CALABASAS, CA - (Sep. 17, 2019) -

(Pictured left to right: Robbi Jumaa Hamida, Senior Vice President, Agency Operations, Nexion Travel Group; Cris De Souza, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Nexion Travel Group; Mike Foster, President, Nexion Travel Group Canada; Jackie Friedman, CTIE, President, Nexion Travel Group; Diane Horan; Kristin Karst)

AmaWaterways today announced that it has received the award for Best River Cruise Line and Best Overall Supplier in Nexion Travel Group’s 2019 Supplier Partners of the Year awards, as voted by its members from across the U.S and Canada. Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways and Diane Horan, director, strategic partner networks were on hand to accept the awards on behalf of the luxury river cruise line during the annual CoNexion Conference held in Orlando, Florida from September 12-15. This is the sixth consecutive year AmaWaterways has been honored with the title of Best River Cruise Line but the first year to receive the prestigious Best Overall Supplier award.

“We are so appreciative of the incredible support and recognition we receive from the members of Nexion,” said Karst. “These two awards celebrating our long-standing partnership add to the amazing year our company is experiencing. We never take our partners support for granted and vow to continue to innovate and provide an impeccable level of personal service for which AmaWaterways is known.”

The Supplier Partners of the Year awards are bestowed upon those suppliers who are leaders in the industry when it comes to the products and services they provide, along with the level of support and educational opportunities they offer Nexion members.

“These awards are a testament to our partnership, the exemplary experience AmaWaterways provides to our advisors and their customers, and the quality of their company,” said Jackie Friedman, president of Nexion Travel Group. “We are so proud of their accomplishments and thrilled to be a part of their ongoing success!”

This award recognition comes on the heels of several other noteworthy wins for AmaWaterways. Most recently, the company received four Travel Weekly Magellan Awards, was named “Best River Cruise Line” by Virtuoso and its newest ship, AmaMagna, was honored as one of TIME magazine’s 2019 World’s Greatest Places.

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 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.”


Samantha Jacobs /Carter Long, Hemsworth Communications
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