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AMAWATERWAYS RIVER CRUISES REVIEW
A premium river cruise line that will EXCEED your expectations in every way.
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AmaWaterways river cruises are the pefect
match for discriminating travelers.

Since its launch in 2002, by river cruise industry pioneer Rudi Schreiner, industry executive Kristin Karst, and the founder of Brendan Tours, James Murphy, AmaWaterways has managed to redefine the concept of river cruising. Starting with just two vessels chartered from a European-based river cruise company, Ama’s growth has been nothing short of remarkable. By 2010, they had expanded to eight ships, including the elegant AmaVerde in Europe, AmaKatarina in Russia and the impeccable AmaLotus in Vietnam. Over the last 7 years they have continued to add many more new ships in Europe, Southeast Asia, and even in Africa sailing the Chobe River. They are very proud to note that they now own or operate the youngest fleet overall in Europe, Russia, and Southeast Asia.

Ama's collection of deluxe ships are designed to only accommodate 28 to 162 pampered guests, and we do mean pampered. All AmaWaterways ships are fully air-conditioned and non-smoking. All staterooms and suites enjoy wonderful river views with over 82% enjoying private, dual or French balconies. We think you’ll find it so cool the first time you drop down into one of the many locks the ships pass through and are actually able to reach out and touch the locks granite walls. It’s also really neat to be able to turn off the air-conditioning during the warm Summer and Fall months, leave the balcony doors wide-open and savor the fresh breezes and fragrent aromas along the river, especially at night.

With the recent introduction of the AmaKristina, AmaViola and AmaStella and the AmaLea, all AmaWaterways ships now feature multiple fine dining options as well as their new, state-of-the-art “Twin Balcony” stateroom design concept. This distinctive and revolutionary design feature, found in the newer ships offer staterooms which consists of a French Balcony for unimpeded views and fresh air, plus a separate "walk-out" balcony allowing for private, al-fresco enjoyment of your river cruise experience. You'll also find even larger cabins than the other ships in Ama’s fleet. While the standard, money saving Ama French balcony stateroom is a very spacious 170 square feet, the standard size for dual balcony staterooms on their new builds is a minumum of 210sq ft, both far bigger than other cruise lines offer. There may be no finer way to cruise the Danube and Rhine rivers than in one of these marvelously designed cabins. These exquisite luxury vessels hold a mere 162 passengers in 81 staterooms and suites, all with river views. Staterooms average a robust 214 sq ft — larger than on most ocean cruise ships! One of the most interesting features of their newest vessels like the AmaStella is that AMA offers a number of conecting staterooms and, a few staterooms that hold three passengers, both are first in the river cruise industry.  

Not only has Ama been introducing new ships in Europe but also in Southeast Asia and Africa as well. AmaWaterways introduced the AmaDara to the Mekong River in 2015. While at a glance the AmaDara may seem a bit larger and more traditional that other Mekong ships, she is absolutely the perfect ship for this cruise.  The cabins are extremely large (starting at 250sf) with suites at an amazing 502sf.  Even better, her size allows for more and better public space than any other Mekong ship.  The AmaDara even has a wonderful swimming pool for you to enjoy and believe me, there's nothing better than a cooling plunge after a hot day of touring. 

The AmaDara's elegent and very spacious Saigon lounge, beautiful Mekong Restaurant and of course, the Chef's Table (28 seat specialty restaurant) add to your enjoyment aboard this outstanding ship. For the ever-popular Mekong River voyages through Vietnam and Cambodia, you definitely must book well in advance to ensure a prime cabin on the date of your choice. In this case, size is truly important when selecting your Mekong River cruise.

Not as well-known as Ama’s Europe and Asia ships is their newly renovated ship the Zambezi Queen launched in 2015 on the Chobe River in Africa. This amazing ship carries only 28-passengers in staterooms up to 300sqft, offers a sophisticated onboard experience, and all spaces are designed to maximize animal sightings. All itineraries are cruise/tours and include land-based safaris!

Announcement — AmaWaterways' new super-ship, AmaMagna, to be launched in May of 2019.
There’s a new destination on the Danube — the extraordinary AmaMagna, debuting on her maiden river cruise in May 2019. At 72 feet wide and 443 feet in length this is an incredible evolution of AmaWaterways’ already exceptional fleet of river cruise ships. AmaMagna will embody the invariable world-class service, 5-star dining, high-quality amenities and authentic experiences our past guests hold dear — but now there’s even more to love. At almost twice the width of traditional European river cruise ships, AmaMagna invites you to luxuriate within both sprawling spaces and intimate pockets that offer moments of repose so invigorating you may never want to leave!

Currently, the extraordinary new AmaMagna is docked at the Port of Constanta in Romania on the western coast of the Black Sea. Why? Because this floating haven of rejuvenation has such grand dimensions and offers such incredible personal space that she cannot sail the narrowest waterways to get to her next temporary home... she will soon be taking an epic ocean voyage to Rotterdam, Netherlands!

Once dry docked in Rotterdam, AmaMagna will be meticulously outfitted with luxurious furniture and eclectic contemporary design elements, receiving the finishing touches in such venues as her expansive Health & Wellness Studio and exclusive Wine Bar and restaurant. Bookmark this page, and check back frequently for more exciting updates on AmaMagna in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, click the following links to get an inside peak at AmaMagna's DECK PLAN, PHOTO GALLERY, and video presentation of the BUILDING OF THE AMAMAGNA. Enjoy!

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The AmaWaterways philosophy: destination-focused journeys, hospitality, service.
One of the myriad reasons we're so enthusiastic about AmaWaterways and why they continue to win so many awards are their ships. AmaWaterways offers some of the river cruise industry’s most innovative ship designs. But, Ama is not just about their ships. The philosophy of Ama centers around a belief that while you’ll be captivated by the towns, cities and villages of your chosen destination, you’ll also discover that when it comes to river cruising, the journey is every bit as important as the destination. Your journey will start with an exceptional ship, a warm and genuinely friendly crew — they’ll know you name by day two — and then the experience becomes even more rewarding with each day of your river cruise trip.

New for 2018 — Living well on the rivers.
When we discuss AmaWaterways, we always seem to circle back to a common word: innovation. AMA is constantly innovating new ideas on their river trips. That pursuit continues in 2018, as AMA introduces an onboard wellness program on many itineraries, complete with a wellness host that will lead a variety of exercise classes and onboard lectures focused on healthy eating and relaxation techniques.

In addition to offering more healthy cuisine options, like gluten-free, low-sodium, and vegetarian options, AmaWaterways will also include a variety of exercise classes, including yoga, core strengthening, circuit training, and a complete fitness room. When you add their guided biking and hiking excursions — not to mention your included onshore excursions — you'll soon discover that you have everything needed to get your heart rate going, and enjoyment level soaring!

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between — dining aboard is just this side of heaven.
While a river cruise is most certainly centered around enjoyment of the destination, today's river cruise patron also has high expectations when it comes to the food aboard their floating resort. Fortunately, there are no "midnight" buffets, but the Chefs de Cuisine onboard all AmaWaterways river ships will delight your pallet each and every day of your cruise with a variety of delectable regional and western specialties. Even better, your sommelier will pair each delightful course with the perfect regional wine... and, of course, all wines and beers are complimentary aboard your rivership.

 

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