AmaWaterways: A River Cruise Experience Like No Other
March 2017 | By AmaWaterways | 2 minute read |
An AmaWaterways river cruise is an extraordinary journey where dramatic sights are met with innovative and luxurious ships.
When you sail with AmaWaterways, you will experience the luxury of more – more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more ways to relax. With an award-winning fleet, critically acclaimed dining and your choice of unique excursions, you will have the trip of a lifetime on an AmaWaterways river cruise.
Highest Rated River Cruise Ships in Europe
Join us aboard the highest-rated ships in Europe as voted by premier travel authority, Berlitz. Berlitz rated AmaWaterway’s ships the top 10 out of 310 river ships reviewed.
Our ships are inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize every aspect of our guests’ experience. You will notice the difference the minute you step on board and are welcomed in the beautiful lobby. From then on, you will be treated to an array of unique and luxurious features as you journey along in your floating hotel. Enjoy exclusive amenities like massage services, a fitness room and a swimming pool while on board. Indulge in award-winning cuisine at a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant — an experience you won’t find elsewhere.
Relax and delight in stunning views in our spacious staterooms, many of which feature twin balconies — a French balcony and an outside balcony. An AmaWaterways’ river cruise ship holds a maximum of 164 guests for an intimate experience, giving you more spacious public areas and larger staterooms.
A proactive, personalized approach to exceeding expectations is a hallmark of the AmaWaterways experience. Our team fully dedicates themselves to providing each of our guests with the highest level of service. At AmaWaterways, we only hire the best of the best. Each member of our crew — whether it’s a stateroom steward or a Cruise Manager — is an expertly-trained professional with a passion for what they do and a commitment to excellence. What’s more, you’ll have the same highly-trained Cruise Manager during both your cruise and land program.
State-of-the Art Staterooms
Most of the staterooms on our European fleet feature not just one, but two private balconies — a French balcony and a full outside balcony. Together, they provide a unique view of the beautiful sights along the river and maximize the natural light coming in. With twin balconies, you can enjoy the river however you like.
Every feature in an AmaWaterways stateroom was thoughtfully conceived with the comfort of our guests in mind. Our staterooms start at 160 square feet, and suites can be as large as 350 square feet, giving you more space to sit back and relax in between meals and explorations. Artfully crafted to a first-class standard, each room is equipped with innovated designs, plush bedding, multi-jet shower heads and many other special touches that make you feel like you’re getting the royal treatment.
Your stateroom was designed to ensure that you travel in luxury from one stunning destination to the next. Set the climate control to your preferences and slip into a terrycloth bath robe as you unwind. Open your French or outside balcony and feel the soothing breeze. Turn on our Entertainment-on-Demand system and put on a newly released movie. Switch your flat-screen monitor into computer mode and hop on the internet to share photos of your adventures with friends and family back home. Your spacious stateroom is yours to relax in and enjoy as you see fit.
AmaWaterways is pleased to offer you a variety of complimentary in-room amenities for your comfort and convenience.
- Apple computer for internet access (with flat-screen monitor) and Wi-Fi
- Entertainment-on-Demand, featuring movies, news, TV and music
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Desk and sitting area
- Mini-fridge on select ships
- High-quality linens and toiletries
- Access to a fleet of bicycles, fitness room and running track on the sundeck
- Multi jet shower head, marble appointed bathrooms
AmaWaterways is a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society. Our expert chefs craft menus that feature exquisite and locally-inspired cuisine. Each meal is specially paired with premium local reds and whites from Europe’s renowned wine regions, with new selections each night.
Your Choice of Dining
Head to the Main Restaurant or the Chef’s Table to savor award-winning cuisine. Stop by the Main lounge for tapas between meals, a light lunch or late night appetizers. More places to dine means fewer guests in each venue, allowing for more personalized service and more space.
Private Wine Rooms
The Main Restaurants features two intimate wine rooms that can accommodate groups of twelve people. The beautiful wine rooms are perfect for a special occasion or a memorable dinner with family and new friends.
The Chef’s Table
Dine at The Chef’s Table, an intimate specialty restaurant serving a special tasting menu. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the chef prepare the cuisine right in front of you. The menu here is unique, making this truly a distinct gastronomic experience. Indulge in delectable dishes served with unlimited fine wines, hand-selected just for this menu.
Seating at most 28 guests, The Chef’s Table is an intimate, private venue. There is no additional cost to dine at the Chef’s table – all you have to do is make a reservation.
The Drinks Are On Us
You will enjoy complimentary, unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner (as well as sparkling wine and fresh-squeezed juices during breakfast). We hand pick only the highest quality wines and pair them with our cuisine. Coffee, tea and bottled water are complimentary and available to you all day long.
A Menu of Excursions
We provide guests with choices of included shore excursions in every port, so you can customize your river cruise to your own personal preferences. These unique and active tours are included in the cruise fare so that you have more choices when it comes to how you prefer to explore. With AmaWaterways, the choice is yours.
We always make it a point to place our guests in small groups. This helps facilitate access to sights and landmarks, a more intimate setting, and more encounters with locals. It’s a great way to take your time as you explore and get to know your fellow travelers better.
Choose Your Pace
We offer tours for gentle, regular and active walkers. If you’re in a very active mood, you can join one of our guided bike or hiking tours.
Immersive City Tours
You can choose to explore the city by joining a guided tour. Every tour is led by a local, English-speaking guide. All of our guides are extremely knowledgeable in the region’s culture and history. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore on your own – your guide is there to recommend local specialties to try or shops where you can find that special souvenir.
Be more active by joining our guided hiking or bike tours. In addition, you can take the bicycles out on your own to explore.
Limited Edition Tours
These tours present opportunities for guests to experience the local culture in a unique way. Live like a local with culinary tours such as cooking classes or specialty tastings. Visit vineyards and taste wine in world renowned wine regions. Venture off the beaten path to explore hidden gems.
The Ultimate Luxury Retreat
With fewer guests on board, we have space for more luxurious amenities. After a day of discovery you can unwind with a massage, work out in our fitness room, grab a drink in the lounge while the resident Pianist plays, or enjoy 360 degree views while relaxing on the sun deck.
Sun Deck Pool
Soak up some rays or take a dip in our refreshing pool with a swim-up bar as we pass by centuries-old castles, charming villages and other breathtaking scenery.
Are you looking for a way to stay fit on vacation? Hit the treadmill or lift some weights, while cruising from one destination to the next. If you prefer to get outside, you can use the running track on the sundeck.
After a marvelous day of immersive shore excursions, return to the ship and treat yourself to a bit of a pampering with a soothing massage.
Whether you’d like to dress up for the Captain’s special dinner or a night out on the town, you can complete your look by getting your hair styled in our salon.
You will enjoy an eclectic schedule of onboard entertainment every night, whether it’s traditional Bavarian music, a local quartet or contemporary piano favorites.
AmaWaterways is an award-wining river cruise line. Since our start in 2002, AmaWaterways has received many accolades for our innovative fleet, exquisite cuisine, personalized service, and menu of excursions.
AmaWaterways’ river cruises have always been inspired by a vision of innovation. Our founder, Rudi Schreiner, was recognized as the “Most Innovative River Cruise Executive” the last 2 years in a row, and he was inducted into the Cruise Lines International Association’s Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Rudi directly oversees the design and construction of the AmaWaterways’ fleet.
In 2017 AmaWaterways was honored as the Travvy Award Gold Winner for Best River Cruise Line Overall; Best River Cruise Ship, AmaStella; Best River Cruise Line, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In 2016 we were awarded the Travvy Gold winner for Best River Cruise Line Overall; Best River Cruise Ship, AmaBella; Best River Cruise Line, Europe, and Asia.
Cruise Critic named AmaWaterways as 2016’s Best River Cruise Line Overall, Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers, and Best River Cruise Line for Families. In 2015 we won Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers and for Dining.
For the past two consecutive years AmaWaterways’ river cruise ships are the highest-rated ships in Europe as voted by premier travel authority, Berlitz. In 2016, Berlitz rated AmaWaterway’s ships the top 10 out of 310 river ships reviewed.
With an award-winning fleet, critically acclaimed dining and your choice of unique excursions, you will have the trip of a lifetime on an AmaWaterways river cruise.