivre of Martinique, St. Barts and Guadeloupe, and the British charms of Barbados and the British Virgin Islands. Explore a fort along the cobblestone paths of Old San Juan, luxuriate in the over-the-top beauty of Magens Bay in the Virgin Island, relive pirate history in Falmouth, Jamaica, and swim with stingrays in Grand Cayman. Experience the thrill of a zip line in St. Kitts, swim in the sea off the verdant mountains of Nevis, and shop for bargains among the shops of St. Maarten. The Caribbean is a European-influenced jewel box just waiting to be opened.
Buy a bottle of French wine, a fresh-baked baguette, and some brie on Rue de Bord du Mer in Gustavia, St. Barts and then head to nearby Shell Beach for an impromptu picnic that evokes the French Riviera.
CENTRAL AMERICA / PANAMA CANAL
The colorful birds of the rainforests of Costa Rica seem to call at your name as you hike amid foliage so dense and verdant it seems as if it’s from a movie set. But that is only the beginning of the many charms of Central America. Snorkel among the world-famous reefs of Roatan, go cave-tubing in Belize, and glide in crystalline waters over the starfish of Trujillo Bay in Honduras. Stand on deck as your ship passes through the Panama Canal, astonished at the massive locks and the sharp cliffs of the Culebra Cut. In Central America and the Panama Canal, the hidden treasures brighten each day with a new surprise.
Some ships will offer a shore excursion in the Panama Canal itself which will allow you to view your ship going through one of the sets of locks. If your ship does, then don’t miss the opportunity. It is a truly remarkable experience.
Sunrise over Diamond Head is a moment to be treasured and the memories of Pearl Harbor as experienced from the USS Arizona Memorial will last a lifetime. Cycle down a volcano on Maui, watch lava sizzle into the sea on the Big Island of Hawaii, and nurse an afternoon Mai Tai on Waikiki Beach. Hike through a lush rainforest to a waterfall on Kauai, learn about the defunct whaling industry in Lahaina, and taste a juicy pineapple in the fields of Molokai. Relax at an authentic luau on a black sand beach as the sun sinks into the sea or go ocean kayaking off Kona. Hawaii is like no other place on Earth. Throw your flower lei into the sea as you depart; it’s the traditional Hawaiian way of wishing a quick return to this paradise in the Pacific.
If you decide to explore on your own, always bring a bag with a bathing suit and towel. You never know when you’ll stumble across a secluded beach, a mountain stream, or a stunning waterfall.
Climb an ancient Mayan pyramid near Playa del Carmen, relax on the sun-kissed beaches of Cozumel, watch the daring cliff divers of Acapulco, and hunt for whales among the rock formations of Cabo San Lucas. Relive the famed movie The Night of the Iguana in Puerta Vallarta, indulge in a salty and refreshing margarita beside a resort pool, or go paragliding in Mazatlán. Mexico’s many personalities are on display no matter which ports you visit.
Try some fish tacos from a street vendor for lunch. The fish was usually caught that morning, the spices are legendary, and the taste is out of this world.
Trip the light fantastic on Broadway, comb through the ample history of Charleston and search for the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine. The charms of Annapolis and mystique of the James River bear witness to history. Fresh salmon served atop Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, an early morning sail through the fog under the Golden Gate Bridge and the Victorian homes of Astoria, Oregon, are etched indelibly in your fondest of memories. Whether you’re hunting for the locales featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in Savannah or winding down the Crookedest Street in the World in San Francisco, America’s coasts are full of surprises.
With so much to do in Seattle it may seem like an odd attraction, but be sure visit the city’s 11-story Central Library. This $170 million glass wonderland conceived by starchitect Rem Koolhaas is an architecture lover’s paradise with hidden art, glossy red rooms, and fascinating latticework shadows.
Sail the Amazon to Manaus and its ornate 19th century opera house, ease onto to the warm sand of a secluded Brazilian beach in Porto Belo, and follow your guide into the clouds and touch the sky among the mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. Samba the night away in romantic Rio de Janeiro or learn the tango amid the European architecture of Buenos Aires. Soar high above the mysterious Nazca Lines etched in the desert sands of Peru and hopscotch along the vibrant ports of the Chilean coast. From the gleaming golden treasures of Lima’s Museo Larco to the array of 62 cuisines among more than 12,000 restaurants, sensuous South America will never disappoint.
If you want to explore Rio de Janeiro like a local, then rent a scooter. Traffic can be so congested that a personalized taxi tour can take forever – and forget the buses, they rarely operate on time. But map out your scooter route in advance to make certain you stay on the tourist routes rather than winding back streets amid neighborhoods not as accustomed to visitors.
EAST AND SOUTH ASIA
Worship at a sacred temple in Kyoto or walk the Great Wall of China outside Beijing. Asia is a land of amazing spectacles and a cruise through its storied lands is a trip back in time as well as a glimpse of a thoroughly modern future. Glide silently on an ancient junk among the towering stone karsts of Vietnam’s Halong Bay, observe a moment of silence at the memorial to those lost in the atomic blast in Hiroshima, enjoy high tea at Singapore’s iconic Raffles, and follow the trail of a soul-wrenching war in Ho Chi Minh City. Be dwarfed by the enormous reclining Buddha at Bangkok’s Wat Pho Temple, immerse yourself in the lively markets of Hong Kong, learn of the namesake dragon lizards of Komodo, and bask in the tropical splendors of Bali. Asia welcomes you with open arms and though you may return home, part of your heart will stay there forever.
Though the observation deck of Singapore’s Marina Bay complex charges an admission fee, you can visit the Flight Bar and Lounge one floor above for free. A martini among the clouds is the perfect tonic to a day of sightseeing.
Imagine the dying rays of the setting sun reflecting off the Taj Mahal, the marble façade glowing a heavenly hue of rose or stretching out on an Arabian Sea beach. Visit Mangalore’s 10th century Kadri Manjunath Temple or stroll through Lighthouse Hill Garden. Buy a packet of exotic spices in a Delhi outdoor market and watch fisherman cast their wide nets in the shadow of Cochin’s palaces with their Dutch-inspired architecture. India is a land of temples, bright colors, friendly villages, bustling streets, and an exotic personality that will hypnotize your senses.
While the busy and frenetic markets of India might seem to invite bargaining, think twice. India is a poor country. Never bargain with an artist or farmer since they are usually just barely making ends meet. And if you do bargain with a shopkeeper, keep in mind that the handful of dollars you might be saving could help feed someone’s family for a week. Visit India with an open mind and an open heart.
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Perhaps the only thing more memorable than viewing the glistening white sails of Sydney’s iconic Opera House is to attend a performance within. Down Under in a world turned delightfully upside down, each day brings the promise of a new spectacle. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 1,400 miles and you’ll drift across it in a glass-bottom boat. Soar above it all with a supervised climb of the fabled Harbor Bridge or, in Perth, join in the boardwalk fun at Elizabeth Quay. Hold a koala, make friends with a kangaroo, and play the didgeridoo in sprawling Australia. Sail the fjords of Milford Sound in New Zealand, bungee jump from Auckland’s Sky Tower or pursue more down-to-earth thrills at Dunedin’s Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. Gaze across the vineyards of New Zealand and savor a glass of cherished Malbec, explore the film legacy of Lord of the Rings in Wellington, and walk through a fully immersed 200-foot acrylic tunnel at Napier’s National Aquarium of New Zealand.
Though it may require a big wallet, The Matterhorn in Wellington is named the best restaurant in New Zealand time and time again. We love the lamb with cauliflower, aubergine, halloumi and curry oil. The Rum baba with vanilla cream, cigar, cinnamon, and Pyrat XO Reserve is a must.
Paradise can be defined in many ways, but the verdant volcanic peaks rising from crystalline lagoons brushed with the swaying palm trees on the South pacific speak a universal language. Feel as if you’re weightless and floating above the water over a reef in Bora Bora, accompany a skin diver in Moorea and toast your good fortune with a glass of French champagne on tantalizing Tahiti. Watch a native dance in Pago Pago, relive ancient history at the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa, and explore the nuances of raising orchids in Fiji. The deeper you sail into the South Pacific, the lighter your cares become until you find yourself in a state of pure bliss.
Not all black pearls from the South Pacific are the same. None are actually black but, rather, very dark shades of gray, green, purple, and blue. Only 1% to 2% of harvested black pearls are of the highest quality, but that also means astronomical pricing. Pearls with minor imperfections tend to be the most popular and affordable.
EGYPT AND THE HOLY LANDS
Walk like an Egyptian among the pyramids of Giza, ride a camel in Cairo and visit the rebuilt library of Alexandria. Follow in the footprints of Jesus in Jerusalem and touch the sacred Western Wall of the Temple Mount. Duck into the shrine below a church that was the birthplace of Jesus and try a regional dish in Tel Aviv. Float as if on air in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and ponder the significance of Nazareth. Egypt and the Holy Lands will move you to tears and change you forever.
Don’t miss the chance to walk along the Via Dolorosa in Old Jerusalem, the path Jesus followed to his crucifixion. It winds 2,000 feet from the Antonia Fortress to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
During this difficult time, we are holding off on our special offers as we encourage everyone to remain healthy and safe at home.
2019 CANADA & GREAT LAKES CRUISES
AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT COMPANY
FRENCH CANADA & THE GREAT LAKES
Save up to $4,800* per stateroom
9-night voyages sailing from Montreal, Chicago and other glorious cities
2019 Dates: Select Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct and Nov sailings
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PORTUGAL, SPAIN & THE DOURO RIVER VALLEY
Save up to $2,000* per person
$200* Shipboard Credit per person
10-night voyages sailing from Lisbon to Porto, Portugal
2019 Dates: Various in July, August & November