AmaWaterways' newest ships AmaKaia and AmaSofia debut in 2026

   June 1, 2024 ,   Cruise Industry

AmaWaterways' fleet will be expanded with two new riverboats debuting in 2026.

AmaKaia will join AmaDara on the Mekong River, while AmaSofia will operate in Europe, on the rivers Rhine and Danube.

Scheduled to debut on May 24, 2026, AmaSofia will become AMA's 24th vessel in Europe. The inaugural 14-night itinerary "Magnificent Europe" will travel between Amsterdam and Budapest, navigating 3 rivers across 4 countries.

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

AmaKaia will provide 22 sailings in 2026, starting with her first voyage on August 3, 2026, and up to 38 sailings in 2027. The initial 7-night itineraries, 'Charms of the Mekong' and 'Riches of the Mekong,' will explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia, offering regional delicacies, a variety of included daily excursions, local onboard entertainment, and luxury amenities. Notable experiences include traditional 'xe-loi' (trishaw) rides, visits to local workshops and monasteries, and a Buddhist Blessing Ceremony. Land extensions are available in several cities, including Siem Reap/Angkor Wat.