From left: Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder AmaWaterways; Ann Luciani, vice president TravelOnly; Gregory Luciani, president TravelOnly; Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder AmaWaterways; Patrick Luciani, chairman TravelOnly


Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst Recognized for Outstanding Leadership,

Innovation and Contribution to Canadian Travel Industry


CALABASAS, CA – (September 30, 2019) – AmaWaterways today proudly announced that President and Co-Founder Rudi Schreiner and Executive Vice President and Co-Founder Kristin Karst have received the Canadian Ambassador Chairman’s Award from TravelOnly, a Canadian wholesale/retail travel agency with home-based travel advisors from coast to coast. The award – presented on September 27 during TravelOnly’s 45th Anniversary Conference held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada – recognized the duo’s outstanding leadership, innovation and contribution to the Canadian travel industry community. Schreiner and Karst personally accepted the award from TravelOnly’s Founder and Chairman Patrick Luciani.  Sandra Gardiner, AmaWaterways’ director, national accounts for Canada was also on hand for the ceremony.

“Since the very beginning of AmaWaterways in 2002, our relationships across Canada have been remarkable, and we have a deep appreciation for the support we have received from our Canadian partners throughout the years,” said Karst.  “Like AmaWaterways, TravelOnly is family-owned and operated, so this award has particular meaning to us.  In the three years since starting a formal partnership with TravelOnly, we have been amazed by the support we have received from their skilled home-based advisors who are passionate about the travel business and highly engaged with the training opportunities we provide.”

With 45 years of experience, TravelOnly pioneered the home-based travel model in Canada and currently has more than 600 home-based travel advisors across the country. Embracing technology while retaining a focus on personal relationships and trust, TravelOnly enables travel advisors to develop relationships with loyal clients by providing initial training, ongoing support and access to the latest technology.

“TravelOnly’s Chairman Award is our way of recognizing those that have made a special contribution to the Canadian travel industry. This year’s honorees, Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, are highly respected innovators, and as leaders of a family-owned and operated business, share the same passion for providing memorable vacations for clients as my Luciani family.”

For more information, or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise for a client, call 1.800.626.0126 or visit the Travel Advisor Portal at Follow 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.”


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