AmaCerto Review

Editor Rating:  5.0
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AmaCerto Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.2
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.7
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.6
    5.0
  • Entertainment
    3.9
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.5
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    1.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.5
    5.0
  • Enrichment
    4.3
    4.0
  • Service
    4.7
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.2
    5.0
Editor Rating
5.0
Cruiser Rating
Why Choose AmaCerto?
  • Includes heated swimming pool with swim-up bar
  • Fare includes wine with dinner, Internet, tours
  • Some cabins feature AMA's cool "twin balcony" setup

AmaCerto Overview

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

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.

Next:  AmaCerto Cabins

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

40 AmaCerto Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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JSBail
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I have cruised with AMA Waterways before on the Danube two years ago. The food, accommodation, excursions, rooms are all excellent. Complimentary wine of a high standard flows freely at meal times and the staff - who are AMA Waterways best ... Read more
HazMel@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our travel agent suggested AMA Waterways for our first river cruise. We selected cruising from Basel to Amsterdam with the pre-cruise option that included tours of Zurich, Lucerne and Basel. We pre-paid for AMA transfer from the Zurich ... Read more
Drouse9
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Let me begin by saying that I've never written a review on a cruise until now even though we've taken many wonderful cruises over the years all over the world. We decided to try a river cruise for the first time and after reading many ... Read more
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