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TravelAnne River Cruise Profile: AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways is known for its impeccable service, all-inclusive formula, and delicious gastronomy. It’s a five star hotel experience on the water!

By: Paulien Debrie

Editors Note: This company is the most popular with my clients. These cruises sell themselves with many booking future trips while still on board. They appeal to multi-generational families and active couples AMA is known for their special bike tours and many wine-themed cruises. The staff does all the work while guests enjoy complimentary shore excursions. A more laid-back approach to seeing the world. What could be easier?

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While for some of you traveling seems uncertain, others are traveling and are planning to do so! People are excited to go overseas and to explore Europe in particular. Whether you book it now or you prefer to enjoy the holidays in 2021, it’s all possible. The hospitality industry is doing the best they can to assure their guests a safe trip.

AMA chartered a few of their boats to a German company this summer, with the first sailing on July 5, 2020. They have worked out sanitation procedures and protocols to keep both crew and guests safe. Temperature checks are a daily occurrence for one and all. Hand sanitizing stations are everywhere. Luggage handles are sanitized before baggage is taken to staterooms. Each stateroom has its own heating and cooling system, so no recirculation of air. Public areas have their own high quality air fog system to continuously ensure clean air. Special attention is taken with public areas. They are focusing on “high touch” areas, such as guardrails, staircases, chair armrests and exercise equipment including their complimentary bikes and helmets.

AMA has a wonderful informative video on all their safety measures they are taking. We'll provide a link at the bottom of this article.

AmaWaterways is celebrating its 18th anniversary of river cruising, with a good reason! AmaWaterways has received numerous honors and accolades including the 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards for “Best River Cruise Line,” TIME magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places” designation for AmaMagna in 2019, and USA Today’s 10Best Award for “Best River Cruise Ship – AmaMagna” in 2020.

Not convinced yet?

Their iconic Christmas River Cruises are online for the following 2 years! Let’s check it out!

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year – do you hear the Andy Williams lyrics?

Celebrate the holidays floating around on the Danube and Rhine. Indulge in the beautiful views of Europe in winter while sailing by. And visit one of the charming Christmas markets yourself!

AmaWaterways is offering 7 different itineraries. All of them include a list of must-see Christmas cities! Budapest has one of the oldest and prettiest Christmas Markets in Europe. Stop at a stall and taste the traditional Hungarian cakes, pastries, and sweets.

Or indulge in flavors and aromas of hot mulled wine and gingerbread in Germany. Nuremberg’s Christmas Market is one of the largest and most popular markets in all of Europe. To fully embrace Winter Wonderland, coachmen are offering tours with a horse-drawn ride in a stagecoach.

Other merry cities are Prague, Strasbourg, Zürich, Cologne, and Vienna. You’ll walk beneath endless strands of twinkling lights. The colorful market stalls are filled with handcrafted holiday gifts for one and all. The facades of Gothic architecture are shining. Thousands of lights are braided around the branches of massive Christmas trees.

The onboard experience with AmaWaterways’ services completes your festive holiday.

During your stay, there is one special, nostalgic night. On the Eve of December 5, kids in Europe, put out their shoes or boots downstairs. The next morning, their shoes are filled with candy and other confectionery from St. Nicholas! Just like the holy man, the AmaWaterway elves surprise their guests!

Onboard Other traditions include the decorating of Christmas trees. The one who is the first to find the glass pickle ornament on the tree wins a prize! Surrounded by the beautifully adorned trees, you are invited to attend the New Years Eve Celebration! A few seconds before midnight, everyone comes together for the countdown to the New Year. Champagne bottles are popping, New Year wishes are made!

Since 2002, the family-owned and operated AmaWaterways has received guests predominantly from the US and EU. Their goal for each passenger is to turn the river cruise experience into one of their most precious moments! This mode of travel will be even more popular than ever before due to the small number of passengers the serve.

It’s never too early to book!

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**Anne Heintz is an independent travel advisor based in Washington, DC who always has her bag packed. She loves the fact that the journey creates memories and connections for her clients. She is affiliated with Worldwide Travel Associates and Tzell Travel. She is the co-founder & namesake Anne can be reached at

Check out AMAWaterways safety protocols. Click Here to see the video!