Since 2002, AmaWaterways has earned a proud reputation as the premier river cruise line operating on the world’s most scenic waterways. With a trio of passionate travel industry pioneers at the helm, our custom-designed ships, high-end amenities, impeccable service and expertly guided shore excursions offer guests unparalleled comfort, convenience and style. More people than ever before are embracing the river cruise experience, eager to see the world in a fresh new way.
AmaWaterways President Rudi Schreiner vividly recalls the day back in 1992 when the newly completed Main-Danube Canal opened up a 3,000-mile river network between the North Sea and the Black Sea. While initially built to expedite freight shipping, Schreiner realized that the canal also offered exciting potential for travelers. Suddenly, a 14-night scenic river route between Amsterdam and Budapest became a thrilling possibility. He began to create meticulously planned itineraries that have since become industry standards.
After contributing his trail-blazing ideas and expertise to several burgeoning river cruise companies, Schreiner decided to start his own company, one that would showcase his lifelong travel experience and in-depth knowledge of the developing river cruise market. He partnered with two other travel industry visionaries, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, and together they founded AmaWaterways.
A native of Germany, Executive Vice President Kristin Karst brought leisure travel expertise from eight years with American Express in Europe, plus several years with another river cruise line and exceptional knowledge of overseas travel. Chairman Jimmy Murphy, an Irishman who founded the highly successful tour operator Brendan Vacations, contributed his vast industry knowledge and relationships. Their combined know-how and “family-owned and operated” style of management have created the most distinctive river cruise line in the business.