Brand G Amsterdam & Rhine River Cruise 2018

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Amsterdam, Utrecht, Cologne, Oberwesel, Miltenberg, Wertheim, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Prague

From 08/05/2018 to 08/14/2018

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Your adventure begins in Amsterdam, with its legendary canals and distinctive architecture. From the Netherlands travel on the Rhine to Cologne, Germany, a historic university town with a vibrant gay scene.

Cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge, take in the picturesque landscape of vineyard-clad hillsides with stops in Cologne, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, and Bamberg before joining the Main River. Marvel at the Main-Danube Canal – an engineering masterpiece – as you traverse Europe’s Continental Divide before ending the cruise in Nuremberg. From here you will transfer to historic Prague for 2 post nights in one of Europe’s most attractive cities.

On board the ms Amadeus Silver II, you will be pampered by a crew of forty in an atmosphere of total relaxation. With this great riverboat, we’ve created an itinerary that includes three of Europe’s most popular cities which have become prime destinations for gay and lesbian travelers.

Included Features

  • All-lgbt guaranteed charter
  • 7 Nights Cruise Accommodation
  • Superb Dining: all meals included during your cruise
  • COMPLIMENTARY FREE-FLOW SPIRITS, WINE, BEER AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES THROUGHOUT THE CRUISE
  • Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Services of an experienced cruise director and Brand g host throughout the cruise
  • Brand g signature entertainment
  • Airport transfers in Amsterdam and Prague
  • Optional pre hotel nights in Amsterdam to take in Pride
  • Included 2 night hotel stay in Prague including a city tour
  • Interested in more of Europe? Combine The Rhine River Cruise with our Danube Cruise for an unforgettable 14-day European vacation! Ask about a combined cruise only rate.

Day 1 – August 5, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arrive early to enjoy the closing ceremonies of Amsterdam Gay Pride. Embarkation begins at 4pm. Tonight enjoy a welcome aboard cocktail and dinner as well as more free time to enjoy the city before we cast off the next morning.

Day 2 – August 6, 2018
Amsterdam/Utrecht, Netherlands

After breakfast, city tour of Amsterdam with canal trip and North Holland excursion.

Day 3 – August 7, 2018
Cologne, Germany

Arrive in Cologne this morning, where you will have a walking tour of Old Town and Cathedral Square and visit the spectacular 13th-century gothic cathedral – its twin spires are among the tallest in Europe. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint café. Or, if you prefer, enjoy a glass of Kölsch, Cologne’s famous smoked beer.

Day 4 – August 8, 2018
Oberwesel, Germany

This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, with its castles, fortress ruins, and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Oberwesel, where you will enjoy an afternoon walking tour. You’ll have free time to explore the a narrow alleys lined with wine taverns and restaurants.

Day 5 – August 9, 2018
Miltenberg/Wertheim, Germany

Arrive in Miltenberg, where a motor coach tour will take you to Wertheim, where you will see the historic city center followed by free time to explore the town on your own.

Day 6 – August 10, 2018
Würzburg, Germany

This morning, take a guided tour of Würzburg showing you all of the major sights or visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s best examples of Baroque architecture.

Day 7 – August 11, 2018
Bamberg, Germany

Arrive this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Disembark for a guided walking tour of this medieval gem and see the breathtaking cathedral, the Old Town Hall that straddles the river, the city’s serpentine streets, and elegant 18th-century mansions. Sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer before continuing your cruise this evening to Nuremberg.

Day 8 – August 12, 2018
Nuremberg, Germany / Disembarkation

Disembark after breakfast for your transfer to Prague for a 2-night post cruise tour.
or
Stay onboard for another week and cruise the Danube river all the way to Budapest.

Day 9 – August 13, 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour and see why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before crossing the famous Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. (B)

Day 10 – August 14, 2018
Prague

Departure day. Transfer to airport for your departure flight.
(Additional post hotel nights available are available if you would like to extend your time in Prague.)

At 188 square feet, the 72 staterooms of the Amadeus Silver II offer the most spacious accommodations of any ship in our fleet, all decked out with the high-tech hospitality and lovely decor that have won awards for the Amadeus Silver. With views from the panoramic windows stretching the width of the cabin, the passing scenery is yours to enjoy in all its glory. With our innovative French Balcony, you can lower the windows with the touch of a button to enjoy your own private balcony when the weather is fine. All staterooms include a seating area, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, cabinet, safe and our Amadeus Signature Bed. Staterooms are located on all Decks, with the Mozart and Strauss Decks including the innovative French Balcony.

With their own private, walk-out exterior balconies and lounge areas, the 12 suites of the Amadeus Silver II are ideal for sipping your morning coffee or watching the starry skies at night. With 284 square feet of space to relax, you may not want to leave the ship at all! All suites include a luxurious bath and separate shower, Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, and a safe as well as a minibar. Suites are located on the Mozart Deck.

InterContinental Prague – August 12-14, 2018
Enjoy two included post cruise nights at the InterContinental Prague. Located on Prague’s most famous and luxurious shopping boulevard ‘Parizka’ connecting the historical Old Town Square with the banks of the Vltava River, the InterContinental Prague is a truly exceptional Prague hotel. Our exclusive accommodations provide the perfect base to explore the shops, restaurants, and architectural treasures that give this region its distinctive character. Enjoy majestic skyline and romantic river views at every turn. Or admire the city from our unique rooftop, gourmet restaurant, Zlata Praha. An enchanting destination unto itself, this exceptional Prague Czech Republic hotel offers elegance and comfort in a premier downtown setting.

Additional Post Night(s):

Single Occupancy- $238 per night
Double Occupancy- $125 per person/per night

Accommodations included taxes and breakfast.
Rates are per person based on occupancy listed.

Pre cruise night(s) in Amsterdam
DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station boasts a prime location adjacent to Amsterdam Central Station. From the hotel, which overlooks both the Amsterdam old city and the IJ River, walk directly into the most historical part of the city. The main shopping area and tourist attractions are also within easy range. Visit the fascinating Anne Frank house and learn about the life of Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank, or visit the beautiful Dam Square.

Optional Pre Night(s)

Single Occupancy- $325 per night
Double Occupancy- $162.50 per night

Accommodations included taxes and breakfast.
Rates are per person based on occupancy listed.
Post cruise night(s) in Prague
InterContinental Prague – Old Town

Located on Prague’s most famous and luxurious shopping boulevard ‘Parizka’ connecting the historical Old Town Square with the banks of the Vltava River, the InterContinental Prague is a truly exceptional Prague hotel. Our exclusive accommodations provide the perfect base to explore the shops, restaurants, and architectural treasures that give this region its distinctive character. Enjoy majestic skyline and romantic river views at every turn. Or admire the city from our unique rooftop, gourmet restaurant, Zlata Praha. An enchanting destination unto itself, this exceptional Prague Czech Republic hotel offers elegance and comfort in a premier downtown setting.

Additional Post Night(s)

Single Occupancy- $238 per night
Double Occupancy- $125 per person/per night

Accommodations included taxes and breakfast.
Rates are per person based on occupancy listed.

Tips You Need To Know Before Your Cruise
Thank you for choosing Brand g. Your itinerary has been carefully selected to ensure you have memorable vacation. We hope you will enjoy your special journey as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. Our representatives are experienced professionals committed to delivering outstanding service. We will do everything within our power to make your river cruise experience the best ever! So, relax and absorb the ambiance of the magical settings and fascinating places you will visit.

To help prepare you for your vacation, we have compiled some important tips. We encourage you to read this information carefully and to bring it with you as a reference during your travels. While traveling, please keep in mind that patience, understanding and the flexibility to adapt to a changing environment will enhance your vacation experience. Despite careful planning, unavoidable circumstances may require last minute changes to your itinerary. However, we have discovered that these deviations often reveal unexpected discoveries.

Traveling reveals new and exciting lifestyles, cuisines and traditions that may be different from what you are used to. Respecting these differences will create an infinitely more pleasant and rewarding experience. We wish you an exciting and memorable vacation.
Passports & Visas
A valid passport is required for all Brand g charters; your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and secure all required visas. Consult with the appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed. Vacations can be disrupted, or altered if the correct documents cannot be supplied at airports or border crossings; please check your itinerary carefully. In the event that you lose your passport while traveling, we recommend you photocopy the first pages of your passport, airline tickets, driver’s license and/or birth certificate to simplify and expedite the process of replacing lost documents. Keep the originals separate from the copies. This will make replacement easier if you lose them en route. It is also useful to carry spare passport photos. You may wish to scan your passport, airline tickets and credit card numbers and email them to yourself as attachments, so you may download copies to assist in obtaining replacements.
What To Wear
Comfortable clothes and good walking shoes while on land. And, since there are spa facilities, a putting green, shuffleboard and fitness room on the ship, we suggest workout clothes. Jackets and ties are not required. We recommend country club casual for dinner.
Special Diets
Please advise Brand g Vacations prior to departure if you have any special dietary requirements. We will make every effort possible to always accommodate your requests, however, please note that local conditions and seasonality can restrict our ability on occasions.
Settling Your Bill Onboard
The day before your cruise ends you will be given an invoice for any onboard charges you may have made. Please check the invoice to make sure all items are accounted for before payment/closing of the account. All onboard charges will be in Euros. Payment is accepted in cash (Euros) or by credit card. Your bank/credit card company will convert this into $US dollars at their own exchange rate. Some bank/credit cards may charge a separate fee, as well.
ATMs
ATM machines are widely available throughout Europe and readily accessible during shore excursions; the ship does not have an ATM machine onboard. Prior to traveling, we recommend that you notify your bank of your travel plans so they can inform you of any applicable transaction fees and provide any information on restrictions, etc.
Currency
For the Netherlands and Germany the currency is the Euro and the Czech Republic uses Crowns.

Important Notice

Thank you for choosing Brand g for your vacation. The cruise portion of this vacation is provided by Amadeus Cruises. To ensure that you understand the conditions of your particular vacation, please read the following policies and procedures completely. All policies and procedures are subject to change at any time at Brand g’s sole discretion without notice. Any and all information contained herein is in effect at the time of printing and is subject to change at any time.

Information contained in this document does not form part of any offer or contract. The transportation of guests and baggage on Amadeus vessels is provided solely by Amadeus and is governed by the terms and conditions printed on the Passage Contract. The Passage Contract will be included with your travel documents and contains complete and important information regarding cancellations, itineraries, Amadeus’ liability, health and immigration requirements, and other relevant terms and conditions. The terms and conditions of the Passage Contract will apply to persons who have booked a cruise regardless of whether or not they have embarked the vessel. Please read your Passage Contract carefully. To the extent that any of the information in the brochure conflicts with the terms of the Passage Contract, the terms and conditions contained in the Passage Contract shall control.

Itinerary arrival and departure times are always subject to change without notice. Brand g Vacations and Amadeus reserve the right to cancel, alter, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary, substitute another vessel for the scheduled ship, or substitute or cancel scheduled ports of call, which, in its sole judgment and discretion, is justified for any reason, and to do so without liability for any loss whatsoever to guests as a result of said change(s). Additionally, Amadeus reserves the right to cancel reservations and bookings in the event of a full-ship charter, whether or not a deposit or full payment has been received, and in such event, Amadeus’ only liability will be to refund to the guest the amount it has received.

Amadeus makes arrangements for transportation, other than cruise passage, only as a booking agent. Amadeus’ responsibility does not extend beyond the vessel. In arranging for the transportation of guests to and from the ship, Amadeus does so with independent contractors. Amadeus is not responsible for incidents such as airline cancellations, re-routings or any disruption of scheduled services or accommodation, or lost luggage.

All schedules, fares, and terms and conditions listed at www.brandgvacations.com are effective as of April 2017 and supersede any schedules, prices, and terms and conditions previously published.
All fares including land and hotel, are capacity controlled, subject to change at anytime without notice and do not guarantee availability. All are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.

Travel documents will not be dispatched until full and final payment and passenger Contact Information has been received by Brand g Vacations and cleared. For purposes of this Agreement, Contact Information shall mean a passenger’s full name, passport number, address, telephone number (land and mobile), electronic mail address and emergency contact information and any other information as requested. We must be able to reach each passenger’s emergency contact at any time of day. We must, therefore, be provided with all information to allow us to do so (such information should include the name, address, electronic mail address (if available) and phone number (including a cell phone number if available) of a parent, guardian, spouse, domestic partner, or other person to contact in the event of an emergency. No guest will be allowed to participate in this vacation until we have received all information.

Cruise Tariff

2018 cruise fares cover certain land and shipboard services including: accommodations, shore excursions, onboard meals, beer, wine, select spirits, and entertainment aboard ship. All fares are quoted in US dollars, are per guest and based on double occupancy. Not included in your program tariff are: Champagne, and top shelf spirits, optional shore excursions, meals taken ashore during the cruise, imported mineral waters, fuel surcharges, laundry, purchases from the ship boutique or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages and spa treatments.

Travel Professionals

Travel agents are considered to be the agent of Passenger and not of Carrier. Carrier is not liable for any representation, act or omission of Passenger’s travel agent. Passenger’s cruise fare is not considered paid until Carrier receives full payment, and the amount thereof is subject to change at any time prior to Carrier’s receipt of payment. Passenger shall at all times remain liable to Carrier for the price of passage. Carrier reserves the right to refuse embarkation if all charges and surcharges have not been paid in advance of departure.

Deposit/Final Payment

All payments will be processed by Brand g Vacations. To reserve your cruise, an $850 per person deposit is required at the time of booking. Full payment is due no later than 120 days prior to departure. Guests will not be permitted to change travel agents once final payment has been received. Final documentation will be issued after receipt of final payment and approximately 30 days prior to sailing. All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due date, and are guaranteed only when paid in full 120 days prior to sailing. Reservations made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Brand g Vacations. Payments may be made by AMEX/VISA®/ MasterCard® or DISCOVER®.

Cancellations/Refunds

Should you find it necessary to cancel your reservation or any component thereof, you or your travel professional are required to contact Brand g Vacations directly by telephone as well as submit your cancellation in writing. Refunds are subject to the schedule below regardless of suite/cabin resale and cancellation charges may not be converted to future cruise credits:

Cancellation Charges

Days Before Departure –> Per Person Charge
Greater than 120 days –> $500
120 – 91 days –> 50% of the total per person fare
90 – 0 days –>100% of the total per person fare
Travel documents must be returned to Brand g Vacations before refunds (if owed) can be processed.

Health and Medical Requirements

All guests are required to report in writing to Brand g Vacations at the time their reservation is made:

1.    Any physical or mental condition that may require medical or professional treatment or attention during the voyage

2.    Any condition that may render the guest unfit for travel, or that may require special care or assistance

3.    Any condition that may pose a risk or danger to the guest or anyone else on board the ship

4.    Any condition that may require oxygen for medical reasons

5.    Any intention or need to use a wheelchair cart, other mobility device

By booking passage on this program and by boarding the ship, the guest represents and warrants that he/she is physically and otherwise fit to travel, and that the guest will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship’s officers.

Brand g and Amadeus reserve the right without liability to require a guest to leave the program, or disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of Brand g, Amadeus or the ship’s Captain, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which we reasonably able to provide.

We strongly recommend that guests are able to navigate the stairs on-board without assistance. Should guests require assistance, they must travel with someone who is able to assist them both ashore and at Onboard. Brand g and Amadeus are unable to offer special assistance. Please note that wheel-on and/or wheel-off access is not available at ports-of-call.

Baggage

You may bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. Baggage for Amadeus guests or guests on our land extension programs must be handled in accordance with regulations of our operators. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. Guests are encouraged to contact individual airlines for weight limitations.

All baggage must be securely packed, and properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at your own risk. Amadeus and Brand g are not responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel or land extension programs.

Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon guest disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored onboard without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel. Amadeus is not responsible for baggage stored in shore side facilities.

Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times. Amadeus shall not be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, such personal items.

Lost Property

Brand g may levy a charge for the return of personal items left behind or lost and subsequently found.

Travel Documents

All travel documents (air and cruise tickets, passport and medical insurance information) are the guest’s responsibility. It is also the guest’s responsibility to obtain any necessary visas and public health documents for all applicable ports and to comply with all customs requirements. Without the required documents, a guest may be denied boarding and accommodation by Amadeus or the guest may be disembarked during the voyage and Brand g Vacations will not make a refund or be otherwise liable to any guest for such denial of boarding or disembarkation.

In the event that Brand g as a courtesy provides information or advice as to necessary travel documents, visas and medical inoculations, guests are still obligated to verify such information with the appropriate government authorities and Brand g does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information. Please check with the appropriate consulate for specific requirements. Security measures imposed by governments may change from time to time and each guest will be required to comply with them. As a courtesy, we will endeavor to provide each guest with notice of measures that may affect them, but complying with any such requirements is the sole responsibility of each guest. Please consult your travel professional for advice on such requirements to avoid loss of boarding privileges.

Taxes, Government Fees/Quasigovernment Fees and Fuel Supplements

Brand g reserves the right to pass through to its guests (including fully paid and deposited guests) any taxes and government fees/quasi-government fees that relate specifically to a guest’s itinerary. “Taxes and Government fees/quasi-government fees” include any and all fees, charges, surcharges, tolls and taxes imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities including, but not limited to, customs fees, per person berth taxes or fees, embarkation and/or disembarkation fees at ports, airline transportation fees, dockage fees, and wharfage fees.

Amadeus reserves the right to charge a per person fuel supplement in the event that the price of increases up to and including the day of embarkation. Amadeus may collect any taxes, government fees/ quasigovernment fees and fuel supplement (the “Surcharges”) at the time of booking, prior to sailing or on board the vessel, even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. Surcharges will be invoiced accordingly.

All fares, and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. We reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions.

This brochure may contain inadvertent technical or factual inaccuracies and typographical errors. Brand g reserves the right to correct errors and omissions at any time without prior notice, and to cancel any offered product, service, amenity, etc. in the event of any error or omission in the description, including pricing and availability.

Video / Photographic Release

You agree to participate in promotional, publicity, or merchandising pictures during this event. You hereby authorize the reproduction, sale, copyright, broadcast and /or distribution of said video, sound recording and pictures without limitations. You further agree and release Brand g, its parent, their representatives and agents from any liability, loss, expense or claims arising from distribution, broadcast, sale or use of your likeness or voice. You certify that you are 21 years of age or over. You may opt out of any promotional videos and pictures; however, Brand g does not guarantee that you will not be included.