The first river cruise I ever took was aboard AmaWaterwaysAmaLyra. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from the experience. What I got was an introduction to a fabulous style of travel and cruising that has only increased in popularity since I first set out back in 2011.

The 2009-built AmaLyra, docked in Melk, Austria. Photo © 2011 Aaron Saunders

AmaWaterways was the creation of three very talented people: Kristin Karst, Jimmy Murphy and Rudi Schriener, who formed AmaWaterways (then called Amadeus Waterways) back in 2002. Since then, they’ve worked tirelessly to build up what I believe is one of the best river cruise lines out there – not just in Europe, but even further afar in places like Africa, Cam

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