Amras Cruises Worldwide, a river cruise company that launched in February to sell Luftner Cruises’ Amadeus fleet of river cruise vessels in North America, is introducing a weeklong river cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium onboard the Amadeus Silver II, a vessel launching in spring.
The 168-passenger Amadeus Silver II will be the sister ship to the Amadeus Silver, which launched in 2013. It will sail a Tulip Serenade itinerary starting on April 16, which will include stops in Amsterdam, Volendam, Arnhem, Middleberg and Kinderdijk in the Netherlands and Ghent in Belgium. Excursions will include a cheese-making facility in Edam, Netherlands; the world’s largest collection of working windmills; a flower show; and a boat cruise through Amsterdam’s canals.
The Amadeus Silver II will feature 72 staterooms at 188 square feet each, and 12 suites at 284 square feet. Staterooms and suites on the upper two decks will feature French balconies. All staterooms will also include a seating area, flat-screen TV, WiFi, safe and the Amadeus Signature Bed.
The public areas will include a restaurant; bar and lounge; a 24-hour coffee and tea bar; a river terrace; a sun deck with chess, walking track and golf putting green; a fitness center; beauty salon and spa; boutique; business center; and an elevator.
Bret Gordon, formerly COO of Vantage Deluxe World Travel (a direct-to-consumer tour and river cruise company), is CEO of Amras Cruises Worldwide, having left Vantage Travel in 2012. Rudi Joham, senior vice president of Austrian shipping company Luftner Cruises, also serves as president and managing director of Amras.
Luftner will have 10 vessels in Europe, including the Amadeus Silver II. Amras’ operations are based in Austria, and the sales office is based in Boston.
Cabins for the Tulip Serenade cruise start at $2,950 per person, based on double occupancy.