CALABASAS, CA – (December 4, 2019) – Family-owned and operated AmaWaterways today proudly announced that it received three 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards, including the top honor as the “Best River Cruise Line.” AmaWaterways was also recognized as the “Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers” for the second consecutive year and the “Best New River Cruise Ship” for AmaMagna, which made her highly anticipated debut in May of this year.

“2019 has been an incredible year for us at AmaWaterways with three new ships joining our fleet including the revolutionary AmaMagna. We’re very honored to be recognized by Cruise Critics’ editors, who are the trusted authorities of all things cruise,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “These awards are a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams who pour such love into creating memorable and personalized river cruise vacations for our guests.”

In its 12th year, the awards name the year’s top cruise lines, ships and ports, as selected by Cruise Critic’s international team of editors. Colleen McDaniel, Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic explains: “This year’s awards clearly show there’s truly a cruise for every type of traveler. From innovative new ships with groundbreaking features, to standout offerings for foodies, families and frugal travelers, there are fantastic options for travelers of all kinds. Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a first-timer, these are the lines to sail for an unforgettable experience.”

 The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards come on the heels of several other 2019 recognitions for AmaWaterways, including: AmaMagna in TIME “World’s Greatest Places;” Co-Founders Rudi Schreiner and Karst selected to AFAR Media’s Travel Vanguard; Travel Weekly Magellan Gold Award for Overall River Cruising; American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) Supplier of the Year; AAA Best in Member Services and CAA River Cruise Partner of the Year, and more.

The award-winning company 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, personalized guest service. The leading river cruise company was the first to introduce active hiking and biking excursions to the rivers and has recently pioneered a comprehensive wellness program onboard its fleet.

For full details, or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your preferred Travel Advisor, call 1.888.626.0994 or visit Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at, 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” and inclusion of AmaMagna in 2019 TIME “World’s Greatest Places.”


About Cruise Critic

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