AmaWaterways was named 2018 River Cruise Company of the Year by the American Automobile Association (AAA) during the annual AAA Travel Conference held October 21-23, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, AmaWaterways earned AAA’s Best Marketing Award in the overall cruise category. In a separate event held earlier in October in Winnipeg, Manitoba the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) also awarded AmaWaterways its 2018 Cruise Partner of the Year.
“AmaWaterways has worked very closely with all AAA and CAA Clubs in the US and Canada and it means so much to our sales, marketing, and operations teams to be recognized by both these prestigious organizations,” said Gary Murphy, AmaWaterways’ vice president of sales and co-owner. “We look forward to building on the foundation of our superb relationship to bring the best value river cruise vacation to AAA and CAA members.”
Each year, AAA and CAA Travel ask stakeholders from across the U.S. and Canada to rank preferred travel partners on multiple criteria. These awards honor the best companies in the travel industry and their commitment to providing AAA and CAA travel agents and members with travel products and services.
In addition to accepting the AAA awards, Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways’ president and co-owner, shared news about a jointly sponsored project to welcome 60 eighth-grade students and their chaperones from AAA’s – The Auto Club Group (ACG) territory – on a customized seven-night “Discovery Crew” river cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium departing March 28, 2019. The “Discovery Crew” essay contest closed September 21, 2018, and the winners are currently being notified.
“AmaWaterways is a family-owned company committed to creating unforgettable vacation experiences for all our guests, including families, on board our ships,” said Schreiner. “We believe travel is so important in shaping young people today and we are honored to join with ACG to play an active role in providing this travel opportunity that rewards and further encourages openness and understanding of diverse cultures.”