AmaWaterways is adding two new ships in Europe and will introduce an inaugural Bordeaux itinerary in 2016 as part of its rapidly expanding wine cruise program.
Following the launch this year of the 164-passenger AmaSerena and AmaVista, AmaWaterways will be unveiling two 158-passenger sister ships, the AmaViola and AmaStella, in 2016, which will bring the company's European fleet to 18 vessels, assuming the company does not retire any older ships.
The AmaViola and AmaStella will feature several new amenities, including connecting staterooms, as well as larger, 350-square-foot suites. Like the company’s existing vessels, the new ships will have twin balcony staterooms (with a full balcony adjacent to a French balcony) on the upper decks; a heated swimming pool; a hair salon and fitness room.
The AmaViola will sail on the Rhine and Danube rivers, and AmaWaterways has not yet said where the AmaStella will sail.
Additionally, Ama will be repositioning its 148-passenger AmaDolce to Bordeaux for its new 14-day Taste of Bordeaux itinerary, which debuts next spring. The itinerary includes seven nights onboard the AmaDolce. The AmaDolce launched in 2009 and currently sails the Danube River.
The new Bordeaux itinerary is part of a larger initiative to grow the line’s popular wine-themed sailings. AmaWaterways will have 34 wine sailings in 2016, double the amount it will have in 2015.