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.