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Amawaterways Honored with Calabasas 2019 Business of the Year Award

Travel Agent News for AmaWaterways

CALABASAS, CA – (November 25, 2019) – AmaWaterways today proudly announced that it was selected to receive the 2019 Business of the Year Award from the city of Calabasas. President, Co-founder and Co-owner, Rudi Schreiner was on hand at the November 7th State of the City Address to receive the award from Calabasas Mayor David J. Shapiro. The evening event held at the Calabasas High School Performing Arts Education Center was attended by councilmembers, residents and notable figures from the local business community.


“We’re incredibly honored to have AmaWaterways recognized by the Calabasas community. Not only is our international headquarters, with over 200 people, located here but as co-founders, Kristin Karst and I, are also heavily engaged with the local business community and make nearby Westlake Village our home,” said Schreiner. “Since starting AmaWaterways in 2002, residents of Calabasas and the surrounding communities have become some of our most loyal river cruise guests. Their support along with travel advisors in the area have helped us grow to the 24-fleet river cruise company that we are today.”


This past September, Schreiner and Karst were also honored to have been the recipients of the prestigious Travel Vanguard Award which AFAR magazine bestows to recognize leaders who not only help shape the future of travel but harness the power of travel to make the world a better place for future generations.


With the dynamic duo of Schreiner and Karst at the helm, AmaWaterways has earned a reputation for transforming the river cruise industry by introducing innovative ship design, creating enriching and immersive shore excursions, and providing award-winning cuisine, fine locally sourced wine and attentive, personalized guest service. They were the first to introduce active hiking and biking excursions to the rivers and have recently pioneered a comprehensive wellness program onboard their fleet.    This year marked a banner year for AmaWaterways with the introduction of three new ships to its award-winning fleet, including the revolutionary AmaMagna, which is twice the width of traditional river cruise ships and has redefined luxury river cruising.


Stories about AmaWaterways’ co-founders can be found on or inAFAR magazine’s November/ December 2019 issue, as well as on


For full details, or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your preferred Travel Advisor, call 1.800.626.0126 or visit Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.



About AmaWaterways


A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 24 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River.  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 Editor’s Pick Award for “Best for Active Cruisers” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line” and inclusion ofAmaMagna in 2019 TIME “World’s Greatest Places.”