AmaWaterways is excited to announce a new addition to the 2024 lineup of “Soulful Experience” river cruise and land packages celebrating Black history and culture. After the immediate success of their first “Soulful Experience” cruise in France in August 2023, AmaWaterways has responded to high demand by adding new sailings along the beautiful waterways of Portugal, France, and Egypt in 2024.
Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways, expressed her enthusiasm for the overwhelmingly positive feedback from guests and travel partners, as well as the demand for new sailings in 2024. She stated, “We are thrilled to offer our guests unique opportunities to create special moments together as they celebrate Black history and culture in 2024 along the beautiful waterways of Portugal, France, and Egypt.”
The 2024 “Soulful Experience” cruises include the 10-night “Enticing Douro Soulful Experience” in Portugal, featuring a three-night pre-cruise land package in Lisbon before embarking on AmaDouro for a seven-night river cruise along the Douro River. This itinerary offers guests the opportunity to indulge in an authentic Portuguese culinary experience and tastings at local wine estates known as quintas.
In addition to the “Enticing Douro Soulful Experience,” AmaWaterways is also offering limited availability on three other “Soulful Experience” cruises in 2024. These include the 10-night “Colors of Provence Soulful Experiences” onboard AmaKristina departing June 13 and June 17, as well as the 11-night “Secrets of Egypt & The Nile Soulful Experience” onboard AmaDahlia starting on May 17 with a pre-cruise land package in Cairo.
The “Colors of Provence Soulful Experiences” take guests on a journey along the Rhône River from Arles to Lyon, followed by a post-cruise land package in Paris, a city steeped in the history of famous Black artists, writers, and entertainers. Meanwhile, the “Secrets of Egypt & The Nile Soulful Experience” offers guests the opportunity to explore the city of Cairo with its museums and pyramids, followed by a seven-night river cruise down the Nile, with stops in Luxor, Edfu, Aswan, Esna, Kom Ombo, and Qena.
AmaWaterways has also revealed plans to unveil more details on five new “Soulful Experiences” in 2025, which will focus on Black history and culture in Egypt, South Africa, France, Colombia, and Portugal.
This expansion of “Soulful Experience” river cruises and land packages by AmaWaterways reflects a growing trend in the luxury travel industry to provide immersive and culturally enriching experiences for guests. With a focus on celebrating Black history and culture, AmaWaterways is committed to offering unique and meaningful opportunities for travelers to connect with the rich heritage of the destinations they visit.
In addition to AmaWaterways, other luxury cruise lines such as Viking, Uniworld, and Ponant have also announced exciting new itineraries and experiences for 2024 and beyond. This includes Viking’s expanded Nile River sailings through 2026, Uniworld’s new offerings for 2024, and Ponant’s upcoming St. Lawrence River cruises in 2025.
As the travel industry continues to evolve, luxury cruise lines are setting new standards for immersive and culturally relevant travel experiences. AmaWaterways’ commitment to celebrating Black history and culture through their “Soulful Experience” cruises is a testament to the industry’s dedication to creating meaningful and impactful journeys for their guests. With the addition of new sailings and destinations, AmaWaterways is poised to provide unforgettable experiences for travelers seeking to connect with the diverse cultural heritage of the world.