AmaPrima Review

Editor Rating:  5.0
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AmaPrima Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.6
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.6
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.5
    5.0
  • Entertainment
    4.0
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    1.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.5
    5.0
  • Enrichment
    4.3
    4.0
  • Service
    4.9
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.4
    5.0
Editor Rating
5.0
Member Rating
Why Choose AmaPrima?
  • Terrific variety of fee-free shore excursions
  • Many cabins offer French and traditional verandahs
  • Warm and personable service

AmaPrima Overview

By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

AmaWaterways has carved out a niche for itself in the river cruise arena with its emphasis on wine and food amid comfortably stylish surrounds. AmaPrima, the line's newest ship, carries on that tradition.

Unique to AmaPrima (and sisters AmaCerto, AmaBella and AmaVerde) is that the majority of staterooms feature double-balcony configurations. One side is a French verandah, with floor-to-ceiling doors that open wide, and the other is an actual balcony, with comfortable chairs. Notable, too: These spacious staterooms aren't limited to a lucky few. On the top two cabin decks, they're plentiful.

Other delightful features on AmaPrima make it such a welcoming ship. On the sun deck, a splash pool (with swim-up bar) and its deep, comfy wicker-like sofas are popular gathering spots. The small gym is well stocked with state-of-the-art equipment, and the sprawling lounge features a library nook with a faux fireplace.

It's important to note, though, that the ship's gorgeous decor and creature comforts are a backdrop to the experience you'll have on land. AmaWaterways features a nice range of possibilities in each port (most of which come in the complimentary category) that target a variety of travel styles. Highlights include standard tours, themed experiences geared toward interests in areas like art, food and wine, and recreationally oriented expeditions on the bicycles.

AmaWaterways offers terrific value-for-money extras on its cruises; these include free and unlimited Wi-Fi (with an unusually fast connection for a cruise ship) and complimentary beer, wine and sodas at lunch and dinner.

Rounding out a superb cruise experience, the crew on AmaPrima were outstanding. Warm, efficient and personable, the tone was set on the first night onboard, when a couple, having traveled all day, arrived well after mealtime. They and plaintively asked the bartender if there were snacks available. Instead, she went down to the kitchen and assembled them a full meal.

AmaPrima Fellow Passengers

AmaWaterways generally appeals to well-traveled, 50-plus passengers with a strong interest in culinary arts and active exploration. Geographically, passengers are strongly drawn from North America, but the cruise line attracts a solid representation from the U.K. and Australia, where its partner, APT Touring, also markets the line.

AmaPrima Dress Code

Day and night, the prevailing dress code is country club casual, except for the once-a-cruise Captain's Dinner, when male passengers don jackets and ties, and women wear cocktail garb.

AmaPrima Gratuity

Recommended gratuity is 3 euros per passenger, per day, for the ship's cruise manager and 12 euros per passenger, per day, for the crew. This can be paid for with cash or credit card. It's good form to tip tour guides 1 to 2 euros for half-day tours and 5 euros or more for full-day outings.

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By Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

48 AmaPrima Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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peterclye
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have previously used Ama twice before and also other river cruise lines but feel that, however good the other ships were, Ama were better. The quality of the actual boat is first class in all respects, the cabin, the lounges, the dining ... Read more
missouribeachcomber
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose this cruise line and trip based on a recommendation from a good friend who took this trip last year. We flew into Amsterdam and sailed the Rhine for 7 days to Basel. Booking the trip with an Amawaterway rep was easy. One call to ... Read more
Opinionator
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
We had heard good things about AMA and had previously travelled with Viking, Avalon, and Amadeus. The ship was 4 years old and well maintained. The restaurant was on the lower deck as usual but I found the windows to be small and the view ... Read more
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