Amras Cruises, a new Boston-based travel company operating cruises designed for English-speaking travelers, will offer a trip called the Tulip Serenade, a weeklong cruise through the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium during flower season.
The trip will be the maiden voyage for Amadeus Silver II. The trips are the first time that Luftner Cruises' 10-ship Amadeus fleet has been marketed directly to North Americans.
The Luftner family, based in Austria, was instrumental in introducing modern European river cruising in the 1970s, taking passengers along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.
On the Tulip Serenade cruise, departing April 16, 2015, guests will visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million bulbs explode with color over the course of two months, and will tour well-known museums like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House.
Excursions through the cities of Amsterdam, Volendam, Arnhem, and Ghent are also included, as well as a look at a cheese-making facility in Edam, a stop at the world's largest collection of working windmills, and a boat cruise through Amsterdam's canals.
For the Amadeus Silver II's inaugural voyage, perks include a complimentary bottle of local sparkling wine for each cabin, $500 off international airfare per person when purchased in conjunction with the cruise, and a $200 off per person first-time traveler benefit. Cabins start at $2,950.