This makes it the first US-based river cruise line to resume service.
In partnership with tour operator e-hoi
'As the proud godmother of our award-winning AmaKristina, I am honored that she was our very first river cruise ship to set sail in Europe this summer,' said Kristin Karst, EVP and co-founder of AmaWaterways. 'Although many countries continue to have travel restrictions in place, we have begun operating a series of sailings for European guests, in collaboration with an established German tour operator, e-hoi. With these sailings, we have been able to put into practice and perfect our enhanced health and safety protocols while demonstrating that travelers can enjoy our unforgettable river cruise vacations with peace of mind.'
The new procedures reflect the recommendations of EU Healthy Gateways guidelines, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, IG RiverCruise and other officials.
Pre-boarding health questionnaires are required, and passengers and crew are subject to daily temperature checks. The crew has received in-depth updated training and each vessel will have a designated public health officer to oversee protocols.
Maximum 100 guests
AmaWaterways vessels normally accommodate 150 passengers, however current regulations limit all river cruise vessels to a maximum of 100 guests.
Crew are required to wear face coverings at all times while guests must wear them only while moving around the ship. With capacity currently capped, the main restaurant and the included specialty restaurant, The Chef’s Table, easily accommodate the safe distances now required. New room service options have also been added.
In addition, AmaWaterways has incorporated creative ways to accommodate social distancing not only in its lounge areas, with plexiglass dividers, but also with personal portable Quietvox commentary systems to allow travelers to hear guides while social distancing during the included small-group shore excursions — many of which involve hiking and biking.
The vessels have fan coil individual air cooling and heating units, which eliminate air recirculation in staterooms and public areas; and nearly all staterooms have balconies. Sun Decks provide further open-air opportunities.