Amacerto-DuffySchreinerKarstVILSHOFEN, Germany — Ama Waterways christened its ninth company-owned European river cruise vessel, the 164-passenger Amacerto, during a ceremony here with CLIA President and CEO Christine Duffy presiding as godmother of the ship.

“The future of river cruising is so bright,” Duffy said at the christening festivities, giving the river cruise industry a resounding endorsement as the head of an organization that has traditionally been dominated by ocean lines.

The Amacerto christening cruise from Budapest to Munich was Duffy’s first river cruise experience.

The Amacerto is sister ship to the Amabella and the Amaverde, which were launched in 2010 and 2011, respectively. But those ships are predominantly for the Australian market, making the Amacerto the first of Ama Waterways’ newest class of vessels dedicated to the U.S. market.

Of the ships’ defining features are outdoor balconies on 49 of the 82 staterooms. An additional 16 cabins have decorative French balconies.

Additionally, Ama has introduced a second restaurant at the aft of the ship, Erlebnis Chef’s Table Restaurant. The 28-seat restaurant has a glass-enclosed kitchen and will have a different menu thatn the main restaurant.

Amacerto-christeningThe main restaurant houses two semi-enclosed 12-seat rooms that Ama executives say could be used for themed dining experiences, such as sushi or tapas. The rooms currently have the same menu as the main dining room.

There is the option to do casual dining on the sky deck, weather permitting. The sky deck also has a swim-up pool bar.

Adjacent to the main bar and lounge, Ama has added a library lounge room with plush sofas and faux fireplaces.

The Amacerto also features a walking track, gift shop, massage room, hair salon and fitness center.

There are bicycles onboard, and bike tours are available at certain destinations.

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