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AmaWaterways Announces Suspension of Remaining 2020 River Cruise Season

AmaWaterways Announces Suspension of Remaining 2020 River Cruise Season

Luxury River Cruise Line Suspends Scheduled River Cruises in

Europe, Asia, and Africa Through the End of the Year


CALABASAS, CA – (October 16, 2020) AmaWaterways today announced the suspension of its remaining 2020 river cruise season, including all regularly scheduled departures in Europe, Asia, and Africa. This suspension does not apply to the chartered river cruise series on the Rhine that has been in operation since July.


To accommodate those booked on a 2020 affected sailing, the leading river cruise line has offered a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equal to 115 percent of the value of AmaWaterways purchased services, allowing guests to reschedule their luxurious river cruise in Europe, Asia, or Africa through December 31, 2022.


“We are so thankful for the patience and understanding of our guests and travel advisor partners,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “Although this year has brought many unprecedented challenges, it has also underscored the importance of facing these obstacles with flexibility and optimism. We are confident that our 2021 and 2022 river cruise season will create incredible experiences and cherished memories that are well worth the wait!”


As a debt-free company in a position of financial strength, AmaWaterways remains focused on the future and has its European fleet and crew ready to resume sailing in spring 2021, as long as international travel restrictions are lifted and guests can travel safely. The pent-up demand for intimate river cruise vacations continues to rise among travelers who appreciate the personalization and security that comes with cruising on luxurious, small ships traveling on inland waterways to less-visited towns and villages. Of particular interest is the award-winning and ultra-spacious AmaMagna, offering suites 355 to 710 sq ft, four restaurants and an expansive Zen Wellness Studio, sailing the upper and lower Danube with a host of exclusive experiences included.


In 2021, the river cruise line will introduce two new ships to the Rhine and five new itineraries and land programs throughout Europe.  Additionally, AmaWaterways will return to the Nile river onboard the newly designedAmaDahlia for the Secrets of Egypt & The Nile itinerary where guests will experience the marvelous history of Egypt and visit highly sought-after destinations.


Guests and travel advisor partners can view the latest updates


To book an AmaWaterways river cruise for a client, visit the Travel Advisor Portal on or call 1.800.626.0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at, Instagram@AmaWaterways, Twitter @AmaWaterways, and YouTube



About AmaWaterways


A family-owned company celebrating 18 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 25 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Saône (2021), Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe and Nile Rivers (2021).  Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies;” its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch ofAmaMagna, which at twice the width of traditional river ships, offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options.


With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic’s 2019 Editor’s Pick Award for “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best for Active Cruisers,” 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line” and inclusion of AmaMagna in 2019 TIME “World’s Greatest Places.” In addition, 18 river cruise ships in its European fleet have earned the Green Award certification, recognized for industry-leading safety, quality and environmental performance.