Life On Board AmaWaterways
The Premium Experience
When you cruise with AmaWaterways, you don't simply visit a destination, you experience it. That experience begins from the moment you step on board, when you are greeted by our courteous, professional crew. Enjoy a champagne welcome as you meet your fellow guests, whom you'll describe as friends by the end of the cruise. And, get to know your expert Cruise Manager, selected specifically for his or her professionalism, expertise and personality. They'll be with you every step of the way, even on your pre-cruise or post-cruise land program! It's an attention to detail that distinguishes AmaWaterways.
River Cruise Experts
Our fleet of new custom-designed river cruise ships, complimentary amenities, award-winning dining and enriching shore excursions are but a few of the features that set AmaWaterways apart.
Spectacular Riverside Views
Whether you are reading on the sundeck, sipping a glass of wine in the panoramic lounge or relaxing in the comfort of your stateroom, spectacular riverside views are always in sight.
Your Hotel Travels with You
With rivers being the original European highways, the grand capitals of Europe are at your finger tips. Sail into the heart of several renowned cities, while unpacking only once. With AmaWaterways, smooth sailings guarantee no risk of motion sickness. Daily shore excursions will take you to the heart of your destination, visiting famous landmarks and hidden gems.
Intimate Setting On Boardlife
With a capacity of no more than 164 passengers on board our vessels cruising the rivers of Europe, AmaWaterways stresses the importance of maximizing the guest experience.
State-of-the-Art Public Areas
AmaWaterways' custom designed ships offer world-class lounges, expansive dining rooms, intimate Aft Lounges, libraries and alternative dining venues on select vessels.
Whether it is traditional Bavarian music, a classical quartet, an evening with piano music or other regional performances, you will be delighted with every show.
All-Inclusive Cruise Experience
In Europe, AmaWaterways includes a wide selection of complimentary amenities such as Internet access from the comfort of your stateroom and wireless access throughout the ship. All of your meals are included on board and complimentary wine, beer and sodas are flowing freely at lunch and dinner. AmaWaterways also provides complimentary bottled water, specialty coffees and teas throughout your cruise. Experienced guides will lead daily, enriching excursions during your cruise, and passangers are free to use AmaWaterways' fleet of bicycles.
Fitness, Massage, Beauty and Hair Salon
Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit with AmaWaterways. An expert hair stylist, masseuse and beauty therapist is at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Our Massage, Beauty and Hair Salon offers a variety of treatments. A well-equipped Fitness Center is also available featuring a sauna on select ships. A heated whirlpool or swimming pool are also available.
Set your own pace on shore excursions. Enjoy the full attention of your guide. AmaWaterways ensures that you're treated with personalized attention, on land as well as on the river. Our complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions provide a world-class land tour in every destination. We hire the top local guides in every location. We're confident that you'll find no more intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you're visiting. With AmaWaterways, you will enjoy a canal cruise and city tour of Amsterdam; journey to the Black Forest and visit Heidelberg, the oldest university town in Germany. They're but a few examples of the shore excursions included in your cruise.
Daily Shore Excursions
Our complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions will take you to the heart of your destination, visiting its most famous landmarks as well as its hidden gems. You'll find an intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you are visiting. With AmaWaterways, there is no waiting in line to visit famous landmarks, no getting lost as your bus drops you off within walking distance from your tour, and no language barrier as all AmaWaterways guides and crew members speak English.
Set Your Own Pace
In order to accommodate each and every passenger's pace, AmaWaterways offers a "Gentle Walkers" group, for those who'd like to explore at a more leisurely pace. Wherever possible, we also offer an "Active Walkers" group for those interested in covering more ground; and a "Late Starter" group for those who prefer to sleep in.
Experienced Guides Enjoy the full attention of your guide. AmaWaterways ensures that you are treated with personalized attention, on land as well as on the river. AmaWaterways only hires the top local guides for your tours.
To enhance your touring experience in Europe, AmaWaterways provides you with a complimentary headset system allowing you to hear our guides' live-audio transmissions, without the need to huddle together.
Guided Bicycle Tours
AmaWaterways is the only river cruise line that carries more than two dozen bicycles and safety helmets, free for you to use throughout Europe. The bicycles give you the freedom to venture out and explore the riverside bikeways or participate in complimentary guided bicycle tours. Whether you join a guided bike tour or explore on your own, our user-friendly bicycles offer the ultimate in touring freedom.
Land Programs with AmaWaterways
Amawaterways' Ama-Zing service is with you from beginning to end. Stay in 4-star (or higher) deluxe hotels located in prime locations and city centers featuring an Amawaterways Welcome Desk. Land programs are fully-hosted by an AmaWaterways cruise manager and include daily complimentary hot buffet breakfast, a complimentary city tour and transfer from ship to hotel.
Begin with a sophisticated and stylish setting. Toss in a cheerful atmosphere. Add our sumptuous cuisine, wonderful regional wines and attentive service; then sprinkle in gorgeous views. The result — an outstanding dining experience. Our expert chefs create culinary masterpieces that highlight regional cultures and traditions. Guests aboard the AmaCerto, AmaVerde and AmaBella may choose from multiple dining venues, including a Wine Bar, an intimate chef's table with a tasting menu and a delightful al fresco dining terrace (AmaCerto).
Primus Perchtold, AmaWaterways' Executive Chef and winner of three gold medals at the European Championship of Culinary Art in Nuremberg, designs exquisite menus for our passengers' enjoyment in Europe.
La Chaine des Rotisseurs
Amawaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line invited to join one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations founded in 1950 in Paris. Every AmaWaterways vessel cruising in Europe is an official member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs. Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen.
A Variety of Dining Venues
As AmaWaterways continues to design new ships, unique dining experiences are a major emphasis. Guests aboard the AmaCerto, AmaVerde and AmaBella may choose from multiple dining venues, including a Wine Bar, an intimate chef's table restaurant with a tasting menu and a delightful Al Fresco dining terrace — AmaWaterways' latest dining innovation.
An Array of Dining Options
Early Risers enjoy breakfast in the Main lounge while a full buffet breakfast with made-to-order specialties, accompanied by freshly-baked breads and pastries is served from 7am daily. At lunch, you'll find an enticing buffet laden with fresh salads, pasta dishes, hot entrees, and desserts, as well as meals to order from the menu; a light lunch option is also available in the Main Lounge. In the afternoon, stop by the Main Lounge for tea or complimentary espresso, as well as sandwiches, pastries and cookies. Dinner is a multi-course affair, accompanied by free-flowing wines and beer.
Wine, beer, and more wine
Every dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks. In Europe, complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast. Bottled water, specialty teas and coffees are always available free of charge.
New for 2018, AmaWaterways are introducing 'Sip and Sail' happy hour whereby drinks are included in the bar 1 hour before dinner.
Culinary Delights, Bites & Sights Tours
New for 2012, these specially-crafted guided walking tours provide a delectable "taste" of Europe in select destinations. Tours include visits to cooking schools, stops at culinary specialty shops, chocolatiers and charcuteries and perhaps a bistro or biergarten and more.
Best Cabin Features and Amenities
AmaWaterways is the proud winner of the 2011 TravelAgeWest "Best Cabin Features and Amenities" WAVE Award.
Our three newest ships, the AmaCerto, AmaVerde and AmaBella, continue the tradition of innovative luxury with their uniquely-configured public and private spaces. The ships' groundbreaking feature is our exclusive Twin Balcony Stateroom. This imaginative design is available on most staterooms, and consists of a French Balcony plus a separate Outside Balcony for private enjoyment. Relax and enjoy a drink or your morning coffee from your full-size outside balcony; or simply slide open your French Balcony to marvel at the passing scenery. Our Twin Balconies offer the best of all possible worlds.
Exclusive Twin Balcony Staterooms
One of AmaWaterways' groundbreaking innovations is our exclusive Twin Balcony Stateroom. The Twin Balconies consist of a French Balcony plus a separate Outside Balcony for the private enjoyment of your river cruise experience. Twin Balcony Staterooms are available on select vessels cruising in Europe.
Innovative French Balconies
Simply slide open your floor-to-ceiling glass door in your stateroom to enjoy the fresh air and incredible scenery as you travel on the rivers of Europe.
Feel at Home in the Privacy of Your Room
In-room furnishings include white-on-white plush down bedding, a cozy sitting area, flat-panel TV, hair dryer, safe, terry bathrobes, slippers, individually controlled air-conditioning, ample closet space and bottled water replenished daily on all of our European ships. Your spacious bathroom features a shower with multi-jet shower heads, spa bath and body toiletries and a magnifying mirror.
Top of the line infotainment system
AmaWaterways offers the industry's most comprehensive information and entertainment experience in Europe. Stay connected, thanks to the computer with high speed Internet access in your stateroom, plus Wi-Fi. Our exclusive movie-on-demand system offers Hollywood's newest releases and a selection of classic movies. Enjoy a variety of English-language news, sports and satellite TV stations, as well as a large selection of music channels. It's all available on your flat-panel TV, and it's completely free of charge.
Service With A Smile
With AmaWaterways, you'll find an exceptional vacation experience. In addition you'll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. After ten years in business, we believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention. Our passengers consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. How do we know? They tell us. Passengers aboard every AmaWaterways ship complete a detailed questionnaire at the end of their cruise, and we diligently read every single one of them. It provides continuous feedback on our passengers' experience, and enables us to guide our onboard staff. We can praise the staff for a job well done, and make quick adjustments before the start of the next cruise. At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority.
Cruise Managers that Care
Your expert Cruise Manager is selected specifically for his or her professionalism, expertise and personality. They'll be with you every step of the way, even on your pre-cruise or post-cruise land program! It's the attention to detail that distinguishes AmaWaterways.
Organized, Professional Service
Each crew member on board, from housekeeping staff to the Captain is dedicated to providing excellent service. Each team consists of professional staff constantly working together to make your cruise a trip to remember.
English, the Universal Language On Board
On all of our vessels, the common language is English, although the onboard members of the AmaWaterways "family" come from a rich array of countries.
Expert Tour Guides in Every City
Enjoy the full attention of your tour guide. AmaWaterways ensures that you're treated with personalized attention, on land as well as on the river. AmaWaterways hires the top local guides in every location.
Feedback Drives our Future
AmaWaterways believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention. Our passengers consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority.