AmaWaterways today announced that it will not restart its full river cruise operations until 2021.
The river cruise line is cancelling all of its regularly scheduled cruises in Europe, Asia, and Africa through 2020, though it will continue to sail its chartered river sailings on the Rhine, which have been sailing since July. Those charters include local European guests and operate with a new set of health and safety protocols and in collaboration with e-hoi, an established German tour operator.
AmaWaterways said it does expect to resume full operations in 2021 “as long as international travel restrictions are lifted and guests can travel safely.” The company also said that it is seeing a “pent-up demand for intimate river cruise vacations” continue to rise and that its new products for 2012, including two new ships and a number of new itineraries, are still on schedule.
In a statement announcing the news, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-founder Kristin Karst said that “although this year has brought many unprecedented challenges, it has also underscored the importance of facing these obstacles with flexibility and optimism. We are confident that our 2021 and 2022 river cruise season will create incredible experiences and cherished memories that are well worth the wait!”
All impacted guests will receive a FCC worth 115% of what they paid. That FCC can be used through the end of 2021.