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AmaCerto
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86% of cruisers loved it
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  • Includes heated swimming pool with swim-up bar
  • Fare includes wine with dinner, Internet, tours
  • Some cabins feature AMA's cool "twin balcony" setup
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AmaCerto 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. AmaCerto, along with sister ship AmaPrima, are among the newer models in the fleet to carry on that tradition.

The majority of AmaCerto's staterooms (along with those found on AmaPrima and near-sisters AmaBella and AmaVerde) 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 AmaCerto 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 AmaCerto 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.

AmaCerto 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.

AmaCerto 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.

AmaCerto 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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AmaCerto Member Reviews

06/15
After 40 ocean cruises I was looking forward to this experience. We spent several days precruise after flying from Los Angeles. We packed light for us but had to check our luggage anyway on Delta. We began in Brussels, went to Bruges and Ghent and ... Read more
Can't wait to go again. 2islandhoppers
04/15
Loved it!! This was our first experience with a river cruise, and we are already planning another. We flew into Geneva midst heavy rain, and traveled by train to Basel for 2 nights before the cruise. Basel is a beautiful very walkable city, ... Read more
Overall a nice experience but thanks to the many new friends we made during the cruise. We booked this cruise soon after a cruise on the River Douro with AMA only 5 months earlier. The AMA Douro cruise was perfect. Sadly this cruise was a very ... Read more
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AmaCerto Ratings

Editor Rating 5.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.1
Public Rooms
5.0
4.8
Cabins
5.0
4.4
Entertainment
4.0
3.9
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.4
Family & Children
1.0
Shore Excursions
5.0
4.5
Enrichment
4.0
4.1
Service
5.0
4.6
Value-for-Money
5.0
4.1

Sailing From

Amsterdam Basel Budapest

Cruises To

Europe - All

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Ship Stats
Crew:
49
Launched:
2012
Decks:
4
Tonnage:
443 feet
Passengers:
164
Registry:
Switzerland
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected
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