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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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AmaPrima
AmaPrima

7 Night
Europe’s Rivers & CastlesDetails

80 Reviews
Leaving:Luxembourg
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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AmaMagna
AmaMagna (Photo: AmaWaterways)

7 Night
Gems Of Southeast EuropeDetails

20 Reviews
Leaving:Giurgiu
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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AmaLea
AmaLea (Photo: AmaWaterways)

7 Night
Legendary DanubeDetails

26 Reviews
Leaving:Nuremberg
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
Apr 10, 2023
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AmaLea
AmaLea (Photo: AmaWaterways)

7 Night
Legendary DanubeDetails

26 Reviews
Leaving:Nuremberg
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
Dec 25, 2022
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7 Night
Enchanting RhineDetails

80 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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7 Night
Enchanting RhineDetails

80 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
Mar 21, 2023
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7 Night
Magna On The DanubeDetails

20 Reviews
Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
Nov 12, 2023
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7 Night
Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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7 Night
Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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7 Night
Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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7 Night
Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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7 Night
Gems Of Southeast Europe Chris...Details

2 Reviews
Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
Nov 27, 2023
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7 Night
Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

76 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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7 Night
Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
Nov 27, 2023
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7 Night
Rhine Castles & Swiss AlpsDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
Dec 11, 2023
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AmaWaterways Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

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

Fantastic Experience from booking to Disembarkation!

We chose this cruise specifically for the itinerary which included stops in Giverney to visit Monet's house and gardens and more importantly Le Havre providing an all day excursion to the Normandy D-Day beaches.Each ship has a wellness host who leads several classes every day which are also all included in your cruise fare.Read More
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RachelL18

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Should Be Better for the Price

For that kind of pricing, I expected better food and amenities.When I pointed this our to our Purser I was treated as if I was the stupid one because "that's how foreign exchange works.Read More
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forevercarlsbad

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Don't Trust Older Reviews

But we were very disappointed with the food (with the exception of desserts) and food is a large component of cruise satisfaction.Based on our experience, I would not recommend this AmaWaterways cruise.Read More
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Clover8

2-5 Cruises

Age 80s

Fantastic Rhine Cruise for Group

We chose this cruise because of the great AMA Waterways reputation and the particular itinerary and dates as our group was attending the Belgian Grand Prix soon after this sailing completed.Absolutely great communications from our Cruise Manager Marcia -- she was brilliant!Read More
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GoodCarmaJeff

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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