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Ancestry® and AmaWaterways

Once-In-A-Lifetime Heritage River Journeys

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Have you ever wondered what your ancestors’ lives were like in Europe at the turn of the century? Or imagined how it would feel to follow in their footsteps, walking the same paths they did in your ancestral village? Now you can experience a deeply meaningful connection with your personal heritage while enjoying the enriching and exclusive experiences only a river cruise with AmaWaterways provides. As part of a history-making partnership, Ancestry® and AmaWaterways are combining our shared passions for family, heritage and travel to offer guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to uncover their family history while cruising along Europe’s legendary rivers.


Discover Your Family Story on a European River Cruise

Learn more about your family history and explore the sights, cuisine and culture of your ancestral homeland on a one-of-a-kind heritage river cruise. Join Ancestry® and AmaWaterways as we travel on our inaugural journey together, Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience, departing July 30, 2022. Sail along Europe’s fairytale Rhine River through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland and connect with your heritage.

Enjoy a Personalized Experience

Your journey begins with expert family history research and your discoveries continue with a professional genealogist who accompanies you throughout your river cruise. Uncover the most authentic and enriching experiences ashore with specially curated included excursions led by knowledgeable local guides. Together, your genealogist and guides will help you more fully understand your personal links to the beautiful regions you’re traveling through as you follow in your ancestors’ footsteps.


Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience

Riverview Stateroom packages are available from $5,399 per person

Balcony Stateroom packages are available from $6,198 per person

Packages Include

What’s Included with AncestryProGenealogists®
  • Pre-journey welcome call and 5-hour consultation with your expert genealogist
  • The services of an expert genealogist throughout your entire river cruise experience
  • Two historical and genealogical presentations on board
  • One private consultation to review your family tree on board

Optional add-ons including an Ancestral Home Visit and additional genealogical research are also available (fees apply).

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Enhance Any AmaWaterways Sailing with AncestryProGenealogists®

Are your ancestors from another country along the European rivers we visit? Reserve any AmaWaterways river cruise through Europe and customize your personalized heritage experience with Ancestry, from a pre-journey consultation with your expert genealogist to an Ancestral Home Visit for an additional fee.

Captivating Rhine Ancestry Experience

On our river cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
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Included Features Captivating Rhine (Ancestry Experience)

In addition to the Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience Package, the cruise includes:

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Ancestry specific excursion exclusive to this sailing (this is the Red Star Line Museum visit in Antwerp)
Dates & Prices Captivating Rhine
EMBARK July 30
7-NIGHT CRUISE Amsterdam Basel Ancestry® and Amawaterways Experience
Join Ancestry® and AmaWaterways as we travel on our inaugural journey together, Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience. Sail along Europe’s fairytale Rhine River through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands and connect with your heritage.

Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience Package (Pricing includes Cruise + Ancestry Experience)
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges not included in cruise price$210 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

Terms & Conditions:

Terms & Conditions: All prices listed are per person, in USD and based on double occupancy for the Captivating Rhine July 30, 2022 sailing on the AmaStella only. Prices are inclusive of $1,500 per person Ancestry Experience package. Riverview stateroom rates are based off category E and Balcony stateroom rates are based off category CB. Land package pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and are our standard land packages hosted by our Cruise Manager. This portion of the journey will not be accompanied by a genealogist unless custom services/experiences are purchased. Deposit required for this sailing and inclusive of the Ancestry Experience is $1,150 per person, of which $950 per person is immediately non-refundable. Once reservation has been made with AmaWaterways, you will receive a Welcome Call from Ancestry Genealogist. Optional Ancestral Home Visits and Additional Genealogy Research must be booked through Ancestry and they will determine the final pricing. Must request code ANCESTRY in order to receive Ancestry Experience. Port charges, optional land programs, visas, airfares and gratuities are additional. Offer has limited availability, is capacity controlled and is subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-20.

Ships Captivating Rhine
This 156-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.Learn more