River Cruise Line Wins Gold Honors in Overall River Cruising

Calabasas, Ca - (Sep. 12, 2018) - AmaWaterways announced today that it has received five prestigious 2018 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards. The annual awards are determined by a panel of travel industry experts selected by Travel Weekly, honoring the best in travel.

AmaWaterways received the GOLD Award in the Overall River Cruising category, recognizing the excellence of the 20 ships in the fleet and the overall quality of the guest services onboard and the tours offered on shore. Additional GOLD recognition was given to The Chef’s Table restaurants in the Luxury Ship Restaurant Design category and the one-of-a-kind Chobe River Safari Game Viewing in the Cruise ExpeditionShore Excursion category. The newest edition to its fleet, AmaLea, took the SILVER Award in the coveted Overall River Cruise Ship category and rounding off this year’s list of accolades was a SILVER Award in the Luxury Ship Suite Design for AmaMagna.

  • Overall River Cruising – AmaWaterways – GOLD
  • Luxury Ship - Restaurant Design – The Chef’s Table – GOLD
  • Cruise Expedition Shore Excursions – Chobe River Safari Game Viewing – GOLD
  • Luxury Ship - Suite Design – AmaMagna – SILVER
  • Overall River Cruise Ship – AmaLea – SILVER

“The AmaWaterways family is honored and extremely grateful to have received these awards from Travel Weekly,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-owner. “We are particularly proud this year of the GOLD Award in the Overall River Cruising category. This award recognizes the ongoing innovation that our teams bring to meet and exceed the needs of our active river cruise guests including the expanded offering of biking and hiking tours and newly introduced Wellness Program.”

Accommodating the growing demand from multigenerational travelers, AmaLea’s design features, reflected also in sister ships AmaKristina, AmaViola and AmaStella, notably connecting staterooms, some with three and four-person occupancy, demonstrate AmaWaterways continued leadership in river cruise innovation.

Launching in May 2019 and defining contemporary elegance, AmaMagna features a total of 98 elegantly-appointed staterooms, the majority of which are spacious, full balcony suites measuring between 355 and 710 sq. ft. At twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, she offers various culinary options, including two new dining venues to entice guests: Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant, named for AmaWaterways’ late co-founder Jimmy Murphy, and the Al Fresco Restaurant, with retractable ceiling and side windows for guests to indulge in the views of the picturesque Danube and the towns that dot its shores.

Additional features include a large heated Sun Deck swimming pool; an expansive Zen Wellness Studio with massage, hair and nail salon services; and an innovative Water Sports Platform complete with the Sundowner boat for evening river excursions at no extra charge. Exclusive to AmaMagna, guests may also take advantage of the new Concierge Golf Program, providing the opportunity to experience five top-level golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic while enjoying the magic of river cruising.

The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards add to the accolades received by AmaWaterways from the knowledgeable travel agency community. Other notable wins so far this year include Best River Cruise Line from Virtuoso and being named The American Society of Travel Advisors’ (ASTA) 2018 River Cruise Line of the Year and Overall Supplier of the Year.

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

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