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AmaWaterways Receives Top Honors at 2020 Travvy Awards



CALABASAS, CA – (February 20, 2020) – In the midst of an exciting WAVE season, AmaWaterways today proudly announced it received five gold awards, including Best River Cruise Line Overall, during the sixth annual Travvy Awards gala held at Gotham Hall in New York City on February 12, 2020. Personally accepted by Co-Founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the awards included:

·       Best River Cruise Line – Overall: AmaWaterways (Gold)

·       Best Cruise Ship – River Cruise: AmaMagna (Gold)

·       Best River Cruise Line – Africa/Egypt: AmaWaterways (Gold)

·       Best River Cruise Line – Asia: AmaWaterways (Gold)

·       Best River Cruise Line – Europe: AmaWaterways (Gold)


“Ama means love and we were certainly feeling the love from our travel partners,” said Karst, executive vice president of the leading river cruise line. “These five gold awards are a testament to our entire team, who work tirelessly to ensure our guests have unforgettable river cruise vacations. We are grateful for the trust the travel advisor community continues to place in us, and we look forward to welcoming them and their clients onboard in 2020 and beyond!”


One of the most admired luxury river cruise lines in the world, AmaWaterways has earned a reputation for transforming the river cruise industry and creating authentic and inspiring cruises for every kind of traveler. As the industry continues to grow in 2020, the company is expanding its fleet with the addition of its 24th ship, AmaSiena, to the Rhine, Moselle and Main rivers, and inviting more people to consider a magical river cruise experience with AmaWaterways.


“To be recognized by our valued travel advisor partners, who are fundamental to the success of AmaWaterways, is an incredible honor,” said Schreiner, president of AmaWaterways. “AmaMagna has a special place in my heart and the reception she has received from guests and travel advisors has been so rewarding. I was thrilled to see her voted Best River Cruise Ship 2019.”


Considered the Academy Awards of the travel industry, the annual Travvy Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators for their outstanding achievements. Companies, products, destinations and attractions submit nominations to be considered annually. Winners are voted upon by those who know them best: travel advisors.


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.”