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21. April 2021

Amadeus Offers the Best of Europe

This family-owned Austrian company knows how to make cruise guests feel at home.

Taking in storybook villages, historic castles and lush green vineyards from the deck of your floating five-star hotel.... now that's the way to see Europe.

River cruising offers a carefree experience all wrapped up in a neat little bow, delivering a laid-back, kaleidoscopic adventure that no land tour can match. New discoveries unfold every day as you drift merrily along.

Amadeus River Cruises, as a family-owned Austrian business with a 40-year history of plying the great waterways of Europe, holds special appeal for group tour organizers looking to partner with someone who knows the territory like the back of their hand. "Operating in our own backyard, we're a European company that wants to share our heritage, our culture, our history," says Marcus Leskovar, executive vice president of Amadeus River Cruises. Because Amadeus markets its luxury cruises around the world, the clientele aboard its ships is truly international, another factor that contributes to a mind-expanding cultural experience. But the common language spoken on board is English, and Americans account for about 45 percent of guests.

Since the beginning, Amadeus has owned and operated its own ships, yet another point of pride. The company counts 17 vessels in its fleet, with passenger capacity ranging from 140 to 168. It boasts one of the most modern fleets of river ships in Europe-the average age being just 2.5 years. Itineraries span the breadth of Europe, from Amsterdam to the Black Sea. Rivers traveled include the Rhine, Danube, Moselle and Main. In the south of France, Amadeus offers trips through Burgundy and Provence along the Rhone and Saone rivers, while sailings from Paris to Normandy feature the Seine. The network of canals in Holland and Belgium presents another choice. Most sailings are a week long.

In 2022, Amadeus passengers will have the opportunity to attend two special events held only once a decade-Germany's 2022 Oberammergau Passion Play (moved from 2020) and the Netherlands' Floriade Garden Expo, one of the world's top horticultural shows. The Passion Play will be a pre-cruise option, while the Floriade will be offered as an optional excursion on Rhine and Holland/Belgium cruises.

Groups are important to Amadeus, which works diligently with the trade to craft the optimum trip. The line's group rates represent significant price concessions, and tour operators earn a full cabin after 10 paid cabins. Space in public areas can be reserved for a meeting or other private event. Life aboard an Amadeus ship combines luxurious comfort with top-notch service and gourmet dining. The ambience is relaxed and gracious, with beautifully appointed surroundings designed to make everyone feel right at home. On a typical day of cruising, guests can drink in the dreamy landscapes from openair spaces or the panoramic windows. The Panorama Bar & Lounge, the main gathering spot, hosts travel talks, shows and cooking demonstrations. All staterooms are outside. Known for its impeccable standards of hospitality and backed by 40 years in the business, Amadeus offers groups an unparalleled cruise experience on the rivers of Europe.

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