Popular small boat operator reinstates European itineraries
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
AmaWaterways is rolling down the rivers again. It’s the first U.S.-based river cruise company to resume sailing. The company is currently offering a series of charter sailings on its AmaKristina in Germany.
The cruises are open only to Europeans. That’s because European countries are not allowing US citizens entry. And there are some definite changes made such as new health and safety protocols.
The stunning AmaKristina, which made her bow in 2017, boasts staterooms with a French and outside balcony. She also sports beautiful marble bathrooms, with multi-jet showerheads stocked with bath and body products. There’s also robes and hair dryers.
Indulgences include a massage and hair salon. There’s also a gift shop, specialty coffee station, heated pool with swim-up bar, fitness center, sun-deck walking track and a fleet of onboard bikes.
Her Main Restaurant reflects the outdoors, with vines and branches infused in the décor. The food is exquisite.
Use of guidelines from CDC and WHO
Like all cruise lines, AmaWaterways is employing stringent safety procedures. It’s using recommendations of all the major health organizations. Basic safety precautions include pre-boarding health questionnaires for passengers.
Every AmaWaterways ship has a Public Health Officer to ensure everyone follows the protocols.
- Ships can carry only 100 passengers per cruise
- Restaurants and room service follow distancing protocols. Public rooms are fitted with plexiglass dividers and personal portable Quietvox commentary systems. This is to enable guests hear shore excursion guides.
The ships employ special units that eliminate re-circulation of air in staterooms or public areas. Most staterooms have fresh air balconies.
For additional information on health and safety protocols visit www.amawaterways.com/protocols.
AmaWaterways back story
The 18-year-old family-owned company provides impressive river cruises on 25 ships. European options include the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Saône, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers.
Additonally, AmaWaterways offers cruises in Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe and Nile Rivers (2021).