AmaWaterways has partnered with Metropolitan Touring, a tour operator in South America, to introduce a new river cruise experience in Colombia.
According to a press release, the alliance brings together the expertise of Metropolitan Touring destinations and AmaWaterways’ team of river cruise experts, making the latter the first luxury river cruise line to sail the Magdalena River.
From December 2023, guests will be able to sail aboard a new “eco-friendly, fully custom-built river cruise ship,” AmaWaterways said.
The new ship and cruise program will incorporate the design experience of AmaWaterways president and co-founder Rudi Schreiner, as well as Metropolitan Touring’s expertise in expedition cruising to the Galapagos Islands.
“It is not since my university beginnings to explore the Amazon River that I have felt the excitement of discovering a new destination so rich in biodiversity and culture, as I found on the Magdalena River in Colombia”, Schreiner said. “I am 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.”
Paulina Burbano de Lara, Managing Director of Metropolitan Touring, said Colombia has always been “a country close to her heart”.
“Finding the right partner to develop Colombia’s very first eco-friendly river cruise experience was therefore of the utmost importance to our company and me,” she explained. “We know that Rudi, Kristin and the entire AmaWaterways team share our passion for the Magdalena River, and we are delighted that together we will create innovative and rewarding experiences for customers.”
AmaWaterways guests will be able to choose from two seven-night itineraries with land-based programs before and after the cruise exploring the Magdalena River and exploring Colombia’s cultural and natural heritage.
Passengers – accompanied by a qualified team, which will include an onboard wellness manager – will be able to enjoy nature, wildlife, culture, flavors and local people, as well as activities such as the kayaking, hiking and bird watching.
“It’s incredibly exciting to be able to launch a new river cruise destination like Colombia, with such a colorful history and artistic journey,” 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-renowned destination partner, Metropolitan Touring, we will be able to offer our customers the opportunity to explore a fourth discover the hidden gems of Colombia along the majestic Magdalena River. ”
Specific routes are currently under development, AmaWaterways said, with more details expected in the coming weeks.