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AmaBella Review

AmaBella
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  • 162-passenger ship debuted in May 2010
  • Fare includes wine with dinner, Internet use and tours
  • Spacious cabins for a river cruise line
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AmaBella Overview

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Editor Rating
5.0
AmaWaterways has carved out a niche for itself in the river cruise arena with its emphasis on wine and food amid comfortably stylish surrounds.

The majority of AmaBella's staterooms (along with those found on AmaVerde and near-sisters AmaCerto and AmaPrima) feature double-balcony configurations. One side is a French verandah, with floor-to-ceiling doors that open wide, and the other is an actual balcony, with comfortable chairs. Notable, too: These spacious staterooms aren't limited to a lucky few. On the top two cabin decks, they're plentiful.

Other delightful features on AmaBella make it such a welcoming ship. On the sun deck, a splash pool (with swim-up bar) and deep, comfy wicker-like sofas are popular gathering spots. The small gym is well stocked with state-of-the-art equipment, and the sprawling lounge features a library nook with a faux fireplace.

It's important to note, though, that the ship's gorgeous decor and creature comforts are a backdrop to the experience you'll have on land. AmaWaterways features a nice range of possibilities in each port (most of which come in the complimentary category) that target a variety of travel styles. Highlights include standard tours; themed experiences geared toward interests in areas like art, food and wine; and recreationally oriented expeditions on bicycles. (Two dozen of them are stored onboard, and they're free for passengers to use in port.)

AmaWaterways offers terrific value-for-money extras on its cruises; these include free and unlimited Wi-Fi (with an unusually fast connection for a cruise ship) and complimentary beer, wine and soda at lunch and dinner.

Rounding out a superb cruise experience, the crew on AmaBella are outstanding. Warm, efficient and personable, the tone was set for us on the first night onboard, when a couple, having traveled all day, arrived well after mealtime. They plaintively asked the bartender if there were snacks available. Instead, she went down to the kitchen and assembled them a full meal.

AmaBella Fellow Passengers

AmaWaterways generally appeals to well-traveled, 50-plus passengers with a strong interest in culinary arts and active exploration. Geographically, passengers are strongly drawn from North America, but the cruise line attracts a solid representation from the U.K. and Australia, where its partner, APT Touring, also markets the line.

AmaBella Dress Code

Day and night, the prevailing dress code is country club casual, except for the once-a-cruise Captain's Dinner, when male passengers don jackets and ties and women wear cocktail garb.

AmaBella Gratuity

Recommended gratuity is 3 euros per passenger, per day, for the ship's cruise manager and 12 euros per passenger, per day, for the crew. This can be paid with cash or credit card. It's good form to tip tour guides 1 to 2 euros for half-day tours and 5 euros or more for full-day outings.
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AmaBella Member Reviews

African Wonders 801Jeff
06/14
AMA Waterways markets this riverboat cruise,but only 4 of the 20 nights was aboard the riverboat. Nonetheless, because of the nature of the trip,and the marketing by AMA, this seemed a good place to post the review. We were traveling to Cape Town ... Read more
My 80+ mother and I were on the Romantic Danube cruise, our 2nd AmaWaterways cruise. Last year in October we did the Enchanting Rhine. We did our own pre-cruise in Prague so that mother could see things at her pace. Stayed at the Hotel Lippert and ... Read more
My wife and a friend of hers thought a "Christmas Market" cruise would be a great idea. While I disagreed, my martyr complex compelled me to go. I have not been on a cruise of any kind in over 30 years and was happy to keep the record in tack. ... Read more
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AmaBella Ratings

Editor Rating 5.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.3
Public Rooms
5.0
4.7
Cabins
5.0
4.5
Entertainment
4.0
3.9
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.7
Family & Children
1.0
1.7
Shore Excursions
5.0
4.6
Enrichment
4.0
4.1
Service
5.0
4.5
Value-for-Money
5.0
4.5

Sailing From

Budapest Nuremberg Vilshofen

Cruises To

Europe - All

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Ship Stats
Crew:
49
Launched:
2010
Decks:
4
Tonnage:
443 feet
Passengers:
162
Registry:
Switzerland
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected
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