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Posted by on Sep 1, 2009 in News & Press Releases |

PRIDE Travel Offers First-Ever Hetero Friendly™ European Christmas Markets River Cruise with Exclusive Buy 1 Get 1 Free DiscountP

PRIDE Travel, specialists in Cruise and River Cruise vacations, announced today its extended offer for a group aboard AMA Waterway’s Amacello from Paris to Amsterdam December 16th through the 27th. The full itinerary includes a three night stay in Paris, with transfers to embark the vessel in Trier and cruise to Amsterdam. Prices of the combined cruise and Paris land portion with included shore excursions, transfers, all meals and most beverages start at $2559 plus port charges of $98, per person. Cruise only prices for the seven nights onboard from Trier to Amsterdam are only $1899 per person plus port charges. An upgrade from a window suite to a floor to ceiling French Balcony starts at only $449 per person. Detailed itinerary, map and all the inclusions can be found online by visiting PRIDE Travel’s website and clicking the “more information” button of the right hand column featuring the cruise on the home page.

For a limited time only, travelers who make a new booking with PRIDE Travel during the promotional period from the 18th of September through the 2nd of October will receive “Buy 1 Get 1 Free”, or “Two For One” pricing on the cruise-only portion of the fare; pay the full fare for the first person, and the companion cruises for free in the same cabin. While this discount does not apply to the land portion, it offers a tremendous savings. On river cruises, most of the traditional cruise expenses are included. “We are hoping that our clients and guests will choose to take the opportunity and upgrade to a balcony suite for only $449 per person extra, making this a phenomenal bargain,” commented PRIDE Travel’s owner and COO Nathan DePetris, adding “However, the pricing on this amazing journey is such that even those who may have thought a holiday in Europe during the festivities out of reach will be able to reconsider; whether you book the balcony or the picture window suites, you’re guaranteed a spectacular time” Mr. DePetris speaks from firsthand experience. Last Christmas, both owners were on the exact ship, MS Amacello as she sailed from Nuremburg to Budapest to sample the itinerary and product in preparation for this year’s group cruise. Would-be travelers are encouraged to review Mr. DePetris’ blog entry of the journey at, {specifically }, for a taste of what’s in store.

Owner and CEO Marc Kassouf was ecstatic about the potential for the sailing:

“This began as a Gay group cruise, but in keeping with our refocused branding, the group is Hetero Friendly™, with friends, family, and all welcome. We had an amazing, incomparable time last year and invite anyone interested in Europe’s traditions and the Christmas Markets along with us this year”

One item of note: although the Christmas Markets river cruise explores the origin of the holiday traditions, it draws visitors of all faiths and backgrounds. On PRIDE Travel’s cruise last year, many travelers of Jewish faith shared the journey and camaraderie, and contributed to the onboard community that is so unique to these boutique sized vessels of opulence.

For more information about this unique vacation experience, or to plan your next trip, contact PRIDE Travel at (562) 432-3888, or online at


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Pride Travel of Long Beach, California is a full service agency specializing in cruise, tour package, villa, and condo rentals. We also offer our community the full breadth of travel products and expertise. While we cater to the needs of Gays and Lesbians in the LGBTQ community, we are ‘hetero friendly’™ and frequently book individuals, couples, and families with children on trips and vacations worldwide. Pride Travel is an award-winning agency that has been recognized for our active participation and contributions to our local and LGBTQ communities. We also hold numerous travel industry certifications and accreditations, as well as official certification by destination and country visitors’ bureaus; we are active members and certified by the Travel Institute, the Cruise Line Industry Association, and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. Original travel articles and content is contributed regularly and distributed at our blog,

PRIDE Travel’s media page can be located at For more details about our credentials, please visit our website at and click on About Us or contact Mr. Marc R. Kassouf, Owner & CEO, at 562.432.3888 or via email at Pride Travel, Mr. Kassouf and Mr. S. Nathan DePetris, Owner & COO, welcome your inquiries regarding interviews, speaking engagements, and other media collaboration

For more details about our credentials, please visit our website at and click on About Us or call at 562.432.3888.


AMAWATERWAYS is the fastest-growing river cruise line in Europe, known for its innovative product and state-of-the art vessels. The MS Amadolce and MS Amalyra join a luxurious fleet that includes MS Amacello (2008), MS Amadante (2008), MS Amalegro (2007) and MS Amadagio (2006). Another brand-new vessel, MS Amabella, is set for delivery in 2010.

Additionally, AMAWATERWAYS operates unique Destination Cruises on the Volga-Baltic Waterway from Moscow to St. Petersburg in Russia, aboard the MS Tolstoy; Portugal’s bucolic Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, aboard the MS Amadouro; and the enchanting Rhone river in Southern France, on MS Swiss Pearl.

Beginning in September 2009, the line will introduce its exclusive “Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong” program in South East Asia, which will include a 7-night Mekong river cruise on the brand-new, luxurious MS La Marguerite.

For more information about AMAWATERWAYS’ exciting fleet of vessels and new itineraries, visit the line’s website at