Amadeus Silver II
Launched in 2015 by Austria-based company Amadeus River Cruises, this 168-passenger river ship cruises along the Rhine River at budget prices, drawing an increasing number of Americans to its international mix of passengers. Even with its competitive pricing, you can expect extra touches such as free-flowing wine with dinner and discounted excursion packages. Plus, the ship's contemporary design feels ahead of the curve with floor-to-ceiling windows and a tasteful mélange of burgundy and taupe decor, as well as a fitness center and massage room.
What We Love
Well-Designed Cabins: The 188 square-foot staterooms have panoramic windows, and an additional 12 suites (which clock in at 284 square feet) have balconies, plus a generous walk-in closet and a bathroom with a glass shower that is remarkably large by river cruise standards.
Dinner and Unlimited Wine: High-quality meals are accompanied by a superb selection of complimentary German and Austrian wines.
Best Known For
Relaxing Ambiance: The Panorama Lounge and Bar is the focal hub by day and night. And when it’s warm enough, the sun deck — which has a shuffle board, chess board, and loungers — is a great place to watch the scenery unfold.
À La Carte Excursion Package: You can book all of your excursions for the trip in advance at a discounted rate, but reasonably priced tours are also available for individual purchase at each destination.
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Who It's Best For
Culture Vultures: This ship takes you to some of Europe's most stunning scenery from Amsterdam to Basel, including the Lorelei stretch of the Rhine River, with its mythological associations of luring sailors with a siren's song. The ship's concierge will help you plan travel arrangements, and you can borrow the bicycles on board to explore at your own pace.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Few Entertainment Options: Everyone is welcome to attend the cultural performances that take place in the Panorama Bar (classical music specialists or traditional German bands that highlight the region, for example) — just don't expect to be blown away.
Gary Buchanan is a UK-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has written multiple books about cruising.
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Amadeus Silver II at a Glance
- Line: Amadeus River Cruises
- Number of Passengers: 168
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 2015