For several years now we’ve wanted to host a European River Cruise with our New Life family of friends. We finally found a way to make it happen, and we are thrilled to announce our New Life trip for 2022 — The Captivating Rhine River Cruise aboard the AmaLucia.
We’ll board the ship in Amsterdam and cruise south to Basel, Switzerland. New Life has chartered the entire ship with 78 cabins*. Space is limited and we’re told they’ll go fast.
Our theme, based on Psalm 145, will be Proclaiming God’s Greatness. Steve Arterburn and Milan Yerkovich will be our speakers for the cruise. It will be an enriching time, a fun time, a spiritually moving time, and it won’t be complete unless you join us!
Sister ship to the award-winning AmaLea and AmaKristina, the elegant 156-passenger AmaLucia will be a warm, inviting ship offering plenty of space for guests to unwind when she debuts in 2021. From comfortable staterooms with twin balconies that keep guests well-connected via Entertainment-On-Demand, free high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, to the sunny Main Lounge, where delicious tapas will be served throughout the day, guests will have everything they need to enjoy their time spent on board. If an active mood strikes, the sun-deck walking track, pool with swim-up bar, fitness room and complimentary fleet of bikes will be available. Or you can take an invigorating class led by the professionally trained onboard Wellness Host. And, of course, the exquisite cuisine served in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant will satisfy your every craving aboard AmaLucia.
Click HERE to find more information about the AmaLucia (e.g.: Deck Plan, Stateroom Descriptions & photos, etc.).
Day 1, Thursday, October 6th: Arrive Amsterdam – Embarkation Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship, the AmaLucia. (D)
Day 2, Friday, October 7th: Amsterdam There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)
Day 3, Saturday, October 8th: Cologne, Germany Enjoy cruising to Cologne. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany’s oldest town hall, plus see other local sights. For a different view, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)
Day 4, Sunday, October 9th: Rhine Gorge – Rüdesheim Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river before reaching the winemaking town of Rüdesheim. Join a wine tasting to discover the flavors of the town’s iconic vineyards. Or drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal. For a more active adventure, hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards or join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy, coffee and whipped cream. (B,L,D)
Day 5, Monday, October 10th: Ludwigshafen Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century, 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Old Gate, Altpörtel. Or join a guided bike tour along the shores of the river Neckar and enjoy a cycling break to explore the picturesque medieval town of Ladenburg. (B,L,D)
Day 6, Tuesday, October 11th: Strasbourg, France Strasbourg offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République before walking through its iconic “La Petite France” district, lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through charming streets past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride through the city and Parc de l’Orangerie. (B,L,D)
Day 7, Wednesday, October 12th: Breisach, Germany Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture and famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, head to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the countryside, or hike in the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions. (B,L,D) *Please Note: Black forest hike is weather dependent and may only operate at certain times of year. Please refer to your final documents for details.
Day 8, Thursday, October 13th: Basel, Switzerland – Disembarkation After breakfast, bid farewell to Switzerland and prepare for your return flight home. (B)
*All rates are per person in USD for cruise only, based on double occupancy. Pricing is available for a 3rd or 4th person in a stateroom upon request (Categories: AB, AA accommodate up to 3 guests; Suites can accommodate up to 4 guests). There are connecting rooms in categories BB and BA.
*Program includes daily devotions and teaching sessions with Steve Arterburn, Milan Yerkovich and the New Life team.
*Additional Fees: (not included in the pricing above)
Port Charges: $210 per person (paid with final payment)
Gratuities: Gratuities are always optional and at your discretion. They are paid directly to the provider when they have completed their service.
Ship Staff: €100 per person (approx $115) is recommended (paid directly or charged to ship board account)
Cruise Manager: €30 per person (approx $35) is recommended (paid directly or charged to ship board account)
Land Tours & Excursions (off the ship):
For Half-Days Tours: €3 per person, per day is recommended for tour guides and €1 per person for the coach driver (paid directly)
For Full-Day Tours: €5-7 per person, per day is recommended for tour guides and €1-2 per person for the coach driver (paid directly)
Please Note: Gratuities (and suggested amounts) are always optional and at your discretion based on the level of service you receive.
* Single Supplement for Cruise: calculated at 200% of the pp double occupancy. Please contact Georgia at email@example.com if you are interested in sharing a stateroom with another guest.
* Bedding Options: Option A: Two twin beds; Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
PRICING All prices shown are in U.S. Dollars (USD$). In the event that an incorrect cruise and/or land tour fare is listed, quoted or advertised through any website, printed collateral, reservations person that is an electronic, typographical or verbal error, Expanding Horizons reserves the right to correct the erroneous fare. Passengers will be duly informed and asked to pay the correct cruise and/or land tour fare intended, or shall be refunded in full for any deposits or payments made, thereby canceling the cruise booking. Expanding Horizons reserves the right to change prices without notice.
Airfares, air taxes and air surcharges quoted on your invoice or by a reservation agent are only guaranteed once airfare full payment is received by Expanding Horizons.
Cruise Prices Include:
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
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES:
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 and walking track
Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
Main Lounge with panoramic views
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
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Complimentary sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
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
A valid passport is required for this program. Passport must be valid through April 11, 2023 or 6 months after your return travel date.
No visas are required for US Citizens staying less than 90 days in in any of the countries visited on this itinerary. NON-US Citizens: Please contact the Embassy for the country that issued your passport for visa and/or ETIAS requirements & assistance.
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