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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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AmaSerena
AmaSerena

7 Night
Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps

77 Reviews
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AmaMagna
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7 Night
Best Of The Danube

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AmaMora
AmaMora

7 Night
Swiss Alps & Rhine Castles

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AmaLyra
AmaLyra

14 Night
Grand Seine & Rhône

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7 Night
Christmas Markets On The Rhine

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Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps Wine Cruise

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Grand Danube Cruise

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Romantic Danube

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Enchanting Rhine

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Enchanting Rhine

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Gems Of Southeast Europe

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7 Night
Riches Of The Mekong

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Gems Of Southeast Europe Christmas Markets

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Europe’s Rivers & Castles

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Flavors Of Portugal & Spain

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AmaWaterways Cruises 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

Disappointing

Our conclusion is that we would probably choose another company for our next river cruise, or we would make sure that the ship was newer or recently refurbished.My husband and I have just done the Douro River cruise on Ama Waterways.Read More
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Isabel R

many10+ Cruises

Age 72s

A Sea Cruiser's Take on the AmaMagna

One thing that was disappointing (again, I don’t know if this is unique, or generally true of river cruises) is that there are long stretches of day where there is no food available anywhere; they put out some finger sandwiches and biscuits at tea-time, but it’s a pale comparison to tea aboard Viking and when you come back from a six-hour excursion and it’s still three hours until dinner, you are out of luck.Because of the aforementioned tendency of river boats to stop only briefly at docks to disembark and embark tour bus passengers, you will spend long periods sailing; one stretch was over 20 hours, basically like an ‘at-sea’ day on an ocean liner.Read More
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rjeffb

few6-10 Cruises

Age 65s

Lovely summer solstice cruise on the Rhine/Main

Big shout out to our cruise director, Jessi, who proudly wore her dirndl and got us all dancing.Can’t wait for our next Ama cruise.Read More
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adubya12

few6-10 Cruises

Age 68s

Some good, some bad. Overall just OK.

No one waiting at the dock to tell us where to go.Another mishap: We made some friends on the boat who invited us to celebrate one of their birthdays at the chef's dinner the following evening.Read More
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couple2-5 Cruises

Age 67s

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