Taste of Bordeaux

                                                           November 16, 2017-  November 23, 2017

Wine Lovers unite.....once again, we have an opportunity to join together all of our passions:  Food, Wine & Travel!

In the corner of southwestern France, the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers merge together to form the Gironde Estuary that naturally divides the famous Bordeaux region into Left and Right Banks.  The "Taste of Bordeaux" itinerary takes you to experience the most impressive wine growing areas and their signature blends.

Bordeaux is the largest controlled wine region in France, made up of several sub-regions.  Each sub-region has its own strictly governed appellation, unique climate and terroir that define it.  Unlike most wines around the world, the quality of Bordeaux wine is determined by these factors rather than the GRAPE varietal.  Producers combine many grape types together to create food-loving BLENDS.  While Bordeaux is acclaimed for its legendary red BLENDS, the small percentage of white blends from this region also make a big impression.  BLENDS, BLENDS, BLENDS!!!!   When you take a look at the wine labels here, something seems to be missing-  the type of grape.  That's because, in Bordeaux, blends rule the world and the grapes themselves are not as important as the region!

We start in Paris.....depending on your needs, wants and desires, 2-3 days {or more}.  High speed train to Bordeaux, and board the AmaDolce for a 7 day sailing down the Garonne, Dordogne rivers and the Gironde estuaries.  We will enjoy tastings of some of the regions most distinguished wines, along with food pairings by Ama's award winning master chefs, featuring regionally-inspired dishes served with free-flowing wine and beer...ALL menus including expertly suggested wine pairing.

PLUS......{and for those of you who have sailed with us down the Seine and most recently the Rhone....you will most agreeably attest to this}  Once again we are so excited to have Mr. Preston Mohr, Wine Expert, IWS, WSET, owner of PARIS BY THE GLASS, as our on board wine host, lecturer and "wine" guide to this exciting region.  Check out his website:  www.parisbytheglass.com. ; For those staying a few days in Paris either Pre- or Post, we highly recommend his list of recommended restaurants/bistros for your best dining/wining experience in the "City of Light".  His inside knowledge of the wines and gastronomic experiences of these regions will definitely MAKE your stay, without breaking the bank.  Check him out on facebook also:  Paris by the Glass


We finish in the Loire Valley.  Again, depending on people's needs, wants and desires, those wishing to stay a little longer, we can arrange for lodging and train/airfare.  Also, those wishing to train back to Paris.....lodging and transportation can be arranged as well.                                                         

THE AmaDOLCE:  Accommodates 146 passengers, cabins C or above with french balconies. There are also 2 "single cabin's" available.  Free-flowing wine and beer with lunch and dinner.  Free in room wi-fi.  Over 40 bikes on board to use at your leisure.  Award winning dining, including the "La Chaine des Rotisseurs" dining experience!

What AmaWaterways is offering this group:

$1,500 per stateroom discount off published fare.  (Below rates reflect discount}

Cat. E-  $2,349/pp
Cat. D-  $2,648/pp
Cat. C-  $3,248/pp
Cat. B-  $3,448/pp
Cat. A-  $3,548/pp
Cat. A+ - $4,548/pp
Cat. S-  $4,748/pp {suite}

$400/pp deposit holds the cabin of your choice, final payment due 120 days out


November 16, 2017:  Train from Paris via the TGV to Bordeaux
                                 Welcome Aboard Wine Toast

11/17:  Cadillac ~  Sauternes wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle                


11/18:  Pauillac~  Grand Cru Classe wine Tasting

11/19:  Blaye ~  Citadel visit
           Bourg~  Bourg Festival of Wine and Music


11/20:  Libourne ~Saint Emilion excursion with Grand Cru Classe wine Tasting

11/21:  Libourne~  Chateau de Vayres
                         ORBastide town and traditional market
                         Fronsac Wine Tasting
                         ORChateau de Montaigne

           Bordeaux~  Captains' Gala Dinner and Illuminations Cruise

11/22:  Bourdeaux~City Tour and Wine Museum
                                 Free Time

11/23:  Bourdeaux~  DISEMBARKATION

11/24:  Loire Valley{add-on} and return to Paris

For those that wish to continue on their own, Dateline can assist with transfers, hotels and flights.  Those that have experienced past AMA adventures will receive "past passenger" discounts.  Nobody does it better than AMAWaterways....the service, the food, the excursions, THE WINE!!!!  Come see why AmaWaterways had the Highest rated ships in Europe in the Bertlitz River Cruising in Europe guide, rating 280 ships.

For more information, call Steve, Merilyn, Derek or myself {Katy} @ 503 786-5150 or email us @ dlitravel@aol.com

Star Clippers, Venice, Croatia, Montenegro & Slovenia

      Dateline Int'l Travel, Arrivederci Int'l Yacht Club AND
                           Star ClippersPRESENTS

                        VENICE, CROATIA, MONTENEGRO
                                        & SLOVENIA
August 20, 2016                            


Yes, yet another adventure is in the works.  But this one has a little twist.

Setting sail with us will be some of Arrivederci's favorite musicians.  That's right, Arrivederci is taking to the high seas and we hope to bring you along!  Star Clipper's has invited Marianna Thielen & Reese Marshburn to be your onboard entertainment, along with Dennis Caiazza on bass & vocals AND a certain sax player.


Here's how the adventure begins ~

We set sail aboard the Star Clipper, a 379 foot long, 4 masted sailing ship.  This is a true clipper ship reflecting it's proud heritage in every inch of it's polished brass and gleaming brightwork.  Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age of sailing, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day.  Star Clipper is a modern cruise ship in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships.

We sail out of Venice, Italy down the Grand Canal on Sat., August 20, 2016.  We recommend at least 2 nights in Venice, either pre-cruise or post.  Venice is a city you can get lost in....whether on foot or via the vaporettos {water taxis}.  It is a city sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.


We spend the first day sailing down the Dalmatian Coast towards Dubrovnik, Croatia, arriving in Dubrovnik on Monday the 22nd.  Spend all day exploring the Old Town, pubs and restaurants.  It's a beautiful city with much history, both ancient and recent.

Day 4:  Kotor, Montenegro-  You will be rewarded if you set your alarm for an early getup for this stop, because part of the fun is entering the Bay of Kotor and gliding for an hour through the mountains on a 17-mile waterway that some people call Europe's southernmost fjord.  It's not acutally a fjord, as fjords are caused by glacial activity, and the Bay of Kotor is the result of an old river running from the interior to the Adriatic Sea.  Still the views are fjord-like, with mountains rising on both sides of a long, thin bay that leads to the old walled town of Kotor. 

Day 5:  Korcula, Croatia-  An Island in the Adriatic Sea, just off the Dalmatian Coast.  Rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages, and harboring a glorious old town, the island of Korcula is the sixth-largest Adriatic islalnd, stretching nearly 47km in length.  Lots of wine sampling for all you oenophiles.
{wine lovers....and that would be US!}


Day 6:  Mali Losinj, Croatia-  Croatia's best-kept secret:  The tiny island of Losinj is big on wellness, secluded beaches and tranquil fishing villages.  Every summer Europeans vacation in droves to Croatia, but one island has been curiously overlooked:  Losinj.  It may not compete with Dubrovnik or Split, yet it offers the classic Mediterranean idyll, terrific food, superb climate, low prices and uncrowded beaches.  One of the reasons for Losinj's obscurity is it's not easy to get there.  Lucky for us, that won't be a problem!  And once you feel the Mediterranean sun on your back and watch the Adriatic sparkling at you through a glass of chilled Istrian white wine - ideally at the Borik Bar on the beach - you'll be glad that it's a journey that not everyone takes the effort to make.

Day 7:  Piran Slovenia-  Piran is a town in the Municipality of Piran in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea.  It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria.  The town has much medieval architecture, with narrow streets and compact houses.  Piran, "The Dream City, is one of the most photoge nic cities in the Mediterranean.


Next Day, Sunday, August 27th, we disembark in Venice. 

The following prices are based on a per person/either double or single-  and are being offered at a "Savings Rate" for early bookings:

Cat. 6 - Commodore Deck-  Inside cabin, upper/lower berths, bathroom with shower-  $1,610/per person/double.  $2,415/single

Cat. 5-  Clipper deck & Commodore deck-  inside/outside cabin, raised double bed, two lower beds, or triple berths etc., marble lined bathroom with shower
$1,790/per person/double-  $2,685/single

Cat 4-  Commodore Deck - Outside cabin, two lower beds, double bed or triple berths, marble lined bathroom with shower-  $2,080/per person/double-  $3,120/single

Cat 3-  Clipper Deck & Commodore Deck-  Outside cabin, two lower beds, double bed or triple berths, marble lined bathroom with shower-  $2,200/per person/double-  $3,300/single

Cat 2-  Clipper Deck-  Large outside cabin, two lower beds, double bed or triple berth, marble lined bathroom with shower-  $2,345/per person/double-  $3,518/single

Cat 1-  Main deck and Sun deck-  Deluxe cabin, two lower beds convert to double bed, minibar, marble lined bathroom with whirlpool bath, cabin doors open onto deck-  $2,645/per person/double-  $5,290/single

Owner's Cabin-  Clipper deck-  Deluxe outside cabin, double bed, sitting area, minibar, marble lined bathroom with whirlpool-  $3,460/per person/double-  $6,920/single
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Port Fees $255/per person

Third person shared rate-  $730-  there are a limited number of 3-berth cabins available.  This is a fixed rate and is not subject to any discounts.

Deposit of $400/per personholds the cabin of your choice and is fully refundable up to 120 days from sailing.  The Star Clipper only accommodates 170 passengers, so they do book up early.

For past "Yacht Club" passengers, we will be extending an additional 3% discount on top of the above discounted pricing.  In addition, any Yacht Club
members already booked on a 2016 river cruise or clipper cruise , there will be
booking incentives being offered as well.

Dateline Int'l Travel can assist you in airfare, hotels for both pre and post cruise stays, transfers, cars and any other special travel needs or concerns.

Let's take Arrivederci! Wine & Jazz on a Venetian Holiday-  hope you'll consider joining Steve & I, along with Marianna, Reese & Dennis!


Seine River Cruise

                                           Arrivederci Int'l Yacht Club and AMAWaterways                                                      

                                                    Paris & Normandy.  10.14.16

                                     7 night Seine River Cruise through the Heart
                                               of Normandy, followed by an optional 2 nights
                                               in Romantic Paris, The "City of Light"

Many of you joined us a couple of years ago on the wine hosted cruise out of Paris.  This time,
we'll be sailing out of Paris, again aboard the AmaLegro.....with the focus being ART, as well as wine.

We're pleased to announce that as your Art Host {or, hostess, in this case} is fellow Arrivederci
Int'l Yacht Club member, Tracie Broughton.  To check some of Tracie's own creations go to:


Many of you have probably participated in some of the local "sip & paint" nights being offered throughout the city.  What better place to create your own masterpiece, than sailing down the picturesque River Seine through villages and harbors immortalized by generations of famous artists.  All painting materials will be provided and you'll get to take your "masterpiece"  home as a one-of-a-kind souvenir!  C'est Vrais!


First day - Paris:   Embarkation & Welcome Dinner - An evening cruise past the Eiffel tower on the sail-away out of Paris.

Day 2:  Vernon {free time}
            Excursion to Monet's home and gardens in Giverny


Day 3:  Caudebec-en-Caux-  After a scenic morning cruise, we arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux.  You will be able to choose from two different tours.  The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet.


Your 2nd option is the "Routes des Abbayes" excursion spotlighting Normandy's famous Abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region.  You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumieges as well as St. Wandrill, still a working monastery.

Day 4:  You will have the choice of three different excursions:  "D-Day Remembered" is a full day
excursion to the US sector.  Your first stop will be the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen.  You will have free time to see the museums before visiting the US Cemetery and Omaha Beach at St. Laurent-sur-Mer.  The last stop is the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer before returning to the ship in Rouen.                                     

       As an alternative, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors.  Your first stop will be the Pegasus Monument in Ranville, followed by Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer.  A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d'Auge and "Routes du Cidre" {Road of Cider}

Day 5:  Rouen....Enjoy a morning walk through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred.  Great restaurants, great shopping.....GREAT STOP!!                             

Day 6:  We depart Rouen on this day and enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys.  A walk along the river in Les Andelys offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley's dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Chateau Gillard.  This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years' War.  For those so inclined, you may enjoy hiking up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before sailing on to Conflans.                                          


Day 7:  You have a choice of two excursions.  The first option is to visit Chateau Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine.  Also, you can travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century, such as Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissarro.  Your "Artists Walk" tour will include many sites associated with their work, including the Auberge Ravoux, former homes of Vincent van Gogh.   The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved.  The ship will then depart in the afternoon for Paris.

On a AMA river cruise, everything is included.  ALL excursions are included.  Unlimited beer and wine at lunch and dinner.....INCLUDED!  {Sparkling included at breakfast}   Internet....INCLUDED.  On an AMA cruise you're considered a "traveler", not a "tourist".  There are 40 bicycles onboard should you choose to "ride/pedal" through villages, markets and vineyards....INCLUDED!

AmaWaterways is the only river cruise line ever inducted into La Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, a prestigious international gastronomic society dedicated to fine cuisine.  Founded in Paris in 1950 to honor the royal Guild of Goose Roasters (whose origins date back to the 13th century), it is the oldest and largest food and wine society in the world.    Membership to La Chaine des Rotisseurs is by invitation only and is extended to those possessing world-class culinary acumen.

"The food and service is what most passengers remember after their cruise, because this company spends more on food and wine than most."  Douglas Ward, BERLITZ RIVER CRUISING IN EUROPE

Pricing is as follows:  {these prices reflects a $1,000/per person discount

Cat. E - Piano Deck, fixed Window - 170 sq. ft.   -    $2,599/per person

Cat. D - Piano Deck, fixed Window - 170 sq. ft.  -  $2,988/per person

Cat. C - Violin and Cello Deck, French Balcony-  170 Sq. ft.  -  $3,498/per person

Cat B-  Violin and Cello Deck-  French Balcony- 170 sq ft-  $3,698/per person

Cat A-  Violin Deck-  French Balcony-  170 sq ft-  $3,798/per person

Cat S-  Violin Deck,  French Balcony-  255 Sq. ft.  -  $4,998/per person

Port Fees $168/Per Person


Channel your "inner-artist" and come set sail upon an adventure of a lifetime.  This one has all the bells and whistles....ART, WINE, FOOD, ADVENTURE and LUXURY!

Dateline Int'l Travel can help with all your pre and post accommodation needs, as well as airfare, including stays in in London, Amsterdam, Paris, etc., depending on your air itineraries.

Also, be watching for additional itineraries featuring some local wine hosts and local jazz musicians.
2016 and 2017 promises to be a "world of possibilites" between Arrivederci Int'l Yacht Club, Dateline Int'l Travel AND of course AMAWaterways!!!!

To book your next adventure, call Dateline Int'l Travel @ 503 786-5150 or email us @ dlitravel@aol.com.

Arrivederci!  Steve, Katy, Derek & Rian
Dateline Int'l Travel.  Arrivederci!  Wine & Jazz


Wine Cruise--Duoro River--Nov 2016

Greetings from the command and control center of Dateline International travel and Cruise and the Arrivederci International Yacht Club---Man, that's a lot of words....let's just go with the ancromyn.....DITC/AIYC....much better!!!
  As you can see below, Your name is on the list.......No , this is not Brussels in 1942....just notification that I have confirmed You as the first adventurers to the Duoro river wine region of Portugal on the AMA Waterways boutique ship, the AMAVIDA.. As this little project has leaked out a number of You have expressed an interest in locking in a cabin for this cruise. Indeed , As I type, the majority have given Me credit cards to deposit. Beth and Dave Wilson--You were the first to be confirmed--Cat D #105 midship. Same for Bob and Claire Riddle-confirmed in Cat E  #109 midship. Thank You all !!!
  Aside from putting out a quick FB announcement  from the Arrivederci Int'l Yacht Club last night, this cruise has only been bantered about as a good possibility. But today  it is a reality....Here's the scoop!!..........

 Dateline and AMA Waterways have been working on an agreement to do a Wine themed Cruise using some of Our best local wine experts as the "Wine Hosts" for the November 15, 2016 "Enticing Duoro" river cruise. We have to put these together well in advance because of the nature of the Small ship river Cruise business. With only 106 passengers, the AMAVida, along with the huge popularity of this Duoro river cruise forces Us to book early and aggressively to secure Our patrons the best pricing possible. Add to that the serious vetting process that Our wine hosts go through---Why just yesterday Tamara McAllister was in Arrivederci dancing the "Watusi" for Derek to prove Her desire to be a "GGGreat" wine host for this cruise!!!!  Seriously, Most of You have been to the Small vineyards Tuscan Tastings We do at Arriviederci in the Fall and know of the expertise of Tamara and Ms. Kristin Kluvers...and Mr. Tom Kelly. Let Me be the first to announce that The Mitchell wine Group represented by Tamara McAllister and Small Vineyards represented by Kristin Kluvers will be the official Wine hosts for this AMAWaterways Adventure!!!

  With a wine themed Cruise there are a few extras thrown in--Off the boat and up in the hills dinners at  the Alpendurada Monastery, the Quinta Avessada. wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo--that translates into the "Five Sexys" if anyones interested?!?!?!    The Palacio De Mateus--remember that bottle?? Salamanca and the Vinho Verde Region...........and Very interesting "Watusi and wine" tastings with Tamara and Kristin aboard the ship!!!!!

   In the near future I will be sending out an email to the rest of the "Arrivedercites"---Yes, This is becoming a Religion,huh???----informing them of this trip to Iberia. After that I will be organizing an information night  for the clients of The Mitchell wine Group and Small Vineyards. Then I wil be hitting up the local Carus, Oregon Mennonite congregation to join in on the Fun.......Jeezz, I've never typed so fast!!!!.......My wife is saying..."where's He at" Where's He at"!!! ,... and Here I am busting tail to get the Message out!!

    In a "nutshell"-----We secured an agreement with AMA that Mitchell wine Group and Small vineyards would be the "Wine Hosts" for this cruise. Ever prepared , I asked for a Group pricing contract prior to inking the deal. AMA was offering $250 p.p. off plus $100 off for past passengers. I called AMA and said that for late season cruising I was used to getting $1500 per stateroom off and I needed to reconsider. We worked out a deal where Datelne would take the Rhine River on November 16th and get the $1500 per stateroom discount. Two days later the Group department at AMA Waterways called and offered Me back the Duoro at the $1500.00 per stateroom discount. It seems that on the weekend one of the Senior people in AMA Waterways had offered the Rhine to one of their Winemaker friends in the Santa Barbara area. When they came into the office on Monday to announce the deal, Groups said "Wait, Hanneman up in PDX has that Cruise"!!!......So, they offered Me the Duoro again for the $1500 per stateroom discount---I accepted!
  Here is the pricing We have and will only be offered to Datline's guests. The rest of the nation will not be included in this discount.

November 15,2016--Category E             Category D         Category C-Balcony    Category B-Balcony    Category A-Balcony  Category S Suite
                               $2349 p.p.            $2648 p.p.              $3548 p.p                   $3748 p.p                  $4048 p.p               $5548 p.p
Port fees are $168 p.p.----as I mentioned earlier, there is a $100 p.p. past passenger credit and there will be an Arrivederci Int'l Yacht club credit also. I'm working on that!! Deposit is $400 p.p. and consider this....If you take a look at Tauck,Viking or Uniworld--you will have to pay the entire amount to receive a similar discount.

    If You have friends that may want to see the Beauty of the Duoro--a UNESCO heritage  site---feel free to forward this Email over to them.

   I'm excited at the prospect of seeing again the beauty of the Iberian peninsula and appreciating the fact that by the time We arrive, Portugal may be out of the Euro and back into it's own currency, allowing for some very inexpensive pre and post cruise stays in lisbon and the Algarve!!!!
  Thanks to all for the Great support of the "Arrivederci Int'l Yacht Club, Dateline International Travel and AMA Waterways.!! I just received brochures today for this and other cruises from AMA and you can see details of the "Enticing Duoro" and the AMAVida Ship by going to www.AMAWaterways.com.

Esteban Hanneman
Dateline Int'l travel and Cruise

Romantic Danube- April 2016

The Romantic Danube - Wine Cruise ~  April 2016

Attention all past, present & future Arrivederci Int'l Yacht Club members!

Dateline Int'l Travel has secured space aboard the beautiful AmaSonata
next April 2016.  As this will be one of AmaWaterways' dedicated "wine
cruises", Dateline has partnered with Phelps Creek Vineyards out of Hood River, Oregon to make this a totally spectacular experience for "oenophiles & vagabonds" alike!  {Lovers of wine & travel!!!}

Many of you expressed regret in missing the Danube sailing during the Christmas Markets this past November.  Here is another opportunity, with a little
different itinerary and certainly a much different climate experience.

As in November, we will spend a few pre-sailing nights/days in Prague, Czech Republic.  Prague is a beautiful city with amazing restaurants, shops, walking &
sightseeing.  Not to be missed, for sure.  We can arrange for flights, accommodations & transfers to fit any budget and time constraints. 

For all those joining us in Prague, we will then transfer to Regensburg on April 4th,   After a brief walking opportunity in Regensberg, we will continue just a short ways to Vilshofen for embarkation aboard the AmaSonata to commence your wine cruise on the Danube.

First night, there will be a "Oktoberfest" & Welcome Aboard Wine Toast.  We will have time the next morning to explore Vilshofen before sailing on to Passau.

Day 2:  Vilshofen, Passau, Onboard Wine Tasting....

Day 3:  Linz:  Here we'll have several options of either exploring Linz, going to Salzburg {highly recommended} or going on a Czesky Krumlov excursion.
                    {Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace}
                    {Czesky Krumlov}

*Unless otherwise notated as "optional", all AmaWaterway excursions are fully included in the price of the cruise.

Upon our return to the ship, there will be a Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner with wine pairing.  {International gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950}

Day 4:  We will continue on the Danube through the Wachau Valley, Austria's
most important wine region, to Melk, where we will visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey.

We'll also have an opportunity to visit a vineyard with wine tasting in Durnstein..

...followed by the Captain's Dinner with wine pairing back onboard...

Day 5:  Opportunity to explore more of Durnstein, walking tour excursion available....then on to Krems for a Wachau Valley winery visit including
hors d'oeu

Day 6:  Vienna  ~  A city tour excursion is available at no cost in addition to two OPTIONAL excursions.  One being to the Schonbrunn Palace with a Viennese Wine & Music evening OR a Mozart and Strauss concert excursion.

Day 7:  Budapest  ~  As we will be overnighting onboard in Budapest, we will have a full day to continue to enjoy not only what this beautiful city has to offer, but also what AmaWaterways has planned for you as well.  There will be an onboard wine lecture and tasting, a city tour and a farewell dinner with Hungarian folk music.

Disembarkation on April 11th.  But the beautiful city of Budapest awaits you.  We highly recommend  spending at least 2-3 additional days in this amazing city.  Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it is the largest city in Hungary and one of the largest in Central Europe. 

The AmaSonata accommodates 164 passengers with staterooms ranging from 160 sq. ft - 300 sq. ft.  Most rooms feature a French balcony or twin balconies.  Complimentary Wi-Fi, bottled water replenished daily, in-room safe, high-quality linens and toiletries, entertainment on demand featuring movies, news, TV and music are amenities featured in every stateroom.

All dining on board is included in the price.  Complimentary UNLIMTED sparkling wine and fresh juices with breakfast, complimentary UNLIMITED wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.  The specialty restaurant, The Chef's Table is also available for those wanting a more intimate dining experience.

The ship boasts a Sun Deck offering an unobstructed view of the passing scenery, a pool and walking track.  Nightly entertainment with local performers and music.  Also on board, a fitness room, hair salon and massage services.

Each cruise is hosted by a wine expert who brings select wines on board and leads discussions about production and consumption along with several tastings throughout the week.  We are very happy to have as our wine hosts on this particular sailing, Bob and Lynette Morus from Phelps Creek Vineyards from Hood River, Oregon!!!!  They will be providing the wine throughout the week along with the pairings at the featured La Chaine des Rotisseurs dining experience.

AmaWaterways is offering our group a $750.00 per person discount off the regular published fare.  Pricing is as follows:

Cat. E        $1,949 pp
Cat. D        $2,248 pp
Cat. C        $2,848 pp
Cat BB       $3,348 pp
Cat BA       $3,548 pp
Cat AB       $3,748 pp
Cat AA       $3,948 pp
Cat AA+     $4,548 pp
Cat SS       $5,138 pp {suite}

$400.00 pp deposit holds the stateroom of your choice of which is fully refundable up to 6/30/2015.  120 - 90 days prior to departure, cancellations forfeit $200.00 pp deposit.

Due to the size and specialized nature of these cruises, they do book up early, which is why we are now taking reservations a full year out.  THEY SELL OUT.

In the first-ever Berlitz River Cruising in Europe travel guide, more than 280 ships were rated based on hardware, accommodation, cuisine, service and other miscellaneous features.  All eleven AmaWaterways ships that were assessed earned the HIGHEST rating given and received higher scores than any other cruise line!! 

Whether you've sailed with us before or have always wanted to join in the fun....we hope you'll consider joining us for this most amazing of adventures.  For brochures or more information, please call Steve or myself at Dateline Int'l Travel....503 786-5150.

Arrivederci! & Phelps Creek Vineyards.....Sail the Danube!!!!

Na Zdravi! {cheers in Czech!}

Grenada--Sail Windjammer--Nov 2015

Greetings fellow Arrivederci Int'l Yacht club "Pirates and Wenches"!!

   As We approach Our "6 months away from Margaritaville" date of May 8, I thought I'd give everyone an update on Air-Hotel-Cruise information so We can begin to firm up Our itineraries.

 Air flights--A number of You have already confirmed Your flights using air miles or Alaska companion fares. For those who will still need to ticket---Fares have just begun to drop a bit starting last Tuesday. I've been watching since November and the standard American airlines price from PDX to Grenada has been approx $950-$975. This last week the price dropped to $799-$849 p.p. This is about as good as it will get for Grenada,St. Lucia,Barbados, Martinique remembering that You are almost within 50 miles of South America--this ain't no Bahamas cruise!!

  American is My preference--PDX-DFW or SEA to Miami and on to Grenada, either "red eye" or early AM with the return---Grenada -Miami-DFW-PDX or via SFO or LAX. You can build Alaska Miles with these flights.

  A couple of You have used Your Alaska Air Visa Companion certificate PDX-SEA-Fort Lauderdale, over nighting for one or two nights in FLL-Miami and then purchasing an American Air ticket from Miami to Grenada. This will bring Your ticketing cost down to approx $750 p.p. and FLL and Miami are "Art Deco Cool"!!
  A person could also route through JFK with a forced overnight but I do not advise that in the Nov-Mar time period. While We're sipping Bloody Mary's you may be freezing Your butt off in NYC!
  Pricing out of the Bay area will be similar with similar connections.

  If you have f.f, miles with either Alaska or American do check for an award--40,000 miles and $50 in taxes is a pretty good place to use Your miles.
  Most of you that I see often in Arrivederci seem to be looking at flying out on the 7th and staying 1 night in Grenada prior to boarding the SV Mandalay on the 8th of November with a 2 or 3 nt post cruise stay prior to coming back home. Grenada is a beautiful Island that is the "True" Caribbean! Kate and I have been going to many isles in the Carib's since 1978 and have seen what over population and mega tourism have done to the pristine tropical nature of this area. With Grenada, Carriacou,Tobago Cays, Grenadines and St Vincent you will still see what We saw 35 years ago but the air conditioning and the beds will be much better!!!

Hotels--I've received responses from a few email inquiries I've sent out and here they are listed. I usually locate a group on either Grand Anse Beach or Morne Rouge Bay near St. Georges, the Capital. There are a number of 4-5 star hotels like the Calabash and Sandals that are classics and if You'd like to splurge for a few nights please let Me know and I'll chase down the best rates for You. My concept is the Arrivederci Mantra---"The less I pay for My room, the more I'll have for food and booze"!!--Indeed!! Herewith are the nice and reasonable 2-3 star properties with a 4 star tossed into the mix----

  Gem Holiday Beach Resort--Morne Rouge Bay--one bedroom gardenview $80 nt    one bedroom oceanview $100 nt
     Brilliant location on Morne Rouge bay and a very laid back "sand in your toes,beer in Your hand" approach to the day!

  Kalinago Beach Resort-Morne Rouge Bay--$135 nt oceanview--This is the newer sister property of the Gem holiday right next door and gets got remarks from past guests. nice pool.

  The Flamboyant hotel and villas--Grand Anse Beach--around the point from Morne Rouge Bay.  Standard-$185 nt   Superior Studio $200 nrt
Superior 1 bdrm suite $215 nt   superior 2 bedroom suite $425 nt.       We stayed at the Flamboyant with Our last Windjammer group about 10 years ago and had a great time drinking,swimming--some with clothes,some with not----dining and really feeling the Island vibe--Really! you gotta feel the "Island vibe". It's better than seeing the "Green Flash" and just as elusive!!! This property has been remodeled and upgraded.

  The Radisson Beach resort on Grand Anse Beach---$165 nt gardenview     $250 nt Beachfront    $295 nt Executive Beachfront.  Radisson always does a nice job throughout the world and a couple of Us in Our group have used f.f. miles to confirm rooms here--good idea!!!

  Residences True Blue Bay Resort--4 stars and great ratings!   std dbl room $150 nt       suite Sea facing  $190 nt   Suite King tower  $190 nt with a continental breakfast included.

  Nearly all of these resorts have meal plans available but I find that heading down into St. George's and settling into BB's Craback or the Ocean Grill is worth the cab or bus fare and really lets You find the "Island Vibe"!!! Breakfast really revolves around Bloody Mary's right? And Lunch--Maybe some local seafood washed down with a nice cold  West Indies Lazy pelican ale or maybe a simple Carib!

    Kate and I hope to join Ken and Patti and a few other "Trekkers" and head into the jungle in search of Concord and Annadale falls. I want ice Cream in the west coastal city of Gouyave. I want to go the the Local market of St. Georges.  I want to drift snorkel the Tobago Cays.  I want to go late into a bar in St. George's and pick a fight with the biggest, baddest dude in on the island--and then let Rich or Gary handle him----Well, Maybe not!....but I do want to have that Great beach BBQ on the little isle of Mayreau and then along with everybody else, walk up the path/road to the 4 bars that are the centerpiece of this tiny islands commerce..... and I want to make Katy dance like a Gypsy for money!!!!  Actually I just want to dance with Her, but that sounded pretty good,huh??
  Then We can all go down to SaltWhistle Cay to celebrate bragging rights for the most outback,beautiful,pristine beach and bar you've ever seen!!!

   If I sound excited at 3:20am--I am!!!     Kate also locked Me out of the house----Ha-Not really!!   I'm excited because this is, and has been, My passion since I was a boy. Sailing on a Windjammer and going back in time to another age where life was hard but simple. Walking on a beach that the Rich and famous still know nothing of.   Sharing drinks and laughs around the Mandalay's tropical bar into the wee hours of the morning with My friends.. Seeing the moon glisten on the sea with the sails snapping at the wind. Catching that first sunrise aboard ship and then going back to bed till 11am!!      And above all.....Hearing the bagpipes playing the strains of "Amazing Grace" as We raise sail and leave St. George's Harbor for the adventure of a Lifetime!!!

  God is good to those who seek the tender mercies of life, and the experience of true friendship. Kate and I look very much forward to sharing these great experiences, and more with you this coming November in the Grenadines!!

Mundaca tiburon Munoz  aka steve@Dateline