60 students can win a European river cruise


The “Discovery Crew” competition runs from August 23 to September 23, 2022.

AAA is bringing back a popular competition for 8th graders, where winners are taken on a week-long educational river cruise around Europe. There is no cost to enter the contest and the prize includes cruise, airfare, travel insurance and money for passports – for the student and one parent or guardian.

The “Discovery Crew” competition begins on Tuesday August 23rd and is offered by AAA – The Auto Club Group, AmaWaterways and Allianz Global Assistance. Up to 60 winning students will be chosen from the competition, which is open to students from the 14 states selected by The Auto Club Group (including Georgia).

“AAA is thrilled to be offering this contest for the second time in conjunction with our long-time partners AmaWaterways and Allianz,” said Deborah Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The Discovery Crew competition and journey is inspired by our belief in the transformative power of travel and our desire to expand children’s worldviews.”



“For many young students, this can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Haas continued. “So, we urge them to enter the competition. The winners will join us for a week-long cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium. During their stay, students will learn about the diverse people and cultures of the region and make new friends. Ultimately, our hope is to instill a love of travel in generations to come.

This is the second Discovery Crew competition, organized by AAA – The Auto Club Group and its partners. The inaugural competition took place in 2018, with the trip culminating the following year. Natalie Stewart, a former winner, describes what the trip meant to her:

“The Discovery Crew trip was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. The tours were engaging and I learned so many new things about European history and architecture. My favorite part of the trip was traveling with other kids my age. I made lifelong friends and had a great time, even just having dinner on the boat. The trip broadened my horizons and allowed me to see a part of the world I never thought I would see. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity!

Contest details

• The competition runs from August 23, 2022 to September 23, 2022
• Students must register online at AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew

To be eligible, students must:

• Be at least 13 years old at the start of the competition.
• Be in grade 8 and in good standing.
• Reside in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin or parts of Illinois, Indiana or Minnesota. Visit AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew to confirm eligibility.
• Be prepared to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at the time of the cruise.

*Students are NOT required to be AAA members or purchase anything to participate.

Winners will be selected based on:

• A creative selfie that showcases their passion for travel.
• Their answers to three essay questions on travel.

The price includes :

• A one-week educational river cruise from March 12 to 19, 2023.
• Students will fly to Amsterdam, where they will board the AmaWaterways vessel AmaLucia.
• The ship will sail from Amsterdam through the Netherlands and Belgium, before returning to Amsterdam.
• The price also includes return flights to Amsterdam, travel insurance and money for passports.

Winning students will bring a parent or legal guardian to serve as a chaperone. Each pair will share a cabin while sailing on the AmaWaterways vessel “AmaLucia”.

Winners will be notified starting in October.

Contest Rules

No purchase necessary. Legal residents of specific zip codes served by The Auto Club Group in the United States who are at least 13 years old and are 8th graders in good standing at their school at the time of enrollment. Void where prohibited. Contest closes 9/23/22. For official rules, prize descriptions and eligible zip codes, visit AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew. Sponsors: The Auto Club Group, 1 Auto Club Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126; AmaWaterways, 4500 Park Granada, Calabasas, CA 91302; and Allianz Global Assistance (a brand of AGA Service Company), 9950 Maryland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233.


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