Switzerland | Germany | France | Netherlands

Join Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music and their virtuoso children on a luxurious cruise From Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam.

On this Maritime Travel exclusive full ship charter, grand cities blend in perfect harmony with their historic past. Inspirational towns give way to great stories, poetry, and music. Take a front-row seat on an enchanting journey aboard AmaWaterways’ beautiful AmaLucia as we cruise along the Rhine and through its designated UNESCO World Heritage Site with its 40 castles strung like pearls on its river banks and to magnificent cities and charming villages alike.

Enjoy intimate, mesmerizing performances by Natalie & Donnell, plus an additional Grand Evening Performance with the family, including 5 of their children. We’ll also have some surprise, impromptu appearances along the way, including a fun Meet & Greet event with the charming group. This enchanting cruise will set your heart singing and your toes tapping, as we journey along the Rhine, the musical heart of Europe, creating magical and musical memories to last a lifetime.

with Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy & Family

October 24 – 31, 2024

Travel: 8 Days, 7-Nights
Meals: All onboard dining in a variety of venues

MEET THE MACMASTER-LEAHYS

Hearing Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy speak reverentially about the fiddle, which has propelled their dazzling careers since childhood while cementing their status as Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, is almost as electrifying as hearing them play it.

Indeed, when MacMaster and Leahy married in 2002 — both were already stars in their own right —they could not have predicted their merger would recast what contemporary musical success looks like. Or that they would produce a large family and ensure their mantelpiece was jammed with JUNO and East Coast Music Awards while creating an inventory of achievements spanning the globe.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Meet & Greet Reception with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy & Family, intimate performances by Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, plus a Grand Performance by Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy & Children
  • Accommodations during the cruise + all gourmet meals onboard as per itinerary
  • Free flowing red and white wine from the local regions, beer or soft drinks for lunch & dinner. Sparkling wine at breakfast + complimentary ‘Sip & Sail’ cocktail hour offering a ‘Happy Hour’ menu one hour before dinner
  • Choice of dining options at no additional cost includes the main dining salon and an intimate Chef’s Table Restaurant (tasting menu)
  • Coffee, tea, water and iced tea daily
  • Bottled water, bathrobes and slippers are provided in each cabin
  • Sun Deck for total relaxation with a heated hot tub and walking track
  • Complimentary use of the fitness equipment, onboard bicycles and helmets
  • Complimentary use of the internet onboard ‘strictly subject to availability’
  • Our daily shore excursion program during the cruise with English-speaking guides, Quietvox headsets
  • Services of professional English-speaking cruise director

PRICING

All pricing is per person, tax included, in CAD and based on double occupancy.

Category E Piano Deck
Fixed Window, 160 sq. ft.

SOLD OUT

Stateroom features:

  • In-room temperature control
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Desk and chair

Category D Piano Deck
Fixed Window, 160 sq. ft.

Stateroom features:

  • In-room temperature control
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Desk and chair

Category CB Violin Deck
French Balcony, 155 sq. ft.

Stateroom features:

  • In-room temperature control
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Desk and chair

Category CA Violin & Cello Deck
French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.

Stateroom features:

  • In-room temperature control
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Desk and chair

Category BB Cello Deck
French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.

Stateroom features:

  • In-room temperature control
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Desk and chair

Category BA Violin Deck
French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.

Stateroom features:

  • In-room temperature control
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Desk and chair

Category AB Cello Deck
French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.

Stateroom features:

  • In-room temperature control
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Desk and chair

Category AA Violin Deck
French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.

SOLD OUT

Stateroom features:

  • In-room temperature control
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Desk and chair

Suite Violin Deck
French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft.

SOLD OUT

Stateroom features:

  • In-room temperature control
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi
  • Desk and chair

$1000 CAD per person non-refundable deposit due at time of booking. Single pricing is rate x 2. Final non-refundable payment of remainder: April 1, 2024

Additional Charges:
• Port charges of $284
• Airport Transfers
• International flights
• Gratuities of $199 CAD per person

AmaLucia Deck Plan

AmaLucia Gallery

Itinerary

Board your ship in Basel for your Enchanting Rhine cruise.

MEET AND GREET RECEPTIONS WITH NATALIE, DONNELL & FAMILY

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Breisach

Riquewihr excursion
OR Freiburg excursion
OR Black Forest hike
OR Breisach wine country bike tour

Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. 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 as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go 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 scenic countryside, or go on a hike to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions.

*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

THIS EVENING ENJOY AN INTIMATE PERFORMANCE BY NATALIE & DONNELL.

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Strasbourg

“The Gem of Alsace” tour
OR Strasbourg bike tour

Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, 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. Then walk through its iconic UNESCO World Heritage “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. For the active adventurer, you can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city and Parc de l’Orangerie.

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Ludwigshafen
“Romantic Heidelberg” excursion
OR Heidelberg Philosopher’s hike
OR “Secrets of Speyer” tour
OR Ladenburg bike tour

Rüdesheim
Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
OR Rüdesheimer Coffee

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 be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Or ride along the river Neckar to the medieval town of Ladenburg where you’ll have some free time to explore the shops and quaint Marktplatz. 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 Altpörtel, Old Gate. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy.

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Rüdesheim
Gondola ride and wine tasting
OR Vineyard hike
OR Guided bike tour of the Rheingau

Rhine Gorge
Castles along the Rhine scenic cruising

Lahnstein
Exclusive Burg Lahneck visit

Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, hike through Rüdesheim’s vineyards, taking in views of the town, the Roman Bridge and Bromersburg Castle. Or join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle.

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Düsseldorf

Scenic cruising

Cologne “Holy City” walking tour and cathedral visit
OR Düsseldorf walking tour
OR Beer tasting
OR Bike tour

As a leading hub for German culture, commerce, and architecture, Düsseldorf is a must-visit city for any travelers on the Rhine. Here, you will have multiple options for the day’s excursion. Explore historic Düsseldorf on foot with a knowledgeable local tour guide, or cover more ground with an active bike tour of the city. Alternatively, kick up your feet with a German beer tasting, sampling the best local brews Düsseldorf has to offer. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a brief trip to the nearby city of Cologne. Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000-year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi— are believed to rest.

THIS EVENING ENJOY A GRAND PERFORMANCE BY NATALIE & DONNELL, WHO WILL WELCOME 5 OF THEIR TALENTED CHILDREN TO THE STAGE. (OH, THERE’LL BE DANCING!)

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Amsterdam

Scenic cruising

Canal cruise tour
OR A Taste of Amsterdam*

Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have a choice as to how you wish to explore it. Begin the day with a scenic cruise around this beautiful city before setting out on Amsterdam’s famous canals. Embark on a picturesque canal cruise throughout the city, giving you a close-up view of these inspiring waterways. If you prefer exploring the world with your taste buds, stroll past traditional canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and house boats to taste Dutch specialties at a grand Amsterdam café.

**Depending on docking location, A Taste of Amsterdam may not operate; therefore, an alternative tour will operate instead.

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DISEMBARKATION

Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight.

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B = BREAKFAST L = LUNCH D = DINNER

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
International Flights, Accommodations pre/post cruise, transfers, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, all meals not listed in the itinerary. Note: drinks outside of meal times or ‘Sip & Sail’ cocktail hour are an additional cost.

Terms & Conditions:
*Scheduling of Artists’ performances/appearances subject to change* All pricing is in CAD and based on double occupancy. $1000 CAD per person non-refundable deposit due at time of booking. Single pricing is rate x 2. Final non-refundable payment of remainder: April 1, 2024. Additional Charges: Port charges of $284, Airport Transfers, International flight, Gratuities of $199 CAD per person. Travel Insurance: Maritime Travel strongly recommends the purchase of Travel protection that includes trip cancellation, trip interruption, baggage loss/damage/delay, flight/travel accident, and emergency medical coverage is available. Ask your Maritime Travel agent for details on available options. Please note that all payments made are non-refundable and non-transferable, which makes travel insurance indispensable. Minimum number of bookings required to guarantee departure. $4999 per-person price point based on Category E stateroom, and is subject to availability. Other stateroom categories and pricing available.

Liability: Travel arrangements made by Maritime Travel are subject to the terms, conditions and tariffs set out by AMAWaterways, and other suppliers. Maritime Travel will not assume liability for any refunds, losses, damage, costs or expenses arising out of injury, accident or death, loss of, or damage to, or delay in baggage or other property, delay, inconvenience, upset, disappointment, stress, frustration, or loss of enjoyment or loss of holiday time resulting from:
(i) the act or fault or omission by any party other than by Maritime Travel or its employees;
(ii) mechanical breakdown, government action, weather, strike or any other action beyond its control;
(iii) being denied access to aircraft due to contravening the airlines conditions of carriage;
(iv) the traveller missing flight connections or departures or failing to follow instructions of tour representatives.

Breach or Cancellation by Performing Artists. Maritime Travel has entered into an agreement with the performing artists on the 2024 Celtic River Cruise on the Enchanting Rhine with Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy & Family to be present on board the Cruise and to perform in accordance with detailed itinerary. However, neither Maritime Travel nor AmaWaterways shall be liable or responsible for failure of these artists to appear on board or to perform under its agreement. Further, neither Maritime Travel nor AmaWaterways shall be liable or responsible for any loss, damage, cost, or expense of any kind to any Guest or any other person or entity in the event that such performance is prevented or such loss, damage, cost, or expense is caused by or results directly or indirectly from any act of God, war, fire, collision, directions of underwriters, arrest, order or restraint by any government agency or official acting under color of authority, acts of terrorism, labor disturbances or disputes, civil commotion, weather conditions and considerations of the safety of the vessel (for which the Master shall be the sole judge), breakdowns of or damage to the vessel’s hull or machinery, requisition of the vessel by governmental authority, illness, death of a family member or other cause or circumstance beyond Maritime Travel’s reasonable control. In the event of any failure of contracted artists to perform during the cruise, Maritime Travel, in its sole discretion, may try to engage a replacement artist or artists, or may change, postpone or terminate the entertainment program. In such case, Maritime Travel shall have no liability to any Guest for any loss, damage, cost or expense whatsoever by reason of such change.

Passenger Ticket Contract:
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