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AmaWaterways today proudly announced that president and co-founder Rudi Schreiner, affectionately known as the “godfather of river cruising,” received the esteemed Outstanding Contribution Award from Seatrade Cruise.
The award celebrates Schreiner’s long-standing history of innovating the river cruising industry, most recently with the revolutionary AmaMagna, which is twice the width of traditional river cruise ships. Schreiner accepted the award in Hamburg, Germany at the CLIA Germany Gala Dinner during SeaTrade Europe on September 11, 2019.
“I am honored to be recognized by Seatrade Cruise for my contributions to the river cruise industry, which I’ve had the pleasure of working in for more than 25 years,” said Schreiner. “I continue to be inspired to explore new ways to propel the river cruise industry with smart design and dedicated people like those in our AmaWaterways family.”
Now in its 13th year, the Seatrade Cruise Awards recognize the best of international cruise industry success, ambition and innovation. Seatrade Cruise’s Personality Awards are selected by Seatrade, in addition to seven industry awards chosen by a panel of industry experts.
“Known for innovating and being a trend setter in the river cruise sector, AmaWaterways started from a single vessel in 2002, and now boasts a fleet of 24,” said Mary Bond, group director of Seatrade Cruise. “Heading up a family-run business along with his wife, Kristin Karst, their strategy is based on creating a product that they would enjoy themselves. Rudi is a multi-talented person and an architect who creates the General Arrangements and cabin designs of all newbuilds.”
Throughout the years, Schreiner’s passion and creativity has helped shape what is today one of the most thriving segments of travel—river cruising. Since its founding in 2002, the company has introduced many new innovations and trends under Schreiner’s leadership—including the most recent addition to the fleet, the revolutionary AmaMagna.
Launched in May 2019, AmaMagna features a total of 98 elegantly appointed staterooms, the majority of which are spacious, full balcony suites measuring between 355 and 710 square feet.
At twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, she offers various culinary options, including two new dining venues: Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant and the Al Fresco Restaurant, with retractable ceiling and side windows for guests to indulge in the views of the picturesque Danube while discovering a new vegetable-forward menu.
For more information or to book an AmaWaterways river cruise for a client, call 1-800-626-0126 or visit the Travel Advisor Portal at AmaWaterways.com.
SOURCE: AmaWaterways press release.
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New Crystal Program Offers Lower Deposits Good Through 2022
Crystal’s just-launched Crystal Assured Savings program lets travelers make a $500 deposit by June 30, 2020, for an additional 2.5 percent savings on any seven-night or longer voyage through 2022. Travelers have until March 31, 2021, to select their preferred voyage.
The extra savings range from $50 for over $6,000, depending on sailing and category. The offer is good on any ocean, river, expedition or yacht cruise.
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Travel advisors will earn commission on the deposit as well as locking in new bookings for the future with full commission, less applicable savings.
“Our travel partners are part of the Crystal family, and we remain dedicated to supporting their business and working with them through these unprecedented times,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “The Crystal Assured Savings program equips them with an honest, simple tool – and meaningful savings for their clients – to continue to grow their luxury business and share the Crystal Experience with travelers who are looking to explore the world at a later date.”
The additional savings of 2.5 percent are on top of other Crystal special savings that may apply including two-for-one fares, Book Now Savings, Crystal Society Savings, Early Final Payment Savings, Back-to-Back Savings, Combination Voyage Savings and available future cruise credits.
“The Crystal Assured Savings is a win for our clients, given the array of opportunities to lock in savings on Crystal’s incredible luxury experiences now, as they look ahead to traveling again in the future,” said Eric Maryanov, president of All-Travel in Los Angeles. “Likewise, the program presents a wonderful chance for travel advisors to stimulate business during today’s uncertain environment, while also building a strong foundation for tomorrow that will keep their businesses growing. With Crystal Assured Savings, Crystal is making it possible for the travel community to stay connected and inspired beyond the challenges we are currently facing, and helping advisors weather the storm.”
Another advisor agrees. “There is no better time to start planning a Crystal vacation, with so many savings opportunities available to both new and returning guests. … Crystal’s new program helps ensure that we all sail through this time together,” said Leah Bergner, senior travel advisor for Coastline Travel Advisors in Orange County, Calif.
Terms and conditions for Crystal Assured Savings can be found here.
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