AmaWaterways wins big in Berlitz River Cruise Guide
AmaWaterways' AmaPrima has been declared the best river ship in Europe in the new Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe guide, published this month.
What's more, AmaWaterways' European fleet has secured the top 11 spots in the guide's ranking of more than 280 river cruise ships, underscoring the award-winning line's position as an innovative industry pioneer and supplier of unparalleled river cruises.
Written by Douglas Ward, author of the popular Berlitz: Cruising and Cruise Ships, the new Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe evaluates more than 280 river vessels based on all aspects of river cruising. The guide's scoring system rates each ship in five principal areas, including hardware (the ship itself), accommodation, cuisine, service and miscellaneous, with a possible maximum score in each category of 100.
AmaWaterways' enviable European line-up rounded out the guide's top 11 positions, all with four-star plus ratings - the highest level found in the book. With an overall score of 422, AmaPrima took the crown as Queen of all European river cruise vessels, while the top 11 ships overall were AmaBella; AmaCello; AmaCerto; AmaDagio; AmaDante; AmaDolce; AmaLegro; AmaLyra; AmaVerde; and AmaVida. The new AmaReina and AmaSonata will be graded for the next guide.
Praising AmaWaterways for its exceptional service and cuisine, Ward details in the guide how the line "spends more on food, wine and food service training than almost any other river cruise company." He also comments, "AmaWaterways knows how to do it right and it shows."
AmaPrima Naming Ceremony
"AmaWaterways is honoured to continually be recognised as the innovator we aim to be a true leader in river cruising," says Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. "This incredible distinction reflects our mission not only to design the most trend-setting ships on the market, but also to offer travellers top-of-the-line luxuries while exploring the world's most desired European waterways."
Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneer Rudi Schreiner, river cruise executive Kristin Karst and founder of Brendan Vacations, Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe's Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel and Rhône rivers.
Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalised service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. Destinations featured include Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and southern Africa, with cruises in Myanmar commencing in November 2014.
The Europe fleet includes the AmaReina and AmaSonata (2014), which launch this year to join sister ships AmaPrima (2013) and AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009);AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006).
In April 2014, AmaWaterways introduced the new 164-passenger AmaSonata in Europe, joining the AmaPrima and AmaCerto in offering an exclusive Twin Balcony design in the majority of staterooms; multiple dining venues; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system, a heated swimming pool or whirlpool on the Sun Deck plus many more unique design elements.
In addition to the European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Myanmar on AmaPura (2014); Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and AmaDara (2015); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009)
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