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Photo from left: AmaWaterways’ Gary Murphy, co-owner and senior vice president, sales; Kristin Karst, co-founder and executive vice president; Rudi Schreiner, co-founder and president

Luxury River Cruise Line Honored for Industry-Leading Service and Unwavering Support for Travel Advisors

CALABASAS, CA – (October 6, 2020) – AmaWaterways today proudly announced that it has received the award for Best Overall Supplier and Best River Cruise Line of the Year during the 25th annual CoNexion Conference. This marks the seventh consecutive year that AmaWaterways has been named Best River Cruise Line and the third time over the past four years it has been awarded Best Overall Supplier, as voted by Nexion’s travel advisors across the United States and Canada. AmaWaterways’ Co-Founders, Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner, accepted the awards on behalf of the leading river cruise company during the conference, held virtually October 1-3.

“We’re so honored and thankful to be recognized again this year by the Nexion travel advisor community. Times like these remind us how important our partnerships and personal connections are, and partnerships like the one we share with Nexion members are what continue to inspire and motivate our entire team,” said Karst, executive vice president. “We are stronger together, and we will continue to remain engaged with our travel partners and provide innovative tools needed to turn challenges into opportunities. We are excited to look ahead and see a strong future for the river cruise industry and the important role that Nexion travel advisors will play to ensure it’s an exceptionally bright one!” Chosen by Nexion Travel Group advisor members who work closely with supplier partners on a day-to-day basis, the Supplier Partner of the Year awards recognize those who provide exceptional support for its members and ensure their clients enjoy an unforgettable travel experience.

“The Nexion Travel Group team, along with our network of independent advisors in the US and Canada, value our partnership with AmaWaterways and that certainly shows with this year being the third time in the past four years that they have won the Best Overall Supplier award,” said Jackie Friedman, president of Nexion. “Their company values, collaborative approach and unwavering support have helped us grow our mutual business together.”

With 18 years of award-winning service, AmaWaterways continues to stand out as a champion for the travel advisor community, receiving countless accolades for its support, resources and innovative tools designed to grow their business. In 2020, AmaWaterways launched weekly Webinar Wednesday training sessions, virtual Sip & Sail events for advisors and their clients and a Virtual Marketing Suitcase that provides shareable content, social media tips and training for advisors looking to sell intimate river cruise vacations. AmaWaterways has hosted more than 2,000 virtual events and town halls providing travel advisors with continuing education and sharing news directly from its top executives and co-owners. Also recently launched is the AmaWaterways YouTube channel with more than 60 YouTube videos showcasing the warm service, diverse cultural experiences and culinary delights included with an AmaWaterways river cruise journey.

In 2021, AmaWaterways will continue striving for excellence with the launch of five new itineraries and land programs in Europe; the return to the legendary Nile with the newly designed AmaDahlia; and the debut of sister ships AmaSiena and AmaLucia. In response to the heightened demand for these luxurious new offerings and personalized travel experiences, AmaWaterways opened bookings for its 2022 season six months earlier than in years past. The award-winning company has also launched its popular “Sell Five, Sail Free” program early, giving travel advisors until December 2021 to earn a complimentary river cruise.

To book an AmaWaterways river cruise for a client, visit the Travel Advisor Portal on or call 1.800.626.0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at, Instagram @AmaWaterways, Twitter @AmaWaterways, and YouTube at

About AmaWaterways

A family-owned company celebrating 18 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 25 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Saône (2021), Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe and Nile Rivers (2021). 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 2019 Editor’s Pick Award for “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best for Active Cruisers,” ASTA 2020 “Partner Company of the Year” and inclusion of AmaMagna in 2019 TIME “World’s Greatest Places.” In addition, 18 river cruise ships in its European fleet have earned the Green Award certification, recognized for industry-leading safety, quality and environmental performance.

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Samantha Jacobs or Carter Long, Hemsworth Communications
(678) 631-9974 or

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