AmaWaterways secure six out of the ten top spots in Berlitz Guide
AmaWaterways today announced that its river cruise ships have earned six of the top ten positions in the third edition of the Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA travel guide. Securing this year’s coveted number one spot, due in part to outstanding cuisine and service, is AmaKristina, the namesake of AmaWaterways’ Co-Owner and Executive Vice President Kristin Karst.
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For the 2018-2019 edition, author Douglas Ward, widely regarded as the world’s foremost independent authority on cruising and cruise ships, evaluated 320 river ships. AmaWaterways’ ships outranked the competition in total points covering the categories of hardware, accommodation, cuisine, service and miscellaneous, underscoring the company’s commitment to delivering the highest quality product and guest service to the market.
In the guide, which goes on sale this week, Ward applauded AmaWaterways for its top-rated cuisine and friendly guest service, stating "AmaWaterways spends considerably more on high quality food ingredients and wine and on hotel crew service training than any other river cruise company. The company is also known to offer the highest levels of customer care and friendliness in the river cruise industry."
Highest rated AmaWaterways ships
Receiving the top four-star plus rating in the book were 11 river cruise ships:
AmaLea, AmaWaterways’ 20th ship, joined the fleet in March of this year and will be evaluated in the next edition of the guide.
The company’s innovative and highly anticipated new ship AmaMagna – set to debut in 2019 – is highlighted in this year’s guide as a ‘stunning, double-width rivership’ having ‘oodles of space, comfort and pizzazz.’
“On behalf of our entire AmaWaterways family, we are so incredibly thrilled to be recognised once again as a leader in the river cruise industry by Douglas Ward,” said Karst. “It is especially humbling for me as AmaKristina receives the top ranking this year. I am so proud of everything we have accomplished at AmaWaterways over the years, and I look forward to a bright future ahead, as we continue evolving our product and delivering unforgettable holiday memories to travellers from around the world.”
Prices for a seven night voyage on AmaKristina currently start from £1,989 for the Christmas Markets on the Rhine itinerary from Basel to Amsterdam on 17 December. Full board accommodation, drinks with meals, flights from London, transfers and a choice of excursions are all included.AmaWaterways offers river cruises with 23 ships in 2019 sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River.
The company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveller; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table speciality restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features on-board amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars.
AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation including the 2019 launch of AmaMagna, a new dimension in luxury river cruising at twice the width of traditional river ships plus a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, offering group or chartered sailings geared towards active travellers and families.
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