AmaWaterways introduces new sustainability initiatives

AmaWaterways is continuing its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint through new and enhanced sustainability efforts that it is introducing onboard its ships. 

This year, the AmaMagna will add solar panels on the awnings of select staterooms, which will help reduce fuel consumption when heating and cooling staterooms. 

The company is testing a new River Track Pilot navigation system on several ships in order to optimize fuel use based on riverbed configuration and current conditions. 

Food waste has also been top of mind for the river cruise line and is why the company has replaced breakfast and lunch buffets with full service a la carte menus. The switch is expected to reduce food waste by up to 30%, while also providing guests with more tailored, higher-quality service. 

Other efforts are reducing the use of paper onboard its ships by encouraging guest use of its MyAmaCruise app; using a five-stage purification plant onboard the chartered Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River, which recycles river water in the showers and tap; and using battery-powered operations and low-emission generators onboard its largest ship, AmaMagna, which operates with a 10-engine diesel/electronic hybrid system that allows for less fuel usage and reduced noise levels.

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