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AmaReina (APT)
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AmaReina (APT)
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Casual all-day eatery offers a change from formal dining


Cabins on the lowest deck are only accessible via stairs

Bottom Line

A stylish yet casual river cruising experience


Passengers 164
Crew 49
Passenger to Crew 3.35:1
Launched 2014
Shore Excursions 109
Carolyn Spencer Brown
Cruise Critic Contributor

AmaReina (APT) Overview

AmaReina, a nearly identical sister ship to AmaPrima, AmaCerto, AmaBella and AmaVerde, spends its entire season sailing for Australia-based APT. Short for Australian Pacific Touring, the Melbourne company, founded in 1927, owns part of AmaWaterways.

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Part of the line's Concerto class of ships, AmaReina has one new twist to it that the others don't: a casual all-day eatery for those looking for a change from formal dining room meals (or ultra-light casual buffets in the lounge).

Unique to AmaReina and its Concerto-class siblings, 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 AmaReina make it a welcoming ship. On the sun deck, a splash pool (with swim-up bar) and deep, comfy wicker-like sofas are popular gathering spots. The small gym is well stocked with state-of-the-art equipment.

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. APT features a nice range of possibilities in each port (most of which are complimentary), targeting a variety of travel styles. Highlights are the themed experiences geared toward interests like art, and food and wine, as well as recreational cycling expeditions.

AmaReina has also seen the addition of several special tour options. These include a private performance by members of Vienna's Mozart Boys Choir at the gorgeous City Palace, the official winter residence of Liechtenstein's royal family, and a personally guided tour of Burg Namedy, a gorgeous, restored castle. There's also a fun day trip from Linz to Salzburg aboard the Majestic Imperator, a gorgeous restored steam train.

APT offers terrific value-for-money extras on its cruises, including free and unlimited Wi-Fi (with an unusually fast connection for a cruise ship) and complimentary liquor and other beverages. Gratuities are included in all cruise fares.

The crew on AmaReina rounded out our superb cruise experience. Warm, efficient and personable, the staff set the tone on the first night onboard, when a couple, arriving well after mealtime, asked the bartender if there were snacks available. Instead, she went down to the kitchen and assembled a full meal for the weary travelers. Now that's service.

Fellow Passengers

APT generally appeals to well-travelled, 50-and-older passengers with a strong interest in culinary arts and active exploration. Geographically, passengers are strongly drawn from Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

AmaReina (APT) 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 wear jackets and women glam up in cocktail garb.

AmaReina (APT) Gratuity

All gratuities are included in the cruise fares.

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AmaReina (APT) Member Reviews

AmaReina (APT)
Sail Date: Jul 2018
Normally we are independent travellers and this was the first trip organised by someone else . We chose APT because of the rave reviews from others who had chosen this way to travel. It exceeded our expectations....Read More
AmaReina (APT)
Judith Williams
Sail Date: May 2018
This cruise exceeded our expectations. Staff courteous and friendly yet we all had lots of fun and laughs with them. Food 5 Star and service 5 Star. From 5 course dinners to dancing to ABBA all on board enjoyed...Read More
AmaReina (APT)
Sail Date: Jun 2016
It was a 50th wedding anniversary celebration for my husband' parents, they had always wanted to do a European River cruise. We could not have been happier with the service provided by APT and the crew aboard the...Read More
AmaReina (APT)
Sail Date: Apr 2015
Just got back off the Amareina after a lovely relaxing week on the Danube, ship is new and very clean, staff are very friendly, nothing was a problem and they were always smiling, what a good bunch, Kate the Manager...Read More

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