Innovation, Customer Experience and Care Sets AmaWaterways Above the Rest
Proudly celebrating more than 20 years on the rivers, award-winning AmaWaterways journeys through the heart of Europe, Asia and Africa while sailing the world’s most legendary rivers. Founded by Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst, and Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways has led the way in river cruising since it first began. What began as just two ships on the Danube River in 2002 has since grown to become one of the most respected and innovative river cruise companies in the world.
Guests are warmly welcomed on board and unpack just once before stepping right off their beautiful river cruise ship to explore grand capitals and charming villages in fascinating destinations across the globe. From their variety of included shore excursions such as guided hiking and biking tours, to their exquisite locally-sourced food and wine, to the pampering provided by their extraordinary crew, AmaWaterways goes above and beyond to provide your clients with an unparalleled river cruise experience.
Under the guidance of their visionary co-founders, AmaWaterways has also continuously paved the way in the river cruise industry, introducing new amenities and concepts that have surprised and delighted guests. Their leadership is highlighted by their “first in industry” amenities and experiences, from their fleet of complimentary bicycles introduced in 2006 to their view-enhancing twin-balcony staterooms, which debuted in 2010. More recent innovations include the 2019 launch on the Danube River of their flagship, AmaMagna, which boasts four unique restaurants, an expansive wellness studio and now a full-size pickleball court, as well as the line’s 45- and 46-night Seven River Journeys through 14 European countries embarking later this year. AmaWaterways will also become the first major river cruise line to ply the waters of Colombia’s magnificent Magdalena River on board two stunning newly designed ships in 2024.
Over the years, AmaWaterways has won numerous awards and accolades within the industry, receiving the title of “Luxury River Cruise Line of the Year” by Aspire Awards in 2022, the 2022 TravelAge West Wave Award for “River Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction,” Elite Traveler Magazine’s title of “The Most Innovative Cruise Lines of the 21st Century” in 2021, and more. AmaWaterways’ commitment to providing guests with an exceptional river cruise experience has earned them a loyal following of repeat guests as well as notable industry recognition.
Room to Relax
On an AmaWaterways river cruise, guests will unpack once in their spacious and elegant staterooms before exploring the regions they are sailing. Designed with comfortable luxury in mind, these beautiful staterooms provide a home away from home while on board AmaWaterways’ intimate river cruise experience.
AmaWaterways’ staterooms are accented with elegant decorations and wonderful amenities, including Entertainment-On-Demand and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a relaxing sitting area, bottled water replenished daily and incredible views. Your clients will also enjoy AmaWaterways’ signature view-enhancing twin balconies, which feature two private balconies – a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the fresh air and an outdoor balcony. AmaWaterways’ staterooms are also specially designed to maximize storage space with roomy closets and under-bed storage, ensuring guests have ample room to store their belongings – including any special souvenirs they bring back from their journeys on shore.
In addition to elegant staterooms, the AmaWaterways fleet invites guests to stretch their legs and explore the spacious public areas that the ships have to offer. Guests can relax in the lounge with a nice book or a delicious drink from the bar, soak up the gorgeous views on the Sun Deck, or take a dip the heated pool.
With elegant décor, luxurious amenities, and innovative design features, AmaWaterways’ spacious ships offer your clients an incredible range of relaxing experiences on board, cruising the world’s storied rivers in style.
A Variety of Included Excursions
AmaWaterways is committed to providing an authentic and immersive cultural experience. With a variety of included excursions at every port, guests can explore grand capitals and charming villages as if they were a local, learning about the history and culture of the regions they visit.
Carefully designed to offer guests a diverse array of immersive options, AmaWaterways ensures that their expertly crafted shore excursions provide guests with unique opportunities to discover the culture, history, and natural beauty of the destinations they visit. Each day, a variety of shore excursions are available at no extra cost, from guided hikes and bike rides to tasting tours, culinary demonstrations, museum visits and walking tours offered at three different activity levels – gentle, normal and active walking styles. Expert local guides lead guests through impressive cities and historical landmarks, passing on their knowledge of the location and its fascinating history.
AmaWaterways also offers a range of exclusive excursions, providing guests with an unforgettable and truly personalized experience they can only experience with this luxury river cruise line. From the exclusive tour of Lahneck Castle in Lahnstein, Germany, to the special Oktoberfest celebration held year-round only for AmaWaterways guests in Vilshofen, Germany, your clients will be taken off the beaten path to discover hidden gems and local treasures.
For guests who want to further customize their river cruise experience, AmaWaterways also offers a range of optional excursions for groups of 20 guests or more. These optional special interest tours showcase a variety of tours and are commissionable. From museum tours to chocolate tastings and more, AmaWaterways is dedicated to providing guests with an immersive and authentic experience of the destinations they explore.
With expertly crafted excursions, a range of options to suit different interests, and a fleet of expert local guides, AmaWaterways ensures that guests have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the destinations they visit and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Becoming Your Best Self
On AmaWaterways’ Europe river cruise journeys, guests can enjoy a range of onboard amenities and activities designed to enhance the guest experience with their Wellness Program. Focused on promoting guests’ health and wellbeing, AmaWaterways offers your clients a diverse array of opportunities to appreciate their health and well-being on their river cruise, with fitness classes, healthy dining, and spa treatments.
With the guidance of one of AmaWaterways’ exceptional Wellness Hosts, your clients will have the opportunity to participate in group fitness classes, active excursions and even a presentation on how you can better incorporate wellness into your daily life. Professionally trained and passionate about health, sports and fitness, these inspiring individuals help guests mindfully achieve their goals in engaging new ways so they can make the most out of their journey—from head to heart to toe.
AmaWaterways offers a range of fitness classes, including Champagne yoga on the Sun Deck, Pilates, stretching and more, that are designed to accommodate guests of all fitness levels. In addition, AmaWaterways’ ships feature an inclusive fitness center that includes a range of cardio and weight-training equipment, allowing guests to maintain their fitness routine while on board.
On board, guests can also take a gentler approach to wellness by indulging in a soothing massage treatment. AmaWaterways’ award-winning ships feature a spa that offers a range of treatments, including massages, facials and more. Guests can also take advantage of the ship’s whirlpool or swimming pool for a refreshing dip to relax after a fulfilling day of exploring captivating destinations.
AmaWaterways’ wellness program is designed to help guests relax, rejuvenate, and maintain their health and well-being while on board. The river cruise line offers a comprehensive wellness experience that sets them apart from others in the industry.
AmaWaterways is also known for its culinary excellence. Their European ships are members of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society – and with good reason. Their expert chefs craft menus that feature exquisite, locally-sourced cuisine as well as traditional Western offerings. Guests can also enjoy sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast, menu service during lunch, as well as delicious tapas and snacks in the Main Lounge between meals. All onboard dining, as well as unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner, is included so your clients can indulge whenever and however they would like.
AmaWaterways’ intimate Chef’s Table offers guests a multi-course tasting menu – prepared right in front of their eyes by an expert chef. Each dish arrives like an artist’s canvas with a colorful array of fresh garnishes and flavorful sauces, impeccably served with fine hand-selected local wines. Best of all, this memorable dining experience (now available throughout Europe and on the Mekong River) is included in the river cruise fare.
Taking place in the hour before dinner each evening during the river cruise, Sip & Sail Cocktail Hours not only include an array of beverages free of charge – these social events also afford guests a chance to mingle and talk about their day’s excursions with fellow travelers, inspiring many long-lasting bonds and even future travels with newfound friends from around the world.
Finally, AmaWaterways prides themselves in their extraordinary service. The genuinely warm and welcoming crew go above and beyond to ensure your clients’ journeys with us are as memorable as possible, and you can rest assured they will be well taken care of throughout their journey by AmaWaterways’ professionally trained, all English-speaking staff. Their highly trained, professional Cruise Managers are selected for their knowledge and expertise, and stay with your clients from the moment they begin their river cruise and land vacation until they board their airport transfer for home with new, unforgettable memories.
Savor Celebration of Wine Cruises
Whether your clients are wine novices or self-described oenophiles with their own wine cellars, AmaWaterways invites them to indulge in one of their more than 60 exclusive “Celebration of Wine River Cruises” through Europe’s most celebrated wine regions. These thrilling wine-themed European sailings provide a unique and delicious dimension to already enticing itineraries—with enhanced epicurean experiences included in the price of the cruise.
On these special sailings, AmaWaterways offers guests exclusive tastings and tours led by a dedicated Wine Host. Onboard, wine lectures and tastings led by expert sommeliers and winemakers await, giving guests the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the local wine culture.
In addition to wine tastings and tours, these wine cruises also feature a range of culinary experiences that showcase the local cuisine and wine pairings of the regions visited. AmaWaterways’ expert chefs use locally sourced ingredients to create delicious and innovative menus that are paired with carefully selected wines, providing guests with a full sensory experience. Guests can also purchase wines from the regions visited on their journey and have them shipped home, allowing them to continue their wine journey long after their AmaWaterways river cruise has disembarked.
The Innovative AmaMagna
A dream in the making for several years, the award-winning AmaMagna debuted on the Danube River in 2019 and quickly became the flagship of AmaWaterways’ fleet – and the talk of the industry. Twice the width of traditional river cruise ships with more than 50% of accommodations being luxurious balcony suites, AmaMagna also boasts five bars, four unique dining venues – including the vegetable-forward Al Fresco Restaurant and family-style Jimmy’s Restaurant – an expansive Zen Wellness Studio with outdoor spin bikes and an onboard cinema.
What really delights guests is the luxury of space, from the split-level Main Lounge to the atrium and Sun Deck, which features both a swimming pool and rejuvenating whirlpool. This year, AmaMagna debuts her all-new pickleball court, where guests can grab a paddle and dink the ball around with other fellow cruisers. Experience our innovative spirit by playing on the first full-size pickleball court of its kind on a river cruise ship.
AmaMagna also offers its own unique itinerary with an exclusive experience in the Austrian winemaking village of Spitz – just for AmaWaterways guests. With spacious and elegantly appointed staterooms, exceptional amenities, and cutting-edge engineering, AmaMagna sets new standards in luxury river cruising and is a must-do for discerning travelers.
Discover Opportunities Along the Rivers
All of these elements come together to create the incredible experiences that guests love about AmaWaterways river cruises. To learn more about these amazing opportunities that await you and your clients, visit AmaWaterways’ website or watch the in-depth videos on their YouTube channel.
Limited-Time Savings on Longer Journeys
AmaWaterways recently announced the extension of their unprecedented Complimentary Land Package offer. Available on select Europe or Nile River cruises reserved before June 30, 2023, this incredible offer enables your clients to add a 2-, 3- or 4-night package before or after their river cruise with AmaWaterways’ compliments. Whether your clients wish to explore Prague, the “City of Spires,” romantic Paris or even Dubai, they will stay at a leading 4- or 5-star hotel and receive daily breakfast, guided excursions, transfers and luggage handling as well as the services of a wonderful Cruise Manager – all at no extra cost. This offer is also combinable with AmaWaterways’ Combination Cruise Savings of 10% when your clients reserve a second consecutive river cruise – as well as savings of $100 per person for loyal past guests.
Not only is this offer available to FIT guests and Group bookings on select 2023 sailings, it is also available for Group bookings and now FIT guests in 2024. This special opportunity is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on building your Group business.
For all the tools you need to inspire clients to take advantage of their Complimentary Land Package Offer, including online booking tutorials, webinars and marketing toolkits, visit your Travel Advisor Portal at www.amawaterways.com/agent-home.