As AmaWaterways enters a second decade of leading the way in the booming river cruise industry, their momentum in keeping their level of excellence at the top continues unabated. From the very inception, the founders of AmaWaterways set out to create the best and most luxurious river cruise vacation, indeed one that would satisfy a wide variety of travelers who would then want to experience it in other parts of the world. River cruising has exploded in the last six years and has spawned a revolution in industry, with programs and companies popping up all around the world.
Rudi Schreiner, President and Co-Owner of AmaWaterways, proved highly prescient in his vision of what river cruising could become. Teaming up with Jimmy Murphy, founder of Brendan Vacations, and Kristin Karst, a river cruise veteran, proved a highly competent and powerful combination that has forged a company dedicated to excellence in everything!
Currently operating 15 luxury river cruise ships all over Europe, in Russia, along the Mekong River in Vietnam-Cambodia and in Africa on the Chobe River, AmaWaterways' gets both the little and big things right. From large staterooms to unlimited bottled water; from shore excursions to escorted bike tours; from unlimited Internet access on a state-of-the-art of in stateroom Infotainment system to free flowing local beer and wine during meals; from gourmet food made from local acquired fish, meat and produce to nightly entertainment; all this and more will be found on an AmaWaterways River Cruise.
With five new and exciting itineraries, AmaWaterways has expanded their extensive product line for 2013 and will add another ship, AmaPrima, to an annually expanding fleet. AmaPrima was inspired by classic ocean yachts and will provide the most distinctive river cruise experience. Fitted with a number of unique design elements, such as a glass elevator, the AmaPrima boasts spacious staterooms up to 350 sq. ft. and the exclusive AmaWaterways "Twin Balconies. Like the AmaCerto, launched in May 2012 to critical acclaim, the AmaPrima has a Sun Deck swimming pool with a "swim-up" bar.
River cruising is quiet simply the fastest growing and probably least known segments in the tourism industry. In a December 31 article at Luxury Travel Advisor.com, Ruthanne Terrero's Five Hot Trends in Travel started with number 1 "Our friends went a river cruise" blurb. Targeted at travel agents, Terrero noted that "the concept of river cruising has viral. If your client hasn't taken one, their neighbors have. The sector has a mystique to those who haven't gone yet. It has broad appeal as well, since they're hearing how easy it is to get off an on the vessels and be in the middle of a charming European village."
New AmaWaterways river cruise itineraries include Jewels of France, a fantastic two-river cruise affair on Rhone and Seine Rivers in France that starts in Barcelona and ends in Paris; Paris and Normandy with a 7-night Seine River Cruise that ends with two nights in Paris; Enticing Douro, which starts with 3-nights in Lisbon and is followed by 7-night cruise through the Douro Valley of Portugal; Port Wine & Flamenco, a terrific vacation that starts with 3 -nights in Madrid, followed by 7-night Douro Valley river cruise and finished by 3-nights in Lisbon; and finally Impressions of France and Portugal, a blockbuster three-week vacation that begins with a 7-night cruise on Seine River and then a flight to Lisbon for a 4-night stay that is followed by 7-night Douro Valley river cruise.
Part 1 of 2 of AmaWaterways Christmas Time River Cruise from Prague to Budapest.
AmaWaterways is moving into is second decade of operatinging back on an award winning 2011 which saw their fleet expanded to 15 of the most luxurious river cruise ships in the industry. The AmaCerto and Zambezi Queen, launched in 2012, will be followed by the AmaPrimra, in 2013. Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the AmaPrima -- set to debut in 2013 -- will provide the most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator is one of the unique design elements found onboard, as well as our exclusive "Twin Balconies." The beautifully-decorated and spacious accommodations range in size up to 350 sq. ft. Relax in a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a "swim-up" bar; enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues. The ship also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.
While adding new ships every year, AmaWaterways is always retrofitting existing ships with the latest amenities, upgrades and inventions. With a commitment to bring the best in river cruise vacations, AmaWaterwayshas always and will always lead the way in unparalleled on-board services that are constantly fine-tuned for the highest customer satisfaction. These factors, combined with a slate of new itineraries and specialty programs such as extremely popular Wine River Cruises, which were launched in 2010, had made AmaWaterways the front runner in this burgeoning new segment of the travel business.
Over the years AmaWaterways garnered a number of Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly, picked up an Award of Excellence form Luxury Travel Advisor, a Cruise Passenger Readers Choice Award in Australia for Best River Ship and was recognized for its Twitter account that put AmaWaterways on the list of "The Top 25 Online Cruise Vacation Influencers" by Influencers in Travel.
Award-winning AmaWaterways provides luxurious, all-inclusive river cruise vacations on the world's great waterways. Founded in 2002 by cruise industry pioneer Rudi Schreiner, cruise line executive Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, founder of Brendan Vacations, AmaWaterways operates its innovative, custom-designed vessels on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel rivers in Europe; the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia and the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.
The AmaWaterways fleet in Europe features amenities such as spacious staterooms with French balconies or revolutionary "Twin Balconies"; plush down bedding, marble-appointed baths; complimentary high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi; first-run hit Hollywood movies; complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, complimentary bottled water; gourmet dining in multiple venues (AmaBella); nightly entertainment; complimentary small group shore excursions tailored to passengers' desired walking pace; guided bicycle tours and much more.
In 2011 AmaWaterways introduced the new 161-passenger AmaVerde in Europe, the newly-redesigned 212-passenger AmaKatarina on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia and the new 124-passenger AmaLotus on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. In 2012 they added AmaCerto in Europe and Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River in Africa, and in 2013 the AmaPrima will join the European fleet.
AmaWaterways Included Features:
7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodations in an Outside Stateroom; Most staterooms with large French Balconies;Jewish Heritage Tours with specialized guides; Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary; Infotainment System in all Staterooms with Free Internet, Hollywood Hit Movies, Music Library and English Language TV Stations; Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush Bedding in all Staterooms; Superb Dining with all Meals included on board; Free-flowing Red & White Wines from Europe's great Wine Regions, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship; Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily; Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner; Special Highlights including Folklore, Dances, Lectures, Theme Dinners, onboard Music Performances and afternoon & evening Piano Music; Use of Bicycles to explore on your own; Services of a Professional Cruise Manager; All English Language on board in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck); All Transfers included with the Purchase of Cruise, Land & Air package; All local Taxes
For more info about river cruising with AmaWaterways in Europe, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa go to www.AmaWatewaysPR.com.