CHATSWORTH, Calif., Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AmaWaterways is honored to win the 2012 Virtuoso® Supplier Award for "Best River Cruise Line." The annual conference and gala, newly renamed Virtuoso Travel Week, was held on Aug. 16 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The recipients of the annual awards were voted on by Virtuoso agents and recognized as the best suppliers in luxury travel for 2012.
The gala, "A Night of Style," was hosted by Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew Upchurch, CTC and Virtuoso President and COO Kristi Jones, CTC. Hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue Las Vegas, the evening featured dinner and an award presentation.
"We are extremely proud to be a partner that Virtuoso agents can rely on," said Gary Murphy, AmaWaterways' vice president of national accounts. "AmaWaterways is committed to providing your clients with the best service, amenities and experiences and we look forward to growing together."
Virtuoso serves the high-end travel industry market and membership is by invitation only. AmaWaterways joined the network in January 2011 as a preferred supplier to the rapidly expanding river cruise market. Every year, Virtuoso agents vote on the best-of-the-best in the industry after careful research and review. Agents found that the quality and value of AmaWaterways' river cruise line was unmatched.
"A big thank you to all the agents for your support and hard work," said Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways president and founder. "We are a global family working together to bring the best travel experience to your clients and I'm honored to work with such a professional group of people."
AmaWaterways continues to lead the river cruising industry by providing unique shore excursions in over 20 countries, while also enjoying a relaxing and scenic experience onboard its prestigious ships. AmaWaterways' all-inclusive European cruises include all meals; free-flowing wine with dinner; daily shore excursions, with a variety of activity levels (such as "Gentle Walkers," "Active Walkers," and "Late Starters" groups); Wi-Fi; bicycles onboard and guided bike tours.
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Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneer Rudi Schreiner, river cruise executive Kristin Karst and founder of Brendan Vacations, Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe's Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel and Rhone rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalized service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. With destinations traveling through Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and new voyages to Africa and Portugal the line's award-winning fleets complement a variety of travel plans.
The Europe fleet includes the AmaPrima (2013); AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009); AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006). In the spring of 2012, AmaWaterways introduced the new 164-passenger AmaCerto in Europe, joining the AmaVerde and AmaBella in offering an exclusive Twin Balcony design in the majority of staterooms; multiple dining venues; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system, a heated swimming pool or whirlpool on the Sun Deck plus many more unique design elements.
In addition to the European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and the La Marguerite (2009); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009).