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Samantha Brown is not only a dynamo of travel television. She’s soon to be the godmother of AmaWaterways’ upcoming new AmaMagna. The cruise line is even cosponsoring Samantha Brown’s “Places to Love,” along with AAA Travel.
In the 13-episode second season, broadcasting now on PBS, Brown takes viewers on an emotional journey around the world, sharing off-the-beaten-path locales. One episode will showcase a Rhine River cruise onboard the AmaPrima with stops at Freiburg, Germany — home to the Black Forest — and Strasbourg, France, where she visits the Petite France neighborhood and tours Heidelberg Castle.
In celebration of the show and ahead of the launch of AmaMagna, we had a chance to interview her about her cruise-related experiences. She will name the new AmaWaterways ship in Grein, Germany, in July 2019, as well as host the sailing to follow from Vilshofen to Budapest on July 14-21.
In the new season, you take a cruise along the Rhine River. How did this mode of travel enhance your trip?It made the actual journey a smooth, elegant and thoroughly enjoyable one. To be able to visit 10 destinations in four countries and be relaxed, entertained and well-fed is a unique experience river cruising provides. I never felt harried, hungry or exhausted by accomplishing all that great travel.
Your river cruising experience is about to be greatly broadened as you’re set to christen AmaWaterways’ AmaMagna. How does it feel to be the unique vessel’s godmother?Oh, it feels wonderful. It’s such an honor, and I hope to make AmaMagna proud as her Godmother. It’s such a beautiful vessel, and the fact that it’s one of a kind, state-of-the-art and ready to make people’s trip-of-a-lifetime dreams come true, means a lot to me.
What can guests expect onboard the AmaMagna sailing you will be hosting? They can expect a personal experience with not only me but these amazing cities we’ll all be enjoying along the way. I plan to give two talks on my best travel tips, there will be plenty of cocktail hours and dinners, and I never miss a breakfast buffet!
Where in the world, that you have yet to visit via riverboat, would you next love to cruise to?Asia. I love going there to shoot for my programs, but it can be stressful getting from one destination to the next and navigating a language barrier. I’d love to just relax and enjoy the experience.
In the meantime, what other “Places to Love” are you most excited to share with viewers this season?Viewers can expect an exceptional list of destinations that run the spectrum of once-in-a-lifetime places to cities that you could go to next week if you wanted. “Places to Love” is all about inspiring people to travel more and have better travel experiences. Everything I do in the show is accessible to the traveler, so it’s meant to be a real call to action to travel.