The blessing of a princess: AmaWaterways christens the brand-new AmaReina in Vilshofen, Germany

AmaWaterways is proud to introduce two new ships to its stellar fleet in 2014: the AmaReina and AmaSonata. Both are sister ships to the award-winning AmaCerto and AmaPrima, which was the Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick for “Best New River Cruise Ship in 2013. These new vessels were custom-designed to offer guests the most innovative, elegant and comfortable experience on the river.

The AmaReina’s christening ceremony took place on April 4, 2014 in the scenic town of Vilshofen, Germany. The ship’s Godmother, Princess Heide von Hohenzollern, followed the 4,000-year-old tradition of blessing the vessel for safety of all passengers and crew and breaking a Champagne bottle against the ship’s hull. Festivities continued with a Bavarian picnic, German musical entertainment, authentic folk dancing and speeches from local dignitaries.

“I am very excited about our two new ships this year,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ Executive Vice President and Co-Owner. “Both are absolutely beautiful. The christening of the AmaReina was a huge success and I look forward to the ceremony for the AmaSonata!”

Like the AmaReina, the AmaSonata will be christened in Vilshofen on July 22, 2014 by Godmother Brenda Kyllo, Vice President of Travel for the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).

Both 164-passenger ships feature spacious staterooms (most with French Balconies or Twin Balconies) measuring up to 300 sq. ft., open lounges with panoramic riverside views, multiple dining venues including an intimate Chef’s Table Restaurant, a heated pool on the Sun Deck, fitness room, and onboard salon and massage services. Other highlights include complimentary bicycles, Internet and a comprehensive Infotainment System, which features first-run Hollywood movies, news, music and popular TV shows.

In 2015, two more brand-new ships, the AmaVista and AmaSerena, will join the AmaWaterways European fleet. In addition, the newly-built AmaDara will begin cruising the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

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