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AmaWaterways Co-Owners to Host First-Ever Founder’s Cruises

Travel Agent News for AmaWaterways and European River Cruising


CALABASAS, CA – (June 21, 2018) – AmaWaterways today announced the unique opportunity for travelers to experience the splendor of the Danube river this fall, alongside co-owners Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst. Offering two departure dates – November 17 and November 18 – guests will have the choice of joining Schreiner, the company’s president and ‘godfather of river cruising,’ or the charismatic executive vice president and champion of AmaWaterways’ Wellness Program, Kristin Karst. Each will host their seven-night cruise, and the two will come together for one special evening on each other’s ship.


“We are delighted to have the opportunity to host our longtime guests, and hopefully new cruisers, on these very special departures,” said Karst. “This is our first time offering Founder’s Cruises, and we look forward to meeting many new friends during these Thanksgiving week cruises and welcoming them into the AmaWaterways family!”


During these cruises, guests will have the opportunity to get to know the leaders of AmaWaterways, experience their passion for river cruising, and hear about what’s on the horizon for the innovative company. Additionally, cruisers will listen to exciting stories of the early days in river cruising from Rudi — perhaps about his first river experience, a raft trip along the Amazon — and learn about Kristin’s inspirational journey of moving from her home country of Germany to the U.S., taking the travel industry by storm.


Each of the Founder’s Cruises will sail the Danube Serenade itinerary, departing from the medieval city of Nuremberg and cruising along the legendary Danube River, visiting beautiful cities and towns in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria, ending in Vienna where the renowned Christmas Markets will have just opened. As on all AmaWaterways ships, the festive season is officially launched during the Thanksgiving week where guests are invited to indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving feast, toasting to new and old friends alike. In addition to enjoying wonderful meals and complimentary wine and beer, guests on board these Founder’s Cruises will have the option to take part in AmaWaterways’ popular Wellness Program, led by a dedicated Wellness Host. Besides the choice of hiking and biking excursions, guests can also participate in group fitness classes – such as stretching, core strengthening and resistance band training – and informative lectures and discussions related to holistic wellness.


To celebrate this special occasion and for a limited time only, AmaWaterways is offering their best available river-view stateroom for only $2,999* per person (Categories AA – E), mention promo code BCANOV at time of booking.


For *full details on the specific terms and conditions or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact a travel professional, visit or call (800) 626-0126.



About AmaWaterways

A family-owned company celebrating 16 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships in 2019 sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. The company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its 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 including the 2019 launch of AmaMagna, a new dimension in luxury river cruising at twice the width of traditional river ships, plus a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, offering group or chartered sailings geared towards active travelers and families.


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 Town & Country River Cruise Awards as “Best Overall,” “Best for Food,” “Best for Onboard Activities” and “Best for On-Shore Activities,” as well as 2017AFAR and Recommend magazine Reader’s Choice Awards for “Best River Cruise Line.”