Celebrating 19 years on the river, family-owned and operated AmaWaterways was founded in 2002 by three families; however, their river cruise story began well before that. Co-Founder and President Rudi Schreiner was born in Vienna, at the heart of the Danube. His love of design drew him to architecture, but his even greater love of travel drew him to places far and wide. In 1975, he traveled to South America for a journalism assignment on the Amazon. It was here he designed his first ship, using what he could find to build a raft that would take him up and down the river during the next 7 months. Soon thereafter, he started working in travel, creating unique tour experiences in Europe.
From the beginning, their goal was to create a river cruise company that they would enjoy – the highest-quality, locally sourced food and wine; elegantly appointed ships with staterooms offering maximum views to enjoy the ever-changing countryside; and a crew who goes above and beyond, treating every guest like they are part of THEIR family.
They have been building one-of-a-kind ships with added comforts and conveniences ranging from our signature view-enhancing twin balconies to the one-and-only Chef’s Table specialty restaurant to our award-winning AmaMagna – redefining the river cruise experience.
While 2020 has proved to be a challenging year for travel, they are proud to be the only U.S. based river cruise company with successful operating experience with enhancedhealth and safety protocols. For 2021, they are excited to continue their commitment to innovation with five new itineraries in Europe, three new ships, the debut of a new exotic itinerary on Egypt’s Nile River and more.
As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, AmaWaterways prepares exquisite, regionally-inspired cuisine at every meal and paired with complimentary hand-selected wines with every lunch and dinner. All meals are included in your river cruise fare – at both the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant where a delicious multi-course menu awaits. AmaMagna also offers our new Al Fresco Restaurant and Jimmy’s Wine Bar & Restaurant for a total of four unique dining experiences. No matter where you dine, our crew takes great care to personalize your dining experience.
SHIPS sailing Europe: AmaBella – AmaCello – AmaCerto – AmaDante – AmaDolce – AmaKristina – AmaLea – AmaLucia – AmaLyra – AmaMagna – AmaMora – AmaPrima – AmaReina – AmaSerena – AmaSiena – AmaSonata – AmaStella – AmaVenita – AmaVerde – AmaViola SHIPS sailing Portugal: AmaDouro – AmaVida. SHIP sailing Vietnam & Cambodia: AmaDara. SHIP sailing Africa: Zambezi Queen. SHIP sailing Egypt: AmaDahlia