CALABASAS, CA — AmaWaterways celebrated the christening of its newest ship, AmaLucia, in Rüdesheim, Germany earlier this week, with a festive ceremony hosted by AmaWaterways co-founders, President Rudi Schreiner and Executive Vice President Kristin Karst.
With the arrival of AmaLucia, AmaWaterways now counts 26 industry-leading river cruise ships.
The new vessel’s young godparents, Will and Riley Farmer, children of AmaWaterways’ business partner Colin Farmer, also took part in the christening. Karst called Will and Riley “two wonderful representatives of the future generation of river cruisers.”
Captain Arjan assisted as Will and Riley broke a champagne bottle against AmaLucia’s hull, signifying good luck on the journeys ahead. The day’s multigenerational festivities started with Will and Riley’s arrival by vineyard tractor. There was also live music, along with special appearances by Rüdesheim’s Wine Princesses and the grandchildren of the founder of Rüdesheim’s famed Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Cabinet.
A Sun Deck party followed the christening celebration and dinner.
AmaLucia is the latest AmaWaterways ship to earn a Green Award certification. “We are committed to looking for innovative ways to keep moving forward on the path of even greater sustainability as we lead the way in new destinations like Colombia for 2024,” said Schreiner.
The vessel has 78 luxurious staterooms (the majority of which boast twin balconies), a Sun Deck walking track, pool with a swim-up bar, fitness room, complimentary fleet of bikes, professionally trained onboard Wellness Host, massage and beauty salon, and of course, exquisite cuisine served in the Main Restaurant and specialty Chef’s Table restaurant.
AmaLucia is sailing between Amsterdam and Basel on seven-night itineraries on the Rhine River including Enchanting Rhine, Captivating Rhine and Christmas Markets on the Rhine with pre- and post-cruise two-night land packages available. Starting in 2023, AmaLucia will also sail the Dutch and Belgium Waterways on the Tulip Time and Best of Holland & Belgium itineraries.