Rick Braun’s River Cruise Getaway:
Colors of Provence

Smooth Jazz sailing on the Rhine River, between Arles and Lyon, France

with Rick Braun, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, and Marc Antoine

A Uniquely Up Close & Personal Experience

Enjoy an intimate week full of beautiful views, world class food, and fine French wine, in the company of your favorite musicians and a small gathering of friendly fellow jazz fans. See below for further details.

Week One is SOLD OUT!

Week Two will be embarking in Arles, France aboard the AmaWaterways cruise ship AmaCello, Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Week Two is SOLD OUT!

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Click here  to learn more about the AmaWaterways cruise ship AmaCello.

Click here to learn more about the AmaWaterways cruise ship AmaCello.

What’s Included?

All of the music, excursions, gratuities, port charges, taxes, and the standard AMA experience are included in your ticket price, including the following features and amenities:

  • Accommodation during the cruise

  • All gourmet meals onboard: early riser coffee and croissants; a rich buffet breakfast; a festive lunch buffet; afternoon tea & coffee with cake, cookies, & sandwiches; and a multi-course dinner

  • Free-flowing red and white wine from the local regions; beer or soft drinks for lunch and dinner

  • Sip and Sail happy hour nightly, one hour before dinner

  • Choice of dining options, including the main dining salon

  • 24-hour coffee & tea station, including ice water and iced tea. Cappuccino, latte and espresso can be requested during all meals

  • Captain’s Welcome Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner, and Captain’s Farewell Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner, plus several Theme Dinners

  • Bottled water, fluffy bathrobes, and slippers provided in each cabin

  • Use of the hot tub or swimming pool (as equipped) on the sun deck, and the wellness center inside, including fitness equipment

  • Use of the bicycles and helmets onboard

  • Onboard Internet (via flat-screen TV & keyboard in each stateroom, and wireless in our two lounges)

  • In-cabin movies

  • Elevator on board, operating between 4 different levels: Restaurant (Level 1), Staterooms (Level 2), Lobby and Panorama Lounge (Level 3) and Staterooms (Level 4); (elevator does not go to the lowest deck or Sun deck)

  • Nightly piano music, post headliner performance, and also during tea and coffee

  • Our daily shore excursion program during the cruise, with English speaking guides, including use of our QuietVox headsets

  • Services of our professional English-speaking Cruise Director

How much will it cost?

See below for pricing packages and payment plans.

  • Credit card prices range from approximately $5013 to $6563 per person for cabins, and approximately $7832 per person for suites. This is an incredible, all-inclusive deal that is only slightly above the average retail rates for cruises with first class entertainment! See rates below and please review all details before registering.

  • A non-refundable $200 registration fee is required upon completion of your registration. Once your registration is complete, our travel partner will contact you (typically within 24 hours, Monday through Friday), and the cruise booking deposit of $1000 PER PERSON will be due immediately, with a credit of the $200 registration fee paid.

  • The Monthly payment plan will start on January 15, 2019, for twelve months; and the Standard plan will be in 3 separate payments, to be made throughout 2019, in April, August, and December. See below for further details.

  • Payments are due in 2019, as we are chartering the ship, and our payments to the cruise line are due in early 2020. We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance, which will be offered by our travel partner.

Rhine River route from Arles to Lyon (click to enlarge)

Floor Plan of the AmaWaterways cruise ship AmaCello

Pricing Packages

All cabins are priced for double occupancy, except for single-person cabins, as noted below.

You must begin the registration process in order to see which cabins remain available. Please select your first, second, and third choices before registering.

Suites* — $7850 per person (limited availability)

Category A* — $6563 per person

Category B* — $6408 per person

Category B SINGLE* — $6408 (one person cabin)

Category C * — $5999 per person (limited availability)

Category D — $5281 per person (very limited availability)

Category E — $5013 per person (very limited availability)

* indicates French balcony feature. French balconies open up to a railing—flush with the exterior wall—instead of a platform, so that you may enjoy fresh air and river views, without the risk of stepping out off the side of the ship.

Please use the Find Me A Roommate option during registration if you wish to reserve a spot as a single individual in any of our double occupancy cabins. Your cabin will not be guaranteed until your request is matched to another individual roommate. The registration for Find Me A Roommate requires no deposit.

Payment Plans

Monthly payment plans will be due as follows (does not include any other purchases, such as travel insurance, pre and post bookings, etc.) and paid by credit card only:

  • Completed cruise booking deposit ($1000 per person) by credit card, with a credit of the $200 registration fee.

  • Remaining cruise balance will be divided by number of months left in 2019, with payments auto charged each month, on the 15th, beginning the month after you register. Final cruise balance will be paid in full no later than 12/15/2019.

Standard cruise payments will be due as follows (does not include any other purchases, such as travel insurance, pre and post bookings, etc.):

  • Completed cruise booking deposit ($1000 per person) by credit card at time of purchase, with a credit of the $200 registration fee.

  • Payment due on April 15, 2019, equal to 1/3 of remaining balance after initial deposit.

  • Payment due on August 15, 2019, equal to 1/3 of remaining balance after initial deposit.

  • Final payment due on December 15, 2019, equal to 1/3 of remaining balance after initial deposit.

Terms & Conditions

By registering, you understand and accept the following terms:

1. I understand that all prices are PER PERSON, based on double occupancy, and include administrative costs, taxes, gratuities, port charges, and fees for the cruise.

2. I understand that my registration is for TWO people in a cabin, unless I register for a single cabin (there are only two single cabins available on the ship) or indicate otherwise in the questions provided in the registration process. ONE registration is ONE cabin for TWO people.

3. I will be responsible for the cruise booking deposit, made either by credit card or check, within 7 business days, once the cruise is confirmed, based on my total cruise payment choice (see above). If my cruise booking deposit is not received in 7 business days, my registration will be cancelled and my registration fee is nonrefundable.

4. If paying by credit card for the deposit and payments, my credit card will be charged by AMA WATERWAYS when I pay the deposit and all future invoices. These payments are for Rick Braun's River Cruise Getaway ONLY (i.e. the seven day cruise on the AmaCello).

5. I understand that I will be responsible for all other fees for travel to and from the ship, and any other activities I chose to do while on this trip. NOTE: we will offer transfers and additional pre and post cruise hotel/activities, for an additional fee. These will be available about 12 months before the cruise is to sail.

6. All fees are nonrefundable, but can be used by another person. See specific payment terms above.

In case of emergency, lineup is subject to change.

Refunds & Cancellations

All payments made are non-refundable at the time of payment. To offset this risk, guests are urged to purchase Travel Insurance when the cruise is confirmed and your deposit is made. Our travel agent will be offering this to all our guests as an option when you make your deposit.

NOTE: In the event that you cannot attend, you may transfer your reservation for a fee of $200 per person. The monetary arrangements are to be made between you and the person taking your place. We can pick up payments, if mid payment year, for a transfer.

What this means:

When you make any payment — the registration fee, completed $1000 deposit, monthly payments, or the standard three-installment plan— that money is not refundable.

For example, if you pay your registration fee, we confirm the cruise, and you cancel, prior to completing your deposit, you will lose the entire registration fee.

For example, if you pay your registration fee, make your cruise booking deposit, and then cancel, prior to your first regular due payment, you will lose the registration fee and the entire cruise booking deposit.

For example, if you pay the registration fee, make your cruise booking deposit, and one of the monthly payments, you will lose the registration fee, cruise booking deposit, and the first month's payment.