AmaWaterways wine cruises add a unique epicurean dimension to a variety of itineraries at
no additional cost. Join one of these wine cruises with a special wine host and be treated
to a menu of exclusive wine and culinary experiences designed to delve deeper into the
wonderful flavors and tastes of Europe.
From Nuremburg’s iconic Christmas Markets with its iconic red and white striped booths to
Strasbourg’s charming white storks, a visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a magical
experience. Massive Christmas trees strung with thousands of lights are set against the
backdrop of most stunning architecture, where travelers and locals alike gather to make
merry. Learn about age-old traditions as you wander through the Christmas Markets
enjoying whimsical artisanal gifts and the intoxicating aroma of roasted chestnuts,
hot cocoa and sugar plums.
AmaWaterways is the proud leading sponsor of the PBS series “Places to Love” with Emmy®️ award-winning TV host and travel expert Samantha Brown. Join her on a special river cruise through France’s Bordeaux region in 2020.
We invite our loyal past guests to join us once again on these special Loyalty Cruises, offering unique experiences
in multiple ports, commemorative gifts, and many more surprises and delights.
Imagine if there was a way to combine luxury river cruising on the iconic Danube with the opportunity
to indulge your passion and play golf. We have created the perfect package to enable you to do just
that with our Exclusive Concierge Golf Program. Discover Europe, complete with award winning cuisine,
incredible service and a choice of excursions in every port, as well as up to 5 rounds of golf at
some of the leading championship courses on the continent.
AmaWaterways’ Exclusive Concierge Golf Program is available on select Romantic Danube and Melodies of the Danube cruises sailing aboard the AmaMagna.
Hello!"I'm Kristin Karst, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of AmaWaterways and I'm passionate about river cruising. Each month, I love to share with you my thoughts, personal stories, travel tips and latest news on the people and places that help turn every mile of our guests' river cruise experience into one of their most cherished memories!"
As we sail along storied waterways and immerse ourselves in the local culture throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, we connect both to the land and the people who live in each destination we visit. It is therefore of utmost importance to us that we not only support the local communities, but that we also minimize our impact on the environment and the precious natural ecosystems we sail through. Here are a few of the ways we are accomplishing our mission of making a positive impact on the world.
From the design of our ships to the green measures we’ve taken on board and in our shoreside offices, AmaWaterways continues to innovate and explore new ways we can enhance our efforts in sustainable tourism.
In early 2020, our award-winning AmaKristina became the first river cruise ship in the industry to be honored with prestigious Green Award* certification for industry-leading safety, quality and environmental performance. Soon after, 17 additional ships in our European fleet were also recognized with Green Award certification. To earn this award, our river cruise ships were evaluated on the environmental impact of our engines, fuel consumption, waste and maintenance, pollution prevention and more. Many ports, such as the Port of Amsterdam, offer substantial benefits to certified ships to promote safer, cleaner inland navigation and to advocate for an integrated approach for European inland waterways.
* Launched in 1994, the Green Award program is a voluntary independent accreditation process for ocean vessels, inland barges and river cruise ships. To earn the award, ships are evaluated based on standards which are more far-reaching than the statutory requirements and encompass the environmental impact of its engines, fuel consumption, waste and maintenance, pollution prevention and more.
With the "Godfather of River Cruising," our Co-Founder and President Rudi Schreiner at the helm, our river cruise fleet has been beautifully and thoughtfully designed with eco-friendly elements. These include energy-saving LED lights, special insulated windows that reduce energy needs for heating and cooling, power locks to plug into a port’s power supply instead of running generators, solar heating systems, water treatment plants that use a membrane technology to provide microfiltration and recycling of all water used on board.
In addition to the elements mentioned above, our award-winning AmaMagna debuted on the Danube River in 2019 with an innovative 10-engine configuration designed to reduce overall fuel consumption by up to 20% depending on river conditions. Further, the ship’s Sun Deck features a sustainable herb garden. Biodegradable tetra-pak water containers are also distributed on board to guests to replace plastic water bottles during our included shore excursions.
Meet the AmaMagna
Guests sailing Africa’s Chobe River on our Africa Safaris & Wildlife River Cruises do so aboard the magnificent Zambezi Queen. Responsibility towards the environment forms the foundation upon which the Zambezi Queen was built.
Meet the Zambezi Queen
We continue to evaluate and implement new measures across the fleet to minimize our impact on the environment. In our efforts to reduce overall plastic consumption on board, we have replaced plastic straws with paper ones, added glass water bottles in all staterooms and continue to test the use of tetra-pak water containers for our excursions across the fleet. For 2021, we will continue to look for ways to reduce single-use plastics onboard including the replacement of individual single-use toiletries with new refillable soap/shampoo dispensers.
We are proud to partner with Quietvox, a green company that provides the personal audio devices guests take with them on our included shore excursions. From packaging earphones in biodegradable rice paper bags to using rechargeable batteries, Quietvox is committed to reducing its environmental impact.
While a large part of our focus is in lessening our environmental impact on the world’s rivers, we have also adopted a number of eco-friendly measures within our shoreside offices. This includes the use of biodegradable paper plates, cups and utensils; paper recycling; and the encouraged use of reusable water bottles.
Learn more about our mission as well as our story, and start planning your river cruise today.