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AmaWaterways River Cruises

Award-winning European river cruise operator AmaWaterways leads the way in river cruising on the great waterways of Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. AmaWaterways was founded in 2002 by 3 industry experts with the shared goal of offering luxury, all-inclusive river cruise vacations for travelers wanting a different type of cruise experience. Today, AmaWaterways boasts more than 22 itineraries plus immersive wine and art cruises.

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AmaWaterways Ships

  • AmaBella


    AmaBella is a stunning river ship, unique in her own right. The intimate lounge is an inviting place to grab a cocktail and the thoughtfully redesigned reception area, adorned with charming pieces of contemporary art, provides a warm welcome after a day exploring ashore. Most staterooms feature our signature twin balconies so you can enjoy the views however you wish, as well as Entertainment-On-Demand.

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  • AmaCello


    This spectacular 140-passenger ship contains all the amenities of a fine hotel: plush down bedding, marble-appointed bathrooms, complimentary high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, and much more.  The AmaCello also features a fitness room, sauna, Sun Deck with a walking track and whirlpool, The Chef's Table restaurant, gift shop, massage and hair salon, and a stylish Main Lounge, in addition to a specialty coffee station and a fleet of bicycles.

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  • AmaCerto


    Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the AmaCerto provides the most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator is one of the unique design elements found onboard, as well as our exclusive “Twin Balconies”. The beautifully-decorated and spacious accommodations range in size up to 300 sq. ft. Relax in a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations. The ship also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

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  • AmaDahlia


    When it’s time to embark for your Nile River cruise, you’ll be warmly welcomed aboard a beautiful river cruise ship where luxury always means love with AmaWaterways. The stunning AmaDahlia is an inviting 72-passenger ship offering 36 standard staterooms and 16 magnificent suites and a wealth of amenities that will surprise and delight you, including a heated sun-deck swimming pool and bar, The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, hair and nail salon and two soothing massage rooms. Marvel at scenic Nile River views in luxury, enjoy regionally inspired entertainment and savor the flavors of both local and Western cuisine on board.

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  • AmaDante


    Gliding along the phenomenally beautiful Main, Rhine and Moselle rivers, the AmaDante is a study in understated elegance, decorated with subdued colors and patterns that allow the breathtaking scenery outside to take precedence. Every moment at leisure is a treat on AmaDante, whether you’re rejuvenating in the sauna or whirlpool, indulging in a massage or haircut, meeting new friends in the inviting Main Lounge, working out in the fitness room, taking a lap on the sun-deck walking track or crafting your daily java at the specialty coffee station.

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  • AmaDara


    AmaDara sails the Mekong River and features French Colonial décor and richly carved wood furniture inspired by the history of the region, as well as local artifacts made by native craftsmen. Air-conditioned interior corridors lead to spacious staterooms and suites, most featuring twin balconies that invite the ever-changing scenery of Southeast Asia inside.

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  • AmaDolce


    On board AW Amadolce ship you will savour the luxury of more space than on any other cruise ship in Europe. The custom-designed vessel features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, Internet/WiFi access and more. 

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  • AmaDouro


    AmaDouro sails on Portugal and Spain's Douro River. With fewer passengers on board, guests can enjoy the luxury of space — public areas, like lounges and restaurants, are never overcrowded. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, most feature outside balconies and plenty of amenities. 

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  • AmaKristina


    The AmaKristina – set to debut in 2017 – is a sister ship to the AmaViola and AmaStella and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. The exclusive Twin Balconies are available in most staterooms, which measure a spacious 210-235 sq. feet, with four suites measuring 350 sq. feet.

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  • AmaLea


    Designed with vibrant pops of color that call to mind the autumn harvest in European vineyards, and appointed with our signature twin balconies in most staterooms, the AmaLea is a sleek river ship created with luxury yachts in mind. A host of comforts and conveniences fill her decks, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The relaxing Sun Deck features a heated pool as well as a swim-up bar, while the vibrant Main Lounge provides an exhilarating stage for nightly performances.

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  • AmaLilia


    The stunning AmaLilia will be a true treasure of the Nile. Specially curated with upscale regionally-inspired décor and 41 staterooms, including 13 marvelous suites, AmaLilia will carry you through Egypt in style with the luxurious amenities and exclusive experiences only AmaWaterways provides.

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  • AmaLucia


    From comfortable staterooms with twin balconies that keep guests well-connected via Entertainment-On-Demand, free high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, to the sunny Main Lounge, where delicious tapas will be served throughout the day, guests will have everything they need to enjoy their time spent on board. And, of course, the exquisite cuisine served in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef's Table specialty restaurant will satisfy your every craving aboard AmaLucia.

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  • AmaLyra


    On-board AW Amalyra ship you will savour the luxury of more space than on any other cruise ship in Europe. There are 2 lounges located on the Upper Deck from which you can enjoy panoramic river views, the Panorama Lounge which accommodates up to 150 passengers, and the smaller Adagio Lounge in the Aft of the ship, which can also be reserved for group meetings.

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  • AmaMagdalena


    Step aboard a world of unparalleled experiences and be warmly welcomed aboard this stunning newly designed AmaMagdalena. This beautiful ship offers the luxury of space and sweeping views as you cruise Colombia's Magdalena River.

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  • AmaMagna


    The 196-passenger AmaMagna represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate the modern luxury market with beautifully appointed living spaces, multiple dining options, multiple bars, a large heated sun deck swimming pol with whirlpool, an ultra-spacious fitness room, massage and hair salon, a leisure and viewing platform and so much more. 

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  • AmaMelodia


    Cruise in luxury along Colombia's magnificent Magdalena River on board the stunning newly designed AmaMelodia designed to maximize your views along this special waterway. Take in spectacular views from the twin balconies (French balcony and outside balcony) within your spacious stateroom.

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  • AmaMora


    AmaMora is inspired by luxury yachts, providing a distinctive river cruise experience. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Relish in a variety of dining venues, the stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. You’ll have everything needed while sailing Europe's great rivers.

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  • AmaPrima


    Enjoy an authentic European river cruise experience on board AmaPrima. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and fresh scents of Europe’s great landscapes from our signature twin balconies, available in most staterooms. Visit the massage and hair salon for a treat, find distinctive souvenirs in the gift shop, take a dip in the heated pool and more—it’s all yours to experience on the incredible AmaPrima.

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  • AmaSerena


    AmaSerena is a regal river ship accommodating both guests who wish to socialize with kindred cruisers and those seeking private rejuvenation. Twin-balcony staterooms maximize scenic views with amenities that include Entertainment-On-Demand, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and more. Vivid brush strokes on the duvets give local color new life, while sophisticated white marbled bathrooms offer a clean canvas. When it’s time to step out, guests can choose a quiet respite in the inviting library or head to the Main Lounge for cocktails and conversation. Both venues are designed with fabrics in rich reds that call to mind full-bodied Merlots.

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  • AmaSiena


    AmaSiena vivid shades of red create an air of confidence throughout the Main Restaurant while bold floral patterns are sprinkled throughout the ship, from her spacious twin-balcony staterooms to her Main Lounge, with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering exceptional views of the castles along the Rhine River and the iconic windmills and pastures of Holland and Belgium. Her airy Sun Deck offers a walking track, pool with swim-up bar and ever-changing views of the scenery – even as you participate in a complimentary fitness class. And her Chef’s Table specialty restaurant offers a subtle elegance that allows each dish of its exquisite regionally-inspired tasting menu to shine. Discover all of these delights and more on board AmaSiena.

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  • AmaSonata


    AmaSonata sings her melodious tune down Europe’s great rivers. Most accommodations have twin balconies, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish, along with amenities like Entertainment-On-Demand, high-speed Internet access and English-language TV stations. A soft color palette in each stateroom calms the mind for relaxation, but when you’re ready to get active, head to the fitness center or up to the Sun Deck to the heated pool. A stunning Main Lounge, tranquil library, sun-deck walking track, massage and hair salon, and gift shop, you’ll never find a dull moment—and will sing AmaSonata’s praises while sailing on board.

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  • AmaStella


    A star of the AmaWaterways fleet, the award-winning AmaStella truly shines, her glow lasting far longer than the duration of your cruise. A centerpiece glass elevator ringed with dual curved stairways and sleek contemporary reception desk are just the introduction to the ship’s beauty and class. On board, you’ll find an inviting fireside library, fitness room with wooden floors, heated pool with convenient swim-up bar, a stunning Main Lounge, sun-deck walking track, massage and hair salon, gift shop and much more.

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  • AmaVerde


    One of AmaWaterways’ remarkable twin-balcony river ships, the newly reimagined AmaVerde, is full of light, love and bold artwork showcasing vibrant, modern designs. Spacious, sophisticated staterooms set the mind at ease for a restful slumber, while warmth attracts visitors to the comfortable fireside library and AmaVerde’s massage and hair salon. The Main Restaurant is the perfect home to exquisite meals and local wine pairings worthy of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs—the internationally renowned gastronomic society.

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  • AmaVida


    The AmaVida brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal and Spain. Rust and gold color schemes bring together the Douro’s breathtaking sunsets and a sepia hue that conjures timeworn snapshots of the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Most staterooms feature balconies from which to enjoy views of terraced vineyards, as well as Entertainment-On-Demand, climate-controlled air conditioning and an in-room safe.

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  • AmaViola


    The AmaViola features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. The exclusive Twin Balconies are available in most staterooms and four suites. Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing fine wines at multiple onboard dining venues; a heated sun deck swimming pool with a 'swim-up' bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and in-room Internet and entertainment on demand; and a fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours.

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  • Zambezi Queen

    Zambezi Queen

    The beautiful Zambezi Queen was specifically designed for wildlife viewing, the intimate 28-passenger Zambezi Queen made her debut in one of the world's most captivating places, Africa’s legendary Chobe River. As she drifts along the river, providing you with once-in-a-lifetime up-close game experiences. An enclosed, air-conditioned dining room, lounge and bar grace the top deck, as well as an open-air Sun Deck complete with plunge pool.

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Learn More About AmaWaterways River Cruises

AMA Waterways is currently celebrating 18 fantastic years on the river, and with such a long-standing company, you can expect some very skilled individuals keep it running smooth. AMA Waterways was founded in 2002 by three families who all share in intense love in travelling. Co-Founder and President Rudi Schreiner was born in Vienna, right at the heart of the Danube. His travels would take him to various parts of the globe, including South America for a journalism assignment on the Amazon. After this trip, he decided that working in travel was his true passion, and he created many unique tour experiences in Europe. Rudi then ventured into the North American market, and he is responsible for many of the river cruise companies that are alive and well today. After many years of success, he decided that it was time to create his own venture company and teamed up with Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy to create AMA Waterways. They worked for many years coming up with various ideas and travel routes. They wanted to create something that they themselves would use and enjoy. With that in mind, they came up with the highest-quality lodgings, locally sourced food and wine, incredible ships with a sense of elegance, and amazing views of the ever-changing countryside. With AMA Waterways building their own ships and adding all these extra luxuries into their staterooms and lounges, they have managed to completely redefine the river cruise experience. They strive to ensure that each and every guest that comes aboard is treated like they are a part of the family. While 2020 has thrown a wrench in many travel plans, AMA Waterways ensures its guests that they are ready to resume operation as soon as it has been deemed safe to do so. They have been keeping busy, building three new ships, five new incredible itineraries in Europe, and a fascinating new exotic itinerary on the Egypt's Nile River!

  • Began as a tour group operating in Europe. Expanded to North America and now has itineraries for many ports around the globe.
  • Opened in 2002, with 18 amazing years in operation.
  • Known as an internationally recognized luxury travel company. 
  • All of the tours are very interactive and "high-end," offering you more than a regular tour ever could. Closer attention to detail is guaranteed from all tour operators.
  • If you are unsure as to what you would like to do, the company is also available to fully plan your trip, leaving you with a relaxing experience packed with potential.
  • An immense variety of ports means more unique travel destinations and options.
  • Personalized guest service that is beyond anything you could imagine. 
  • More excursions offered than any other company. The tours are amazing, but the excursions are even more so, giving you many fun, interesting, and adrenaline rushing activities to participate in.
  • Incredible awards and ratings including having the highest rated river cruise ships in Europe.
  • Fewer guests onboard means less packed amenities and tours.
  • Private tours are available to be booked if you are looking to do something away from the groups.
  • Award-winning dining experiences are offered in four different restaurant options aboard the ship.

Top Reasons To Choose AmaWaterways River Cruises

  • They specialize in high-end travel experiences and are always asking what they can do to help enhance your experience.
  • Concierge services that will connect your flight to your ship and everything in between, leaving you with nothing to worry about on your trip.
  • Unpack once and never worry about anything else while you are with us enjoying your stay.
  • Quick embarkation and disembarkation mean more time to explore, and quicker access to the ship for anything you may need from us or your room.
  • Smaller accommodations mean a more spacious and uncrowded experience all around. 
  • Well-versed in the ways of Innovation and Sustainability, with 18 of our European ships earning the Green Award for environmental performance.
  • Slower river cruises mean more time to enjoy the scenery and the ports, and then relax and enjoy the many amenities that the ship has to offer.
  • The personalized service is unmatched by any other company, offering you a family-like experience while you enjoy your stay with us.
  • Knowledgeable cruise managers and tour guides offer you the best guided experiences that you can find.
  • Excursions are available for every comfort level, from walking tours, to guided biking tours, and even hikes.
  • Smaller tour groups, often 10-15 guests, means more personal attention.
  • Dedicated wellness hosts onboard each cruise offer you daily exercise routines and classes to keep help enhance your best self.
  • Incredible award-winning dining experiences are available at any one of our four onboard restaurant options.

Frequently Asked Questions About AmaWaterways River Cruises

  • What kind of trips can I take with you?

    The type of trip that you wish to take is completely up to you! While all of our trips are river-based cruises, the choice of location, tours, and excursions are completely in your hands. We offer a variety of cruises in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Egypt allowing you to explore some of the most amazing destinations in the world. We also have a variety of specialty cruises available, including Christmas Cruises, Wine cruises, and many others. 

  • How much would a tour cost?

    The cost of your tour is entirely based on a number of factors. First, you will need to choose a destination from the many that we have available. You can then book your tours and plan out your itinerary. Finally, you need to come up with a timeline for how long you plan on cruising with us. One of our most popular cruises is the Seine River cruise, taking you to various ports in France. The prices for these cruises vary from $2,300 up to $4,100 depending on length of stay and ports being visited. However, you need to keep in mind that this amount is also all-inclusive, meaning all of your lodging, travel for each tour and excursion, the tours and excursions themselves, and all meals are provided under this initial cost. 

  • Can I take my family with the guide and not be stuck with other people?

    Private tours are an option for sure. We have a large number of tour guides available to provide you with this more personalized experience if that is what you are craving. However, once you are on board the river cruise, you will be able to mingle with other residents of the ship and might choose to chare these experiences with them as well!

  • Can I tell the agent what I want out of the trip?

    That is the best part about AMA Waterways: the ability to almost completely customize your trip using our incredible team for help. By calling our customer service team, you can tell us where you wish to travel and let us start making plans for you. Give us a list of things that you are hoping for and we will do our best to find you a cruise that will check as much off that list as we possibly can. Because of our wide variety of travel destinations and tour options, we ensure that we will give you a completely memorable vacation. 

  • Do they have support that can help me regardless of what time?

    Of course! We know that not everyone operates on the same time schedule, and as such, we have operators that are working around the clock to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have. Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, we are working around the clock to ensure that your questions are answered right when you ask them. We also pride ourselves in our ability to work with any travel agency that you are looking to book through, should you decide not to book with us directly. All information is provided in a reasonable time to the travel agency so that they can help us help you book your next incredible vacation.

  • What do the guides do for you?

    The guides are well versed in the history of each individual place that they take you and are your key to unlocking everything there is to know about a certain landmark or tourist attraction. They have been carefully selected based on their knowledge and communication skills, as well as their willingness to enhance your vacation experience while with us. The guides are there to answer any questions that you may have.

  • Do they have specialists that are working in each place?

    We have incredible knowledgeable specialist that work in each place that you will encounter while on your vacation with us. Whether you have questions about some places that you wish to visit, are looking for recommendations on shopping areas, or just want to learn more about each area, our specialists are ready to assist in whatever way that they can.

  • What type of way can you travel when you are traveling through AMA Waterways?

    The cruise ship is the big mode of transportation, obviously; however, when we dock in each port, you may find yourself travelling by different means. Any offsite excursions or tours will have their own mode of transport to help you reach the destination. This can include cars, busses, and even smaller boats and ferries. 

  • Who customizes the itinerary or things you are going to do ahead of time?

    The itinerary is customized by our team of incredible tour providers who are familiar with each are that we make port in. However, there are a wide variety of itineraries that can be chosen from. We can guarantee that no two river cruises through AMA Waterways are ever the same. While the ports may stay the same, the experiences will differ based on what you are looking for in a vacation. Our amazing customer service team can ensure that you are on the best cruise for you!

  • Where do you stay while you are at the destinations?

    The luxury of booking a river cruise is never having to worry about your lodging while you are at each destination. Step off the ship to explore the port city and surrounding areas and ensure that you return to the ship before we disembark for our next location. You have the freedom to do what you would like in between and can be comforted knowing that your stateroom is waiting for you whenever you decide to turn in!

  • Why are AMA Waterways known as an ‘insider’ travel experience?

    This "Insider" travel experience is something that is quite unique to various cruise companies, including AMA Waterways. We have specialists that are able to take you into places during your travels that are usually off-limits to tourists. These specialists know everything that there is to know about these locations and are ready to give you a completely unique experience. 

  • Is there a single supplement that can be used for travelers who are solo?

    There is, and we suggest utilizing it. Some of the most incredible vacations can be had when you travel as a single passenger, and we want to do what we can to encourage it. That is why we offer a 25% Single Supplement to those who wish to explore the world, meet other cruisers, and become a part of the AMA Waterways family.

  • On average, what is the group size like?

    We are lucky to have a rather large fleet of river cruise ships, meaning we can offer more intimate cruise settings with lower passenger numbers. In most cases our ships set sail with 165 guests on board, or less. This means a more spacious and personalized experience for everyone on board. This also keeps most tour group sizes between 10-15 people, offering you an even more immersive guided tour of your choice.

Health and Safety Protocols on AmaWaterways River Cruises

Whether you are a loyal past guest or are considering river cruising with us for the first time, we thank you for entrusting AmaWaterways with your future river cruise plans. Here are some of the measures we are taking to protect our guests on board and ashore:


  • Prior to boarding, an online health and contact screening questionnaire will be required.


  • At embarkation, guests’ temperatures will be taken with no-contact infrared thermometers. If, for any reason, further testing is required, shoreside medical treatment centers are within close proximity.
  • Your luggage handles will be sanitized before delivery to your stateroom.

On Board

  • Protocols continue to change; however, at this time, guests are required to wear face coverings when moving through public spaces.
  • We will have ample hand sanitizers available throughout the ship and their frequent use is required by all guests and crew.
  • Our crew has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures throughout the ship.
  • We use state-of-the-art fan coil air conditioning units; there is no recirculating of air on board our ships.
  • There will be limitations to the number of guests allowed to sail with us.
  • Safety and social distancing will be enhanced throughout our dining room.
  • You will still get plenty of fresh air and exercise as our bicycles, fitness mats and equipment will be thoroughly sanitized after each use. Use of the Fitness Room is by appointment with cleaning time between use. Throughout Europe and Asia, we provide a variety of onboard wellness activities led by professionally trained Wellness Hosts. Whenever weather permits, these small-group classes will be held on our spacious open-air Sun Decks.
  • Non-essential visitors are not permitted on board.

Exploring Ashore

  • Your personal portable Quietvox commentary systems will allow you to hear guides while social distancing.
  • Shore excursions will be conducted in small groups. Guests must use hand sanitizers when getting on and off our coaches that are thoroughly cleaned each morning.
  • In the event that ships are docked side by side, guests will be required to pass over Sun Decks.

AmaWaterways River Cruises Customer Reviews

Ratings based off 285 reviews about AmaWaterways River Cruises - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

We are returning passengers on AmaWaterways river cruises having just completed our 9th cruise. We have thoroughly enjoyed each cruise with AmaWaterways and we will certainly cruise with them again. They are wonderful hosts and their treatment of guests is excellent from ship Captain to cabin attendants. Their performance has always exceeded our expectations. Our last cruise was marred with unfortunate strikes in France but AmaWaterways and the Cruise Manager scrambled to provide a pleasant cruise experience. The mark of a true customer-oriented high quality organization is how they perform in adversity and AmaWaterways performed brilliantly to provide a very positive and enjoyable experience!

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

AMAWATERWAYS is my favorite

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

I totally enjoyed the experience with AMA Waterways. Everyone was courteous and took care of the passengers. Even laundry was not a rip-off, and the clothes came back quickly. The room was cleaned thoroughly every day, it was amazingly clean. Food was excellent as well - sometimes I felt the portion sizes were not sufficient, and the waitstaff accommodated my request for more food, i.e. give me another main course. A minor complaint is that the wines included with lunch/dinner were average to good.


We continue to be highly satisfied with both AmaWaterways and Affordable Tours.


Every single worker was friendly, kind and helpful on the AmaStella. Highly recommend this company.

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