The "Discovery Crew" contest runs from August 21 – September 21, 2018

21 August 2018
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AURORA, Ill. , (August 21, 2018) – Starting today,  eighth graders in northern Indiana can enter to win the trip of a lifetime. Sixty students will win free round trip airfare to Amsterdam, travel insurance, money for passports, and a seven-night river cruise - including all meals and excursions - through the Netherlands and Belgium.

A total of 60 students in select states will be chosen to go on what AAA calls the “Discovery Crew” cruise. From now thru September 21, 2018; students can enter for a chance to win at
“Many young students dream of taking a trip like this,” said Deborah Haas, Vice President, Travel Products and Services, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “AAA is excited to team with our travel partners AmaWaterways and Allianz in making this trip a reality for enthusiastic young travelers. The knowledge these students gain will help shape their future, while building new relationships and memories that will last a life time.”

To be eligible, students must be:
  • Entering the 8th grade in good standing
  • At least 13 years old
  • Reside in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, or select areas of Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota.
Winners will be selected based on:
  • A creative selfie, showcasing their love for travel
  • Their answers to three essay questions:
    1. Why do you want to go on this trip?
    2. How do rivers affect the communities through which they run?
    3. During the trip, you’ll meet many people. In what ways do you expect the people you meet to be similar to and different from yourself and your friends and family?
Winners will be notified beginning in October. Winning students will bring one parent or legal guardian to serve as a chaperone. Each pair will share a stateroom while sailing on AmaWaterways’ “AmaDante” river cruise ship, from March 28 – April 4, 2019.

 “This is an unbelievable opportunity for students,” Haas continued. “We encourage any and all eighth graders who have a passion for learning about other destinations and cultures to enter this contest.”

Contest Rules
 No purchase necessary. Legal residents of specific zip codes served by The Auto Club Group within the United States who are at least 13 years old and who are 8th grade students in good standing at their school at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Contest ends 9/21/18. For official rules, prize descriptions, and eligible zip codes, visit Sponsors: The Auto Club Group, 1 Auto Club Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126. AmaWaterways, 26010 Mureau Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. Allianz Global Assistance (a brand of AGA Service Company), 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233.

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at

About AmaWaterways
A family-owned company celebrating 16 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships that sail Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. The company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its 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.  Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship carries less than 162 guests. AmaWaterways offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, offering group or chartered sailings geared towards active travelers and families. Learn more at