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MEET THE CRUISE MANAGERS

Our highly trained, professional Cruise Managers are selected for their knowledge and expertise, and are with you from the moment you begin your river cruise and land vacation until you board your airport transfer for home.
Abel R.
Abel R. A native from Madrid, Spain, Abel holds a degree in Tourism Management. Before joining AmaWaterways, he has worked as a tour leader since 2002 in different European countries and is also a licensed local guide, showing off his hometown’s many notable sights. Abel is fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese and is conversational in French. A passionate adventure traveler, he has also volunteered for development NGOs in Africa. His interests include food and wine, diving and playing Brazilian Capoeira with friends.
Andre S.
Andre S. André S. was born in Brazil and moved to London at a very young age. He has dedicated the last 30 years of his career to Travel and Tourism and visited many places in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. He recently joined AmaWaterways where he enjoys honing his interpersonal and language skills. He speaks fluent English, Portuguese and Spanish and also conversational French. André lives in Winchester in the South of England but winters are spent in his tropical hideaway in Rio, surrounded by orchids, tropical fruit trees and his beloved dogs.
Annie L.
Annie L. Annie’s love of sailing started in her youth, on home-made rafts she used to sail on a small river near her home in the French countryside. She moved to Paris years later to study economics and languages, leading her to teach French and Italian for fifteen years. She also worked as a local tour guide and enjoyed meeting new people from all walks of life. After her son moved to college, Annie decided to take up sailing again, only this time it would be on river cruises with AmaWaterways. When she is not busy working as a Cruise Manager, Annie likes to sail, cook for family and friends, and to listen to classical music.
Balazs K.
Balázs K. Balázs K. started his career in tourism working in places like Greece and Tunisia, then as a tour guide in Budapest for 9 years. In 2005 he got into the river cruise business as a Cruise Manager and joined AmaWaterways in 2011. He is fluent in Hungarian, English and German, loves hiking and gardening, and currently lives in Denmark.
Camille D.
Camille D. Born in Belgium but French in nationality, Camille D. traveled with her family in her young years and lived all over France. At the age of 5 she moved to Arizona and later New York before going back to France at age 13. History and travel have always been her passion and she holds a masters degree in history from the University of Lyon, where she later became a local guide for Lyon and the Rhone region. Her greatest desire—to travel the world—is what brought her in 2016 to AmaWaterways. Fluent in English and French and truly a world citizen she recently moved to a beautiful island in the Mediterranean to add Spanish to her language portfolio.
Cesário S.
Cesário S. Born in Porto, Portugal, Cesario has dedicated the past ten years to working in the cruising industry, honing his abilities as a world class Cruise Manager. His background in Hotel Management and his multilingual skills (Portuguese, Spanish, English, German) along with his outgoing personality make him perfectly suited for the role. Wine is one of Cesario’s biggest passions— he enjoys learning about it and drinking it, of course! So much so, in fact, that he holds a diploma in wine studies from the WSET in London. Cesario thrives in fast-paced environments, keeps an active lifestyle and loves traveling around the world with his wife.
Christian A.
Christian A. Christian A. is from Düsseldorf, Germany, but considers Brazil his second home. During the winter season he stays in Brazil with his two children, Luan and Madana, and during the regular working season he lives in Germany. He started working for AmaWaterways 2009. In his spare time, Christian likes to read history, philosophy and literature, and he also enjoys many sports, particularly swimming (he competes in open water marathons in Brazil). He has traveled all around the world and speaks fluent German, English, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as French and Italian.
Csaba T.
Csaba T. Csaba was born in Hungary, studied Tourism and Journalism, and traveled throughout Australia and the US before working as a local guide in Budapest. He joined AmaWaterways in 2008. Csaba enjoys swimming and yoga and speaks English and German.
When I'm asked about river cruising people ask me why I prefer AmaWaterways. My answer is that they just do things better and take care of so many details that make the experience amazing. It's a line I can put my full faith in to deliver the best experience possible.
KYLE T. - PHILADELPHIA, PA
Debbie A.
Debbie A. Argentina native Debbie Asayag de Albrecht holds a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management, and has been in the travel industry since 2001. Fluent in English and Spanish, and conversant in Portuguese and German, Debbie loves to dance and sing, and has been known to serenade our passengers! She's been with AmaWaterways since 2005 and currently lives in Ingolstadt, Germany.
Dejan S.
Dejan S. Dejan studied economics and holds a Master's Degree in European Union Integration, yet realised very early that his real passions were travelling and working with people. He started his career in the travel industry working for the leading UK tour operator, TUI, looking after guests in ski and beach resorts across Europe. His hobbies include diving, paragliding and playing sports, and he is fluent in English, Spanish, Serbian and Croatian and conversant in Russian. Dejan currently lives in sunny Barcelona, Spain.
Dragan R.
Dragan R. Dragan has a Serbian-Hungarian background and 16 years' experience in the hospitality industry. After finishing the Hotel Management School in Germany, he started cruising around the world on ocean-going vessels. Dragan joined AmaWaterways in 2010 and has been a Cruise Manager since 2011. A passionate traveler, he has visited 95 countries and is fluent in German, English and Serbian. He loves water skiing, diving and skiing in the Alps.
Edward S.
Edward S. Born in Seattle but raised all over the globe, Edward S. is passionate for travel, cultural and history. After receiving his post-graduate degree in education, Edward is now based in Budapest. He speaks fluent English and Japanese and enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle practicing yoga and Tai Chi, and is also a certified golf professional.
Eliane S.
Eliane S. Eliane was born in Germany from a French mother and a German father, grew up in France and studied Architecture before she began her career as a tour guide in Koblenz. Fluent in French, German and English and conversational in Spanish, she loves to travel and to meet people from all over the world. Eliane lives in Germany with her husband and her two children and is a passionate gardener
Frederico M.
Frederico M. After studying Hospitality and Tourism, Frederico set sail to travel the world on cruise ships. He enjoys speaking with fellow travelers, sharing his enthusiasm for travel and is passionate about making sure guests return home with unforgettable memories. He enjoys biking, hiking and watching movies.
Helene T.
Helene T. Helene is a native of Marseille, France where she lives now, after spending 6 years in Canada in the Hotel Industry, 8 years in the United-States in show business and years of travelling and cruising the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic. She holds a degree in Sociology and Journalism and is fluent in English and French, also conversant in Italian and she is currently focusing on mastering the Spanish language. She is passionate by her Provence where she enjoys hiking, nordic walking, dancing and Brazilian music.
Jelena M.
Jelena M. Born and raised in Novi Sad, Serbia, Jelena graduated from the University of Novi Sad in Tourism Management and holds a Master degree in Geography. She has worked in tourism for 8 the past years, after starting her career as a tourist guide. Jelena is fluent in English and many Balkan languages. She lives to travel, loves to read, enjoys working with people and spends her free time with family and friends.
John R.
John R. John R. began his career in the travel industry not on Europe's rivers but mountains, looking after guests in ski resorts. In the three decades since then, John worked with motor coach tour operators, ski chalets and beach resorts before joining AmaWaterways in 2006. Fluent in English, Italian and French, the native of Britain is a skiing and diving enthusiast, and lives in Hungary.
Kata P.
Kata P. Hungarian-born Kata P. began her career as a tour guide in Budapest while earning her university degree in Tourism, Hotel and Catering. She has worked for AmaWaterways since 2008, and is fluent in English, Hungarian and German. Crediting travel as her "profession, hobby and recreation," Kata also enjoys tennis, ice skating and her Westie dog named Happy. She lives in Budapest.
Kriss S.
Kriss S. Kriss S. joined AmaWaterways in 2011, She studied translation at the University of Ottawa in Canada before going into tourism. She has worked for a travel agency, a charter airline and a tour company. She's traveled to more than 44 countries; and is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Kriss now lives in The Netherlands and is an avid cyclist.
Lisi A.
Lisi A. Lisi was born and raised in Melk, Austria and has spent almost her entire life here. Since starting as a cruise manager for AmaWaterways 2010, she has cruised primarily between Prague and Budapest. When not working, she likes to read and spend time with friends, and also serves as a licensed tour guide. She lives with her husband Joachim and cat Minki, and reads and speaks both English and German.
Maddy C.
Maddy C. Born and raised in Romania, Maddy holds a degree in Marketing and a master's degree in International Affairs. She started working in the river cruise industry in 2000 and joined AmaWaterways in 2007.
Mariana S.
Mariana S. Mariana was born in Argentina and now lives in Portugal. She has a degree in Hotel Management and previously worked on ocean liners. She loves traveling and getting to know new people and different cultures.
Martina V.
Martina V. Martina V. was born in Czechoslovakia where she grew up under the communist regime, then lived in post-communist Slovakia, Austria and Germany, spent some months on Venice Beach, California, later got married in Las Vegas and moved to Africa for 5 years. Today she lives very happily with her husband, dog and cat on the Canary Islands. Martina started to sail on European rivers in 2006 and as a cruise manager loves to take shipload of eager travelers across the heart of Europe.
Mátyás K.
Mátyás K. Mátyás was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, and now lives just outside Budapest with his wife and two beautiful daughters. He studied Tourism, Catering & Hotel Industry and worked as a local guide in Hungary and neighboring countries, as well as many Hungarian and foreign travel agencies. He speaks fluent Hungarian, Spanish and English and is conversant in German. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, rowing and biking, reading and traveling.
Monika F.
Monika F. Monika F. has cruised the rivers of Europe for several years now and finds it fulfills her passion for exploring new places, learning about different cultures and sharing her love of travel with other people. She spends her free time traveling and also enjoys photography, diving, sailing and seeking out new place to have a good meal.
Nick H.
Nick H. Nick was born in Sydney, Australia and first recognized the beauty of Europe while traveling there as an athlete. Following his studies in education and management, he began leading tours for groups in his homeland and went on to join AmaWaterways in 2011. Nick is fluent in German, English and Dutch, loves the outdoors, and lives in the Austrian Alps with his family.
Nikola G.
Nikola G. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Nikola G. holds a degree in Hotel and Tourism Management and started out as a tourist guide in 2004 and joined AmaWaterways three years later. He has a passionate love of travel and a strong desire to exceed guest expectations. When he isn’t working, Nikola enjoys spending time with his wife Maria and his Jack Russell Terrier, Ogi.
Ornulf J.
Ornulf J. Norwegian-born Ornulf has spent most of his working life in the travel industry, and has held senior positions both on board ships and in management for some of the world's top cruise lines. After close to twenty years of ex-pat life in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and the US, Ornulf returned to Europe and settled with his wife Ilse in her native Austria. Fluent in English, German and "Scandinavian," he joined AmaWaterways in 2009.
Peter W.
Peter W. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Peter now lives in the Austrian Alps with his wife and two children, playing “Mr. Mum” when not cruising the European waterways. He enjoys skiing in winter and mountain biking in summer...when you live in the mountains you had better make the most of it. Leaving school to become a cook, Peter progressed into Resort Management entering the European tourism industry in 1992. In 2006 he joined a then small “one ship” company called AmaWaterways, and has remained a top rated cruise manager with AmaWaterways ever since.
Rachel C.
Rachel C. A native of Brazil, Rachel has a background in International Relations and World Politics and has worked for several international organizations, such as the United Nations and the Red Cross. She has been traveling around the world since childhood and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and conversant in German and Italian. Rachel loves to tell stories, read about world history, and has a true passion for dancing. When not working, Rachel can be found in southern Spain, where she now lives, running at the beach, sailing the Mediterranean or volunteering for local NGOs.
Raul D.
Raul D. Although Raul is German, he grew up in Spain and became a Cruise Manager over 10 years ago at the early age of 21. He has since sailed on any and all rivers between Rotterdam and the Black Sea. When he is not cruising, he works as a travel photographer and takes pictures for hotels and resorts around the world. He is equally fluent in Spanish, German and English.
Reka P.
Reka P. Reka P. was born in Hungary soon after the former Communist country re-opened its borders to the world. Eager to discover new horizons and to help other experience the magic of foreign travel, she worked as a tour leader for 14 years. After joining AmaWaterways, she found being a cruise manager was a perfect fit with her name – "Reka" means river in Hungarian. Knowledgeable about local history, cuisine and wildlife, she also holds a law degree and speaks Hungarian, English and German.
Rolf J.
Rolf J. Rolf was born in The Netherlands and studied to become an Engineer before he realized that traveling was his passion. After completing a degree program at the University of Tourism, he started out as a tour manager, guiding travelers throughout Europe. Rolf is fluent in English, German and Dutch and has visited many countries. He now lives in Vienna, plays guitar and holds a private helicopter pilot license.
Sebastien L.
Sebastien L. Sébastien grew up along the Mediterranean near Marseille, France. He has studied foreign languages and oenology and tries to combine these dual passions working alternatively as a cruise manager and wine maker in Germany. Fluent in French, English and German, he is currently focusing on mastering the Spanish language. Sébastien joined AmaWaterways in 2012.
Sonja L.
Sonja L. Sonja L. grew up on a marina in a small town near Amsterdam, her affection for sailing, water sports and ships started at early age. Later, she worked on luxury yachts sailing the Caribbean and Mediterranean area, crossed the ocean twice and lived 2 years on the island of Mallorca. Back in the Netherlands, she became a mother of two daughters and in the meantime studied hard to earn her bachelors degree in Translation Spanish and to obtain an official certificate to be a national tour guide in Dutch, English, German and Spanish in the Netherlands. As a tour guide she loved sharing stories with her guests about the Netherlands and guiding groups through the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam. Nowadays, Sonja lives in a houseboat in the same small town near Amsterdam. She hopes to give people a warm, welcome and safe feeling on board while making a beautiful cruise memory with AmaWaterways!
Talida C.
Talida C. Talida C. studied political science at the University of Bucharest, but decided to work in a more positive environment, where she could put a smile on people's faces every day. This is how she started her career as a tour guide in her home country of Romania. After a few years of guiding, becoming a Cruise Manager was the natural next step for her. Her two greatest passions in life are traveling and food, which makes this her dream job. She is proficient in English, Spanish, French, and Italian, conversational in Portuguese and on a mission to learn either German or Dutch in the near future.
Uwe N.
Uwe N. Uwe (pronounced “oo-vuh”) was born near Dresden and studied civil engineering before deciding to make a career out of his favorite hobbies, traveling and hiking. Fluent in English and German and conversant in French and Russian, Uwe’s travel career began as a local guide in Cape Town, South Africa. A decade as a river cruise guide in Europe followed before the “warmhearted team spirit” of AmaWaterways enticed him to join us in 2008.
Veronika H.
Veronika H. Veronika is a native of Prague, Czech Republic, where she graduated with a degree in Tourism in 2012. She worked as a local guide for 10 years and organized tours for various non-profit organizations. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Czech and is also conversant in German. In her free time she listens to Brazilian music and likes to jog and roller skate, but traveling is by far her biggest passion. She lives in Frankfurt, Germany.
Victor C.
Victor C. Victor C. was born in Costa Rica but London, England is his home. He has a degree in Industrial design and a Masters in Sociology from Sussex University in England. After working as a shoe designer, cartoonist, and Projects Manager for the Canadian Government, he realized that traveling was his passion. He has spent the past 25 years working as a tour director for different companies in Europe, Turkey, Egypt, India, Canada, USA, South and Central America. Victor is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and English also conversant in German and Portuguese.