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Friday,  July 19, 2024 6:23 PM 

AmaWaterways opens the books on 2026 cruises & land packages early

  • Cruises
  •   06-27-2024  8:48 am
  •   Pax Global Media

AmaWaterways opens the books on 2026 cruises & land packages early
AmaCello on the Saône passing old Lyon. (AmaWaterways)
Pax Global Media

Citing strong demand for its 2024 and 2025 seasons, AmaWaterways has opened reservations early for its 2026 season on all cruise products and pre and post-cruise land packages, covering Europe, Egypt, Asia, Colombia, Africa safaris and wildlife cruises.

With the launch of nine new river ships over the next three years, and more than 40 different itineraries on four continents, early travel planners can choose from a variety of options and lock in great savings.   

After announcing plans to launch seven new ships (in Portugal, Egypt, Colombia and Europe) in 2024 and 2025, AmaWaterways will add two more in 2026.

AmaSofia will sail the Danube beginning May 24, 2026, on the 14-night Magnificent Europe itinerary.

And AmaMaya will join AmaDara on the Mekong in August 2026, cruising the seven-night Charms of the Mekong and Riches of the Mekong itineraries.

Two new land packages are being added as part of the AmaWaterways’ seven-night Taste of Bordeaux sailings in 2026. Guests can book the new four-night pre-cruise option and spend two nights in Madrid.

Guests cruising on the Rhine and Moselle will also enjoy some new excursions planned for 2026. The city of Utrecht has been added to the Captivating Rhine, Enchanting Rhine, and Christmas Markets on the Rhine itineraries.

On AmaWaterways’ seven-night Vineyard of the Rhine & Moselle guests will be able to explore Wiesbaden, famous for its Sekt (German champagne), and its “Kochbrunnen” - a historic thermal hot spring dating back to Roman times.

Colombia river cruises

In January 2025, AmaWaterways will be the first major river cruise line to sail the Magdalena River in Colombia, utilizing two new custom-designed luxury ships on this historic route—the intimate AmaMagdalena, with 60 guests and the stunning AmaMelodia (in June 2025) with 64 guests.

2026 will see the continued enhancement of its two immersive itineraries, Magic of Colombia and Wonders of Colombia.

The seven-night itineraries cruise between Cartagena and Barranquilla and guests enjoy locally inspired Latin American cuisine, immersive excursions and a variety of lively entertainment representative of the country’s colorful culture.

Pre- and post-cruise optional land packages take in Medellín, Colombia and Panama City.

Voyages in Egypt

AmaWaterways takes guests on an immersive 11-night Secrets of Egypt & the Nile itinerary on two sister ships, AmaDahlia and AmaLilia, offering cruise and land experiences.

A seven-night roundtrip river cruise from Luxor is paired with three nights pre and one-night post-cruise stay in historic Cairo.

Popular optional land packages paired with this destination include Dubai and Jordan.


Travellers can take a walk on the wild side and sail along Africa's Chobe River aboard the luxurious 28-passenger Zambezi Queen.

With five distinct itineraries to choose from, such as Discover Africa and Stars of South Africa, guests can look forward to discovering Africa's vibrant culture, spotting some of the most prolific wildlife and exploring iconic destinations like Cape Town's Table Mountain and Victoria Falls.

All itineraries and departure dates are detailed in a new 2026 Heart of the River brochure, here, available digitally in mid-July.

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