AmaWaterways Co-Founders and Valued Partners Celebrate with
Emmy® Award-Winning Godmother Samantha
July 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/
-- AmaWaterways today christened its revolutionary new ship,
AmaMagna, in Grein, Austria. The festive ceremony saw guests on
board joining AmaWaterways co-founders Rudi
Schreiner and Kristin Karst
along with Godmother Samantha Brown, respected travel expert and
Emmy Award-winning television host, as she officially christened
the 23rd ship in the fleet.
"With AmaMagna's double width design allowing for more
personal space, amenities and dining venues, I have had this unique
ship on my mind for years and today we are thrilled to officially
welcome her to the AmaWaterways family," said Schreiner. "We are
grateful to have so many of our friends and travel partners here
with us as we celebrate this exciting time for our company."
Honoring the long-standing tradition associated with ship
christenings that originates more than 4,000 years ago, a priest
blessed the ship and crew while Godmother Brown broke a champagne
bottle against AmaMagna's hull, signifying good luck on the
"Through the years, we have celebrated each new ship the Ama way
– with lots of love! Samantha shares many values with our company –
most notable through her PBS series "Places to Love", where she
discovers the emotional heart of travel through the people who are
changing, challenging and strengthening a destination," said Karst.
"She is a perfect fit as Godmother for this very special ship that
is also challenging ideas of what river cruising can offer people
in search of personalized travel experiences."
The striking new ship was welcomed by Grein Mayor Rainer Barth and a distinguished group of
regional government and tourism representatives. Afternoon
festivities included speeches by Schreiner, Karst and Brown, along
with lively local entertainment celebrating the Blue Danube Waltz,
Sound of Music and Austrian singer Falco. Following
regionally-inspired cocktails and a gala dinner, guests were also
treated to a sun deck show featuring dazzling LED performers and
fireworks to cap off the festivities.
"I am proud to be Godmother to this incredibly innovative ship,"
said Brown. "I have always been impressed by the warmth and
attentive care that the crew have shown to me and my family during
our previous AmaWaterways cruise, but while traveling on board
AmaMagna this week, the ship and the service have exceeded
all my expectations of what a cruise experience can be."
AmaMagna is twice the width of traditional river
cruise ships, yet welcomes only 20 percent more guests, allowing
generous personal space – with more than half of the 98 staterooms
designated as suites measuring between 355 and 710 sq. ft.
All staterooms and suites are appointed with stylish décor and
natural wood accents. The suites feature full outside balconies,
open seating areas and luxurious bathrooms, complete with double
sinks and walk-in showers. Six Grand Suites (474 sq. ft.) and an
Owner's Suite (710 sq. ft.) provide even more amenities with
separate seating areas and sizable bathrooms complete with spa-like
With four restaurants to choose from, the ship delivers
award-winning cuisine and service along with enhanced guest
amenities such as an onboard cinema; a large boutique; an expansive
Zen Wellness Studio, complete with a large exercise area offering
group classes in stretching, cardio and core strengthening and spin
classes led by a professionally trained Wellness Host. A juice bar
and two massage rooms, along with manicure, pedicure and hair
services; and a sun deck with a large heated pool, relaxing
whirlpool and sky bar add to the enjoyment on board. All sun deck
facilities are easily accessible via an innovative pop-up elevator
serving all four decks.
Exclusive to AmaMagna, guests may take advantage of a
Concierge Golf Program, providing the opportunity to experience
four top-level golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany while enjoying the magic of river
cruising. AmaMagna's itineraries include Romantic Danube,
Melodies of the Danube and Christmas Markets
on the Danube.
For full details, or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise,
contact your preferred Travel Advisor, call 1.888.626.0994 or
visit AmaWaterways.com. Follow AmaWaterways on
Facebook at Facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram
@AmaWaterways, and Twitter @AmaWaterways.
A family-owned company celebrating
17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river
cruises with 23 ships sailing Europe's Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône,
Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro
Rivers, Southeast Asia's Mekong
and Africa's Chobe River.
Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its
innovative stateroom design featuring unique "twin balconies"; its
wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore
excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active
traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef's Table
specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and
soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully
decorated, each ship features onboard 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 highlighted with the launch of
AmaMagna, which at twice the width of traditional river
ships, offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company
also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships,
with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well
as group and charter options.
With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of
Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe
& the USA, AmaWaterways has
received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic's
Editor's Pick Award for "Best for Active Cruisers" and 2018
AFAR Reader's Choice Award for "Best River Cruise Line."
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