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AMAWATERWAYS AWARDS 10 TRAVEL AGENTS A FREE TRIP TO FRANCE

River Cruise Line Concludes “10 for 10” Anniversary Contest

CHATSWORTH, CA - (Sep. 18, 2012) - In celebration of a decade of river cruising, AmaWaterways says “Merci Beaucoup” to the hundreds of travel agents who entered the company’s recent “10 for 10” anniversary contest. Throughout the course of this 10-week contest, 10 lucky North American travel agents have won an unforgettable 7-night Paris & Normandy cruise aboard the AmaLegro.

“We’re very excited to welcome aboard the anniversary contest winners. We sincerely appreciate all the hard work our travel agent partners do and the ”10 for 10” was our way of saying thank you for their longtime support,” said AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst. “It’s been an honor to work with such an amazing group of agents over the past decade and we look forward to continuing those partnerships for many years to come.”

The “10 for 10” contest commemorated AmaWaterways’ 10th anniversary, with one cruise awarded for every year the river cruise line has been in operation. From July 1 to Sept. 5, 2012, travel agents were entered in the contest each time they booked a client on a 2013 Paris & Normandy cruise.

The lucky “10 for 10” winners include:

• Fran Watson Davis, Houston, TX; Vacations to Go

• Jeannine Paul, Memphis, TN; AAA Travel Agency

• Roxanne Bond, Houston, TX; Vacations to Go

• Pat McDermott, Warrington, PA; Holiday Cruises

• Helena Dias, Toronto, ON; Exclusive Tours

• Kathleen Barrish, Lakeside, CA; Avoya Travel/Amex

• Lise Croll, Los Gatos, CA; Cars and Travel Too

• Diane Ross, Montrose, CA; Montrose Travel

• Rosanna Gehringer, Chalfont, PA; Ventresca Travel

• Harriet Berkowitz, Milford, CT; Travelcenter

“Our guests and travel agent partners continue to rave about their on- and off-board experiences on the AmaLegro and we’re thrilled to bring these offerings to the Seine River in 2013,” said AmaWaterways President and Co-Founder Rudi Schreiner. ”Congratulations to all the “10 for 10” winners; we are excited to have you experience AmaWaterways. It has been an honor to have worked with such an amazing group of travel agents and we’re looking forward to continued growth in the next 10 years and beyond.”

AmaWaterways’ seven-night Paris & Normandy cruise on the Seine River includes visits to the village of Giverny, where Monet lived for 43 years and created his iconic gardens; Honfleur, a charming French harbor town made famous by numerous artists’ paintings; Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy; an excursion to the famous Normandy beaches of World War II; and the charming town of Les Andelys, home of the impressive Château Gaillard. The trip bids “au revoir” in the magical city of Paris.

The AmaLegro offers spacious staterooms and suites that range up to 255 sq. feet, the majority including French Balconies. Passengers enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations, free-flowing wine and beer at every dinner, and unforgettable shore excursions that immerse them in the local culture and history. In-room amenities include high thread-count linens, a flat-panel TV, and an Infotainment System featuring Hollywood movies, music channels and complimentary Internet access. Special onboard highlights include lectures, themed dinners, cooking demonstrations and performances by local musicians and dancers. AmaWaterways even provides a fleet of bicycles for guests to use on their own or on a guided bike tour.

“The response to this ”10 for 10” contest was outstanding,” said AmaWaterways Vice President of Marketing Rob Rothmann. “In just two months, we received hundreds of entries from the travel agent community. We’d like to thank not only the agents who entered, but every agent we have worked with over the past 10 years. Their amazing support has helped make our river cruise line into the huge success it is today.”

To say “bonjour” to the winners, visit AmaWaterways’ Facebook page or http://www.amawaterways.com/10years.

To download AmaWaterways’ 2012 and 2013 brochures and for more information, please visit www.amawaterways.com. To book a river cruise, please contact a professional travel agent or visit www.amawaterways.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About AmaWaterways

Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneer Rudi Schreiner, river cruise executive Kristin Karst and founder of Brendan Vacations, Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel and Rhône rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalized service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. With destinations traveling through Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and new voyages to Africa and Portugal the line’s award-winning fleets compliment a variety of travel plans.

The Europe fleet includes the AmaPrima (2013); AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009); AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006). In the spring of 2012, AmaWaterways will introduce the new 164-passenger AmaCerto in Europe, joining the AmaVerde and AmaBella in offering an exclusive Twin Balcony design in the majority of staterooms; multiple dining venues; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system, a heated swimming pool or whirlpool on the Sun Deck plus many more unique design elements.

In addition to the European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and the La Marguerite (2009); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009).