AmaWaterways has announced that travel industry leader Filomena Andre will serve as Godmother of its newest European ship, the AmaLea. Andre will bless the 154-guest ship with AmaWaterways’ executive team during a Christening ceremony in Vilshofen, Germany in May 2018.
For more than three decades, Andre has worked in the travel industry, starting as a travel agent and eventually moving into management positions. In 2010, she joined the Automobile Club of Southern California as vice president for AAA Travel Products & Services. Before that she had a long career as an executive at Signature Travel Network. Today, Andre oversees travel product management, strategy and performance for the Auto Club organization, the largest AAA affiliate in the country. She is also a member of several industry advisory boards for retail travel.
AmaLea offers twin balconies in most staterooms, allowing for panoramic views from both a French and outside balcony. There are four suites, interconnecting staterooms, and triple occupancy staterooms designed for multi-generation families. The ship also has a heated sun deck swimming pool with a swim-up bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship; and in-room Internet and entertainment. There is also a fleet of bicycles onboard for guests to ride complimentary, onshore by themselves or in a guided tour.
For her inaugural season, AmaLea will begin with a series of six Tulip Time cruises from Amsterdam before the seven-night cruises on the Danube River between Vilshofen and Budapest with the option of a three-night pre- or post-cruise land program offered in Munich and Prague. 2018 will end with iconic Christmas Market Cruises on the Danube.