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AmaWaterways River Cruises Review
Great values on a premium river cruise line that will EXCEED your expectations in every way.
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2017 Brochure

AmaWaterways river cruises are the pefect match for discriminating travelers.
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 including two of their newest — the breathtaking AmaStella and Ama Viola (both launched in 2016). In 2017, the tradition of fine new ships will be continued with the launch of the majestic AmaKristina in Europe. While we at Premier truly believe your ship is critically important, it is not the most important criteria in selecting the "right" river cruise line. AmaWaterways continues to garner its unfair share of travel awards by providing each and every guest with a rich and rewarding onboard experience, one that continues to WOW both guests and travel writers alike.

All of the AmaWaterways ships now feature a remarkable, intimate 28-seat, alternative fine dining restaurant which is oh so aptly named, The Chef's Table, a must during your cruise. Here as in the main dining room, you may savor award-winning cuisine with regional specialities through your cruise.  Tucked away in a very nice, secluded spot, you'll enjoy a meal with a view.  Featuring an open kitchen design, the intimacy of the Chef's Table allows you to watch each course being prepared by your personal chef. Indulge in gastronomic experience where each course is paired wtih a fine regional wine, remarkable food and oh my, exceptional deserts as well.  There is no additonal charge to dine at the Chef's Table, but there is a trick to getting a reservation and your Premier agent will provide you with that trick... you'll love it!


2016-17 Myanmar Cruise Brochure

Following the introduction of the all-suite 60-passenger AmaPura and their newest, most interesting itinerary in Myanmar (Burma), AmaWaterways introduced the AmaDara to the Mekong in late 2015. You're now able to enjoy a dramatic, limited participation cruise/tour through some of the most mysterious and fascinating places on earth. Because of the demand for Myanmar trips, you MUST book this exciting cruise well in advance. For the Mekong trips, you must also book well in advance to ensure a prime cabin on the date of your choice.


2016-17 Wine-Themed
Cruise Brochure

Also debuting in 2016, AmaWaterways will offer a brand new, wine-focused cruise through Bordeaux, called A Taste of Bordeaux. This very exciting 7-night cruise can be augmented with a pre-cruise 2-night stay in fabulous Paris and a remarkably enjoyable 2-night post cruise/tour of the Loire Valley. As a complete program, A Taste of Bordeaux is sure to be in high demand, so if you are a food and wine lover, it should really appeal to you. Early booking prices are now in effect, so please check out this great new itinerary on our site.

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 night 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.

AmaWaterways also excels in providing their guests with well-designed complimentary and well-executed, small group shore excursions during your cruise. For guests who need a bit slower pace, Ama also offers "slow-paced" shore excursions for your enjoyment. And, you will always be provided with attentive, warm service from a crew totally focused on making your river cruise vacation something special and unparalleled. AmaWaterways continues to lead the way in creating more active shore excursions for those who enjoy bike riding and hiking.  There are bicycles available on all cruises and bike touring available along the Rhine, Danube and on river cruises in France.  One of the newer features aboard your cruise are some most interesting hiking tours.  One of the most enjoyable is what Ama calls, the Philosopher's Walk of Heildelberg.  This is a fantastic tour which provides AMA passengers a very interesting look at this history university town, but also provides some incredible views as well.  Just part of what you can enjoy on your AmaWaterways Danube River cruise.

Called by many travel professionals, the “Crystal Cruise line” of river cruises, Ama indeed rivals Crystal with its exceptional river ships, warm, personal service offered by extraordinary staff, and their gourmet cuisine. You can enjoy an extraordinary AmaWaterways cruise to any of the rivers of Europe, the Mekong River which flows through Vietnam and Cambodia, and now to Myanmar, the former country known as Burma. After reading the rest of this article, why not take a few minutes to enjoy the AmaWaterways' videos? Just click the "Videos" button in left column to begin. Click HERE to continue reading article below.

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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 two vessels chartered from a European-based river cruise company, Ama’s growth has been nothing short of remarkable. Expanding to eight ships by 2010, with the additon of the elegant AmaVerde in Europe, the AmaKatarina in Russia and the impeccable AmaLotus in Vietnam, Ama's fleet now totals over 13, with more new ships to be introduced! Ama now owns or operates the youngest fleet overall in Europe, Russia, and Southeast Asia.

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.

Ama's collection of deluxe ships are designed to only accommodate between 60 and 212 guests [212 is for Russia]. 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 you pass through and are actually able to reach out and touch one of the canal/lock 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 to savor the fresh breezes and fragrent aromas along the river, especially at night.

All of the AmaWaterways ships now feature multiple fine dining options as well as Ama's 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.

On the Ama ships which feature this delightful new enhancement (AmaPrima, AmaCerto, AmaVerde & AmaBella), you'll also find even larger cabins than the other ships of the Ama fleet offer. While the standard Ama French balcony stateroom is a very spacious 170 square feet, the new standard with their new builds will be a minumum of 210 square feet, 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 new, marvelously designed cabins. These exquisite luxury vessels hold a mere 164 passengers in 82 staterooms and suites, all with river views. Staterooms average a robust 214 square feet — larger than on most ocean cruise ships.


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Not one to rest on their laurels, Ama launched a new, deluxe ship for Southeast Asia river cruising so that more of us can enjoy their incredible Vietnam (By the way, check out our Destination Overview of Vietnam's Ha Long Bay!) and Cambodia river cruise itineraries. Their newest ship, the remarkable AmaDara made her debut in 2016. This deluxe ship features a mere 62 elegantly decorated staterooms, accented with traditional Colonial touches and Khmer artifacts. She carries only 124 pampered guests on 7 night Mekong River cruises beginning or ending in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The air-conditioned, non-smoking ship offers only river view staterooms and suites, with over 90% featuring private balconies. A very spacious ship, the AmaDara features numerous, tastefully decorated public rooms including a Wellness area on the Sun Deck where guests can enjoy the fitness center, a spa, and outdoor whirlpool and small swiming pool.

Also recently re-introduced, the luxurious AmaKatarina has been totally rebuilt from the hull up. This purpose-built Russian river cruise ship is the most elegant river ship designed to sail the Volga between Moscow and St. Petersburg. The AmaKatarina carries 212 guests in 106 staterooms and suites, 76 of which have balconies. The lavishly appointed vessel includes an alternative restaurant, conference center, sauna and solarium. Deluxe staterooms, all with balconies, range from 230 to 238 square feet. Suites, again all with balconies, range from 270 square feet to a mammoth 432 square feet for the Imperial Suite. Undoubtedly, she reigns as the Queen of all river cruise ships operating in Russia.

As travel professionals, we don't want to recommend any product that does not consistently offer its guests and our customers an exceptional vacation experience married perfectly with fine cuisine, excellent service and wonderful accommodations. At Premier, we are very confident that each element of your vacation experience with AmaWaterways will exceed your expectations — on each and every ship, all the time... and, here's why...

To start with the list of stateroom and onboard amenities is a lengthy one and includes: hotel-style beds with plush down duvets, terry cloth bathrobes and slippers, a fitness center, beauty salon and the free use of bicycles. Need to stay connected with friends and family while away? With AmaWaterways you have access to the internet via wifi, and will also enjoy the industry’s most comprehensive in-cabin “infotainment” offerings featuring the latest movies, TV shows and more, all on your large, flat screen TV. Best of all is the cost: absolutely free of charge.

For the ultimate in stunning views, you need look no further than each Ama ship’s expansive Sun Deck. There, you can bask in the sunshine as 360 degree views of Europe literally glide by. Recline in a lounge chair underneath a shade canopy; grab a book from the library; sip a cold drink from the bar; or jog a few laps around the walking track or even soak up the rays in the pool or whirlpool. Indoors, the full-length windows of the Main Lounge offer a spacious, inviting place to unwind with friends without missing the view.

As they say, "the proof is in the pudding," and AmaWaterways has been the recipient of numerous awards. The AmaLyra was so well received that she won the 2010 Travel Age West WAVE award for best new river cruise ship. Readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine voted AmaWaterways Best River Cruise in its 11th Annual 2009 Readers' Choice Awards survey. We could go on as since then Ama has won many, many more awards and they are important, but we know that while the Ama river cruise ships are among, if not the finest available on any river, it’s really the onboard product and crew that can make or break your vacation experience.

With respect to their cuisine, Ama does not over-promise. They provide an outstanding and diversified menu irrespective of the destination you choose to enjoy. Their highly-experienced chefs use fresh, local produce to create a range of culinary masterpieces that highlight the culture and traditions of the region, while very nice complimentary local wines and beers flow freely with dinner. Understanding that the evening meal is somewhat of a social event, Ama encourages open seating so that you may dine when you prefer with whom you prefer without any hassle or wait time. Dinner as well as breakfast and lunch are offered in a relaxed, casual atmosphere with impeccable, warm service. As our friend Bob Falcone recently commented, "they “guaranteed” me fresh fish each evening — how could I resist." For those of you who do not know Bob, he and his wife Judy founded one of the largest cruise-only agencies in the States, Cruises Inc., and they were recently inducted into the CLIA [Cruise Lines International Association] Hall of Fame. They are very discerning cruisers and very much enjoyed their recent Ama Waterways European cruise experience, especially the daily fresh fish entrees.

One final thought about meals aboard an AmaWaterways ship. Like a few other river cruise lines, they offer an exceptional barbeque experience (weather permitting) on the Sun Deck. It's full on with just about anything you could visualize at such a barbeque: fresh fish and lobster, juicy tender steaks with all the trimmings and much, much more.

A wide array of exceptionally well planned (complimentary) daily shore excursions have always been a hallmark of an AmaWaterways cruise. A professional Cruise Director works closely with expert local guides to ensure that the history and culture of each region is explained before and during each excursion. One of the unique Ama features that make their shore excursions a cut above others is how they manage guests ashore. As you disembark, they separate everyone into small groups so the local guides can shape the excursion to their expectations and interests of the guests within that group — it's kind of like a group within a group and ensures you maximize not only your time, but the enjoyment from each tour. Guests can also opt for the “gentle walkers” group or the “active walkers” group so that everyone, irrespective of your "condition" can enjoy the complimentary touring.

AmaWaterways has also designed a really cool “late starters” group excursion for those guests who like to linger over a second or third cup of coffee in the morning. The “late starters” is designed to allow you to still do the excursions, but at a more relaxed pace. And with their unique wireless audio system and personal headsets, guests will no longer miss a word of explanation that each excursion has to offer — plus, all guides conduct every excursion in english.

The experiences don't stop ashore. You’ll never want for something to enjoy aboard an Ama river cruise ship. After your evening meal, when the stars are sparkling above, Ama’s superb onboard entertainment lights up the ship. Whether it’s Hungarian folk music and dance, a classical quartet or violin concerto, you’re sure to be enthralled. Each night different performers come aboard to enchant and delight each and every guest.

AmaWaterways offers most programs on a cruise-tour basis. Guests have the option to purchase an all-inclusive package of air, cruise, and land, just cruise and land or merely the cruise. Their land portion of a program usually comprises 2 or 3 nights’ deluxe accommodations in a centrally-located hotel, with daily buffet breakfast in cities such as cosmopolitan Paris, exotic Hanoi, or charming Prague. Included are transfers to/from the ship, a city or walking tour, and the services of a local AmaWaterways host. Premier believes that your best value is derived by taking the land and cruise combination which allows you just enough time to relax before and after the cruise in two of the key cities of your vacation. It’s also the best way to maximize your value as the prices Ama charges are usually less than you would pay on your own.

If you’re looking for that perfect blend of destinational experience, exceptional accommodations, and extraordinary service, the team at Premier River Cruises believes you should strongly consider an AmaWaterways river cruise. Their consistent product delivery will never disappoint! AmaWaterways river cruises are available in Russia on the Volga River, on all the major rivers of Europe including the Rhone, Moselle, Douro, Seine River, Danube and Rhine rivers, and the scintillating Mekong River in Vietnam.

 

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