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AmaWaterways Named Cruise Line of the Year by CCRA Travel Commerce Network

AmaWaterways Named Cruise Line of the Year by CCRA Travel Commerce Network

CALABASAS, CA – (February 24, 2020) – AmaWaterways today proudly announced that it was named 2020 Cruise Line of the Year by CCRA Travel Commerce Network, a global hub for travel technology, marketing, accreditation and education. AmaWaterways’ Columba Calicchio, business development manager, and Sonia Maslovskaya, global trade marketing manager, accepted the award on behalf of the cruise line, during the second annual PowerSolutions National conference held February 6-9 in Fort Washington, MD.


“Providing top-level education and innovative marketing support for travel advisors and agency owners have been key elements of AmaWaterways’ success since the company was founded in 2002,” said Alex Pinelo, vice president of sales for the leading river cruise line. “We are very proud that CCRA has chosen us as their Cruise Line of the Year and believe the honor is a testament to our teams ongoing commitment to providing the best river experience for travel advisors and their clients.”


With a passion for delivering authentic and immersive river cruise vacations, AmaWaterways has earned a reputation for transforming the industry by introducing innovative ship design, creating enriching shore excursions and providing award-winning cuisine, locally sourced wine and attentive guest service. Introducing more people to the magic of river cruising with AmaWaterways, the company is expanding its fleet and introducing new itineraries on the Moselle and Main rivers in 2020 with the addition of its 24thship, AmaSiena.


Welcoming nearly 300 travel advisors and suppliers, the PowerSolutions National conference allowed attendees to connect with a community of experts and suppliers, uncover tactical advice from industry-leaders and learn how to drive a travel business in the digital age.


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

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, 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.”