The brand-new Amalotus will feature staterooms that are similar in design to this one, pictured here. // © 2010 Amawaterways
In addition to the launch of the new Amabella, Amawaterways will introduce the brand-new Amalotus in Southeast Asia next year. The 124-passenger ship will join La Marguerite, which debuted on the Mekong River in the autumn of 2009 as part of the line’s new Vietnam, Cambodia and the Riches of the Mekong itinerary.
Amalotus will have 226-square-foot staterooms, 290-square-foot junior suites and 452-square-foot suites. All suites and staterooms are outside accommodations and more than 82 percent feature balconies.
Like La Marguerite, Amalotus will sail seven-night Mekong river cruises from Siem Reap, Cambodia, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
In Russia, Amawaterways is also launching the completely refurbished Amakatarina in the spring of 2011, with a choice of 10 different stateroom categories, including four different suite categories and accommodations that measure up to 432 square feet. A total of 76 staterooms aboard Amakatarina have balconies, and public spaces will include an alternative restaurant, conference hall, sauna and solarium.
Ama Celebrates Eight Years in Business
Amawaterways is celebrating its eighth anniversary by increasing commissions from its 15 percent base for the North American travel agency community. Agents can now earn an additional $50, $100 or as much as $200 on cruises departing in November, December and April. In addition to these commission levels, the line is also paying 10 percent commission on airfare, including transfers, 12 percent commission on its land program and 10 percent commission on its insurance products. The all-inclusive nature of the line’s product also means that agents will receive commissions on aspects of the cruise including dining, shore excursions, Internet access, wine, movies and more.
Additionally, iPads will be awarded to the eight agents with the highest gross sales of cruises departing during the three months of November, December and April. Bookings must be paid in full by Sept. 30 for all 2010 cruises and a deposit must be made on all April 2011 bookings. Groups and individual reservations qualify for entry.
“Amawaterways has realized its success by establishing close ties with the retail and wholesale travel community,” said president Rudi Schreiner. “We now have 12 luxurious ships available for sale, including our newest vessel, the Amabella, which features the industry’s first double balcony staterooms. We understand the time involved for agents to sell our ships and want to make sure compensation is reflective of the service and guidance agents provide to their customers.”