AmaPrima Review

Editor Rating:  5.0
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Why Choose AmaPrima?
  • Terrific variety of fee-free shore excursions
  • Many cabins offer French and traditional verandahs
  • Warm and personable service

AmaPrima 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. AmaPrima, the line's newest ship, carries on that tradition.

Unique to AmaPrima (and sisters AmaCerto, AmaBella and AmaVerde) is that the majority of staterooms 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 AmaPrima make it such a welcoming ship. On the sun deck, a splash pool (with swim-up bar) and its 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 the bicycles.

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 sodas at lunch and dinner.

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

AmaPrima 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.

AmaPrima 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.

AmaPrima 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 for 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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By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

34 AmaPrima Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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The Miks
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We were attending a cousin's wedding in Switzerland and wanted to combine a river cruise with our trip. We were certainly not disappointed! I evaluated several cruise lines and finally decided on AmaWaterways. From the moment of ... Read more
pcbeck
Member Since 2003
1 review
237 forum posts
7 helpful votes
When trying to decide which cruise line and river to choose for our first river cruise we talked to several seasoned travelers/agents and they recommended AmaWaterways along with the Rhine River and boy were they right on both counts. The ... Read more
Peggy R
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We choose AmaWaterways for our first river cruise to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We sailed from Amsterdam to Basel with a tour extension of 2 days in Lucern and 2 days in Zurich. We have cruised many of the large ships but ... Read more

AmaPrima Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.6
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.7
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.5
    5.0
  • Entertainment
    4.2
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.2
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    1.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.6
    5.0
  • Enrichment
    4.4
    4.0
  • Service
    4.9
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.4
    5.0
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