AmaWaterways has revealed more details about its move onto the Magdalena River in Colombia, in what is a first for a major river cruise line.
The company will be debuting its the AmaMagdalena and AmaMelodia in 2024. They are on sale now.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have two beautiful ships joining our growing fleet of 26 award-winning river cruise ships and share details on the new itineraries cruising between Cartagena and Barranquilla along the Magdalena River”, said Rudi Schreiner, co-founder and president of AmaWaterways. “After visiting and falling in love with this region, we are so excited to now offer our guests the opportunity to discover Colombia’s vibrant culture, unique traditions and natural beauty.”
“Everything, from the design of our two stunning ships to the immersive curated itineraries, reflects our pioneering spirit and mission to provide our guests with top-of-the-line accommodations, warm and welcoming services, locally inspired cuisine and enriching experiences engaging with local communities along this fascinating river,” said Kristin Karst, co-founder and executive vice president of AmaWaterways. “We are extremely grateful for our travel agent partners and loyal guests who continue to support us and are as excited as we are to discover this new continent for river cruising.”
AmaMagdalena and AmaMelodia
AmaWaterways announced the debut of two newly designed ships, AmaMagdalena, which is launching March 30, 2024, and AmaMelodia, which begins sailing June 19, 2024. Prices for seven-night cruises start at £2,864 per person based on double occupancy*.
Specially designed to maximise the picturesque views along the Magdalena River, the AmaMagdalena will be able to handle 60 guests while the AmaMelodia, is slightly bigger and can handle 64 guests.
Two Immersive Itineraries – Magic of Colombia and Wanders of Colombia
Starting in Spring 2024, guests will have the choice between two seven-night itineraries, Magic of Colombia and Wonders of Colombia. Sailing between Cartagena and Barranquilla, both itineraries provide curated experiences and unforgettable excursions. Highlights on these two itineraries include:
- Uncovering the soul and spirit of the “Land of a Thousand Rhythms” at a Carnaval celebration in Barranquilla featuring vibrant live performances reserved exclusively for AmaWaterways guests.
- Exploring the country’s most fascinating cities through historical walking tours in destinations including Mompox, a UNESCO Site preserved in colonial charm, where guests will be welcomed by an exclusive jazz performance.
- Birdwatching tours will captivate guests with more than 1,900 species of birds including the Cianeguo hummingbirds and the Chauna chavaria – only found in the Colombia region.
- Visiting Palenque, historically named the first “free city” in the Americas, where guests will enjoy dancing to world renowned musical styles such as cumbia and vallenato during a Drum Rhythms and Freedom Historical tour.
- Riding an authentic paola through the town of Calamar.
- Witnessing the natural beauty of the great Magdalena basin, which harbours many species of flora and fauna not found anywhere else on the planet.
Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Packages – Medellín, Cartagena and Panama City
AmaWaterways is offering pre- and post-cruise land packages for guests taking the Colombia cruise. There are pre-cruise stays in Medellín and Cartagena, and a post-cruise land package in Panama City, Panama.
“We celebrate that AmaWaterways chose the Magdalena River to launch a river cruise, the first of this kind in the history of Colombia’s tourism industry. Once the trips start in 2024, little towns across the watercourse will be able to show international travellers their immense beauty and natural and cultural diversity”, said Arturo Bravo, deputy minister of tourism.
“Besides the immediate benefits these meaningful trips will have in our territories’ social and economic development, it is worth mentioning that AmaWaterways is looking to source their ships with products made in Colombia. This means that we also have an opportunity to match our diversified exportable offer and make it part of the productive tourist chain. In short, great news for Colombia”, added Carmen Caballero, president of ProColombia.