AmaWaterways, a luxury cruise company specialized in luxury river cruises on renowned rivers of the world, recently launched a new river yacht on the Rhine River in Germany. AmaSiena is a modern, semi-custom yacht that offers a unique blend of luxury and river cruising.
The Ama Siena, named after the river that runs under the ship’s hull, is certified to carry up to 350 passengers. It’s the newest member of AmaWaterways fleet. The ship is classified as a riverboat, but it has an aqua-aerobic wave machine to promote wave activity.
When AmaSiena launched in 2010, it was the world’s oldest river cruise ship. Since then, she’s sailed for over one million passengers in more than 40 countries. She’s also the world’s only river cruise ship to offer year-round European river cruises, and she’s the only river cruiser to offer the Rhine River Cruise in Europe.
DEUTSCHLAND – DEUTSCHLAND – DEUTSCHLAND – DE The AmaSiena, AmaWaterways’ newest ship, was ultimately christened in Lahnstein, Germany on the Rhine River by Godmother Debbie Fiorino, Senior Vice President and COO of Owned Brands for World Travel Holdings. It was originally slated to launch in 2020.
The COVID-19 epidemic pushed the event delayed to 2021, and Mother Nature threw a wrench in the works, forcing remarks to be held inside the main room. Despite the clouds, wind, and impending rain, the ceremony went on as planned.
“We have a little rain today, but I always believe that getting married while it’s pouring brings very wonderful luck,” Kristin Karst, co-founder and executive vice president of AmaWaterways, said. “And I have a feeling that this small amount of rain will bring us a lot of luck today.”
The AmaSiena, the latest ship from @AmaWaterways, is formally christened by Godmother Debbie Fiorino! pic.twitter.com/O29vEBYxPl
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Prior to the famous shattering of the champagne bottle on the ship’s side, Fiorino thanked her family, friends, and coworkers, and expressed her gratitude for being chosen Godmother of the AmaSiena.
“It has been an incredibly difficult 18 months in the tourism business, especially the cruise sector, and I am so thrilled, and very emotional, to be here today sharing the pleasure of seeing the globe with you,” Fiorino said. “To be called the Godmother of a ship – there are really no words to describe the honor. What comes to mind when I think of being called an AmaWaterways Godmother is love, family, and gratitude.”
The river cruise ship AmaSiena docked in Amsterdam. (Photo courtesy of Eric Bowman)
The AmaSiena has 78 staterooms and can accommodate 156 people. The ship’s rooms vary in size from 155 square feet to 350 square feet for suites. The French and Outside Balcony rooms, which vary in size from 210 to 235 square feet, make up the majority of the ship’s cabins.
These unique dual balconies let visitors to relax inside or outdoors and take in the breathtaking views of Europe’s beautiful waterways.
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There are slightly over 100 people aboard the christening voyage. To board the cruise, all passengers required to provide evidence of COVID-19 immunization. This is in line with European legislation. Guests had to fill out AmaWaterways’ health questionnaires as well as entrance papers for the Netherlands, Germany, and France.
The AmaSiena set off from Amsterdam on Thursday, August 26 in the afternoon. The ship traveled to Lahnstein, Germany for the christening ceremony after stopping for a day in Cologne, Germany. Rüdesheim and Ludwigshafen, Germany, Strasbourg, France, Breisach, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland are the following destinations on the journey.
According to Rudi Schreiner, co-founder and president of AmaWaterways, reservations for 2022 seem to be quite strong right now, but as 2020 shown, anything can happen.
“Let us appreciate it as much as we can while we’re here,” Schreiner added.
The maiden sailing of the AmaDahlia on the Nile River in Egypt will take place next month, followed by the christening of the new AmaLucia in 2022.
In addition, in December 2023, AmaWaterways intends to start a new initiative with river cruises down Colombia’s Magdalena River in collaboration with Metropolitan Touring, a South America expert.
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