Rudi Schreiner, co-founder of AmaWaterways, has been inducted into the Cruise Lines International Association (Clia) Hall of Fame.
The group presented him with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during a gala in Vancouver.
“It’s a true honour to be selected as a member of this prestigious group and I thank Clia for considering me for this award,” said Schreiner in his acceptance speech.
“I have dedicated my career to expanding the river cruising segment and am still just as passionate about the field as when I started. I am also inspired by the opportunity that exists ahead, with so much untapped potential.
“On behalf of my extraordinary team at AmaWaterways, I can say that we are proud to have created a wonderful experience for our guests over the years, and that we are all grateful to continue being part of something so very special.”
Schreiner’s extensive experience dates back to his early twenties. He is considered one of the pioneers of the river cruise market.
Today, Schreiner directly oversees AmaWaterways’ overall operations, ship design and itinerary development.
In recognising Schreiner, Clia cited numerous achievements and milestones, including programmes, services and amenities created by he and his wife and co-owner, Kristin Karst.
“I know that I speak on behalf of the entire AmaWaterways family in saying how proud we are of Rudi for all that he has achieved through his hard work, passion and energy,” Karst commented. “Rudi’s innovative spirit and dedication to his business partners, the travel agent community and the AmaWaterways team and crew have helped create the long-lasting relationships that have made our company what it is today.”
The Clia Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year during the Cruise360 Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards dinner.
The award honours an individual who has been a staunch and loyal advocate for the cruise travel industry, advocating on behalf of the industry and has made significant contributions to growing and promoting overall cruise travel to the public. Winners were nominated by Clia members earlier in the year.