Exclusive Wine Cruise Vineyards Of The Rhine & Moselle (Wine Cruise) Aug 22 - 29, 2023

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Hosted by Curt Pipes, Assistant General Manager, Las Positas Vineyards, Livermore, CA

Curtis Pipes is the Chef and Assistant General Manager of Las Positas Vineyards in California’s Livermore Valley. His new wine label, Phenom, was created to honor his mother. His first release, 2017 Inciptis, is a unique French and Spanish blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, Garnacha, and Graciano. Aged in French oak barrels for 32 months with all the fruit coming from Las Positas Estate Vineyards. Inciptis features aromas of black cherries, boysenberries, and plums with flavors of cherry cola, white peppercorns, and a touch of vanilla. Phenom 2 – “Fuhgeddaboudit“ – is a red blend featuring the Italian varietals of Barbera, Nebbelio and Sangiovese and will be released later this fall with Phenom 3 scheduled for next year.

Q&A With Curt Pipes

1. Why do you believe you are the right wine host for this cruise? Share your credentials and passion for wine.

I believe I'm the right wine host for this river cruise because I have a passion for wine, food and people. Having a culinary background, managing restaurants and working in the wine business for the last 8 years have helped me develop a unique skill set of pairing food & wine.

2. Tell us something special about yourself that would make someone unfamiliar with you want to travel with you on this river cruise?

Having over 20 years in the hospitality business, with a extensive restaurant background, a passion for the culinary arts & wine industry I bring years of experience of pairing food & wine to each guest on this cruise.. This cruise offers me the ability to showcase our wines and work with the Chef to create a memorable pairing experience.

3. What was your “Aha Moment” when you fell in love with wine?

My " Aha " moment was back in 1997 while in culinary school one of my instructors took my class on a wine tasting trip all over Santa Barbara County. We tasted all over but when we visited Sea Smoke Cellars and had the chance to try their Estate Pinot Noir's, especially the '94 vintage I immediately fell in love with wine and how it compliments all cuisine.

4. What is one thing you are most looking forward to on your river cruise?

This will be my first time visiting France, being a " foodie" and having the chance to fly into Paris and experience the trip to Normandy is like a dream come true. Along with meeting new people who are excited to learn more about the marriage of food & wine, this will truly be a memorable experience for me.

5. What is something fun/unique you wish to share—perhaps something nobody knows until now?

I love dressing and being in character for Halloween. I've been Ace Ventura, Billy Madison , Ron Burgundy and Guy Fieri.

6. What is one of the most interesting places you have traveled to and why?

This last summer I went on a Fishing Trip with my father to Alaska and had the chance to fish in the Copper River Valley during their Salmon run. It is my favorite fish in the world.

7. If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only have one bottle of wine, what would it be and why?

I guess it would have to be that 1994 Sea Smoke X Pinot Noir.

Expertly Curated WINE EXPERIENCES

Immerse yourself in the many flavors of Europe on one of AmaWaterways unique Wine Cruises, which let you add a unique, epicurean dimension to one of our European itineraries. Like our standard river cruises, guests have the opportunity to join tours that highlight the famous sights in each port of call. These special itineraries, however, offer guests a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions in grand capitals and charming towns. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings — all at no additional cost. Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture and learn about the region you’re visiting.

About the Wine Region – The Moselle, Main and Rhine

The Rhine along with its main tributaries - the Moselle and Main - have created a wine connoisseur's paradise, which can be discovered on our Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle, Europe's Rivers & Castles, Enchanting Rhine, Captivating Rhine and Rhine & Moselle Splendors itineraries.

The Upper Middle Rhine’s slate soil combined with a semi-continental climate have proven to be a recipe for wine-growing success for the Rheingau vineyards, yielding high-quality white wine varieties, and some fine reds. Germany's Moselle River Valley yields some of the finest white wines ever produced due to its blue Devonian slate and quartzite soils. Alongside the Main River in eastern Germany, a wide variety of wines have been surfacing from Franconia due to its special soils and Mediterranean-like climate.

Overview Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle (Wine Cruise)

7- Night Cruise

CRUISE FROM : Amsterdam to Luxembourg
Drink in the beauty, history and flavor of the Rhine and Moselle river valleys’ iconic vineyards. Begin your journey with a gentle ride through Amsterdam’s legendary canals, then head to Cologne where you can whet your palate for the wines ahead by tasting Kolsch beer. As for the vineyards, you’ll soar above them by gondola or hike among the grapes in Rüdesheim and sip wines in Bernkastel as well, learning the legend of the Bernkasteler Doctor. Whatever you choose to do ashore, the stories you’re told and flavors that grace your palate will surely transform you.
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Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle (Wine Cruise) At A Glance

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 Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle (Wine Cruise)

7- Night Cruise

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in French balconies)
  • Computer for internet access & complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Program 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
  • Sun deck whirlpool and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venue
  • 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 drink
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • 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
Dates & Prices Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle (Wine Cruise)

EMBARK August 22
7-NIGHT CRUISEAmsterdamLuxembourg
PRICES ARE PER PERSON
ADD 2 NIGHTS AMSTERDAM PRE-CRUISE AND 3 NIGHTS PARIS POST-CRUISE
ADD 2 NIGHTS AMSTERDAM PRE-CRUISE AND 2 NIGHTS REIMS (CHAMPAGNE), 1 NIGHT PARIS POST-CRUISE
Category E
Fixed Windows
Piano Deck
160 sq. ft.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
LOCATED ON DECK:
Piano Deck
Category D
Fixed Windows
Piano Deck
160 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $299 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Piano Deck
Category C
French Balcony
Violin & Cello Deck
170 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $1,099 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin & Cello Deck
Category BB
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Cello Deck
210 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $1,699 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Cello Deck
Category BA
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Violin Deck
210 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $1,899 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Category AB
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Cello Deck
235 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $2,099 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Cello Deck
Category AA
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Violin Deck
235 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $2,299 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Category AA+
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Violin Deck
290 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $2,899 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Suite
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Violin Deck
300 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $3,599 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Notes:
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

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

Single Supplement"50% of twin price; A+ 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:

All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-20.

Ships Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle (Wine Cruise)
This 162-passenger vessel incorporates the most advanced design offering spacious staterooms featuring our exclusive twin balconies, multiple dining venues, heated pool, Internet/WiFi access and more.Learn more
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