Get personal insight into all things river cruising from our Co-owner and Executive Vice President Kristin Karst
An AmaWaterways river cruise is about more than just the destination – it’s the journey. Our ships are inspired by luxury yachts so that you can enjoy an array of great features as you cruise along from one stunning place to the next. Because it’s not just about where you go. It’s how you get there that matters.
Executive Vice President and Co-owner Kristin Karst talks about what makes AmaWaterways river cruises so special.
Every year, eager travelers journey to Europe to experience the yuletide season at its very best. With the backdrop of winter white hilltops, twinkling lights and extravagantly decorated cities, you'll undoubtedly get swept up in the enchantment and wonder that's in the air.
Our Wine Cruises are a unique and immersive way to combine all the wonder of Europe's famed regions with the rich history of winemaking and epicurean treasures found along its wondrous rivers.
With beautiful town squares, fun shopping, quiet cobblestone streets, lush greenery and historical architecture and fortifications that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The world’s only remaining grand duchy, Luxembourg was also once one of Europe’s most strategic and greatest fortified sites. Luxembourg City, the duchy’s capital, is also the first city to have been twice named ‘European Capital of Culture,’ as designated by the European Union. A blend of French, Belgian, Austrian, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Prussian architecture, the city reflects its multi-national heritage – having been under rule and influence of many of its neighbors throughout its history. A modern city, high-tech buildings now stand near the historic ones in a stunning melting pot of the times.
The Place Guillaume II (often called Knuedler among Luxembourgish) ranks among Luxembourg City’s top spots and is a bustling town square in the heart of the historic Ville Haute Quarter. Dedicated to William II of the Netherlands – and one-time Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1792-1849) – a grand equestrian statue of the Duke stands in the center. Find Luxembourg City Hall on the western side. The square is also sometimes used as an open-air music venue and is home to the annual Rock um Knuedler concert.
The Place d’Armes is another popular destination for locals and tourists alike with a variety of restaurants and cafés. At various times, live performers, bands and street artists can be found as well. Once used as a parade route in the 17th century, it was paved with flagstones and bordered with lime trees under French Sun King Louis XIV. The beautiful Palais Municipal (aka Cercle Municipal), which was once used for administrative purposes, now hosts celebrations and cultural events. Nearby, the Dicks-Lentz monument honors two native Luxembourg writers, Edmond de la Fontaine (whose pen name was Dicks) and Michel Lentz, can also be found here. Michel Lentz wrote Ons Hémécht, the Luxembourg national anthem.
The American Cemetery and Memorial are here as well for visitors to honor American soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during WWII’s significant Battle of the Bulge. Fought extensively during the winter months of 1944-1945 in Belgium, Luxembourg and northeastern France, it was the last large-scale Nazi offensive against the Allies – and the largest and bloodiest battle waged by the United States. 610,000 Americans fought in this battle, with 5,076 soldiers buried in Luxembourg and a memorial to 371 other soldiers whose remains were never recovered or identified. General George S. Patton Jr., who helped lead the Allies to their victory, is buried here as well per his request – despite dying the following year in a car accident.
There are also numerous museums nearby, in addition to two grand theaters and its own famous Notre-Dame Cathedral (a noteworthy example of Gothic Revival). Despite its size, the city also has a number of four Michelin starred restaurants and numerous shops and boutiques.