AmaWaterways just celebrated the christening ceremony for its third new ship of the 2019 river cruise season: the AmaMora. Co-Founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst joined Mayor Adalbert Dornbusch of Lahnstein, Germany, and Godmother Libbie Rice, president of Ensemble Travel Group, in a ceremony celebrating the launch of the new ship, which will sail the Rhine River.
The dockside ceremony, based around the theme of “Rhine Romanticism,” took place in Lahnstein, Germany, attended by a number guests, media, travel partners, local dignitaries and local residents. Each guest was presented with a hand-made wine leaf and flower pin to wear during the event, which included local entertainment by a “shanty” choir – a men’s choir that sings traditional maritime songs – and a costumed dance group performing traditional dances from the early 19th century, all set against the backdrop of Stolzenfels Castle.
Following the speeches, signing of the guestbook and a blessing of the ship, Godmother Rice officially named AmaMora with the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle on the ship’s hull.
During its inaugural season the AmaMora will sail seven-night Rhine River cruises between Amsterdam and Basel. The 156-passenger vessel has floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge, the line’s signature twin balcony staterooms and a sun deck. One itinerary highlight will be a 40-mile voyage through the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge. Specific itineraries include the Enchanting Rhine, Captivating Rhine, and Christmas Markets on the Rhine. As part of the company’s first Loyalty Appreciation Month, returning guests will be recognized with a special Christmas Markets on the Rhine sailing onboard AmaMora, departing November 25.
AmaWaterways’ other two newly launched ships, the AmaMagna and AmaDouro, sail the Danube and Douro rivers, respectively.