Ama Waterways River Cruises with Jazzmine Douse
Tell us about Ama Waterways.
AmaWaterways is a family-owned and operated river cruise company founded by three families in 2002, Rudi Schreiner (often called the Godfather of river cruising), Kristin Karst, and Jimmy Murphy. And you feel the family all the way through, from the staff to crew to being a guest.
“Ama” means love – and love is at the heart of everything we do, from the way we design our ships to the development of our river cruise itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. It is a philosophy that drives our attention to detail, constant innovation, and culture of always making our guests our top priority. Whether you choose to sail with us through Europe, Asia, or Africa, you will always find yourself in a place where luxury means love.
Tell us about River Cruising on Ama Waterways.
River cruising takes you through the countries you’re cruising to, while ocean cruising takes you to them, offering incredible unique adventures. It allows you to be part of the local life. There’s always something to see as you cruise along the rivers. And when you disembark there are no long lines. It’s your floating luxury hotel.
European cities grew from the banks of the rivers. We pull into beautiful cities like Budapest, Vienna, Paris and you’re just steps away from the livelihood of the city. The slower pace of river cruising also means you have more free time in port.
Our award-winning fleet of intimate, contemporary ships offer the luxury of personal space yet accommodates an average of approximately 160 guests, about 80 staterooms.
We have regionally-inspired cuisine at every meal and make it a point to use the local ingredients we get at the local ports. Everything is fresh, never frozen.
Overall, it’s a more relaxing way to explore several incredible cities all in one trip.
What makes River Cruising great for Families?
Ama has helped in the growth of river cruising for families with our Adventures by Disney partnership, bikes on board, and our diverse menu of shore excursions.
Our AmaMagna ship redefined the river cruise experience and enhanced our family offerings. It’s twice the width of traditional European river ships. It offers more personal space like larger staterooms for families, more unique dining venues, and more leisure opportunities.
Explore the AmaMagna’s with it’s Godmother, travel expert and Emmy® award-winning host of PBS’s “Places to Love,” Samantha Brown, on a special tour of this luxurious ship.
And our Christmas Market cruises are perfect for families… from the markets to the food to the vendors. There’s truly nothing like it. And we have the most decorated ships on the river during the holidays. The experience of sailing during Thanksgiving when the boats are transformed is a very special experience.
I love cruising on Ama with my family. I took my 17-year-old sister as a graduation gift. We had such an amazing time doing things together and on our own. I’ve also had special times with my mom on the cruises.
What’s New for AmaWaterways?
In September 2021, we will debut the new Secrets of Egypt & The Nile itinerary on the Nile River taking guests through the enchanting lands of Egypt aboard the newly designed AmaDahlia to experience the ancient mysteries and secrets that have shaped the country. The remarkable 11-night land and cruise experience includes three nights in Cairo before setting sail from Luxor on the Nile for seven nights, with the trip ending with one more final night in Cairo.