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AMADEUS Silver is the ‘river vessel of the year’

The AMADEUS Silver, the new flagship of Austrian river cruise specialist Lüftner Cruises, has won this year’s ‘Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2013’ in the category of ‘river boat of the year’.

The prize-giving ceremony took place during the third Cruise Congress on 5 November in Hamburg which brings together elite cruise suppliers from all over the world. The best cruise ships of the year were presented with awards during the event: The prize is unique in Germany and is awarded by the renowned German label ‘Kreuzfahrt Guide’ (Cruise Guide) each year in 7 different categories. A high calibre jury comprising renowned members of the tourist industry decides on the final winner.

Dr. Johannes Bohmann, managing editor for the cruise guide, says of the decision: “The possibilities on the river are limited – there’s not much you can do with the hardware. That may be true where the length and width of the vessel are concerned. But it is not true where the creative design of the cabins and public areas is concerned, as demonstrated by the river boat of the year 2013. The AMADEUS Silver represents a real eye-catching addition to the Innsbruck-based Lüftner family business and banishes the old-fashioned images of river boats to the past. The service and cuisine are excellent – this is taken as read with Lüftner Cruises. The Silver also stands out among the AMADEUS fleet for its attractive rooms: It impresses with modern design in light tones with plenty of light and space and larger cabins – as well as its walk-on balconies in the suites. Finally a fantastic new addition to the international market, a clear majority of the jury agreed”.

The AMADEUS Silver, the official ‘river boat of the year 2013’ is the latest new addition to the AMADEUS fleet and has been operating on the rivers of Europe since it was officially named in April 2013. This premium new addition boosts the fleet to a total of 11 ships and as the first 135m ship operated by Austrian Reederei Lüftner Cruises, offers the tried-and-trusted high AMADEUS standards, spacious design and lots of notable features such as larger standard cabins and luxury suites with walk-on outdoor balconies, an exclusive outside lounge, a 2-floor gym and the new ‘Café Vienna’ which pampers guests with regional Austrian cakes and coffees.

The ‘river boat of the year’ award elevates the AMADEUS Silver to the ranks of the world’s best ships in the river cruise sector. In 2014, the new 135m river boat will offer more than 30 departures on 7 different routes on the Rhine, Main, Danube and waterways of Holland and Belgium.

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