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AmaWaterways Cruises

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About AmaWaterways Cruises

Premium river cruise line offers solid inclusions, more active shore excursions than most, as well as wine theme cruises.

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AmaViola
AmaViola

5 Night
Majestic Capitals Of The DanubeDetails

40 Reviews
Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
Dec 23, 2023
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Enticing DouroDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Porto
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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AmaSerena
AmaSerena

7 Night
Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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AmaLyra
AmaLyra

7 Night
Paris & NormandyDetails

Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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7 Night
Paris & NormandyDetails

Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Paris & NormandyDetails

Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Flavors Of Portugal & SpainDetails

Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Captivating RhineDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Colors Of ProvenceDetails

Leaving:Lyon
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Colors Of ProvenceDetails

Leaving:Lyon
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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Who goes on AmaWaterways cruise ships?

Most passengers are North Americans, though a good share come from Australia and the U.K. Most are in the 50-plus range, and are well-educated and active. AmaWaterways attracts solo travelers and couples, and recent ships draw families and multigenerational groups with stateroom designs accommodating multiple passengers.

Do I have to dress up on a AmaWaterways cruise?

A little bit, particularly in Europe where, in general, the dress code is country club casual, with cruisers turning up the notch a bit for the captain's night and farewell dinner, showing up dressed as they would be for a fine restaurant.

In Southeast Asia, the line urges cruisers to travel lighter with smart casual clothing for the welcome and farewell dinners, and in Africa the rule is casual throughout.

Is everything free on AmaWaterways cruises?

In all destinations, AmaWaterways offers free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea and bottled water, and in Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia, a complimentary shore excursion is provided in each port. In Africa all excursions are included in the fare.

On all European river cruises (except Portugal), there is complimentary sparkling wine and juices at breakfast, and beer, soft drinks and unlimited wines at lunch and dinner, plus a cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer and spirits. These same cruises provide free bikes and helmets for independent use in port.

In Vietnam and Cambodia, cruisers have complimentary soft drinks, juices, house brand spirits, local beers, filtered coffee and tea during the cruise, with free flowing wine with lunch and dinner onboard and bottled water, replenished daily.

In Africa complimentary wine and beer is served with all lunch and dinners onboard.

Gratuities, laundry, spa and beauty services and some shore excursions carry an additional fee, as do premium alcoholic beverages and drinks outside of meal times.

What are AmaWaterways’s most popular activities?

The destinations visited are the main draw for cruises on an Ama sailing, and passengers take advantage of shore excursions that range from Gentle to Active Walker groups; there's even a concentrated Late Starter option for people who want to sleep in but still see key tour highlights. In Europe there are also guided bicycle and hiking tours in some cities along the way.

While sailing, wine tastings and lectures draw a crowd, and when nothing is on the schedule, cruisers are just as happy to relax on deck or in the lounge and watch the scenery go by or read. Some afternoons local cultural groups come onboard to perform and share their heritage.

AmaWaterways has found that many of its passengers want active pursuits onboard, so the line established a wellness program onboard. Passengers do relax in the lounges, but they also show up for stretch sessions, yoga, cardio/core strengthening, resistance band workouts and circuit training.

There are quite a few reasons to be in your stateroom, too; the line's Entertainment-On-Demand system not only provides high-speed internet access but also movies, music and English language TV stations.

Why go with AmaWaterways?

  • River cruises in Europe, Africa and Asia
  • Semi-inclusive cruise fares
  • Some ships have family-friendly cabins

Best for: Wine-lovers, foodies, wellness enthusiasts and families

Not for: Travelers who depend on wheelchairs

AmaWaterways Cruises Cruiser Reviews

This is a Barbie House - all show , no substance

My first floor room was as expected, small but adequate.We were most disappointed by the docking locations and time in port.Read More
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Mary229

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Terrific Crew, Wonderful Guides, Superb Food

We experienced Giverny in a whole, new way, the arboretum, garden and chateau tours took us through delightful country and were well paced for healthy, mature walkers.Petrus, our waiter was warm, welcoming and very helpful as he guided us through a delicious and delightful menu with great variety.Read More
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Strongint

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Wonderful, relaxing cruise

Our first river cruise, and it was a wonderful change from ocean cruising.Knowing that we would not be getting the ocean vessel experience we were accustomed to, we were looking forward to seeing what small vessel river cruising was like, and it turned out to be wonderful.Read More
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wdmarsh

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

First Time Cruisers - Hooked

The ship prepared three delicious meals a day and with a few exceptions (when we were on shore) we enjoyed every single one.They were always prepared, always anticipating our needs, and always exceeding our expectations.Read More
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wafflesandchocolates

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

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