New for 2017: AmaKristina
AmaWaterways newest river cruise vessel, AmaKristina, was christened earlier this year on May 10th in Lahnstein, Germany. The river cruise ship is named after AmaWaterways’ co-owner and executive vice-president Kristin Karts. As the cruise line celebrates its 15th anniversary, AmaKristina, AmaWaterways twentieth cruise vessel, joins her sister-ships AmaViola and AmaStella.
The 156-passenger ship will sail the Rhine River on 7-day voyages between Amsterdam and Basel, Switzerland. With the growing popularity of families traveling on river cruises, similar to its sister-ships, the vessel features connecting cabins and triple occupancy staterooms tailored for families as well as larger groups sailing together. Each cabin features USB outlets and a Mac desktop computer while guests staying in suites are provided iPads and a MacBook.
AmaKristina features twin balconies in most staterooms measuring 210-235 square feet with one French balcony – a large sliding glass door that opens to the outside, but does not provide any outdoor seating - and a full outside balcony. Over half the vessel’s staterooms feature the two balconies. The ship’s four suites measure 350 feet. With fewer guests traveling, the vessel is allowed greater space for more expansive cabins. Over half the vessel’s staterooms feature the two balconies; the four suites measuring 350 feet feature the French and outside balconies as well with a larger interior living area and washroom.
The river cruise vessel has three dining venues - The Main Restaurant, Chef's Table and Al Fresco Bistro. The bistro, located adjacent to the Main Lounge, offers travelers sandwiches and pastries in the afternoons while the Main Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; buffets are offered during breakfast and lunch while dinner is a multi-course experience featuring local fare. The dinner-only Chef's Table provides exceptional cuisine as guests view the passing picturesque scenery. The intimate dining experience is limited to twenty-four passengers who view the chef preparing a fixed tasting menu which includes three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts; reservations are required.
Amenities onboard the advanced design cruise vessel include heated sun deck and swimming pool with underwater bar stools at the “swim-up” bar, fitness center, salon and spa, stunning glass elevator as well as complimentary Wi-Fi ship-wide and in room Internet and Entertainment-On-Demand.
The Main Lounge which opens prior to breakfast being served in The Main Restaurant offers early morning pastries and tapas between meals and functions as the center for social gatherings, discussions on ports of call and nighttime entertainment. The lounge, featuring a full-service bar, piano and dance floor, is the largest public space onboard featuring oversized panoramic windows on three sides creating a welcoming, relaxing environment allowing to take-in the breathtaking scenery. Live bands, solo vocal performers, piano performances, variety and folkloric shows comprise the onboard nighttime entertainment.
Voyages are highlighted by the inclusive shore exursions at each port of call. Guided tours are offered at each port, but the staff is very accommodating in arranging personal or small-grouped tailored excurions. AmaKristina has a fleet of twenty-five bicycles for use by travelers at the given ports. As river cruises have become more appealing to families and younger travelers, AmaWaterways is at the forefront of catering to the expaning river cruise sailing demographic.
AmaKristina follows the footprint of AmaWaterways’ other river cruise vessels with its attentive service and casual atmosphere. The experienced staff of forty-nine all fluent in English hail from dozen countries. The ship is scheduled to travel the Rhine River for its 7-day Amsterdam to Basel and Basel to Amsterdam sailings throughout the remainder of the year visiting Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland. In 2018, itineraries add a round-trip cruise embarking and disembarking from Amsterdam with stops in Belgium and Netherlands through Dutch and Belgian Waterways. Special Needs Group is pleased to provide service to AmaWaterways newest river cruise vessel, AmaKristina.
The Accessibility Advocate - July 2017 Newsletter Full Article
Official News Releases
- February 13, 2017
- Special Needs Group / Special Needs at Seas to Celebrate 10th Anniversary on February 14th
- November 13, 2015
- SNG announces Certification Milestone
2,500 Travel Professionals successfully complete Special Needs Group Certified Accessible Travel Advocates® program!
- July 17, 2014
- Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion
Gloria Hallick, ACC of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Alberta, Canada is the lucky winner of the SNG Certification promotion that resulted in SNG celebrating over 2,000 Certified Accessible Travel Advocates.
- July 1, 2014
- Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel
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- May 16, 2014
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