Founded in 2002 by travel industry visionaries Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising with custom-designed ships, extensive amenities and enriching shore excursions that immerse travelers in the culture and history of their destination. Onboard highlights include free in-room Infortainment (Internet, Wi-Fi, movies, TV and music channels), spacious staterooms and suites, delectable cuisine, friendly service, and unlimited wine, beer and soda with every lunch and dinner.
With enticing itineraries in Europe and elsewhere around the globe – including Russia, Asia and Africa via its AmaVoyages division – AmaWaterways cruises are designed for people seeking memorable, in-depth cultural encounters. Travelers can delve into the heart of their destination with knowledgeable guides who share unique insights into the local history, people and cuisine. AmaWaterways’ diverse menu of enticing shore excursions includes city tours, guided bicycle tours, private wine tastings and other small group cultural tours.
Amawaterways also offers special themed cruises such as:
Wine Cruises: AmaWaterways was the first river cruise line to offer seasonal cruises showcasing Europe’s acclaimed wine regions along the Danube, Douro, Rhine, Rhone and Seine rivers every spring and fall. In addition to shore excursions to historic vineyards and private cellars, wine lovers of all levels enjoy entertaining onboard lectures, inspired wine and food pairings, and tastings overseen by expert wine hosts.
Jewish Heritage Cruises: Jewish Heritage Cruises offer a glimpse into the rich history of Europe’s Jewish community, with itineraries that highlight key landmarks along the Danube River in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia (with optional extensions in Prague and Budapest). Shore excursions include visits to well-known World War II sites, historic Jewish synagogues and sightseeing tours in some of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Holiday Cruises: AmaWaterways’ magical holiday cruises are a perfect way for people to spend quality time with family and friends. With sumptuous feasts, festive décor, onboard entertainment and visits to delightful centuries-old Christmas Markets in places such as Prague, Nuremberg and Vienna, a river cruise holiday promises extra special memories to savor a lifetime.
Special Charters: AmaWaterways offers a number of one-time-only theme cruises that cater to a range of very specific interests, such as a Chocolate Connoisseurs Cruise (April 2014) and Knitting New Year’s Cruise (December 2014).
Their fleet boasts 18 ships with two more being added in 2015, along with 29 different itineraries. In addition to their range of ships, itineraries, and destinations, AmaWaterways has gained attention for being one of the best in the industry. AmaWaterways has earned numerous prestigious awards and recognitions, such as Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 20 River Cruise Ships,” Virtuoso’s “Best River Cruise Line,” TravelAge West’s WAVE Editor’s Pick Award for “Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising,” Travel Weekly’s Gold Magellan Awards for its ships and for “Overall River Cruising,” and Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for “Best River Cruise,” among many others.
Reservations can be made by contacting a travel professional or by calling AmaWaterways at 800-626-0126. The company’s air department provides customized air service and has contracts with major carriers such as Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa and United Airlines.
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