AmaWaterways to Embark on Cruising in the Americas with Columbia Partnership

Columbia's Magdalena River, courtesy AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways has announced a partnership with Metropolitan Touring, a tour operator in South America, for a new river cruise experience in Columbia starting DEC 2023.

For its first foray into river cruising in the Americas, AmaWaterways will become the first North American based cruise line to sail on Columbia’s Magdalena River.

Guests will sail aboard a new, custom-built, all-suite, and eco-friendly river cruise ship.

“Not since my early university days of exploring the Amazon River have I felt the excitement of discovering a new destination that is so rich in biodiversity and culture, as I found on the Magdalena River in Colombia,” said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “I’m absolutely captivated by the rich history, wildlife and friendly welcome that awaits our guests when our intimate, all-suite ship sets sail in December 2023.”

AmaWaterways will offer two, 7-night itineraries with pre- and post-cruise land programs. Both explore the Magdalena River and delve into Colombia’s vibrant cultural and natural heritage.

Guests will enjoy in-depth connections with local nature, wildlife, culture, flavors and people, as well as activities such as kayaking, hiking, and birdwatching.

“Drawing on each company’s expertise, AmaWaterways and Metropolitan Touring have together created a unique river cruise and land program that will immerse travelers in the beauty of the “River of a Thousand Rhythms,” said Camilo Calderon, General Manager of Metropolitan Touring Colombia. “Our guests will enjoy the modern comforts of an upscale river cruise ship, with exclusive experiences and unparalleled service, hallmarks of both companies, to the very heart of Colombia’s soul.”

“It is incredibly exciting to be able to launch a new river cruise destination like Colombia, with such a colorful history and artistic background,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “We are celebrating 19 years of creating authentic river cruise experiences in Europe, Asia and Africa and now, with our world-recognized destination partner, Metropolitan Touring, we will be able to offer our guests an opportunity to explore a fourth continent while discovering the hidden gems of Colombia along the majestic Magdalena River.”

Specific itineraries are currently being developed with more details anticipated in the coming weeks.

 

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