Celebrating 18 years on the river, family-owned and operated AmaWaterways was founded in 2002 by three families.

From the beginning, their goal was to create a river cruise company that they themselves would enjoy. To them, that meant the highest-quality, locally sourced food and wine; elegantly appointed ships with staterooms offering maximum views to enjoy the ever-changing countryside; and a crew who goes above and beyond, treating every guest like they are part of their family.

With that in mind, for 18 years, they have been building one-of-a-kind ships with added comforts and conveniences ranging from their signature view-enhancing twin balconies to the one-and-only Chef’s Table specialty restaurant to our award-winning AmaMagna – redefining the river cruise experience. While 2020 is proving to be a challenging year for travel, their company is financially strong and their ships and crew are well prepared to welcome guests back on the rivers as soon as it is safe to do so. 

With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including 2019 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards for “Best River Cruise Line,” “Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers,” and “Best New River Cruise Ship – AmaMagna,” TIME magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places” designation for AmaMagna in 2019 and USA Today’s 10Best Award for “Best River Cruise Ship – AmaMagna” in 2020. In addition, 18 European ships were recognized with Green Award certification for industry-leading safety, quality and environmental performance in 2020.