Both AmaWaterways and Emerald Waterways fall within the mid-tier price range of river cruising. That can make it hard to make a decision, because at face value, they look pretty much the same.
Both lines are family-run, with their owners coming from solid backgrounds in the travel industry. AmaWaterways was founded in 2002 when Austrian-born President Rudi Schreiner, who grew up next to the Danube in Vienna, decided to launch river cruises. Emerald Waterways came along a little later in 2014. It is the sister company to the all-inclusive Scenic river brand, which is the offshoot of the Australian motorcoach tour company founded by Glen Moroney.