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River Cruise Newsletter Dated February 24, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In today's newsletter, I'm pleased to present several money-saving offers for Vacations To Go customers from AmaWaterways. The company offers superb cuisine, impeccable service and first-rate sightseeing programs on board its luxurious river cruise ships in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.

These offers must be booked by March 6.

Save $500 to $2,500 per couple ($250 to $1,250 per person) off eligible cruises on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia and the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Receive a complimentary cabin upgrade on select Southeast Asia cruises. This offer is combinable with select promotions.

Save $300 to $2,000 per couple ($150 to $1,000 per person) off European departures of Paris & Normandy, Tulip Time Cruise, The Enchanting Rhine and other itineraries.

Save $1,500 per couple ($750 per person) off applicable Wine Experience cruises on the Rhine, Danube, Rhone and Seine rivers.

Save $1,500 to $2,000 per couple ($750 to $1,000 per person) off Christmas market cruises. These trips give passengers an opportunity to visit the festive outdoor holiday markets that are set up in Europe's city squares from late November through December.

Save $1,500 per couple ($750 per person) off certain European cruises.

Single supplement is waived or reduced on select departures.

One of the most beloved film musicals of all time, "The Sound of Music," celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. What better way to mark the occasion than with a Danube River cruise through the land where this inspiring true story of a family and their courage took place? In honor of this event, AmaWaterways is offering savings of up to $1,500 per couple ($750 per person) off its Magnificent Europe itinerary, so you can visit where "the hills are alive with the sound of music" for yourself. To see all of AmaWaterways' departures and offers on the Danube River, click here.

The line's 2016 departures now are open for booking, too. You can save $500 to $1,500 per couple ($250 to $750 per person) off these voyages.

Among the 2016 trips is the brand-new Taste of Bordeaux itinerary in France; choose an eight-day cruise-only getaway or the longer 14-day version, which includes hotel stays in Paris and the Loire Valley.

The upfront rate of an AmaWaterways vacation in Europe includes complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with both lunch and dinner on board. The company includes excursions in all destinations and, in many ports, offers a choice of two or three complimentary sightseeing excursions per day.

For example, on Paris & Normandy, a popular cruise that travels the Seine round-trip from Paris, guests can opt for one of the following outings while the ship ports in the old fishing village of Caudebec: Visit Honfleur, a pretty port town, or embark on the "Routes des Abbayes," which highlights some of Normandy's old abbeys. The next day, the company offers two options for exploring the D-Day landing beaches, or choose the third option: an excursion to rural Normandy, with a tour of a distillery that makes apple cider and Calvados, the region's famed apple brandy.

And when the ship pulls into Conflans, guests can either visit Chateau Malmaison, former home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, or roam the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent Van Gogh lived.

Last fall, the company launched the brand-new, 56-passenger AmaPura. The ship sails AmaWaterways' new Irrawaddy River cruises in Myanmar, formerly Burma. Choose the Golden Treasures of Myanmar or Hidden Wonders of Myanmar.

Both itineraries visit some of the country's most revered sites, like the Mandalay pagoda that houses the Mahamuni Buddha; the statue is covered in a thick layer of gold leaf applied by devotees who visit the shrine. Guests also receive an insightful tour of the Bagan Archaeological Zone, filled with more than 2,000 temples, pagodas and stupas (mound-shaped shrines).

Back on the AmaPura, watch a traditional Burmese puppet show, sample regional specialties in the ship's restaurant and try Asian-inspired treatments in the spa. The ship's 28 spacious suites have either a French balcony, a full balcony or both.

In August, AmaWaterways introduces the 124-guest AmaDara on Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong. The AmaDara will feature the line's signature twin verandas (French balcony plus full balcony). Two restaurants will serve Western, Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines, and entertainment will range from performances by local dancers to discussions on the region's culture. Additional amenities encompass a lounge, fitness room, hair salon, spa and a sundeck with swimming pool.

Cruise to such intriguing places as the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh, famed for its French colonial buildings; Cai Be, where the floating market makes a great subject for your camera; and Tan Chau, home to a silk-making workshop. Longer versions of this itinerary include sightseeing at the famed Angkor Archaeological Park and in Vietnam's Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.



Here are this week's Top 10 AmaWaterways Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Paris & Normandy, 8 days. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Vernon, Rouen and Les Andelys. Save $300 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $2,899. Departures from March 26 through November 19, 2015.

2) Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong, 8 days. Begins in Siem Reap and ends in Ho Chi Minh City with stops in Oudong, Phnom Penh and Sa Dec. Save $1,000 to $2,500 per couple. Starting at $2,299. Departures from April 20, 2015 through January 4, 2016.

3) Magnificent Europe, 16 days. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest with stops in Cologne, Bamberg and Vienna. Save $1,000 to $1,500 per couple. Starting at $6,199. Departures from May 10 through October 20, 2015.

4) Black Sea Voyage, 8 days. Travels between Rousse and Budapest with stops in Bucharest, Belgrade and Vukovar. Save $500 to $1,500 per couple. Starting at $2,799. Departures from April 13 through November 2, 2015.

5) Europe's Rivers & Castles, 8 days. Travels between Luxembourg and Nuremberg with stops in Bernkastel, Mainz and Wurzburg. Save $500 to $1,500 per couple. Starting at $2,899. Departures from July 28 through November 3, 2015.

6) Hidden Wonders of Myanmar, 15 days. Begins in Yangon and ends in Mandalay with stops in Pyay, Thayetmyo and Bagan. Save $2,500 per couple. Starting at $5,949. Departs August 31, 2015.

7) Blue Danube Discovery, 8 days. Begins in Budapest and ends in Nuremberg with stops in Bratislava, Melk and Regensburg. Save $500 to $1,500 per couple. Starting at $2,599. Departures from March 31 through November 10, 2015.

8) Enticing Douro, 8 days. Begins and ends in Porto with stops in Barca d'Alva, Salamanca and Bitetos. Save $1,500 per couple. Starting at $3,099. Departs July 14 & 21, August 11 & 18 and November 3, 2015.

9) Provence & Spain, 8 days. Travels between Lyon and Arles with stops in Vienne, Viviers and Avignon. Save $500 to $1,500 per couple. Starting at $2,999. Departures from April 2 through November 26, 2015.

10) Golden Treasures of Myanmar, 11 days. Travels between Pyay and Mandalay with visits to Thayetmyo, Salay and Bagan. Save $500 to $2,500 per couple. Starting at $4,499. Departures from March 26 through December 13, 2015.

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Please e-mail me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@rivercruise.com and I will respond the same day.

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO




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