AmaWaterways has released a very exciting glimpse into its 2019 offerings. And there’s a lot to offer.
“Innovation is at the forefront of our business and we’re always challenging our teams to think about ‘what’s next’ in terms of services, itineraries and ship design,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “We can’t wait to see the fruits of our labor and innovation enjoyed by our friends, family and guests!”
New river ships on the horizon
In 2019, AmaWaterways will launch three new ships to its European fleet, the most in a single year since the company’s 2002 launch. AmaWaterways’ new concept ship, AmaMagna, will be almost twice the width of traditional European river cruise ships, with more onboard space than any other river ship. Sailing the Danube river, this revolutionary ship will welcome only 196 guests offering luxurious staterooms, a majority of which are 355 sq. ft. or larger. Multiple dining options will include an al fresco restaurant plus more onboard activities and enhanced evening entertainment.
The new AmaLea, sister ship to AmaKristina, will be christened in May 2018 in Germany.
“Research has shown that many ocean cruisers and active travelers have yet to experience river cruising because they thought the staterooms were too small, or the dining options and activities too limited. We are confident that AmaMagna, with the additional space and more diverse onboard programs will overcome these objections and open up a whole new market for us,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “I’ve had this unique ship on my mind for many years and am confident that now is the time to introduce my vision. I can’t wait to see AmaMagna sailing the Danube in 2019.”
Also in 2019, Amawaterways will introduce AmaMora, sister ship to AmaLea and AmaKristina, which will sail the Rhine river. AmaDouro, sister to AmaVida, will be a welcome addition to the Douro River as the region’s popularity continues to grow.
New and more activities starting in 2019
In 2019, AmaWaterways’ European fleet will also offer guests a plethora of new onboard activities and amenities. The company’s recently expanded Wellness Program will be rolled out to most European ships, giving guests the opportunity to join group exercise activities – including morning stretches, yoga, cardio/core strengthening, resistance band workouts and circuit training – complemented by healthy eating options and relaxation techniques taught onboard.
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In addition to further expanding its Wellness Program, AmaWaterways will enhance the company’s popular Wine Cruise Program. In 2019, the line will offer 60 hosted Wine Cruises.
New pre-cruise land packages and excursions
Furthering its commitment to bringing guests the most immersive cultural experience possible, AmaWaterways will greatly enhance its land programs in 2019. For the very first time, the company will offer an optional pre-cruise land extension for every cruise, with new ways to experience landmark cities like Amsterdam, Budapest, Lucerne, Munich and Zurich. Adding a two- or three-night pre-cruise land extension provides travelers the chance to adjust to the time change and eliminate jet lag while fully acclimating – and exploring – the destination.
AmaWaterways is also adding new pre-cruise extensions in Bilbao and San Sebastian, Spain prior to embarkation on its Taste of Bordeaux itinerary, as well as a post-cruise option in Rwanda, Africa, which may be added to each of its five African itineraries. This extension is particularly awe-inspiring, as it gives guests the chance to experience Kigali and Volcanoes National Park, which is home to rare Silverback Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys.
More shore excursions will also be available in 2019. New included excursions range from tours in the historic cities of Prague and Paris to exploring the countryside of Romania.