AAA announces the winners of “Discovery Crew” cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium

07 March 2019

Seventeen Florida eighth graders won a contest through AAA to participate in an 8-day AmaWaterways European river cruise in March. View/download B-Roll for media

AAA Discovery Crew - Florida Winners

  • Bradenton, FL – Julia C.
  • Deltona, FL – Tyler B.
  • Lakeland, FL – Kate S.
  • Fort Pierce, FL – Madison A.
  • Leesburg, FL – Jesalyn K.
  • Jensen Beach, FL – Andrew W.
  • Satellite Beach, FL – Isabella B.
  • Jacksonville, FL – Denise S.
  • Miami, FL – Carolina D.
  • Middleburg, FL – Hailey A.
  • Mount Dora, FL – Giovana M.
  • Trinity, FL – Grace V.
  • Odessa, FL – Gabriel M.
  • Orlando, FL – Ananya V.
  • Wellington, FL – Ashlyn D.
  • Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Madison O.
  • Wesley Chapel, FL – John C.

The contest was open to all eighth graders across AAA – The Auto Club Group’s 11 states. A total of 56 winners were selected. The students won the contest by answering three essay questions and submitting a selfie showing their passion for travel. Each winner will be accompanied on the trip by a parent or guardian. Contact AAA for interviews with students.

The trip is from March 27 to April 4. Winners and chaperones will fly to Amsterdam, then sail on an AmaWaterways river cruise through Belgium and the Netherlands. AAA partnered with AmaWaterways and Allianz Global Assistance to provide the river cruise, flights, travel insurance, money for passports, and money to help offset the tax-impact of winning.

“We were amazed by the passionate responses from the many students who expressed their interest in going on this trip,” said Deborah Haas, Vice President, Travel Products and Services, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The winners chosen are different in many ways, but each shares a similar enthusiasm for travel. Soon, these students will immerse themselves in different cultures and see what it’s like to be an eighth grader in two different countries. This truly has the potential to be a life-changing experience.”

During the trip, students will follow a custom-designed itinerary with ports of call and shore excursions focused on learning about local history, art, science, nature, and food. Besides sampling local cuisine and visiting historic landmarks like the Anne Frank House, students will enjoy active hiking and biking tours that allow them to live out their passion for travel, like riding bicycles near the world-famous Holland windmills and walking through the largest flower garden on earth. On a more personal level, they will meet students at two different schools, to see what life is like as an eighth grader in Belgium and the Netherlands.

“Travel is so important to opening up understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and people, and it should start at a young age,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner AmaWaterways. “We’re thrilled to partner with AAA to offer these eighth graders a very personal and immersive river cruise on which they’ll create memories that last a lifetime!”

MEDIA NOTE – Because of their age, AAA is only publicly releasing winners’ first name and last initial. AAA will coordinate media interviews with winners upon request, pending availability.


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 9.8 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 59 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 Visit AAA on the Internet at