AmaWaterways unveils two new river ships launching in 2026 – and win a famil!

AmaWaterways unveils two new river ships launching in 2026 – and win a famil!
Edited by Travel Weekly

    AmaWaterways has unveiled two new river ships launching in 2026, AmaKaia joins AmaDara on the Mekong River and AmaSofia will sail Europe’s Rhine and Danube Rivers.

    “We’re excited about the announcement of these two new ships,” managing director Australia and New Zealand, Steve Richards, said.

    “They’ll be sailing on rivers and itineraries that are proving popular with our local market since our launch a few months ago, so we’ll be in a position to meet the increasing demand of Australian and New Zealand travellers on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Mekong Rivers.”

    AmaWaterways launches Australian operations at Sydney office with panoramic Harbour views

    AmaSofia to follow the route of emperors, kings and queens

    With an expected launch date of May 24, 2026, AmaSofia will be the award-winning cruise line’s 24th ship to sail on Europe’s most popular rivers. AmaSofia’s inaugural 14-night itinerary, aptly named Magnificent Europe, follows the route of emperors, kings and queens as it journeys between Amsterdam and Budapest.

    Guests will sail on three rivers through four countries on an immersive exploration of local culture, history, foods, and traditions. Highlights include guided bike rides through scenic vineyards and small towns, visits to a pretzel bakery, tours of numerous castles and palaces, culinary tours, and deep dives into many of the region’s most historic cities.

    The custom-designed luxury AmaSofia will have 31 departures in 2026, featuring multiple itineraries on the Danube, such as Melodies of the Danube, Romantic Danube, and the popular Christmas Markets on the Danube.

    The picturesque Danube.

    Multiple AmaWaterways new itineraries are on Danube.

    AmaKaia to explore Vietnam and Cambodia

    AmaKaia is expected to embark on its first seven-night itinerary on August 3, 2026. Guests will explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia while enjoying regional delicacies, a wide range of daily included excursions, local onboard entertainment, and the luxury amenities AmaWaterways is known for.

    Exploration opportunities include traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) rides, visits to local workshops and monasteries, a Buddhist Blessing Ceremony, and learning about the region’s histories from those who taught it and, in many cases, lived it.

    The two seven-night itineraries, Charms of the Mekong and Riches of the Mekong both offer guests a unique blend of well-known sites and off-the-beaten-path experiences, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

    AmaKaia will embark on 22 sailings in 2026 and upwards of 38 in 2027. Land extensions are available in several cities including Siem Reap, home of the world’s largest religious structure, Angkor Wat.

    Cruising with AmaWaterways includes fine dining in multiple venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, daily. There is also a Sip & Sail cocktail hour with wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks, a daily variety of small group excursions, including hiking, biking and special interest tours, high-quality Wi-Fi In addition guests enjoy a Wellness Program with a variety of host-led fitness classes, airport transfers, and much more.

    A temple in Cambodia

    AmaKaia guests will explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia.

    Win one of four famils on a European river cruise

    Australian and New Zealand travel advisors taking poart in one of three training webinars with AmaWaterways on 12 June, have the chance to one one of four places on a European river cruise famil later this year.

    As an extension of the recent Travel Advisor sessions held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, AmaWaterways is continuing its efforts to reach as many advisors as possible with introductory training across the market.

    The webinar is an introduction to AmaWaterways’ beautifully appointed ships, immersive itineraries, and unparalleled service and an opportunity to learn how AmaWaterways can enhance your business. By participating, advisors could win some fabulous prizes, including one of four places on a famil later this year or one of nine $100 gift card prizes.

    The 30-minute webinars will be held live on Wednesday 12 June (choose from 8.30am, 12pm or 6pm AEST) and are open to all Australian and New Zealand travel trade.

    Register here.

    AmaPrima on the River Danube approaches the ancient town and church in Durnstein, Austria.

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