Now several sailings later and proud members of the AmaWaterways family, the power couple had the opportunity to sail aboard our most innovative ship to date, AmaMagna, during her inaugural year on the Danube River in 2019. Twice as wide as traditional river cruise ships and designed by Co-Founder and President Rudi Schreiner, AmaMagna offers the luxury of space with more than 50% ultra-spacious suite accommodations, an expansive Zen Wellness Studio and four unique dining experiences that make her the perfect ship for introducing ocean clients to the river.
“The ship is unbelievable,” raved Alonzo. “A lot of cruise lines say they’ll listen to your suggestions, but you might not see them come to fruition. With AmaMagna, it was important for my clients to have more suites available and Rudi listened to us all. The spacious suites, the layout of the onboard boutique, the dining areas – they were all incredible. It was the epitome of what I would want on my own yacht.”
Sheila’s favorite enhancements were AmaMagna’s chic onboard cinema and the ability to choose from four dining venues, including two new restaurants: Al Fresco, which offers light, vegetable-forward menu with panoramic views, and Jimmy’s, with its warm, family-style dining atmosphere. “I also loved the Zen Wellness Studio,” she recalled fondly of the expansive space that encompasses a well-equipped fitness room with outdoor spin bikes, a relaxing juice bar, two massage rooms and hair and nail salon. “I don’t ever take a cruise without a spa treatment – and it was fabulous!”
A Family Affair
Our Gang Travel has found enormous success throughout the years, including selling AmaWaterways river cruises, which they attribute to the way they personally connect with their clients. “Everyone has to be Sheila’s friend – that’s number one,” Alonzo joked. “In all seriousness, many of our clients will be here at our office for two or three hours because we serve them wine or Champagne, we’ve even shared dinners with them. We make them feel like they’re part of our family, ‘our gang.’”
Though some business owners focus on the bottom line, Our Gang Travel focuses on the passion of introducing their clients to truly unforgettable experiences. “For us,” professed Alonzo, “It’s not about the dollar bill. We just want our clients, ‘our gang,’ coming back and spending time on another cruise with us.”
Sheila agreed. “We do it for the memories.”
Sentiments shared, of course, by AmaWaterways.
Learn more about groups within your Travel Advisor Portal or call us at 800.626.0126 today to set up your own group during our 2022 or 2023 sailing seasons, aboard AmaMagna or any of our other award-winning ships!