SUMMARY OF AMA WATERWAYS NEWS:
AMA Waterways will debut AmaMagdalena in 2024, its first ship on the Magdalena River*
AMA's partnership with Adventures by Disney will have three European rivers next year.
Two new ships will be put in service in 2025 -AmaMelodia and AmaSintra.
Plus, AmaWaterways will launch a fresh weeklong Imperial Danube itinerary that sails roundtrip from Budapest, Hungary.
Ama also has limited availability for its Black culture-focused voyages covering either Egypt or France in November 2024.
*The Magdalena River (Spanish: Río Magdalena) is one of the most important and longest rivers in Colombia, South America. It plays a significant role in the country's geography, history, and culture. Here are some key facts and information about the Magdalena River:
Length and Geography: The Magdalena River is approximately 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) long, making it the longest river entirely within Colombia. It flows from south to north, originating in the Andes Mountains in the southwestern part of the country and emptying into the Caribbean Sea on the northern coast.
Watershed: The river has a vast watershed, covering an area of over 257,000 square kilometers (99,000 square miles). It drains a significant portion of Colombia, making it a crucial waterway for transportation and commerce.
Importance: The Magdalena River has historically been a lifeline for Colombia, serving as a major transportation route for people, goods, and agriculture. It has played a vital role in the country's economic development and has been instrumental in connecting the interior of Colombia to the Caribbean coast.
Navigation: The river has been used for centuries for transportation. Boats and steamships have navigated its waters, carrying goods such as coffee, bananas, coal, and other products from the interior to coastal ports. Today, it still serves as a transportation route, although its importance has diminished with the development of highways and railways.
Biodiversity: The Magdalena River basin is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including various species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. However, the river's ecosystem is under threat due to habitat loss and pollution.
Historic and Cultural Significance: The Magdalena River has played a significant role in Colombia's history and culture. Many towns and cities along its banks have rich historical and cultural heritage, and their development has been closely tied to the river.
Tourism: In recent years, the Magdalena River has gained popularity as a tourist destination for activities like river cruises, birdwatching, and eco-tourism. Travelers can explore the river's scenic beauty and leIarn about its cultural and historical significance.