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Virtuoso recognizes AmaWaterways as best river cruise line for 9th straight year

  • Cruises
  •   08-28-2022  7:52 pm
  •   Pax Global Media
Virtuoso recognizes AmaWaterways as best river cruise line for 9th straight year
Members of the AmaWaterways team accepted the award voted on by Virtuoso’s network of top luxury travel advisors. (supplied)
Pax Global Media

The luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways was recognized (Aug. 25) as Best River Cruise Line by Virtuoso®, a recognition they say they are pleased to receive for the ninth consecutive year. 

Members of the AmaWaterways team, including Alex Pinelo, senior vice president of sales, Janet Bava, chief marketing officer, Gary Murphy, co-owner and board member, and Elizabeth Contreras, national accounts manager, attended the 34th annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas from August 13-19 and accepted the award voted on by Virtuoso’s network of top luxury travel advisors.

Pinelo shared that AmaWaterways' relationships with its valued travel advisor partners at Virtuoso are extremely important and they are proud to once again be recognized as the best river cruise line. 

“This 9th-year distinction means so much to everyone at AmaWaterways as it truly reflects our team’s dedication to delivering the best possible river cruise experiences while maintaining and nurturing the strong personal connections that drive luxury sales for Virtuoso advisors," said Penelo.

Thousands of top luxury travel professionals, providers and prominent figures from over one hundred countries gathered together to celebrate the network’s superlative travel advisors, agencies and partners and witness the unveiling of the 2022 Virtuoso Luminaries, Legends and Leaders awards. 

Virtuoso says these awards allow peers and colleagues in the travel industry to honor each other's excellence – creating a unique and meaningful recognition of their contribution. 

Partners of the network cast their votes for agencies and advisors, while agency members select partner winners.

“Being recognized as Virtuoso’s Best River Cruise Line is a huge honor, which our members hold in a high regard,” said Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso. “Despite the uncertainties and obstacles that the travel industry has faced throughout the last few years, AmaWaterways has continued to raise the bar with exceptional experiences for our clients and unfaltering support for our travel advisors. This 2022 award once again signifies the company’s deep commitment to its travel partners and its loyal guests.”

Throughout the last 20 years, AmaWaterways has served as a transformative leader in the river cruising industry by introducing innovative ship design, creating enriching and immersive itineraries, and providing award-winning, locally sourced fine cuisine with attentive guest service. 

Looking ahead: 2023 and 2024

AmaWaterways says it will continue to set industry standards for unforgettable voyages with the debut of the river cruise industry's longest itinerary – the Seven River Journey – taking guests through 14 countries over 45 or 46 nights in spring, summer, and fall 2023. 

In addition, in 2024, AmaWaterways will be the first river cruise line to launch operations in Colombia and will expand its fleet in Egypt with a second ship, AmaLilia.

“Spending the week discussing business opportunities with Virtuoso advisors was so incredibly enriching,” said Bava. “We consider ourselves ‘business partners’ not ‘suppliers’ and having Virtuoso members vote us their Best River Cruise Line again this year was the icing on the cake of a tremendously productive week. We are extremely grateful for the trust and honor this award represents.”

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