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And We Are Ready to Dream

This past year has had us searching for silver linings and finding joy in the small details of our lives.  The pinnacle for most of us has been preservation of relationships and keeping the sense of the mundane at bay. As we have watched the global endeavors of 2020, we have daydreamed of the day when travel and exploration could again be part of the landscape of our lives. We are

Steve and Alice Cass to host entire ship

ready to "jump ship" and gamble on an adventure! As hope begins to emerge with the new year and the development of vaccines, we are ready to gamble with a safety net. How does booking an adventure with a 110% guarantee to calm the fears of COVID induced cancellations sound?


If AMAWaterways is new to you, let us share our excitement. This is luxury river cruising at it's finest, with experiences, knowledge, and adventure around every corner. Travel with us, as we explore the beauty and uncompromising quality of

Ready to Board August 12-19, 2021

the Bordeaux region in France. This one week excursion is a chance to dive deeper into the culture of wine, great cuisine, and the balance of world adventure.

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A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 24 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River.  Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna, which at twice the width of traditional river ships, offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options.


With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick Award for “Best for Active Cruisers” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line” and inclusion of AmaMagna in 2019 TIME “World’s Greatest Places.”

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The AMAWaterways Taste of Bordeaux River Cruise gives you the opportunity to explore France's Bordeaux region in luxury, without the hassle of searching for hotels, changing rooms, or determine transportation.  


All AMAWaterways cruises are ALL-INCLUSIVE, including:

  • accommodations
  • immersive tours in every destination
  • bike tours and hikes
  • welcome cocktails, welcome dinner, gala dinner, and more specialty events
  • all onboard meals
  • high-speed internet access
  • on-demand entertainment
  • unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
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DAY 2 


Scenic cruising


Saint-Émilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting

OR Saint-Émilion Excursion

OR Château de Vayres

OR Saint-Émilion bike tour and wine tasting




Bastide town and market visit

OR Fronsac wine tasting

OR Château Boutinet hike with wine and tapas tasting


Free Evening




Citadel visit

OR Blaye bike tour towards Les Etauliers

OR Blaye to Bourg bike tour


Bourg walking tour, Carriage Museum and WWII Petrol Cistern

Exclusive wine festival



Cussac Fort Medoc

Medoc Grand Cru Classé wine tasting and scenic vineyard tour


OR Lynch Bages Village visit & local specialties tasting

OR Soulac-sur-Mer excursion




Roquetaillade Castle with Sauternes wine tasting

OR Roquetaillade and Cadillac visit

OR Sauternes wine tasting

OR Cadillac bike tour




UNESCO city tour and market tasting

OR Bordeaux bike tour


Bordeaux Cite du Vin visit

OR Bassins de Lumières show


Illuminations cruise





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Steve Cass began his journey into wine after retiring from Charles Schwab in 1999. Originally planning great escapades of sailing the world with his beautiful wife, Alice, the dream quickly shifted to an adventure not requiring sturdy sea-legs and a wandering spirit.

Beginning an exploration of Paso Robles, CA, Steve discovered a new passion that sated his craving for adventure while letting his family put down deep roots. Forever the heart of an investor, the sweet little burgeoning wine country offered the thrill of new feats. In 2000, Alice and Steve established the 145 acre CASS Vineyard.

A fateful trip to South Africa with his contractor, and now business partner, Ted Plemons, fleshed out the full dream of the Vineyard. Syrah inspired late-night conversations led them to the steps of the University of Stellenbosch where they vetted their first winemaker and the journey of true, old-world winemaking began.


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Check back often, as we get ready to launch something new at CASS.

As we prepare this new project, we will be adding an additional adventure prior to the cruise. This will be an intimate 4 day VIP French chateaux stay that will include oenophile and culinary experiences.


Stay tuned to hear more, or click the button below to be added to a waitlist for more information.

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7350 Linne Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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11AM - 5:00PM Daily
Cafe Service
11AM - 5:00PM Daily


tel: 805.239.1730
fax: 805.227.2889