AmaWaterways Best Ships in Berlitz Guide

AmaWaterways’ AmaPrima has been declared the best river ship in Europe in the new Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe guide, published this month. What’s more, AmaWaterways’ European fleet has secured the top 11 spots in the guide’s ranking of more than 280 river cruise ships, underscoring the award-winning line’s position as an innovative industry pioneer and supplier of unparalleled river cruises.

“AmaWaterways is honoured to continually be recognised as the innovator we aim to be a true leader in river cruising,” says Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “This incredible distinction reflects our mission not only to design the most trend-setting ships on the market, but also to offer travellers top-of-the-line luxuries while exploring the world’s most desired European waterways.”

Written by Douglas Ward, author of the popular Berlitz: Cruising and Cruise Ships, the new Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe evaluates more than 280 river vessels based on all aspects of river cruising. The guide’s scoring system rates each ship in five principal areas, including hardware (the ship itself), accommodation, cuisine, service and miscellaneous, with a possible maximum score in each category of 100.

AmaWaterways’ enviable European line-up rounded out the guide’s top 11 positions, all with four-star plus ratings – the highest level found in the book. With an overall score of 422, AmaPrima took the crown as Queen of all European river cruise vessels, while the top 11 ships overall were AmaBella; AmaCello; AmaCerto; AmaDagio; AmaDante; AmaDolce; AmaLegro; AmaLyra; AmaVerde; and AmaVida. The new AmaReina and AmaSonata will be graded for the next guide.

Praising AmaWaterways for its exceptional service and cuisine, Ward details in the guide how the line “spends more on food, wine and food service training than almost any other river cruise company.” He also comments, “AmaWaterways knows how to do it right and it shows.”