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AmaWaterways Rolls Out Fleetwide Wellness Program in Celebration of Global Wellness Day

Travel Agent News for AmaWaterways and Wellness Travel


CALABASAS, CA – (June 8, 2018) – As the pioneer in active river cruising, AmaWaterways today announced the expansion of its popular Wellness Program, which will go fleetwide across Europe* and Southeast Asia in 2019. Led by professionally trained Wellness Hosts, guests are invited to take part in a transformative, immersive journey that nourishes the mind, body and spirit.


“The Wellness Program is very close to my heart, as I believe so strongly in the importance of integrating regular exercise and healthy eating into our day-to-day lives, and it shouldn’t have to stop while having fun on vacation,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “I have had the pleasure of working with our Sports Scientist and Corporate Wellness Host, Selina Wank, over the past two years, where together we successfully piloted our first program onboardAmaLyra in 2017. This year, we brought on six new Wellness Hosts, and we are all very much looking forward to the continued excitement as more travelers are able to experience our Wellness Program in 2019 and beyond!”


The Wellness Program is led by a dedicated Wellness Host on each ship, who is committed to inspiring individuals to mindfully achieve their fitness goals, or set new ones, in new and engaging ways…even while on vacation. During their cruise, guests will have the opportunity to participate in group fitness classes – such as stretching, core strengthening and resistance band training – and informative lectures and discussions related to holistic wellness. Additional Signature classes like yoga, Pilates and circuit training may also be offered. On shore, guests can take part in active excursions including guided hiking, biking and running outings through the beautiful cities and villages showcased on each itinerary.


Having the ability to exercise on the sundeck while cruising through the beautiful rivers of Europe and Asia is a very unique opportunity that not many people get to experience,” said Selina. “I am so proud to be part of this industry-leading program and even more importantly, to share my passion for health and wellness with those who travel onboard our ships.”


AmaWaterways’ Wellness Program is a recent addition to the company’s long-time health and fitness offerings, including a fleet of complimentary bicycles onboard, a fitness room, pool, and walking track, as well as a massage room and hydration station available 24/7 featuring infused citrus and gemstone waters to cleanse the body of toxins. AmaWaterways has also paved the way in incorporating healthy food options into all their menus – including accommodating specialty diets such as gluten-free, low-sodium and vegetarian options.


In 2019, guests onboard AmaMagna, AmaWaterways’ most innovative and luxurious ship to-date, will have access to the Zen Wellness Studio, lending more space for group fitness classes, lectures and personal training sessions. Additionally, cruisers will indulge in AmaMagna’s all-new Al Fresco restaurant, capturing the nature-inspired ambiance of the venue’s open-air design.


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


*The Wellness Program is not offered in Portugal.



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.”