Pictured above: Elizabeth Yanes, manager, national accounts; Gary Murphy, co-owner and senior vice president, sales; Alex Pinelo, vice president, sales; Jenisse Melo, business development manager, Southern California

 Global Luxury Travel Network Honors AmaWaterways at 31st Annual Virtuoso Travel Week

CALABASAS, CA – August 16, 2019 – AmaWaterways today proudly announced that it has been awarded “Best River Cruise Line” by the global luxury travel network, Virtuoso. This distinct honor marks the eighth consecutive year the company has been given the award, as voted on by Virtuoso’s vast network of travel advisor members. Members of the AmaWaterways sales team along with Gary Murphy, co-owner and senior vice president, sales, attended the gala dinner at the 31st annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas and were thrilled to accept the award on behalf of the AmaWaterways family.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized by Virtuoso for our commitment to working with the travel advisor community to deliver client experiences that exceed expectations and create unforgettable memories,” said Murphy, recipient of Virtuoso’s 2018 Cruise Ambassador of the Year. “AmaWaterways strives to offer personal touches and human connections that make the river cruise journey invaluable for our guests, as well as our Virtuoso travel advisor partners who have played such an important role in our success.”

The awards were presented at Virtuoso’s Destination Showcase Dinner, honoring 18 exemplary destination, cruise and lifestyle partners on August 12 at Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel before an audience of more than 1,800 attendees. AmaWaterways was one of ten suppliers who were recognized for embodying the important word “partnership” when working with Virtuoso travel advisors to develop memorable and meaningful travel experiences for their clients.

A family-owned company, AmaWaterways has earned a reputation for transforming the river cruise industry by introducing innovative ship design, creating enriching and immersive shore excursions, and providing award-winning cuisine, fine locally sourced wine and attentive guest service. This year marked a banner year for AmaWaterways with the introduction of three new ships to its award-winning fleet, including the revolutionary AmaMagna. In addition, the company is continuing to develop tools to strengthen its valued relationship with the travel advisor community, including the newly launched live Webinar Wednesdays series, hosted by company executives and industry experts, and AmaAcademy, an interactive online education platform.

For full details, or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise for a client, call  1.800.626.0126 or visit the Travel Advisor Portal at AmaWaterways.com. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.



About AmaWaterways

A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 24 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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