Editor's Note: AmaDagio is no longer an active member of the fleet.
Launched in 2006, AmaDagio was the first custom-built river cruise ship for APT/AmaWaterways. Introducing the Aria class of vessels, it specialises in APT’s French itineraries, as well as longer voyages between Arles, France and Amsterdam, Holland.
Australian family company APT is co-owner of AmaWaterways and tailors its cruises specifically for the Australian, New Zealand and UK markets. Its Royal Collection itineraries are escorted by an APT tour/cruise director, and fares include shore excursions, alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks (excluding premium brands), Wi-Fi, tips and transfers.
Excursions on AmaDagio's cruises include the Freedom of Choice program in selected destinations, which allows you to tailor your holiday to suit your interests and tastes. Passengers who stay in the top suite categories receive extra benefits, such as room service dining, private butler service that includes ironing, shoe shining and independent excursion booking.
AmaDagio's standard cabins are 15.7 square metres, a healthy size for a river cruise industry where cabins are typically in the 14-square-metre range. AmaDagio also boasts four 23.6-square-metre suites. All cabins have "Infotainment" setups, basically flat-screen TVs with Internet access, movie and music libraries, bow and navigational cams and more. Eighty-two percent of cabins feature French balconies (sliding-glass doors with railings). Cabins on the lower Piano Deck feature picture windows right at the water line instead of French balconies.
AmaDagio has two lounges -- a large main lounge at the bow and a more intimate lounge located at the stern -- that offer panoramic views of Europe. There's also a sun deck with a whirlpool. Other onboard amenities include an elevator, a small fitness area and a treatment room.
The design of AmaDagio was replicated over the next three years by AmaDolce, AmaLyra, AmaCello, AmaDante and AmaLegro.