Sip & Sail virtually with AmaWaterways’ new cocktail hours

CALABASAS — AmaWaterways introduced its new virtual ‘Sip & Sail’ Cocktail Hour, a live online series that will allow the company to stay connected with its travel advisors and past guests until its much-anticipated return to rivers.

The first session was hosted on April 22 by Kristin Karst, co-founder of AmaWaterways and Godmother of AmaKristina, who was joined by eight of AmaWaterways’ Godmothers. Close to 2,000 travel advisors attended and connected in an interactive way to learn about numerous topics of interest ranging from favourite cocktails and ports of call, to tips on how to stay positive amidst the ongoing global pandemic.

Karst said, “The event was such a wonderful opportunity for our industry’s hardworking travel advisors to come together with a cocktail in hand and join our industry Godmothers onscreen as they shared some of their favorite travel memories and celebrated the contributions travel advisors make to our industry. The positive energy and confidence in the future radiating from these iconic travel leaders was infectious!”

Also taking part in the April 22 session was special guest Alex Sharpe, president and CEO of Signature Travel Network who represented AmaWaterways’ first industry Godmother, the late Michelle Morgan. Karst was also joined by other AmaWaterways godmothers like Libbie Rice, former co-president of Ensemble Travel Group; Debbie Fiorino, Senior Vice President and COO of Owned Brands for World Travel Holdings; Filomena Andre, Vice President, Travel Products & Services of Automobile Club of Southern California, Travel; Jacki Friedman, President of Nexion; Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners; Brenda Kyllo, Vice President, Strategic Alliances of AmaWaterways; Valerie Wilson, founder of Valerie Wilson Travel; and Susan Murphy, daughter of AmaWaterways’ late co-founder Jimmy Murphy.

The virtual series was inspired by AmaWaterways’ complimentary, pre-dinner ‘Sip & Sail’ Cocktail Hour onboard its European fleet, which has received rave guest reviews since it was first introduced in 2018.

The next virtual “Sip & Sail” will take place on May 14 at 4 p.m. EST and will be co-hosted by Karst along with American television host and Godmother of AmaMagna, Samantha Brown. Travel advisors are encouraged to pre-register a week before the event by visiting AmaWaterways’ Travel Advisor Portal.

Past AmaWaterways guests and fans of Samantha Brown will also be able to participate in the event via Facebook Live.

For more information visit the Webinar Wednesday section of the Travel Advisor Portal on

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