AmaWaterways Christens Newest AmaStella and AmaViola
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AmaWaterways has officially christened its latest riverboats – the AmaStella and AmaViola – in Vilshofen, Germany. Present for the festivities were cruise line co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst and the respective godmothers. The inauguration comes at a time when AmaWaterways is partnering with Adventures by Disney for special family sailings.
Godmother Carole Smethurst, top Virtuoso agency owner, christened the AmaStella, and Godmother Jackie Friedman, Nexion President, christened AmaViola. The two-day event included statements by Schreiner and Vilshofen Mayor Florian Gams, a guestbook signing, abbot prayer, live music, Bavarian cuisine and even the performance of a song specifically written for the AmaViola by a local Vilshofen musician and fireworks.
“This is an exciting time for AmaWaterways and we are so thrilled to welcome the beautiful new AmaViola and AmaStella to our expanding worldwide fleet,” said Karst. “AmaWaterways takes great joy in preparing for our christening ceremonies and this year, we are honored to have Nexion’s Jackie Friedman and Virtuoso’s Carole Smethurst join an esteemed list of AmaWaterways godmothers.”
The AmaStella and AmaViola both accommodate 158 guests among connecting staterooms and cabins that can facilitate three passengers. Private rooms are designed to cater to large groups and multigenerational families, ideal for the line’s partnership with Adventures by Disney. Of the two, the AmaViola on the Danube will be chartered by Disney to feature Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary; plus karaoke, movie nights for Junior Adventurers, a magic show, cooking classes, games, piano music and other entertainment onboard.
Meanwhile, the AmaStella has been charted by Australian Pacific Touring (APT), and come late September will embark on seven-night Melodies of the Danube voyages. Additionally, the riverboat will set sail on Romantic Danube, wine-themed and Christmas Markets cruises in 2016 and 2017.
Both ships also feature twin balconies, salon and spa services, dining venues like The Chef’s Table, wine rooms, fitness rooms and sun deck swimming pools complete with swim-up bars.
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