Hot on the heels of the recent launch of the 161-passenger AMAVERDE, AmaWaterways is poised to unveil its newest vessel, the AMAKATARINA. Capable of carrying 212 fortunate passengers, she will make her debut on the 12-day Russian Waterways itinerary sailing from Moscow to St. Petersburg on Tuesday May 10, 2011.
Designed specifically to be among the most luxurious vessels operating on Russia’s famous Volga waterway, the new AMAKATARINA was an existing vessel that was stripped to the hull, redesigned and rebuilt from the keel up to conform to the already-high standards of AmaWaterways.
In addition to her modern, upscale décor, guests sailing aboard AMAKATARINA will find 76 staterooms feature outside balconies, along with suites measuring up to 432 square feet in size. The ship features a total of 106 staterooms, all of which include a sitting area, bathroom including a separate shower, a refrigerator, hair dryer, and a safe.
Outside of their staterooms, guests are treated to all the features and amenities they’d expect from the line’s European-based river ships. Two separate dining venues are available for guests to enjoy, and wine, beer and soft drinks are all complimentary with dinner service. To that end, an American chef with extensive Russian experience is onboard to ensure the culinary experience is inspired yet accessible.
AMAKATARINA also boasts an expansive Panorama Lounge, an elegant Solarium, a fitness centre, dedicated hairdresser and masseuse, along with a gift shop, conference hall, and an onboard infirmary. Particularly rare among river cruise ships in this region is the addition of an elevator is available for passenger use, traversing all four decks. The ship is also equipped throughout with wireless internet access.
AmaWaterways President Rudi Schreiner called AMAKATARINA “a ship that represents a new standard of cruising in Russia. We are confident that she will provide the finest river cruise experience available in this highly-desirable destination, and further AMAWATERWAYS’ position as the overall river cruise industry leader.”
AMAKATARINA’s 12-day Russian Waterways itinerary offers guests a chance to experience this fascinating and mysterious country up-close and personal. Highlights of note include a visit to the Kremlin, the spectacular Hermitage Museum, a private ballet performance a the Hermitage Theatre, a day boat lunch cruise on the Moscow River, and a specially-arranged visit to the home of a local Russian family in the city of Uglich. Onboard AMAKATARINA, passengers are also treated to Russian music and language classes along with a variety of enrichment lectures spanning nearly every aspect of this immense country.
For more information on AmaWaterways and AMAKATARINA, check out our detailed overview right here on River Cruise Advisor.