AmaWaterways’ 164-passenger Concerto Class ships are larger and wider than the rest of the fleet. That extra square footage means there’s room for amenities not usually found on river cruise ships, including a heated pool with a swim-up bar on the sundeck. Cabins are roomy as well, with most suites measuring 235 square feet. The design is akin to a boutique hotel, with decor that is neither trendy nor stuffy.
What We Love
Staying Connected: Wi-Fi is complimentary everywhere on these ships, and instead of a standard television, staterooms have Apple computers with high-speed internet. You can also use them to stream a selection of movies and TV shows.
Complimentary Cycling: For those who want to sightsee on two wheels, the ships have bicycles that you can take for a spin while in port. They are popular and are sometimes used as part of excursions, so be sure to reserve ahead of time.
Attentive Staff: From the minute you step on board, everyone, from the cruise director to the waitstaff, makes an effort to get to know you. They notice the smallest things, all the way down to your preference in pillow chocolate.
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Twin Balcony Suites: Concerto Class ships introduced a new cabin layout for the line — staterooms with both a French balcony and a step-out balcony. This gives the cabins tons of natural light as well as more expansive views.
Fine Fare: AmaWaterways is the only river cruise line to be a member of the prestigious French gastronomic society Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, with one dinner per cruise featuring a menu and wine selection from the famed organization. Concerto Class ships also have the Chef's Table, an intimate specialty restaurant on the aft of the ship with a tasting menu. While there is no extra charge, reservations are required.
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Who It's Best For
River Cruisers Who Want Choices: Excursions are broken down into categories such as active, mild, and gentle — meaning everything from hikes on mountain fortresses to leisurely walking tours. There are even shortened versions of tours for those who like to sleep in.
Solo Travelers: The line began waiving single supplements two years ago, making these ships a more wallet-friendly choice for those cruising alone.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Quiet Nights: There isn’t much in the way of late-night entertainment. In some ports, performers come on board to present local music or dance. Once the night’s programming has ended, most guests retire to their staterooms and only a handful of people stay in the lounge to enjoy the stylings of a lone pianist or lounge singer.
Christine Ongsueng is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise.
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Concerto Class at a Glance
- Line: AmaWaterways
- Class: Concerto Class
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