AmaWaterways has celebrated the christening of its newest ship, the 164-passenger AmaSerena.
The line's cofounders, Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, were joined by the ship's godmother, Michelle Fee – CEO and cofounder of Cruise Planners – for a series of festivities in Vilshofen, Germany, at the conclusion of the ship's Melodies of the Danube sailing. Local dignitaries, including Mayor Florian Gams and 2nd County Commissioner Rainmund Kneidinger, helped officially welcome the vessel to the fleet.
Guests celebrated with live music, local entertainers and Bavarian cuisine. Traditions including the signing of the ship's guestbook, a prayer by the abbot, and the ship's official christening preceded a closing ceremony with fireworks.
AmaSerena offers guests the line's first-ever connecting staterooms, plus twin balconies, salon and spa services, sun decks, multiple dining venues, including The Chef's Table restaurant, and wine rooms, as well as fitness rooms and heated sun deck swimming pools with swim-up bars.
AmaSerena's christening voyage embarked July 29 from Budapest. During the seven-night journey along the Danube, the ship visited Bratislava, Vienna, Linz and Passau. Future itineraries for AmaSerena include The Enchanting Rhine, Magnificent Europe and The Romantic Danube, visiting France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and more.