Get personal insight into all things river cruising from our Co-owner and Executive Vice President Kristin Karst
An AmaWaterways river cruise is about more than just the destination – it’s the journey. Our ships are inspired by luxury yachts so that you can enjoy an array of great features as you cruise along from one stunning place to the next. Because it’s not just about where you go. It’s how you get there that matters.
Executive Vice President and Co-owner Kristin Karst talks about what makes AmaWaterways river cruises so special.
Every year, eager travelers journey to Europe to experience the yuletide season at its very best. With the backdrop of winter white hilltops, twinkling lights and extravagantly decorated cities, you'll undoubtedly get swept up in the enchantment and wonder that's in the air.
Our Wine Cruises are a unique and immersive way to combine all the wonder of Europe's famed regions with the rich history of winemaking and epicurean treasures found along its wondrous rivers.
The iconic water lilies, Japanese Bridge, weeping willows, purple wisteria and green bamboo… they all remain just as they were when Claude Monet captured them with his quick, tempered, impressionist brushstrokes – and just as inspiring. Even for those who’ve never strolled through them, the gardens instantly evoke a familiar feel and are surely a part of any art lover’s bucket list.
Claude Monet, born in Paris in 1840, is sometimes referred to the Father of Impressionism. The very term ‘impressionism’ was even derived from the title of his painting Impressions, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise). Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas – these were the artists who ushered in a new avant-garde way of expression, changing the face of art forever, although at first they were widely mocked and criticized. Even the moniker ‘impressionism’ was originally meant as an insult by an art critic. Up until then, paintings were more traditional – with a seamless blend of colors and shadows. Monet used short, quick brushstrokes to illustrate movement and the play of light. He painted outdoors when artists at that time only used their studios. He was both a revolutionary and a visionary.
In 1883, Monet first came upon the pastoral town of Giverny, population 301. To an artist born and raised in the hustle and bustle of Paris, it was a quiet utopian paradise where he could move his family and draw inspiration for his paintings for much of the rest of his life. Once moving in, he quickly set about designing the home and garden. Each room in his house has a distinct color scheme, chosen by the master himself. He also kept hundreds of original Japanese wood block prints, along with a print of “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” to inspire him.
And then of course, is one of his signature masterpieces: his iconic garden, forever memorialized in his many paintings. Nowadays, a Monet water lilies painting could sell upwards of eighty million dollars, but since the 1980s, the garden has been open to the public for all to enjoy. It was meticulously designed and tended to by Monet with the specific intention to paint the landscapes he created. Vibrant flowers, unique plants, and stunning landscaping are a thrill for horticulturists, landscapers, and architects alike along with art lovers and historians. Monet spent over forty years of his life painting in and around the garden so a visit here feels like you are walking through these icons of French art. Indeed, the landscape is so bursting with color and flowers in full bloom – that it may almost be difficult to distinguish the gardens from the artwork.
And that is a thing of beauty.