AmaWaterways: Innovative River Cruises & Unforgettable Dining Experiences

By: Bruce Parkinson

Since its founding in 2002 by river cruise pioneers Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and the late Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways has continued to lead the industry in innovation, now offering unforgettable river cruises aboard award-winning ships sailing legendary rivers through the heart of Europe, Asia, Africa and soon South America.

Always leading the way in innovation, AmaWaterways provides guests with one-of-a-kind dining in which food is not merely sustenance – it is an unforgettable experience. As a member of the prestigious international culinary society La ChaÎne des Rôtisseurs, AmaWaterways offers guests a memorable culinary experience enhanced by daily hand-selected complimentary wine chosen by acclaimed European sommeliers. Plus, guests can enjoy the exclusive Chef’s Table restaurant on Europe and Mekong River cruises, and The Chef’s Al Fresco Restaurant on the Nile River, where a multi-course menu is prepared right before their eyes.
At each port, guests can choose from a variety of enriching included excursions. Along with guided walking tours with three levels of activity ranging from gentle to active, guests can also enjoy wonderful hiking and biking tours, wine tastings and more.

Guests can also discover the added luxury of traveling in a suite. From incredible benefits, such as a larger sitting area and expansive bathrooms with a bathtub and shower, to enhanced personal space and unrivaled balcony views, the suites aboard AmaWaterways’ award-winning fleet offer a truly memorable experience.

Many AmaWaterways ships include special amenities such as a hair salon, a spa, libraries, Wi-Fi, and a swimming pool that guests can enjoy. Most ships are home to a fitness center offering all-included, invigorating classes led by a professional Wellness Host, often on the Sun Deck when weather permits.

In 2019, AmaWaterways introduced the next great innovation in river cruising with the debut of AmaMagna on the Danube River. Twice the width of traditional European river ships with five bars, four unique restaurants and an expansive wellness studio, AmaMagna also boasts luxurious accommodations offering even more space in guests’ staterooms and suites.

Expert Author: Bruce Parkinson

Bruce has written about the travel industry for over three decades, focusing on ocean and river cruising in recent years. Currently Senior Editor for TravelPulse Canada, Bruce is also a travel communications consultant and contributor to the popular