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Overview

 Tulip Time Cruise: April 21 – 28, 2019

Amsterdam – Hoorn – Middelburg – Ghent – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Amsterdam

 

 

Day 1: April 21

Embark your ship in Amsterdam for your 7-night cruise.

Day 2: April 22

AMSTERDAM – HOORN

Enjoy a scenic cruise through the IJsselmeer to Hoorn, where you have a choice of three excursions. Visit a family-run tulip farm with over one million tulips, each in different phases of growth and in many species and colors. For those seeking to travel back in time, you can tour De Halve Maen, a replica of the Dutch East India Company’s most famous ship and then stroll through Hoorn’s beautiful old harbor. And for more active adventurers, go for a guided bike ride through the Dutch countryside.

Meals: (B,L,D)

Day 3: April 23

MIDDELBURG

After enjoying a scenic cruise through the Delta, you can explore medieval Middelburg, which was the second largest trading city of the Dutch East India Company. Or, if you feel like exploring the city on two wheels, a guided bike ride is the perfect choice. Alternatively, you may venture off to the Delta Works storm surge barrier, an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering. More than half of the Netherlands lies below sea level and the Delta Works were built to prevent a recurrence of the 1953 flood disaster.

Meals: (B,L,D)

Day 4: April 24

GHENT, BELGIUM

There are several choices of excursions, depending on your interests. For those who wish to discover two medieval cities, Ghent and Bruges, you’ll wish to go on a highlights tour. Admire Ghent’s canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights, including the Castle of the Counts and Ghent Cathedral, and then visit Bruges, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Alternatively, you may go on a full-day excursion to Bruges, which includes a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo. Those more inclined to learn about the art of Belgian chocolate making can join a master chocolatier as he shares his insights. And for those who wish to enjoy more free time, join a walking tour of Ghent, followed by leisure time.

Meals: (B,L,D)

Day 5: April 25

ANTWERP

Explore this trendy city on a walking tour where you’ll see Antwerp’s Steen Castle, Grote Market and Brabo Fountain, along with the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady. For a more active exploration of the area, join a guided bike tour. Or you can visit the Rubens House, the former home of the famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque painter. Later in the afternoon, you have a choice of two excursions. Foodies will want to go on a culinary tour to indulge in chocolate, waffles and beer. Flower lovers and gardeners can roam through the Floralia, an annual spring flower show featuring approximately one million bulbs that are hand-planted each year by the castle staff.

Meals: (B,L,D)

Day 6: April 26

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – KINDERDIJK

During the morning, you can go on a walking tour of Rotterdam, nicknamed the “Gateway to Europe,” or visit the charming city of Gouda, known for its delicious cheese. Alternatively, go on an excursion to Delft, known as the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. While here, you’ll visit the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum. Prefer a more active adventure, then go on a bike ride through Rotterdam and past some of its famous landmarks and architecture. In the afternoon, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century.

Meals: (B,L,D)

Day 7: April 27

AMSTERDAM

One of the most impressive public gardens in the world, Keukenhof, presents a spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips spread out over 70 acres. Spend time ambling through this legendary garden, open only nine weeks a year and sometimes referred to as the “Garden of Europe.” Later in the day, admire Amsterdam’s historic harbor and canals, where you’ll see beautiful homes lining the water and the fabled Skinny Bridge.

Meals: (B,L,D)

 

Day 8: April 28

DISEMBARKATION – DEPART AMSTERDAM

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home.

Meals: (B)

Included Features

» 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite—most staterooms offer twin balconies

» Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English-language TV stations

» Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

» Multiple dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant

» Sip & Sail cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks

» Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner

» Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

» Guided shore excursions in every port, including Special Interest Tours and biking tours

» Onboard live entertainment, theme dinners, cooking demonstration and more

» Complimentary bicycles and helmets

» Wellness Program with an onboard Host, providing a variety of exercise classes

» Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay

 

Ship Information

A star of the AmaWaterways fleet, the AmaStella truly shines. A centerpiece glass elevator ringed with dual curved stairways and sleek contemporary reception desk are just the introduction to the ship’s beauty and class. On board, you’ll find an inviting fireside library, fitness room with wooden floors, heated pool with convenient swim-up bar, a stunning Main Lounge, Sun Deck walking track, massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. Unlimited wine and beer at the Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table is a welcome offering for those who enjoy a bottle or brew. In your stateroom, your personal oasis of rejuvenation, you’ll find twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. You’ll also step into a spacious glass-enclosed shower, giving you the freedom to rejuvenate without limitations.

 

 


Important Information

AmaWaterways Partnership

We are partnering with AmaWaterways to offer this cruise to our alumni, family and friends. We will not have the boat entirely to ourselves and will be sharing it with other like-minded travelers.

About AmaWaterways:

A family-owned company celebrating 16 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships that sail Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. The company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining – including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.  Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship carries less than 162 guests and features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars.  AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry with a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, offering group or chartered sailings geared towards active travelers and families.

With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Town & Country River Cruise Awards as “Best Overall,” “Best for Food,” “Best for Onboard Activities” and “Best for On-Shore Activities” and 2017 AFAR Reader’s Choice Awards “Best River Cruise Line.”

Travel Information

Semester at Sea tries to give you as much information as possible, but the onus is on you to make sure you are complying with international regulations. Below are a few suggestions.

  1. Airfare to and from cruise are your responsibility. We do not work with an airline.
  2. For visa, passport, vaccination and other information please call 888-626-0995.
  3. Insurance – We strongly recommend that participants also purchase travel insurance, which covers cancellations due to illness, injury, loss of employment, etc. Insurance policies vary widely. We suggest purchasing these policies via a travel agent or insurance carrier.

NOTES:

Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges: $182 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

Single Supplement for Land: A single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

Bedding Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.

Full terms and conditions here.


Register & Pricing Information

Call 888-626-0995 or email sasalumni@amawaterways.com to learn more & register!

Category Cabin Description Cruise rate per person including port charges

Category E

Piano Deck Fixed Window- 160 sq feet $3,381

Category D

Piano Deck Fixed Window- 160 sq feet $3,680

Category CB

Violin Deck French Balcony- 155 sq feet $3,980

Category CA

Violin & Cello Deck French Balcony-170 sq feet $4,280

Category BB

Cello Deck French & Outside Balcony -210 sq feet $4,780

Category BA

Violin Deck French & Outside Balcony -210 sq feet $4,980

Category AB

Cello Deck French & Outside Balcony -235 sq feet $5,180

Category AA

Violin Deck French & Outside Balcony -235 sq feet $5,380

Suite

Violin Deck French & Outside Balcony -350 sq feet $6,680