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  1. Kamphuisen Projects is proud to announce being appointed to design – and supervise the construction – for AmaWaterways AmaMagna, the biggest European rivercruise ship ever to be launched in 2019.  

    The AmaMagna represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate the modern luxury market. Twice the width of traditional European river ships, the latest innovation welcomes only 194 guests and affords luxurious living spaces, multiple dining options including an al fresco glass-enclosed restaurant, more onboard activities and enhanced evening entertainment. The ship will debut quieter and more fuel-efficient propulsion system and – a first for river cruising – open-water sports platform, complete with zodiac boats, canoes and recreational equipment. Construction for the new vessel, destined to sail Danube itineraries, began March 6, 2017.

    In total, AmaMagna will feature 97 staterooms – the majority of which will be over 27 square meters, some of the largest in river cruising. Additional amenities include a large heated sundeck swimming pool with whirlpool and sky bar, a spacious spa area with new treatments, a fitness room large enough for small group classes and generous common areas designed to accommodate a variety of onboard events. 

    For 2018 another sister-ship of the AmaKristina is already in outfitting at Vahali’s yard in Gendt, the Netherlands. Again to be followed by the 11th vessel of this serie which will be delivered to AmaWAterways shortly after the AmaMagna for the 2019 season. 

  2. On the 10th of May, 2017 - our 25th project and AmaWaterways newest vessel, AmaKristina, has been added to its fleet with a christening ceremony in Lahnstein, Germany. The namesake of AmaWaterways’ Co-Owner and Executive Vice President Kristin Karst, AmaKristina represents AmaWaterways’ award-winning commitment to innovative ship design and exceptional guest comfort and service. The special ceremony celebrates the arrival of the company’s 20th ship and marks the 15th year anniversary.
     
    The christening event itself was part of a weeklong celebration, during which guests onboard were joined by Karst, AmaWaterways’ President and Co-Owner Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways’ Vice President, Sales and Co-Owner Gary Murphy, past Godmothers, travel industry friends and international media. Presiding over his tenth AmaWaterways christening ceremony, Captain Jan de Bruijn welcomed Karst and over 200 international and local guests to the special afternoon event, which featured a dockside cocktail reception, traditional religious blessing, local entertainment and warm welcome by Mayor, Peter Labonte on behalf of the town of Lahnstein. Celebrations continued into the evening with a gala dinner and were culminated with a surprise fireworks display.
     
    Sister-ship to AmaViola and AmaStella, AmaKristina accommodates 156 guests and will be sailing the Rhine River between Amsterdam and Basel. Travelers will enjoy spacious staterooms with signature twin-balconies and three dining venues including The Chef’s Table – an intimate dining experience with an exquisite, multi-course tasting menu paired with hand-selected regional wines all at no additional cost. Other features include the comfortable sundeck with running track; heated pool and swim-up bar; convenient elevator with enhanced access to the lower deck and expanded fitness center; hair salon and spa; free Wi-Fi throughout the ship; in-room Entertainment-On-Demand system and complimentary beer and fine wine with lunch and dinner. 
     
    A ship’s christening is a long-standing tradition originating more than 4,000 years ago. The momentous ceremony features the blessing of the ship by an appointed Godmother and concludes with a more recent good luck tradition of breaking a bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull. 

  3. During festivities at Vahali Shipyard in Serbia to launch AmaWaterways’ newest vessel, AmaKristina, evp and co-owner Kristin Karst baptized her namesake vessel on the 28th of April, 2016.   AmaWaterways president and co-owner Rudi Schreiner then honored long-time shipbuilding partners and friends Koert and Marian Kamphuisen, presenting them with a memorial plate.
    'We are thrilled to celebrate the latest addition to our AmaWaterways fleet, as well as the dedication and friendship of Koert and Marian Kamphuisen,' Karst said. 'Part of what makes AmaWaterways so special, we believe, is our careful attention to innovative design. It has been a privilege to work with Koert and Marian over the years and to have them as our partners, bringing our inspiration to life.'
    Ceremony guests participated in a commemorative champagne toast, tasted local specialties and were treated to farewell fireworks.
    AmaKristina is currently being transferred by tugboat on a three-week journey to Vahali Shipyard in the Netherlands, where interior will be completed.  AmaKristina is modeled after the line’s newest vessels, AmaStella and AmaViola, which are designed to cater to the multigenerational and group markets with connecting cabins.  These ships also sport a higher number of signature twin-balcony (French and outside balconies) staterooms, expanded fitness rooms and salon and massage areas on the lower deck.AmaKristina is scheduled to sail its inaugural Rhine River cruise on March 31, 2017.

     

  4. Beginning with the AmaStella in February and the AmaViola in April Kamphuisen Projects again handed over two vessels to their longterm partner AmaWaterways.  With Adventures by Disney passengers in mind, the 170 passenger AmaStella and AmaViola features connecting cabins and new room configurations designed specifically for families.  Construction is already underway on the AmaKristina, launching in 2017, for a second Adventures by Disney river cruise itinerary along the Rhine. 

    In addition to new group-friendly stateroom configurations, AmaStella and AmaViola also features the company’s latest ship design. Guests have access to a greater number signature twin-balcony (French and outside balconies) staterooms, which provides breathtaking panoramic views, as well as expanded fitness rooms and salon and massage areas on the lower deck.

  5. It was the sixth AmaWaterways ship christened in this charming town near Munich, and company co-founder Rudi Schreiner indicated AmaViola would likely be named in Vilshofen in 2016, continuing the tradition.

    'Who could imagine doing anything else but selling people's dreams?' said Fee, a 34-year travel industry veteran. 'Today I feel like the luckiest person, representing all Cruise Planners agents. The ship is actually being christened by the Cruise Planners family.'
    Fee called AmaWaterways 'exemplary' in the travel industry, and praised Schreiner, co-founder Kristin Karst and all the staff and crew who deliver such a quality river-cruise experience.

  6. Whilst reading you are looking at the introduction of our brand new website – completely redesigned to be used on all kind of operating systems, but also to be used on tablets and mobile phones. 

    Having delivered the 2015 AmaVista and AmaSerena – which vessels just started their maiden voyages the 2016 projects are well on their way.  Being build at the Vahali Shipyard in Zasvica (Serbia) the AmaStella is almost completed on the slipway – and will be launched at the end of April, 2015.  Starting on the 4th of May the vessel will be transported to the Vahali Shipyard in Gendt (the Netherlands) where the subcontractors will start the outfitting and completion of the 7th vessel of the “Certo” - class

    In the meanwhile the construction of the AmaViola already started in the construction facilities in Zasavica and half of the sections are ready to be connected.  This first part of the vessel will soon be transported outside to the slipway.

    For 2017 we are appointed to deliver another 135 meter vessel of the “Certo”-class and are discussing some other possibilities voor AMA Waterways’ various destinations.  Negotiations with the Vahali Shipyard – as well as the discussions about design and changes – already started a couple of weeks ago. 

  7. AmaWaterways has been recognized as the only river cruise company to receive an overall 4-Star Plus rating – the highest level found in the book – in the first edition of the Berlitz: River Cruising In Europe travel guide. AmaWaterways’ European fleet secured the top eleven spots in the guide’s ranking of more than 280 river cruise ships, underscoring AmaWaterways’ position as an innovative industry pioneer and supplier of unparalleled river cruises.

    Written by Douglas Ward, author of the popular Berlitz: Cruising and Cruise Ships, the new Berlitz: River Cruise In Europe evaluates more than 280 river vessels based on all aspects of river cruising. The guide’s scoring system rates each ship in five principal areas, including hardware, accommodation, cuisine, service and miscellaneous, with a possible maximum score of 100.

    AmaWaterways’ enviable European line-up rounded out the guide’s top eleven positions, all with 4-Star Plus ratings – the highest level found in the book. With an overall score of 422, the AmaPrima took the crown as Queen of all European river cruise vessels, followed closely by AmaVida, AmaVerde, AmaDante and AmaCerto. Praising AmaWaterways for its exceptional service and cuisine, Ward details in the guide how the line “spends more on food, wine and food service training than almost any other river cruise company.” He also comments, “AmaWaterways knows how to do it right and it shows.”

    As Kamphuisen Projects is the responsable party for the hardware - we congratulate AmaWaterways with this achievement and are proud to have taken part in the design and construction of the Ama-vessels.

  8. After completion in Serbia the hull of the AmaVista has been transported in 4 weeks from Serbia to the Vahali Shipyard in Gendt.

    Scheduled to arrive today - the 15th of May-2014 - to ship will arrive according to the planning.  Starting next week with a final inspection on the slipway - the subcontractors will also start with the final outfitting and installations on board.
     
    As scheduled the ship will be delivered in December from which on the final installation of carpet and furniture will start.  

  9. With 3 ships of the Certo-class in operation, 1 to be delivered in a couple of weeks and another 2 under construction - AMA Waterways again extends its fleet by another 2 vessels of the Certo-class.

    On Friday, the 22nd of March the contracts have been signed for the delivery of two vessels in 2016 - to be named as AmaViola and AmaDessa. The vessels will join the AMA fleet in March and April 2016 and will complement the current AMA fleet. 

    Both vessels will have the same layout and capacity of the existing Certo-class.

    The order for the construction of the vessels is again awarded to Shipyard Vahali and existing subcontractors.  Kamphuisen Projects is appointed as Owners represenattive and again responsable for the supervision during the construction and (interior)design. With these two vessels in portfolio the number of vessels we built for AMA raised to 16.

  10. On March, 16 the AmaReina received her first guests in Amsterdam and departed one day later for her first cruise to Budapest. In the meanwhile the AmaSonata executed the final trials for Lloyd's Register and the final certificates have been issued.

    Whilst the AmaReina sets sail for her maiden-voyage to Budapest and the Christening off the vessel on the 4th of April in Vilshofen - the subcontractors on board of the AmaSonata started with the final outfitting of this vessel.

    In the upcoming weeks we will deliver and install the hotelequipment, furniture and other fine goods which finally makes the ship into a five star river cruise vessel.  The first cruise for the AmaSonata will start on April, 23 - with her Christening on the 22nd of July - also in Vilshofen.

    In the meanwhile the construction of the 5th vessel - the AmaVista - is well on its way at the Vahali Shipyards in Serbia.  The launch of this vessel is planned on April, 10 and it will be transported to the Netherlands from May, 1   Scheduled to arrive at Vahali - Gendt around the first of June.

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