Award-winning luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways announced its recognition as Best River Cruise Line by the global luxury travel network, Virtuoso®. The distinction marks the ninth consecutive year that the network has recognized AmaWaterways as the industry’s best.
“Our relationships with our valued travel advisor partners at Virtuoso are extremely important to us and we are so proud to once again be recognized by them as the Best River Cruise Line,” said Pinelo. “This 9th year distinction means so much to everyone at AmaWaterways as it truly reflects our team’s dedication to delivering the best possible river cruise experiences while maintaining and nurturing the strong personal connections that drive luxury sales for Virtuoso advisors.”
Thousands of top luxury travel professionals, providers and prominent figures from more than 100 countries gathered together to celebrate the network’s superlative travel advisors, agencies and partners and witness the unveiling of the 2022 Virtuoso Luminaries, Legends and Leaders awards. These awards allow peers and colleagues in the travel industry to honor each other’s excellence – creating a unique and meaningful recognition of their contribution. Partners of the network cast their votes for agencies and advisors, while agency members select partner winners.
“Being recognized as Virtuoso’s Best River Cruise Line is a huge honor, which our members hold in a high regard,” said Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso. “Despite the uncertainties and obstacles that the travel industry has faced throughout the last few years, AmaWaterways has continued to raise the bar with exceptional experiences for our clients and unfaltering support for our travel advisors. This 2022 award once again signifies the company’s deep commitment to its travel partners and its loyal guests.”
Throughout the last 20 years, AmaWaterways has served as a transformative leader in the river cruising industry by introducing innovative ship design, creating enriching and immersive itineraries, and providing award-winning, locally sourced fine cuisine with attentive guest service.
Looking ahead, the company will continue to set industry standards with the debut of the river cruise industry’s longest itinerary – the Seven River Journey – taking guests through 14 countries over 45 or 46 nights in spring, summer and fall 2023. In addition, in 2024, AmaWaterways will be the first river cruise line to launch operations in Colombia and will expand its fleet in Egypt with a second ship, AmaLilia.
“Spending the week discussing business opportunities with Virtuoso advisors was so incredibly enriching,” said Bava. “We consider ourselves ‘business partners’ not ‘suppliers’ and having Virtuoso members vote us their Best River Cruise Line again this year was the icing on the cake of a tremendously productive week. We are extremely grateful for the trust and honor this award represents.”