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LIKE AMAWATERWAYS ON FACEBOOK FOR CHANCE TO WIN A CRUISE

River Cruise Line Launches Sweepstakes to Send One Facebook Fan and Friend on a Rhine River Holiday Cruise

CHATSWORTH, CA - (Oct. 23, 2012) - Facebook fans have a great reason to “Like” AmaWaterways’ newest sweepstakes, “Spend the Holidays on The Rhine.” One lucky Facebook fan will win a seven-night trip for two exploring four European countries onboard AmaWaterways’ Christmas on the Rhine itinerary.

From now until Nov. 16, 2012, visitors to AmaWaterways’ Facebook page can become a fan and submit an easy entry form. One randomly selected Facebook fan will win a seven-night “Christmas on the Rhine” cruise from Dec. 27 – Jan. 3, 2013. The prize includes one double occupancy cabin, cruise fare and port charges. The cruise fare includes all onboard meals; free-flowing wine, beer and soda with every dinner; daily shore excursions; in-room direct Internet access and Infotainment; ship-wide Wi-Fi; guided bicycle tours, and much more.

“We are very excited about our growing popularity on Facebook and other social media, and this sweepstakes is our way to say ‘Thank You’ to our loyal fans,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-owner. “Cruising the Rhine River and exploring Europe’s famous Christmas Markets is a magical and memorable way to celebrate the holidays.”

Europe’s Christmas Markets are a beloved holiday tradition that attracts millions of visitors every year. Starting in late November, thousands of outdoor markets and vendors spring up in city and village squares selling local food, hot mulled wine, and sweet desserts like freshly baked gingerbread and pastries. Local artisans create wooden toys, handmade crafts, ornaments and more unique gifts and stocking stuffers for loved ones back home. Visitors can explore amongst Gothic churches and half-timbered houses for the winter experience that fills the senses with holiday cheer.

AmaWaterways’ seven-night Christmas on the Rhine itinerary embarks in Basel, Switzerland, aboard the AmaCello, a 148-passenger ship. Cruising from Basel to Amsterdam, passengers will have a leisurely view of the beautiful scenery of Switzerland, France, Germany and Holland and a variety of shore excursions, including tours of:

• The “Black Forest” region, including a visit to Strasbourg, home to the oldest and largest Christmas Market in France. Market highlights include shopping for handicrafts and sampling seasonal treats such as hot mulled wine, kouglof (a traditional Alsatian cake), and boules de neige (a chocolate-covered marshmallow confection).

• Tours of Colmar, France, plus a tasting of Alsatian wines; the medieval town of Speyer; the university city of Heidelberg and its red-walled castle; Siegfried’s Mechanical Instrument Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim, Germany; the charming town of Koblenz; and Cologne, Germany and its 13th century gothic cathedral.

• A canal cruise and city tour in Amsterdam, where passengers can also purchase local holiday souvenirs (such as Delft Blue ceramics, antiques and cheese) and sample seasonal snacks, such as uitsmijter, (open-faced sandwiches), pommes frites (thick French fries served with mayonnaise) and oliebollen (fried dough dusted with powdered sugar, traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve).

No purchase is necessary to enter or win the Spend the Holidays on The Rhine sweepstakes. Multiple entries are not valid. Airfare and any relevant taxes are not included. For the official terms and conditions, please visit www.facebook.com/AmaWaterways. For more information on AmaWaterways, please visit www.AmaWaterways.com.

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 complement 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 introduced 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).