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AmaWaterways Becomes First River Cruise Line Inducted Into Prestigious Tables et Auberges de France

AmaWaterways Becomes First River Cruise Line Inducted Into Prestigious Tables et Auberges de France

Famed French Culinary Association to Feature AmaWaterways’ Ships in its 2021 White Guide


CALABASAS, CA – (July 21, 2021) – AmaWaterways, the luxury river cruise line known for its” src=”blob:″ alt=”image004.jpg” align=”right” hspace=”12″ v:shapes=”Picture_x0020_5″ class=”Apple-web-attachment Singleton” style=”opacity: 1;”>extraordinary culinary experiences indicative of the picturesque destinations it sails through, today announced its induction into the prestigious French association, Tables et Auberges de France. Leading the induction of 20 of its ships is AmaWaterways’ highly esteemed Culinary Director, Chef Robert Kellerhals. As the first river cruise line to be honored by the association, AmaWaterways is now featured in their recently released culinary guide, Tables et Auberges de France & International 2021 White Guide.


“Culinary excellence is one of my personal passions and a key element of our river cruise experience, so we are incredibly honored and proud that our talented Culinary Director, Robert Kellerhals, and our ships have been recognized by an organization like Tables et Auberges de France, which celebrates regional flavors and locally sourced ingredients,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “As we excitingly return to the rivers this summer, we look forward to continuing to exceed culinary expectations of all who embark on their journey with us.”


Now in its 26th year, Tables et Auberges de France recognizes exceptional gastronomy by promoting the skills of passionate individuals from around the world who are committed to enhancing the treasures of local regions by offering unique and creative cuisine in harmony with culinary traditions. Today, the association boasts a selection of nearly 2,000 independent establishments, ranging from renowned top restaurants to small country inns – and now, river cruise ships.


Since the company’s inception in 2002, co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst have led the river cruise industry with the introduction of innovative ship design, new amenities like the Wellness Program and included specialty restaurants offering world-class gourmet dining. With a focus on farm-to-table offerings, Chef Kellerhals works with a team of five corporate chefs to craft innovative and visually stunning dishes using local and artisan products sourced primarily from family-run farms along the rivers.


AmaWaterways also offers engaging epicurean-focused shore excursions where guests can immerse themselves in the tastes of the region by connecting with the people, places and experiences paramount to the area’s cuisine. These range from bringing guests to a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian Banitsa pastries, ” src=”blob:″ alt=”A chef smiling at the camera Description automatically generated with medium confidence” align=”right” hspace=”12″ v:shapes=”Picture_x0020_1″ class=”Apple-web-attachment Singleton” style=”opacity: 1;”>to visiting a traditional wine-producing estate for an exclusive opportunity to learn about centuries-old winemaking methods.


“I am delighted to be inducted into Tables et Auberges de France. I constantly strive to create new, innovative culinary experiences for our guests, and I continue to be so inspired by the many destinations we visit,” said Chef Kellerhals. “The culinary world is constantly evolving and I look forward to continuing to enhance the culinary experience across AmaWaterways’ ships by incorporating new cultural influences, distinctive flavors and fresh ingredients from regional suppliers.”



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About AmaWaterways


A family-owned company celebrating 19 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, Southeast Asia’s Mekong, Africa’s Chobe River and Egypt’s Nile River (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 of AmaMagna, 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.”