Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor
Amadeus Princess Overview
Built in 2006, Amadeus Princess is one of the oldest ships in Amadeus Cruises by Lueftner's fleet, but it is well maintained and shows little sign of aging. Princess is smartly designed, with huge windows and warm spaces that make it ideal for interacting with fellow passengers without missing the beautiful scenery.
A favorite spot for passengers is the Amadeus Club, located at Princess' aft, which combines comfy chairs, adequate space, hot beverages and games. On cool days, it's a popular spot, where passengers can be found relaxing, playing games and putting together puzzles.
Ditch the diet before sailing: Food onboard Princess is a highlight, where special attention is paid to both presentation and variety. The ship gracefully integrates traditional passenger favorites with regional cuisine, which means there's something for every palate.
The ship is a great option for nearly any budget and travel style, as excursions can be booked a la carte so passengers who would rather explore on their own don't feel obligated to take ship-provided options. With prices at the lower end of the river market, the value-for-money of Princess is extraordinary -- the high-end touches are still there, but the experience is quite customizable.
Passengers on Amadeus sailings tend to book through travel agents, so partial ship charters are the norm rather than the exception. That means provided amenities, especially those in cabins, might change depending on how the cruise was booked.
Amadeus Princess Fellow Passengers
On Amadeus Princess, fellow passengers are well traveled, somewhat older and generally casual in personality. Passengers tend to value getting involved in authentic experiences, rather than more passive touring. While English and German are spoken onboard, the passengers are an international mix, drawing from all over the world, including the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia and Japan. Passengers tend to be in the 60-and-older age bracket. It's rare to see children onboard.
Amadeus Princess Dress Code
Dress onboard Amadeus Princess is mixed but leans toward a bit more formal. In the evenings, men wear slacks, button-down shirts or sweaters. Women wear dresses, skirts and blouses or sweaters, or pantsuits. Jeans do show up, but they're of the tailored, dark-washed variety. For special occasions, such as the Captain's Gala, men wear suits (ties optional), while women wear cocktail gowns or formal pantsuits. During the day, when excursions are scheduled, the vibe is much more casual, with stylish jeans and comfortable shoes the norm.
Amadeus Princess Gratuity
The euro is the currency used onboard Amadeus Princess. Tipping is not included in the price of the cruise fare. The line recommends passengers tip 5 to 7 euros per person, per day, to be split among the crew. Tipping can be done at the end of the cruise, either in cash in envelopes left in cabins on the last evening or by credit card at the concierge desk. Tipping on beverages is not necessary. If you book a massage or hair appointment, plan to pay your tip in cash; it's not included in the cost of the service.