L Catterton Makes Significant Investment in AmaWaterways

L Catterton, a global investment firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a significant stake in AmaWaterways from a consortium of investors led by Certares.

L Catterton joins founders Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and the Murphy family, all of whom remain committed to supporting AmaWaterways’ long-term growth in the river cruising industry and will continue to have meaningful ownership in the company.

“This is an exciting new chapter for AmaWaterways,” said Rudi Schreiner, co-founder and CEO of AmaWaterways. “L Catterton brings unique insight into today's customers, as well as exciting ideas on how we can work together to capitalize on a number of growth opportunities across our business.”

Added Marc Magliacano, co-managing partner of L Catterton’s flagship fund: “We look forward to leveraging our global network and deep expertise across travel to identify new growth opportunities and thoughtful expansion initiatives, while empowering the innovative and pioneering spirit that has driven AmaWaterways’ success over the last two decades.”

Founded in 2002, AmaWaterways curates unforgettable travel experiences for guests alongside their travel advisor partnerships around the world. The line’s itineraries explore rivers in Europe, Asia and Africa.

“AmaWaterways is a truly special company—we deeply value and appreciate the opportunity we have had to partner with Rudi, Kristin, the Murphy family, and the McGeary family,” said Colin Farmer, senior managing director and head of the management committee of Certares.

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