Congratulations to AmaWaterways!

By Emma Krasov. Photography by Yuri Krasov

AmaWaterways, a family-owned company cruising the rivers of the world for 17 years now, has announced that co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst have been inducted into the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame. Both were individually selected for their commitment to the river cruising sector, influence in shaping the industry through innovation, and notable entrepreneurial business achievements. Proven leaders in the travel industry and instrumental in the evolution of luxury river cruising, Schreiner and Karst were recognized for their efforts during a ceremony at the Four Seasons at Park Lane in London on April 29.

“The UK and European markets are important parts of our company growth, demonstrated by opening our UK office almost two and a half years ago and appointing our first British godmother just this month,” said Karst. “We are honored to be recognized by the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame and will continue dedicating ourselves to creating exemplary river cruising experiences for discerning travelers from around the world.”

Schreiner, Karst and the late Jimmy Murphy founded AmaWaterways in 2002 with the vision of keeping guests at the center of all their decisions and modernizing river cruising with luxury amenities, health and wellness activities, award-winning cuisine and contemporary design and furnishings.


“AmaWaterways was born from our love of travel, passion for river cruising and dedication to personalized service and innovation – all of which has helped us maintain a leadership role in the industry, setting new standards of culinary excellence, wellness activities and appeal to multi-generational family travel,” said Schreiner. “With a deep respect for history and our eyes focused on the future, we are thrilled to continue developing our growth plans with travel partners worldwide!”

Schreiner and Karst directly oversee AmaWaterways’ overall operations, ship design, itinerary development and guest services. They are leading the river cruise industry with the introduction of three new ships this year, including the much-anticipated AmaMagna. When she sets sail May 5, AmaMagna will redefine luxury river cruising with expansive public areas, multiple dining venues and luxurious suites of 355 sq. ft and larger.

AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick Award for “Best for Active Cruisers” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line.”

Birthday cake on AmaStella

To book an unforgettable AmaWaterways river cruise, contact your travel agent, call 1.888.626.0994 or visit Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.