AmaWaterways is a luxury river cruise operator that offers itineraries throughout Europe as well as in Vietnam/Cambodia, Myanmar, and Africa. The company’s 22 ships, which carry no more than 164 passengers, have a comfortable, friendly ambience that instantly creates a warm camaraderie among the guests and crew.
What We Love
The Food: The cuisine on AmaWaterways' ships typically wins raves from passengers. It’s not overly fussy — just delicious and packed with flavor. Especially praiseworthy: the soups, which are made fresh daily. The Vietnamese pho proved so popular it's now offered on European ships as well as those cruising Southeast Asia.
The Pools: Not only do some of the European ships have heated swimming pools, but several also include swim-up bars.
Best Known For
Signature Twin Balconies: Many of AmaWaterways' ships are known for having not one but two balconies in some or all of the staterooms and suites. In addition to a full balcony with chairs and a tiny table, there's a second French balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors.
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Who It's Best For
Mature Couples: River cruising in general attracts couples ages 60 and older, but it also appeals to curious Gen Xers interested in watching elephants drink from the Chobe River in Africa from the ship's deck, or intrigued by some itineraries through historic regions of Europe and Asia.
Singles: AmaWaterways has reached out to solo travelers by waiving the single supplement on a limited number of staterooms on its European and Asian cruises.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
You'll See Design Quirks: In some staterooms, furniture is placed in front of the French balcony, making it a bit of a challenge to slide open the glass doors.
It's Not Ideal for Youngsters: Children might be bored as there are no facilities or programs for them.
Theresa Norton Masek is a Chicago-based contributor to ShermansCruise and a longtime cruise writer.