AmaWaterways has announced that it has closed on an investment from travel and hospitality investor group Certares LP. Also a major investor in Travel Leaders, Certares joins the Schreiner/Karst, Murphy and McGeary families as AmaWaterway's fourth investor. Specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Last week, AmaWaterways, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, christened its newest ship, the AmaKristina. The company also debuted its design and construction plans for its double-width Danube ship, the AmaMagna, which is expected to launch in 2019.
In a written release, Colin Farmer, managing partner of Certares, said "we are extremely excited to be joining the three family shareholders of AmaWaterways. Rudi, Kristin, the Murphys and the McGearys have built the leading luxury river cruising company in the industry and we are honored to join them in support of this next chapter of the company’s development."
AmaWaterways is a family-owned company celebrating 15 years on the river. The company boasts 20 ships that sail Europe's Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Duroro Rivers, Southeast Asia's Mekong and Africa's Chobe. Each of AmaWaterway's 20 ships carries 164 guests and offers guests a selection of onboard amenities including hair and massage salons, a fitness rooms; while many of the ships also have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars.
AmaWaterways has received numerous accolades including 2016 Cruise Critics Editors’ Pick Award as “Best River Cruise Line” and Town & Country River Cruise Awards as “Best Overall,” “Best for Food,” “Best for Onboard Activities” and “Best for On-Shore Activities.”