World Rivers Day is right around the corner on September 29.   The luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways acts as good stewards on behalf of Europe’s most traveled rivers. Throughout the years, AmaWaterways has demonstrated a commitment to the preservation of rivers, especially through thoughtful design. Responsibility towards the environment forms the foundation on which AmaWaterways’ ships are built, and eco-tourism is one of the top priorities that drives AmaWaterways’ engineering by president and co-founder, Rudi Schreiner.

 

The new AmaMagna operates on a 10-engine system that allows for less fuel usage and noise. Even though the revolutionary ship is twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, the new configuration of the engines has reduced fuel consumption by 20-25%, depending on river conditions. This is a first for the river cruise industry, one that AmaWaterways is proud to introduce. Additional environmentally-conscious design elements include:

  • LED lights throughout the ship
  • Special insulated windows that reduce energy needs for heating and cooling
  • Paper straws to reduce plastic usage
  • Power locks to plug into a port's power supply instead of running generators
  • A new fresh water storage system to reduces chemical usage
  • A water purification plant with more than 420 tons of water onboard
  • Solar heating system

Who says you can’t stay fit on vacation? Today more than ever, travelers are seeking a way to stay healthy while on the road without sacrificing a great getaway somewhere fabulous and scenic with awesome amenities, indulgent food and beverages, fun destination activities and more. From Washington State all the way to the west coast of Mexico, a few upscale resort properties are catering to fit-focused travelers with unique exercise opportunities that help showcase the best each destination has to offer.

Suncadia Resort
 Hikes, Bikes & Brews in Washington
, A Destination Hotel / Cle Elum, Washington

Adventurous fitness junkies can explore , A Destination Hotel, located just 80 miles outside Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, and surrounded by 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape all year long. With 40 miles of groomed trails and maps available on property, in the fall months hiking and biking are energizing ways to enjoy that fresh alpine air. Bring your own equipment or rent them from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at The Inn. 8-mile guided Bike + Brew tours are also available which take guests through Suncadia’s lush green forest and Nelson Farm, stopping at the historic Roslyn Cemetary and concluding with a pit stop at WA’s oldest continuously operating saloon, The Brick Tavern, for a local craft beer. Cap off the weekend escape at The 1,000 Steps project, climb the 21 flights of stairs from the Lodge to the Cle Elum River for one last workout before heading home. 

W Punta de Mita
Practice Your Paddle with Pros in Mexico 
 / Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
A chic beach resort located on one of the best surf breaks in Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit, is situated on an ideal stretch of beach perfect for surfers of all levels. The resort pays homage to the area’s local surf culture with decor touches like beds with headboards made of surfboards and amenities. Guests who want to practice their paddle can visit the resort’s beachside WAVE Surf Shop, which offers private and group surf lessons complete with souvenir GoPro photos. The lessons are taught by locals (most of which have been surfing the area since childhood) not to mention the convenience of getting up out of bed and right into the water as WAVE's just steps away from guest rooms. After a day on the water, guests can pamper themselves with locally inspired spa treatments at the resort’s AWAY spa, or feast on fresh made-to-order ceviche from a vintage 1950’s Chevy truck turned beachside bar.
 
El Mangroove
SUP under the stars in Costa Rica
, Autograph Collection / Papagayo, Costa Rica
Tucked between a tropical forest lined with virgin mangroves and one of the best beaches in Costa Rica's coveted Gulf of Papagayo, offers a tranquil escape for guests looking to explore the area’s incredible natural surroundings, especially at night. The 85-suite boutique hotel features a bohemian-inspired design with indigenous decor influences, a gorgeous spa with outdoor bungalows, a sweeping infinity pool with private cabanas, and guest room suites with touches like in-room hammocks and see-through showers lined with caña brava wood made from local sugarcane. Travelers who love to SUP and are looking for some nighttime fun can opt for a guided glow-in-the-dark paddle boarding tour that takes place on the bay right in front of the hotel. The tour begins at sunset and continues into the moonlight, with LED lights on the paddle boards reflecting the saltwater with kaleidoscopic colors.
School is about to start, but summer is still upon us and it will be for much longer in warm and sunny Puerto Vallarta. At  travelers can enjoy the new “Sunshine in a Bottle” package.
“Sunshine in a Bottle” package includes a full size bottle of the resorts very own CasaMagna tequila, and what’s better is that the rates start at only $160/night - it’s a steal! Additional package details include: 
  • Deluxe room with a private balcony
  • $25 daily resort credit
  • Daily breakfast buffet for two

The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is situated on a sandy strip along Banderas Bay, against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Madre Mountains. A charming, friendly town with an authentic Mexican vibe, Puerto Vallarta offers a vibrant culinary and arts scene, highlighted by local festivals such as the Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival and the Guadalupe Processions, honoring the town’s patron saint. When guests aren’t out exploring, they can experience tequila tastings led by the resort’s own Tequila Sommelier - the resort is one of a few in the world to produce a proprietary brand of tequila.  For pure relaxation, the Ohtli Spa fuses both the latest in spa offerings with Huichol tribal tradition and offers treatments such as the Thai massage or Jantzu Rebirth Therapy experience.  Guests can wind down the day at the resort’s beachside Las Casitas with tableside guacamole and cocktails, as the sun sets over the Pacific.


Book it! Valid to book through September 30, 2018, for stays August - December 20, 2018 when you use promo code P53. For more information, visit.

Step back in time with new four-hour historic tour and tasting experience

RICHMOND, B.C. – Step back in time to 1914 with your guide, John Thomas, a fisherman from the historic fishing village of STeveston, in a brand-new historic tour: The Steveston Heritage Experience.

Produced in partnership by the Steveston Historical Society, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Interurban Tram and the Steveston Museum and Tourism Richmond’s Pacific. Authentic. Scholarship, this new experience ties together the four historic sites in a progressive story led by a professional interpreter.

“This is exactly why we created the Pacific. Authentic. Scholarship,” says Nancy Small, chief executive officer of Tourism Richmond. “We’re so proud to award the scholarship to this group of talented professionals. The Steveston Heritage Experience is a perfect example of collaboration and partnership to create a brand-new experience for visitors to enjoy in our city. The tour flows seamlessly with an integrated story led by the talented Andrew Wade telling the history of Steveston and Richmond. Visitors won’t be disappointed.”

“We’re excited to share Steveston’s history and culinary charms in the new tour,” said Linda Barnes, chair of the board of the Steveston Historical Society. “There’s so much to explore here, for both residents and tourists and the new Heritage Experience will hopefully give them a different perspective of the fishing village.”

The Steveston Heritage Experience include:

  • The Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site – Visitors step back in time as they tour the community of boatyards, canneries, residences and stores room a time when fishing and boatbuilding were flourishing industries on the Fraser River.
  • Steveston Interurban Tram – Learn about Tram Car 1220, one of only seven British Columbia Electric Rail operated trams left. Tram Car 1220 tells the story of Richmond’s transportation heritage and how one rail line helped develop the City of Richmond we know today.
  • Steveston Museum – Housed inside Steveston’s first bank and adjacent to the Japanese Fisherman’s Benevolent Society Building, visitors will learn more about the Nikkei history in Steveston.
  • Gulf of Georgia National Historic Site – The tour ends at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, where visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the historic cannery and learn how the once-thriving fishing industry lured people from vast cultural backgrounds to Canada’s west coast in the late 1800s.

At each attraction, carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will be served, offering visitors a literal taste of life from 1914, culminating with a classic favourite: delicious seafood chowder from Pajo’s Fish & Chips, paired with a craft brew of the day from Steveston’s Britannia Brewing Co. It’s the perfect way to travel back in time while keeping your taste buds fully entertained.

This highly-anticipated tour will launch in the fall, with a public tour on October 6, with more public tours scheduled for 2019. Join the Steveston Heritage Tour and embark on a cultural journey of Steveston’s historic sites.

Ticket sales are open and cost $80 per person. 19+ only.

For more information about the Steveston Heritage Experience, or to book tickets, please visit 

If you would like to experience this tour, please Lesley Chang, Communications Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 604-821-5482.

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