AmaWaterways Launches AmaCerto on the Danube
AmaWaterways launched its newest luxury river ship, the AmaCerto, in the Danube town of Vilshofen, Germany. The christening ceremony centred on the blessing of the ship by its Godmother, Christine Duffy, President of the Cruise Line International Association.
Stilt walkers welcomed the crowd in the warm up to the ceremonies whilst a rendition of the "Triumphal March from Aida" played out as the ship came into view.
President and Co-Owner of AmaWaterways, Rudi Schreiner, gave a speech, along with Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst, followed by Godmother Christine Duffy. Performances by local school children, and renditions of "Ave Maria" and "Hallelujah" added to the atmosphere.
The crowd of invited VIP's, local schoolchildren and dignitaries were handed balloons that they released at the same time as the champagne smashed against the hull of the AmaCerto. Local soldiers, dressed in traditional Bavarian uniforms, sounded a traditional 10-gun salute.
Rudi Schreiner, said "Christine Duffy is a prestigious godmother and we are thrilled to have our AmaCerto under her guidance. AmaCerto is the most innovative ship available and we enjoyed celebrating its christening with the Vilshofen locals"
AmaWaterways' new AmaCerto is a deluxe 164-passenger vessel that incorporates the most advanced river cruise ship design including:-
- Twin Balconies in the majority of its staterooms and suites
- Gourmet dining with free-flowing local wine
- Multiple fine-dining venues
- Heated sun-deck swimming pool
- 'Swim-up' bar
- Fitness center and spa
- Complimentary Internet
- Infotainment system in all staterooms
- Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
- Fleet of bicycles
The AmaCerto will serve the Dutch and Belgium Waterways and the Danube and Rhine Rivers on nine itineraries: Tulip Time Cruise; The Romantic Danube; Melodies of the Danube; The Legendary Danube; Blue Danube Discovery; Magnificent Europe; Christmas Time Cruise; Legendary Danube Jewish Heritage; and Christmas on the Rhine.
AmaWaterways fleet includes the AmaPrima (2013); AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009); AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006).
In addition to the European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and the La Marguerite (2009); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009).