By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor
At the annual meeting of the Corporate Travel Center I had a most interesting conversation with Steve Avalos of AMA Waterways, one of the leading providers of river cruising. Steve shared with me news of AMA’s new combination land and river cruising on the African continent. Here’s more information about AMA’S Africa Safaris and Wildlife Cruises on board the Ms Zambezi Queen. The 16-Day Stars Of Africa itinerary includes three nights in Cape Town, South Africa; three nights in the Kruger National Park area, South Africa; and one night in Johannesburg, South Africa before embarking on a four-night safari cruise and ending with two nights at Victoria Falls. From $8,995 per person, double occupancy.
The 16-Day African Sunsets itinerary features three nights in Cape Town, South Africa; two nights in Okavango Delta, Botswana; two nights in the Savute Safari area, Botswana; a four-night safari cruise which ends with two nights in Victoria Falls. $10,995 per person, double occupancy. The 19-Day Golden Trails Of Africa features one night in Nairobi, Kenya; eight nights at game reserves – Amboseli (Kenya), Lake Manyara (Tanzania), Ngorongoro (Tanzania) and Serengeti (Tanzania); one night in Johannesburg, South Africa; a four-night safari cruise and two nights in Victoria Falls. From $11,495 per person, double occupancy.
The four-night cruise on board the 28-passenger MS Zambezi Queen features the following: – Accommodations in a balcony stateroom. – Private boat game drives along the banks of the Chobe River. – A visit to Kasenu village where you’ll interact with the local residents. – Experience a Mokoro (a type of canoe propelled through shallow waters by standing in the stern and pushing with a pole) ride on the Chobe River. – Enjoy a traditional African Boma Dinner, an African BBQ on an island in Namibia, and a beach picnic lunch. – All meals included during the cruise with complimentary wine and beer. – An air-conditioned top deck consisting of the dining room, lounge with magnificent view, a solarium area and even a private pool, – Mosquito screening throughout the ship. The fare does not include international flights, intra- Africa flights, taxes and fuel surcharges.
AMA Waterways is offering their cruise guests complimentary stays when you book the following cruises: • Europe’s Rivers & Castles: A seven-night Nuremberg-Luxembourg (or reverse) cruise. Select two-nights Prague or threenights Paris. From $2,599 per person (cruise only). Departs July 21, Aug. 9 & Oct. 27, 2012. Vineyards Of The Rhine & Mosel: A seven-night Luxembourg-Amsterdam cruise and three nights in Paris. From $2,799 per person (cruise only). Departs June 27, 2012. The Romantic Danube: A seven-night Vilshofen- Budapest (or reverse) cruise. Select three nights in Prague or three nights in Paris. From $2,499 per person (cruise only) U.S. Departure Dates: April 10 and Oct. 2 and for your stay in Prague April 14, 2012. AMA is also offering a two for one stay in Lucerne and Zurich on their The Enchanting Rhine sevennight Amsterdam to Basel (or reverse) cruise. From $2,599. For only $520 (per person) you can add two nights in Lucerne and two nights in Zurich. One departure only August 14, 2012. For further information contact your travel professional or me at (800) 870-9345 or e-mail me at email@example.com.