Expanded FAM program welcomes travel agents on board for special sailings and key educational opportunities

Calabasas, CA - (Jul. 13, 2016) - AmaWaterways today announced 2016 dates, itineraries and pricing for its popular travel agent FAM program - ‘Seminars on the River.’ These 12 sailings give travel professionals the chance to enjoy some of the line’s most popular river cruise itineraries, hosted by expert sales team members who share in-depth product knowledge, strategies and key sales tips while onboard. Of special note is the November 18 Romantic Danube seminar cruise which will focus on building themed groups. The cruises provide agents with firsthand experience to AmaWaterways’ top-notch customer service, award-winning cuisine and an abundance of included daily excursions.

“Since starting AmaWaterways in 2002, the travel agent community has been vital to our continued success as we grew our fleet to the 21 ships that we have today,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “We value the hard work and dedication of this important group and will continue to offer a wide range of educational programs and sales and marketing resources to help them succeed. This year’s FAM program provides a cost effective way for agents to get the hands-on experience needed to better understand our product and help first-time river cruising agents, as well as seasoned AmaWaterways specialists, achieve even greater success!”

The 2016 FAM program’s itineraries include:

  • Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong – 7-night cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Prek Kdam or reverse aboard the AmaDara (embarking August 8 hosted by Alicia Landis, Sales Team Member; August 29 hosted by Brenda Kyllo, VP, Strategic Alliances; and September 19 hosted by Bambi Bryant, Sales Representative)
  • The Enchanting Rhine – 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel or reverse aboard AmaPrima or AmaCerto (embarking October 26 hosted by Stacia Curchy Rutherford, Sales Team Member; October 31 hosted by Brandon Oscarson, Business Development Manager/BDM; November 14 hosted by Marci Neu, BDM; and November 16 hosted by Kathie DeVincenzo, BDM)
  • The Romantic Danube – 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest aboard AmaSerena (embarking November 6 hosted by Mary Margaret Reuther, BDM and November 20 hosted by Kelly Graves, BDM)
  • The Romantic Danube – 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest aboard AmaStella (embarking November 18 hosted by Liz Barrett, Manager, Sales and Business Development, Wine Cruises)
  • Gems of Southeast Europe – 7-night cruise from Rousse to Budapest aboard AmaSonata (embarking October 17 hosted by Sheila Bielich, BDM)
  • Melodies of the Danube – 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen aboard AmaSerena or AmaSonata (embarking October 30 hosted by Columba Calicchio, BDM and November 7 hosted by Steve Avalos, BDM)
  • Travel agent and companion rates start at $630 usd per person and stateroom upgrades are available for 50% off the brochure rate on select dates.

    AmaWaterways is a front-runner in the river cruise industry, known for its focus on innovation, and mission to deliver award-winning service and cuisine onboard the most technically-advanced ships in Europe. Known for its exceptional dining experiences, AmaWaterways is proud to be inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations and is also a recently inducted member of La Connétablie de Guyenne – the third oldest vinous brotherhood in Bordeaux.

    In addition, many of AmaWaterways’ staterooms feature a unique “Twin Balcony,” - providing breathtaking panoramic views. AmaWaterways was also the first river cruise line to carry a fleet of complimentary bicycles onboard its European ships and has recently expanded its partnership with Backroads following an increase in demand for active tours.

    Limited space available. For full details about the Seminars on the River program, visit Travel Agent Portal or call (800) 626-0126.

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