(12:15 p.m. EDT) -- AmaWaterways has welcomed its 23rd ship, AmaMora, at a riverside ceremony in Lahnstein, Germany, in the heart of the Rhine Gorge. The launch Thursday follows last week’s christening of the line’s largest ship, AmaMagna – which is twice the size of a regular river cruise ship -- on the Danube, and the May debut of AmaDouro in Portugal.

AmaWaterways Christens New AmaMora River Cruise Ship on the Rhine (Photo: AmaWaterways)

AmaMora, a 156-passenger ship, was christened by Ensemble Travel Group president Libbie Rice, who said it was her “first time being a godmother to anyone or anything”. Rice is the latest godmother in AmaWaterways’ tradition of honoring influential women in the travel industry.

The event was also attended by AmaWaterways president and co-founder Rudi Schreiner, and executive vice president Kristin Karst, along with Lahnstein’s Mayor Peter Labonte and passengers onboard this week’s sailing from Amsterdam to Basel.

AmaMora is almost identical in design to its sister ship, 2018’s AmaLea, with a top-deck swimming pool and swim-up bar, two restaurants, one lounge, a fitness room, hair salon and massage room. The majority of the 78 cabins feature twin balconies, with some including a full step-out balcony. Points of difference include a slightly larger Chef’s Table with seating for 34 guests and a retractable aft veranda.

AmaMora also hosts the line’s new wellness program that provides up to five onboard exercise classes each day, led by a dedicated wellness host, plus guided walks, jogs and cycling ashore in every port of call. 

Read more about AmaWaterways’ wellness program.

AmaMora will operate seven-night Captivating Rhine cruises between Basel and Amsterdam until November when it switches to Christmas Markets on the Rhine itineraries.

AmaWaterways has four more ships in the pipeline, with the potential for another AmaMagna-style ship and possibly a newbuild in Egypt, although neither decision has been confirmed, Schreiner said.

Read more about AmaMagna and why it’s a game-changer on the Danube River.