Against the spectacular castle backdrop of Germany's Lahnstein, AmaWaterways celebrated the christening of its 26th vessel, AmaSiena.

Debbie Fiorino, SVP and COO of Owned Brands for World Travel Holdings, served as the godmother.  

She was accompanied by AmaWaterways co-founders, President Rudi Schreiner and EVP Kristin Karst, and assisted by AmaSiena Capt. Ronald Schuegard.

The naming was postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic. 

Travel advisor community’s resilience

The christening ‘celebrates our much-anticipated return to the rivers and it is particularly meaningful to have esteemed travel industry leader Debbie Fiorino act as her proud godmother,’ Karst said. ‘We continue to be inspired by the resiliency, passion and commitment of the travel advisor community and we are so proud to share this christening with the travel advisors and guests that joined us for this special event as well as our dedicated crew members who create the cherished vacation memories for our guests.’

Sister of AmaLucia, AmaMora, AmaLea and AmaKristina, AmaSiena features 78 staterooms, most with AmaWaterways’ signature twin balconies, offering views from both a French and an outside balcony. Gourmet dining is available in the main restaurant and The Chef’s Table, as well as a new alfresco area in the main lounge that provides casual dining from a bistro-style menu.

Rhine itineraries in 2021

AmaSiena will sail a variety of seven-night cruises on the Rhine, including ‘Enchanting Rhine,’ ‘Captivating Rhine’ and ‘Christmas Markets on the Rhine.’ Starting in 2022, the vessel will also sail the Dutch and Belgian waterways on the ‘Best of Holland & Belgium’ itinerary.