7 Reasons why our innovative river cruise ships are the highest rated in Europe

1. They are designed by the “Godfather of River Cruising,” our Co-Founder Rudi Schreiner 

Prior to co-founding AmaWaterways, Rudi Schreiner had a passion for design that drew him to architecture. In 1975, he designed his first river vessel, a raft, which he sailed down the Amazon River. Having started the European river cruise operations for most major river cruise lines in the US, Rudi – and his carefully thought-out designs – are the main reason our fleet has earned numerous awards, including the “Highest Rated River Cruise Ships in Europe” from Berlitz. 

2. The Luxury of Space  

Our ships offer the luxury of space for an average of just 150 guests. We have some of the largest staterooms on the rivers. In fact, our extraordinary AmaMagna offers spacious suites (with full balconies) ranging from 355 sq. ft to 710 sq. ft. In addition, our open-air Sun Decks are expansive, with space for a walking track, pool or whirlpool (or both on AmaMagna), as well as a bar, sitting area and ample space for our complimentary Wellness Program. 

3. Multiple Dining Venues – Included in Your River Cruise Fare 

Indulge in exquisite locally-sourced cuisine prepared by award-winning chefs for breakfast and lunch a la carte in The Main Restaurant or choose from diverse multi-course menus at dinner. Reserve one special evening at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant. Enjoy a light lunch in the lounge or take your dish to the Sun Deck for fresh air and unobstructed views. For the ultimate culinary experience, join us on AmaMagna, featuring four unique restaurants.  

4. Our Signature Innovations Lead the Way 

In 2006, we were the first river cruise line to offer a complimentary fleet of bicycles on board, and in 2010, we introduced our signature view-enhancing twin-balcony staterooms to the world. Two years later, we debuted our first-ever Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, the only venue of its kind on the rivers. When AmaMagna launched in 2019, she brought with her our first onboard cinema, outdoor spin bikes and juice bar. We will continue to listen to guest feedback and stay at the pulse of travel trends to innovate our ships and enhance our onboard experience. 

5. Proven Success with Enhanced Health & Safety Protocols 

We are proud to be the only US-based river cruise company that successfully completed a four-month European sailing season during 2020 with our enhanced health and safety protocols. From temperature checks to increased cleaning and social distancing measures to state-of-the-art fan coil air conditioning units that ensure no recirculating of air among staterooms, our ships remain among the safest along European rivers.  

6. Commitment to Sustainability 

To reduce our carbon footprint, our ships are designed with many eco-friendly elements, including LED lighting, solar heating and energy-reducing insulated windows. Featuring innovative fuel-reducing engines, AmaMagna was among eighteen of our ships – including the first-ever river cruise ship to receive this honor, AmaKristina – that received the prestigious Green Award for industry-leading safety, quality and environmental performance.  

7. Our Extraordinary Onboard Cruise Managers and Crew 

Our ships themselves are wonderful floating boutique hotels, but they are made even more special because our guests are welcomed on board by the best crew in the industry. Our exceptionally genuine Cruise Managers and crew are passionate about what they do and always go above and beyond to ensure you have the most memorable experience. 

See the incredible destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa our ships are sailing through – in 2022 and beyond! Plus, sign up here to learn more about the AmaMagdalena, debuting in 2023 along Colombia’s Magdalena River! 

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