FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is ASTA Global River Cruise Expo and where will it be taking place?

A: This one-of-a-kind event is an ASTA first to bring together our River Cruise partners from all over the world in one place to showcase the latest and greatest in their fleets for ASTA members.

  • Destination: Budapest, Hungary
  • Dates: March 16-20, 2022

Q: What’s included in my registration?

A: Your registration comes with a multitude of perks listed below.

  • Special Rates at Host Hotel: As a registered attendee, you’ll have access to ASTA rates at our host hotel.
  • Complimentary City Sightseeing Tours around Budapest
  • Organized Ship Inspections of many River Cruise ships at nearby piers
  • Most Meals: Breakfast included at your hotel each day, Lunch and Welcome Reception on March 16, Lunch and Dinner on the River Cruise Ships on March 17, Lunch on the River Cruise Ships on March 18, Lunch on the Sightseeing Tours and Closing Reception on March 19  
  • Travel Discounts on air from our travel partners
  • Education to help you gain exclusive destination and river cruise selling knowledge through training seminars
  • Connections to the BDMs and VPs of the partnering river cruise brands through our trade show
  • Pre/Post River Cruise opportunities available at an additional cost

Q: How do I register a colleague or guest?

A: It's easy. Simply fill out the Registration Form for them and select "Non-Industry Guest" or "Travel Advisor" if they are a colleague. You can register your cabin guest when registering for your Post River Cruise FAM but they must be signed up for the Expo via the registration form first. Only Travel Advisors can book the Post Cruises and add on guests to their cabin booking.  

Q: I missed the previously live webinars about this event. Can I watch the recordings somewhere?

A: Absolutely! All webinar recordings can be found at asta.org/videoresources.

Q: Will you be offering pre-educational journeys?

A: ASTA will not be hosting pre-educational journey. However, have partner with local vendors for attendees to coordinate pre-journeys with. You can find more information under the educational journeys page.

Q: Do I need to have travel insurance to attend the Expo or participate in a post-cruise?

A:  Travel insurance is not required but is recommended. A travel insurance plan covers unexpected costs incurred before or during your trip. It helps protect your trip investment with coverages like trip cancellation and interruption, medical expense and evacuation, lost or delayed baggage, and even Covid related illness disruptions. Check with your travel insurance company of choice to be sure you have a complete understanding of your coverage.

Q: Are COVID-19 vaccinations and masks required to participate in a post-event cruise?

A: Each cruise line's vaccination and mask requirements apply to ASTA Global River Expo post-cruises. Please visit the company's website for complete details.

  •  A message from AmaWaterways: AmaWaterways continuously monitors the regulations of the countries we are visiting regarding travel requirements. At this time, each country is making its decisions regarding the requirement of a booster. Due to recent government-imposed restrictions, it is likely that as we approach Spring travel, many countries will begin requiring boosters. For that reason, we are highly recommending that all in attendance have their boosters done before travel.

Q: Are COVID-19 vaccinations and masks required to participate in ship inspections and meals on board ships?

A: The participating river cruise lines require all attendees boarding their ships be fully vaccinated. Should you not have proof of vaccination, you will not be able to enjoy ship inspections or meals on-board. 

Q: Will there be COVID testing available for departures from Hungary?

A: We are working with our partners in Hungary to schedule COVID testing for attendees for departure travel upon completion of the Expo. More information will be announced to attendees when available. If you are sailing on one of the post-cruises purchased through our event website, please check with the River Cruise company you are sailing on for more details.

Q: Who can I contact if I have questions?

A: Please email meetings@asta.org for any event related questions.

Q: Where can I learn more about ASTA events?

A: Please asta.org/events to learn more about our upcoming events.

Q: I would like more information on exhibiting at ASTA Global River Cruise Expo. Who should I contact?

A: Please email exhibit@asta.org for more information on exhibiting.

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Ship Inspections, Post River Cruise FAMs & City Sightseeing Tours 


Q: How do I register for the Ship Inspections and meals?

A: Registration for the Ship Inspections and Meals onboard the river cruise ships will open in early 2022. Registered attendees will receive an email when they can go into the Attendee Service Center to sign up. Learn more about the Ship Inspections here.

Q: How do I register for the City Sightseeing Tours?

A: Registration for the City Sightseeing Tours will open in early 2022. Registered attendees will receive an email when they can go into the Attendee Service Center to sign up. Learn more about the Sightseeing Tours here.

Q: How do I register for the Post River Cruise FAMs?

A: You can register for all Post Cruise FAMs while registering for ASTA Global River Cruise Expo or, in the Attendee Service Center, if you are already registered. The only cruise NOT in the ASTA Registration Form is the Emerald Sun, you can find the booking link for this post-FAM on the HOME page of the Attendee Service Center. 

Q: Can guests attend the pre/post river cruises?

A: Guests are allowed to attend our post-cruises. They must be a registered guest for the Global River Cruise Expo and they must be accompanied by an ASTA member who is registered for the Expo events March 16-20, 2022. A guest is someone who is not a travel advisor and is typically not tied to working in the travel industry. For example a spouse/partner, family member, or friend.

Information to Help You Pack & Plan


Q: Which airport would you recommend flying into?

A: Budapest Airport (BUD) Budapest, 1185 Hungary

Q: What is the typical weather like in Budapest in March?

A: The average high-temperature, in March, is 11.1°C (52°F), while the average low-temperature is 3.3°C (37.9°F). (Source )

Q: What is the dress code?

A: The dress code for events taking place during the days is business casual with comfortable shoes. All sightseeing activities are casual dress with comfortable walking shoes.

ASTA is committed to providing you a safe experience during our in-person events. As of October 1st, 2021, ASTA requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR COVID test at least 72 hours prior to attend our events. Proof of vaccination and negative test will be collected upon arrival to the event venue. Click to view our current Health & Safety Guidelines.

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