first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAmaWaterways, in partnership with APT, christened its newest river cruise ship, AmaLea, as part of a celebration for the new vessel in Vilshofen, Germany, on Saturday.The festive event concluded a week-long celebration, during which guests on board were joined by AmaWaterways’ President and Co-Owner, Rudi Schreiner, Executive Vice President and Co-Owner, Kristin Karst, and AmaLea Godmother, Filomena Andre of AAA Travel, along with travel industry friends and international media.“I am honoured to serve as Godmother of this breathtaking ship,” said Andre.“I have long admired Rudi, Kristin, the Murphy family and the rest of the AmaWaterways team for their commitment to delivering excellence in so many aspects of the business. AmaLea is evidence of their dedication to providing guests with an exceptional river cruise experience, and I will forever have fond memories of this very special moment, helping to officially welcome her to the company’s incredible European fleet.”Filomena Andre, AAA Travel.Presiding over his 11th AmaWaterways christening ceremony, Captain Jan de Bruijn assisted Andre with the traditional ship christening by champagne, while over 200 international and local guests joined in the special afternoon event, which featured the raising of a traditional Bavarian maypole, a dockside cocktail reception, religious blessing, local entertainment and warm welcome by Vilshofen Mayor, Florian Gams.“We are thrilled to have our industry friends and business partners here with us in Vilshofen, celebrating the arrival of AmaLea, and marking an extraordinary time for us at AmaWaterways,” said AmaWaterways’ President and Co-Owner, Rudi Schreiner.“We look forward to welcoming many guests on board this beautiful ship as she sails through the charming towns that sit along the banks of some of the most beautiful rivers in all of Europe.”The 154-guest AmaLea features AmaWaterways’ exclusive twin balconies, offering panoramic views from both a French and outside balcony.She also has four 32-square-metre suites, connecting staterooms and triple occupancy staterooms designed for multigenerational families. Guests will enjoy gourmet dining on board, with free-flowing wines at multiple venues including The Chef’s Table; a heated sun-deck swimming pool with a swim-up bar; a fitness centre and spa; complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship; and in-room Entertainment-On-Demand.In addition, a fleet of bicycles is carried on board for guests to enjoy complimentary, charting their own path or participating in guided tours.Sister ship to AmaViola, AmaStella and AmaKristina, AmaLea will sail seven-night cruises on the Danube between Vilshofen and Budapest during the summer and fall before concluding her first season with four Iconic Christmas Market Cruises.Lead image caption: AmaWaterways’ Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst (second from right) with AmaLea Captain Jan de Bruijn and AmaLea Godmother Filomena Andre of AAA Travel and her partner.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img

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