ama-amadanteAMA Waterways (formerly Amadeus Waterways) christened two river vessels in Regensburg, Germany, on July 7, the Amacello and the Amadante.

The christening ceremony took place before a crowd of invited guests, travel executives and media. Guests were greeted by Rudi Schreiner, president of AMA Waterways and Kristin Karst, vice president of sales. The lord mayor of Regensburg gave a welcoming address, and the Regensburger Domspatzen boys' choir performed.

Regensburg is a stop on several of AMA Waterways' Danube River itineraries.

The two new ships bring AMA's fleet size to four. AMA is launching two additional ships next year.

Like all AMA ships, the Amacello and Amadante are 360 feet in length and 38 feet wide with four decks, including a sun deck. They have 71 cabins at 170 square feet and four junior suites at 255 square feet. They have the capacity to carry a crew of 41.

Of the cabins and suites, 82% feature balconies. The ships have complimentary Internet access in each cabin and wireless Internet access in the lounge, a new amenity that is being introduced fleet-wide. (Until this year, passengers paid for Internet access.) Cabins also include flat-screen TVs.

As with the existing ships, the new vessels house the requisite restaurant, piano bar and lounge; whirlpool; fitness room; massage parlor and beauty salon.

Amadeus will continue offering unlimited regional wines, beer and sodas during dinner; complimentary champagne with the buffet breakfast; and complimentary bottled water in each cabin.

The ships also will carry 40 bicycles onboard that passengers can use on shore excursions free of charge.

Amadeus' river cruising season runs from the second week of March until just after New Year's Day.


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