CALABASAS, CA – (November 5, 2018) – AmaWaterways todayannounced it was named 2018 River Cruise Company of the Year by the American Automobile Association (AAA) during the annual AAA Travel Conference held October 21-23, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, AmaWaterways earned AAA’s Best Marketing Award in the overall cruise category. In a separate event held earlier in October in Winnipeg, Manitoba the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) also awarded the leader in river cruising innovation its 2018 Cruise Partner of the Year.
“AmaWaterways has worked very closely with all AAA and CAA Clubs in the US and Canada and it means so much to our sales, marketing and operations teams to be recognize by both these prestigious organizations,” said Gary Murphy, AmaWaterways’ vice president of sales and co-owner. “We look forward to building on the foundation of our superb relationship to bring the best value river cruise vacation to AAA and CAA members.”
Each year, AAA and CAA Travel asks stakeholders from across the U.S. and Canada to rank preferred travel partners on multiple criteria. These awards honor the best companies in the travel industry and their commitment to providing AAA and CAA travel agents and members with exceptional travel products and services.
In addition to accepting the AAA awards, Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways’ president and co-owner, shared news about a jointly sponsored project to welcome 60 eighth-grade students and their chaperones from AAA’s – The Auto Club Group (ACG) territory – on a customized seven-night “Discovery Crew” river cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium departing March 28, 2019. The “Discovery Crew” essay contest closed September 21, 2018 and the winners are currently being notified.
“AmaWaterways is a family-owned company committed to creating unforgettable vacation experiences for all our guests, including families, on board our ships,” said Schreiner. “We believe travel is so important in shaping young people today and we are honored to join with ACG to play an active role in providing this travel opportunity that rewards and further encourages openness and understanding of diverse cultures.”
For more information or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your travel advisor, visit AmaWaterways.com or call (800) 626-0126. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook atfacebook.com/AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.
A family-owned company celebrating 16 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships that sail Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River. The company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its 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 carries less than 162 guests and 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 with a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, offering group or chartered sailings geared towards active travelers and families.
With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the 2018 edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Town & Country River Cruise Awards as “Best Overall,” “Best for Food,” “Best for Onboard Activities” and “Best for On-Shore Activities” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Awards “Best River Cruise Line.”