AmaWaterways welcomed the company's newest vessel, AmaKristina, to its fleet with a christening ceremony in Lahnstein, Germany on May 11. AmaWaterways' co-owner and executive vice president Kristen Karst christened the new ship at a ceremony that also celebrated the company's 15th anniversary.
The christening event was part of a week-long celebration, during which guests onboard were joined by Karst, AmaWaterways' president and co-owner Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways' vice president, sales and co-owner Gary Murphy, past Godmothers, travel industry friends and international media.
Presiding over his 10th AmaWaterways christening ceremony, Captain Jan de Bruijn welcomed Karst and over 200 international and local guests to the special afternoon event which included a dockside cocktail reception, traditional religious blessing, local entertainment and a welcome by Mayor Peter Labonte on behalf of Lanhstein, Germany. The celebrations culminated with a surprise fireworks display.
In a written release, Karst said, "I never dreamed that as a young girl growing up in Dresden on the banks of the Elbe River that I would one day have a ship named after me. The last 15 years have been a remarkable journey and today, I am so proud to christen our newest ship and take this moment to thank all our guests, employees, onboard teams, ship builders and travel industry partners that have contributed to our success."
Sister ship to AmaViola and AmaStella, AmaKristina accommodates 156 guests and will be sailing the Rhine River between Amsterdam and Basel. The ship boasts spacious staterooms with twin-balconies and three dining venues including The Chef's Table - an intimate dining experience with a multi-course tasting menu paired with regional wines at no additional cost. Other amenities include a sundeck with running track; heated pool and swim-up bar; fitness center; hair salon and spa; free Wi-Fi throughout the ship; in-room Entertainment-On-Demand system and complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner.