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Join Susan & David for a spectacular New Year's cruise on AmaWaterways AmaLucia


Best of Holland & Belgium River Cruise
Sailing round trip Amsterdam
December 28, 2023 – January 4, 2024
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Susan & David Wolfson, Owners of Go Astro Travel love river cruising & one of their favorite cruises is the last cruise of the season, the New Year's cruise.  Join them in December 2023 to share some of these great experiences!
  • Enjoy great food & drink with the best chocolates, beer & waffles
  • WWII History buffs can view the sites related to the Battle of the Bulge
  • Visit the famous Dutch Windmills in Kinderdijk
  • Celebrate the New Year with a party onboard the AmaLucia
  • Much, much more!

Best of Belgium & Holland New Year's Cruise

We've sailed thismmerse yourself in a feast for the senses as you travel through the Netherlands and Belgium. Taste rich Belgian chocolates and listen to the distinctive clanks and charms of mechanical instruments at Utrecht’s Museum Speelklok. Admire the beautiful architecture and artistry of castles that include Utrecht’s de Haar, Brussels’ Beersel and Ghent’s Caste of the Counts of Flanders. Inhale the aroma of freshly pressed Belgian waffles and Dutch street fries. As a diverse array of knowledgeable and gracious local guides share each destination’s unique history with you, you’ll return from this cruise having experienced the best of Holland and Belgium!

ITINERARY

Best of Holland & Belgium

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DAY 1
ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION
Board the ship in Amsterdam for your Best of Holland & Belgium cruise.

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AMSTERDAM – UTRECHT
There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll get enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, enjoy a scenic cruise out of Amsterdam to Utrecht, the religious center of the Netherlands since the 8th century and a far-reaching city boasting a medieval old town, canals and a beautiful Gothic cathedral, some of which you may see on your walking tour, which includes a visit to the whimsical collection of automatically playing musical instruments at Museum Speelklok. Alternatively, marvel at the largest castle in Holland, De Haar. Straight out of your fairytale dreams, this castle inspires awe with its turrets, moats and suspension bridges as well as its luxurious interior. (B,L,D)
 
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DAY 3
VEERE, THE NETHERLANDS 
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise through the delta before arriving in Veere, the Netherlands’ medieval harbor town. This former fishing village turned yachting town is known for its town square, where some houses boast gorgeous gardens – although the highlight is the town hall, with its 48-bell carillon! Enjoy learning more about it on your walking tour, or journey instead to the Flood Museum, where you’ll learn about the devastating floods of 1953, followed by a visit to a landmark recognizing the Roosevelt family’s relationship with the Dutch royal family. For those who prefer an active adventure, pedal from Veere, with its cobblestone streets and charming harbor, to the historic town of Middelberg and back (B,L,D)
 
 
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GHENT, BELGIUM
There are several choices of excursions in Ghent, depending on your interests. Stroll through the Capital of East Flanders, learning about its unique history on your walking tour, or pedal through the spellbinding town on a guided bike tour. Alternatively, visit Bruges, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, on a full-day excursion that includes the renowned Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo. If you prefer a shorter excursion in Bruges, visit the town later in the day or spend your afternoon at Ghent’s moated Castle of the Counts, which boasts an eye-catching design as well as a ghoulishly interesting collection of medieval torture devices. (B,L,D)
 
 
DAY 5
BRUSSELS
Explore Belgium’s captivating capital on your guided walking tour or pedal through Brussels on a guided bike ride. If you are a history enthusiast, spend your day traveling back in time to sites related to World War II’s historic Battle of the Bulge, which was the last major German offensive on the Western Front and toast fallen soldiers with a tasting of Trappist beer brewed by monks. For those not joining this full-day tour, choose from afternoon excursions that include a visit to Beersel Castle, one of the oldest and authentic moated castles in Flanders, or delight your palate with a Belgian chocolate tasting. (B,L,D)
 
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ANTWERP
Explore Belgium’s trendy “City of Diamonds” on a walking tour where you’ll see Antwerp’s Steen Castle, Grote Market and Brabo Fountain, along with the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady. Active travelers may prefer instead to bike through Antwerp. Later in the day, beer enthusiasts will appreciate a tasting of the local brew while foodies may prefer our excursion to sample some of Belgium’s culinary delights such as its fresh and fluffy waffles. An afternoon bike tour is also available for those who prefer to get their heart beating later in the day, and it includes an opportunity to visit the Red Star Line Museum, highlighting the historic shipping line responsible for transporting three million immigrants to America. (B,L,D)
 
 
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DORDRECHT – KINDERDIJK
Established in 1220, Holland’s oldest city was virtually destroyed by a devastating flood in the 15th century that essentially created the city’s wetlands. Learn more about Dordrecht’s fascinating history on your walking tour, or visit Rotterdam, the “Gateway to Europe,” as well as Delfshaven, where, on August 1, 1620, the Pilgrim fathers departed on their epic journey aboard the Speedwell. Stopping in Southampton, many then boarded the Mayflower and concluded their journey at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. If you prefer to venture off the beaten path, head to the smaller town of Gorinchem with its picturesque Old Town or go on an architectural bike tour through Rotterdam. In the afternoon, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century. You may also pedal past the windmills from the seat of a bike. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 8
DISEMBARKATION – DEPART AMSTERDAM
Disembark your ship and bid farewell to Amsterdam as you prepare for your return flight home. (B)
 

SHIP INFORMATION

AmaLucia

amaluciaSister ship to the award-winning AmaLea and AmaKristina, the elegant 156-passenger AmaLucia will be a warm, inviting ship offering plenty of space for guests to unwind when she debuts in 2021. From comfortable staterooms with twin balconies that keep guests well-connected via Entertainment-On-Demand, free high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, to the sunny Main Lounge, where delicious tapas will be served throughout the day, guests will have everything they need to enjoy their time spent on board. If an active mood strikes, the sun-deck walking track, pool with swim-up bar, fitness room and complimentary fleet of bikes will be available. Or you can take an invigorating class led by the professionally trained onboard Wellness Host. And, of course, the exquisite cuisine served in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant will satisfy your every craving aboard AmaLucia.

DECK PLANS

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STATEROOM OPTIONS


Category AA or AB 235 sq ft. AA is located on the Violin deck and AB is on the Cello deck
Category AA or AB 235 sq ft. AA is located on the Violin deck and AB is on the Cello deck
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Category BA or BB 210 sq ft. BA is located on the Violin deck and BB is on the Cello deck
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Category CA 170 sq ft. CA is located on the Violin deck or the Cello deck
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Category CB 155 sq ft. CB is located on the Violin deck
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Category D & E 160 sq ft.  Located on the Piano deck
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Top 10 Reasons Why AmaWaterways Outshines Other River Cruise Lines:


    1. Ships are built with lower draft and less weight – This allows them to sail in more extreme water conditions.  A common problem in river cruising is high and low water situations.  AmaWaterways ships are less susceptible to these issues
    2. More Excursions Included – AmaWaterways offers an excursion in every port and a lot more choices – many lines only offer 1 excursion per day with limited choices. 
    3. Bikes onboard – AmaWaterways not only has bikes onboard but they also offer bike excursions
    4. Local Wines – When in Austria enjoy Austrian wines, Budapest enjoy Hungarian wines.  Other lines give you house wines or charge you a fee for an upgraded wine package.
    5. Chef’s Table Restaurant – Watch the chef prepare an amazing meal right before your eyes.  This wonderful experience is included for all guests. 
    6. Dining Room Oversized – No rush to be seated for dinner, there is plenty of room for everyone
    7. Less Passengers – AmaWaterways twin balcony ships are the same physical size as other ships but the Ama ships carry about 30 less passengers.  When other lines have to bring out folding chairs for entertainment and informational sessions Ama can comfortably fit every passenger.
    8. A deposit of $400 per person is all that is required to confirm a reservation.  Final payment is not due until 90 days prior to departure.
    9. Single Supplement Waived for categories D & E on Most Sailings (subject to availability)
    10. Family owned and operated
 
 
 

PRICING

 

To book email  Susan@GoAstroTravel.com or call Susan Wolfson at 610-844-4077

Double Occupancy Rates*

Category

Deck & Cabin Size

Promotional Pricing*

AA (french/outside balcony)

Violin Deck 235 sq ft

$5008

AB (french /outside balcony)

Cello Deck 235 sq ft

$4808*

BA (french /outside balcony)

Violin Deck 210 sq ft

$4608*

BB (french /outside balcony)

Cello Deck 210 sq ft

$4408*

CA (french balcony)

Cello or Violin Decks 170 sq ft

$4808

CB (french balcony)

Violin Deck 155 sq ft

$4508

D (fixed window)

Piano Deck 160 sq ft

$4008

E (fixed window)

Piano Deck 160 sq ft

$3709

 

*Complimentary category upgrade

Port Charges of $210 per person are included in the above pricing. Prices are for the 7 night cruise and are per person based on availability.   Past AmaWaterways guests will receive their Loyalty Discounts.  Airfare is not included.

Deposits:  $400 per person $200 of which is immediately nonrefundable.  Final payment is due 9/19/2023 

Cancelation penalties apply.  Your confirmation will have the full terms & conditions. 


INCLUSIONS

What’s Included?

AmaWaterways Inclusions

  • Excursions – Small group guided tours included in every port.  Bicycle and hiking excursions also available.  You can also take a bicycle out on your own.
  • Meals – Breakfast & lunch offers you a choice of buffet or a la carte service.   Dinner is full service with several appetizer, soup, entree & dessert choices.  All ships offer an alternative restaurant which is also included
  • Beer & Wine with Lunch & Dinner – AmaWaterways is known for its wine.  Each meal is specially paired with premium local reds and whites from Europe’s renowned wine regions
  • Complimentary Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour each evening!
  • Bottled Water – One of the most expensive things to buy in Europe is bottled water.  Bottled water is great to take on excursions.  
  • Wifi – Included throughout the ship.  In addition, each stateroom has in infotainment center that offers access to the internet as well as TV & movies
  • Entertainment – An eclectic mix of local entertainment is brought on board throughout your cruise.  They also have an onboard musician for all other evenings.
  • Deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Bottled water and drinks of your choice in every stateroom replenished daily