AmaWaterways has chosen Libbie Rice, co-president of Ensemble Travel Group, to serve as Godmother of AmaMora, one of three new ships entering its fleet in 2019, the most since the company’s inception. Rice will bless the 156-passenger ship alongside AmaWaterways’ executive team and local dignitaries during a Christening ceremony in Lahnstein, Germany the week of 15JUL, 2019.
“We are delighted to have Libbie join the AmaWaterways family as Godmother of the beautiful AmaMora,” said Kristin Karst, EVP and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Libbie is an extraordinary travel professional with incredible knowledge and experience, as well as an avid world traveller, which makes her the perfect choice to fill this exciting role. We’re looking forward to celebrating with her on board next year!”
Rice has served in various positions in the travel industry for more than 15 years, including key roles in customer relationship management and revenue management for major airlines and hotel chains.
She has lived in Australia, Belgium and Hong Kong, and couples her passion for travel with adventure, having summited Mount Kilimanjaro, bungee jumped with Ensemble members in Whistler and hang-glided in Rio de Janeiro. Rice has served as co-president of Ensemble Travel Group since January 2011.
“I’m deeply honoured to have been chosen to serve as the Godmother of this very special ship,” said Rice. “Travel is such a rewarding experience, and AmaWaterways is a true leader in delivering extraordinary river cruise vacations. This ship will provide guests with the opportunity to create memorable experiences to last a lifetime, and I could not be more proud to be a part of that legacy.”
The sister ship to AmaLea, AmaMora will offer 78 staterooms, almost all featuring AmaWaterways’ signature twin balconies.
Catering to all types of travellers, AmaMora will feature a wide range of amenities including connecting staterooms suited to multigenerational families. Guests looking to stay active can take advantage of the ship’s wellness activities, featuring group fitness classes and a fitness centre complete with treadmills and weights.
As on all AmaWaterways ships, AmaMora will carry a fleet of complimentary bicycles for guests to explore stops along the riverside. For the more leisure-focused traveller, there also is plenty of room for lounging by the heated Sun Deck pool, featuring a swim- up bar. The ship also features complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room Entertainment On Demand, as well as massage and hair salon services.
AmaMora will begin her inaugural season 3JUN, 2019, sailing the seven-night Enchanting Rhine and Captivating Rhine itineraries between Basel to Amsterdam.
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