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AmaWaterways Named Best River Cruise Line by AFAR Magazine

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AmaWaterways’ Christens its 20th ship AmaLea in May 2018



CALABASAS, CA – (October 11, 2018) AmaWaterways today announced that it has been chosen as the Best River Cruise by AFAR magazine for its 2018 Travelers’ Choice Cruise Awards. This marks the second consecutive year that AFAR magazine readers have voted AmaWaterways higher than any other river cruise line.


“AmaWaterways strives to offer unforgettable trips that are memorable and meaningful, as well as fine-tuned to individual guest’s preferences,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways; executive vice president and co-owner. “We’re thrilled to be voted by AFAR’s readers as the top river cruise line, and we’re proud to continue earning recognition for our efforts to provide the best in river cruise travel.”


Produced by AFAR magazine, the Travelers’ Choice Awards reflect the tastes of their affluent, influential and well-traveled audience. AFAR’s editorial team selected finalists from the top contenders after which more than 100,000 votes were cast for the cruises that best captured the audience’s imagination and inspired their travel plans.


The honor adds to an impressive list of awards that AmaWaterways has received this year. In addition to the title of Best River Cruise by AFAR, the premier river cruise line was also ranked as one of the top five river cruise lines in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. AmaWaterways’ own AmaKristina also received the coveted No.1 ranking in the Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA Travel Guide, well-regarded as the leading authority for cruises and cruise ships. In addition to the first ranking, AmaWaterways’ ships secured five more placements on the top ten list.


“It’s an honor to receive this top recognition,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Our entire team is excited to build upon our success of this year and continue to deliver an unmatched product. 2019 will be a banner year for AmaWaterways, as we’re set to debut three new ships – the most since the company’s inception.”


A family-owned company, AmaWaterways has earned a reputation for transforming the river cruise industry by introducing innovative ship design, wellness activities, creating authentic and experiential shore excursions and providing award-winning food, wine and service.


For more information or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your travel advisor, visit or call (800) 626-0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.



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” and 2017 AFAR Reader’s Choice Awards “Best River Cruise Line.