Luxury travel operator APT, along with partner AmaWaterways, has today announced that its ships have taken the top ten spots in the second annual edition of the Berlitz: River Cruising In Europe travel guide.
Written by Douglas Ward, cruising expert and author of the popular Berlitz: Cruising and Cruise Ships, this year’s river cruising edition evaluated 310 river vessels.
APT and AmaWaterways’ European fleet secured the guide’s top ten positions. The partnership’s vessels outranked the competition in the categories of accommodations, facilities, cuisine, hospitality and miscellaneous.
“We are once again delighted that an esteemed expert such as Douglas Ward has recognised our impressive fleet of riverships as being the best in Europe,” said APT’s Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing, Debra Fox.
“We work hard to exceed expectations, delivering exceptional service and the finest cuisine across our fleet of European river ships. So it’s particularly pleasing to receive accolades that specifically recognise our onboard experience. We believe that achieving such high praise from an independent source once more reinforces APT’s position as the best Australian-based European river cruise operator,” she added.
APT and AmaWaterways has helped to redefine European river cruising. Ward goes into detail saying, “APT is a partner of AmaWaterways, some of whose riverships are used for its European river cruise programmes, and it maintains the same very high standards.”
In addition to earning the top ten spots overall, APT and AmaWaterways’ European fleet secured two additional spots in the top fifteen. Receiving the highest possible accolades in the book were AmaPrima, AmaReina, AmaSerena, AmaSonata, AmaVida, AmaVerde, AmaVenita, AmaCerto, AmaBella, AmaLyra, AmaDante, AmaDolce and AmaCello. AmaStella and AmaViola, APT and AmaWaterways’ newest European vessels, joined the fleet this year and have not yet been included in the Berlitz reviews.
The second annual edition of the Berlitz: River Cruising In Europe travel guide is due to be released in May.