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AmaWaterways River Cruises

When it comes to planning a river cruise, choosing the right company is essential to ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience. AmaWaterways is a family-owned and operated company that has been providing luxury river cruises for over 20 years. AmaWaterways prides itself on its exceptional service. From concierge services that connect flights to the ship and everything in between to personalized guest service. With a wide variety of itineraries to choose from, guests can find the perfect cruise to suit their interests and travel preferences.

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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


    AmaCerto provides the most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator is one of the unique design elements found onboard, as well as the exclusive “Twin Balconies”. The beautifully decorated and spacious accommodations range in size up to 300 sq. ft. 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. 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 Seine River, 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, indulging in a massage or haircut, meeting new friends in the inviting Main Lounge, working out in the fitness room, 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


    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


    AmaLucia offers the luxury of space in which guests can peacefully unwind. From comfortable staterooms with twin balconies to the sunny Main Lounge, where delicious tapas are served throughout the day, guests have everything they need to enjoy their time spent on board.

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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 where 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 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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  • AmaReina


    The AmaReina is a sister ship to the AmaCerto and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. This 164-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, in-room Internet access and more.

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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. Guests can choose a quiet respite in the inviting library or head to the Main Lounge for cocktails and conversation.

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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. Her airy Sun Deck offers a walking track, a pool with a swim-up bar, and ever-changing views of the scenery. 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 onboard 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, and high-speed Internet access. 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, massage and hair salon, and gift shop, you’ll never find a dull moment.

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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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  • AmaVenita


    The AmaVenita is a sister ship to the AmaCerto and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. The exclusive Twin Balconies are available in most staterooms. 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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  • 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

AmaWaterways is a family-owned and operated luxury river cruise company that has been providing travelers with unforgettable experiences for over 20 years. The company was founded in 2002 by three families, including Co-Founder and President Rudi Schreiner, who was born in Vienna and has been a driving force in the river cruising industry for decades.

AmaWaterways has become internationally recognized for its exceptional service, attention to detail, and commitment to providing guests with the highest quality of travel experiences. The company has a fleet of 25 river cruise ships that sail to destinations all around the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and Egypt. Each ship has been carefully designed to provide guests with the most comfortable and luxurious experience possible, with spacious staterooms, locally sourced cuisine, and breathtaking views of the countryside.

One of the things that set AmaWaterways apart from other river cruise companies is its focus on personalized service. The company's crew members go above and beyond to ensure that every guest feels like a member of the family, with dedicated wellness hosts, knowledgeable cruise managers and tour guides, and concierge services that can help guests with anything from connecting flights to planning excursions.

AmaWaterways is also committed to sustainability and innovation, with 18 of its European ships earning the Green Award for environmental performance. The company is constantly introducing new itineraries and experiences to provide guests with even more opportunities to explore the world's most iconic rivers.

Whether you're looking to take a Christmas cruise in Europe, explore the historic Nile River in Egypt, or embark on a seven-river journey through Southeast Asia, AmaWaterways has a cruise that will suit your needs. With its exceptional service, attention to detail, and commitment to innovation and sustainability, AmaWaterways has become one of the world's most highly regarded river cruise companies.

  • AmaWaterways is a family-owned and operated river cruise company that was founded in 2002 by three families.
  • The company was started by Co-Founder and President Rudi Schreiner, who was born in Vienna and had a background in architecture and travel.
  • The company has been building one-of-a-kind ships with added comforts and conveniences for over 20 years, including twin balconies and the award-winning AmaMagna.
  • The company offers a wide variety of cruises in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Egypt, as well as specialty cruises such as Christmas and Wine cruises.
  • AmaWaterways leads the way in innovation, offering Heritage on the River cruises with Ancestry® and pioneering sailings on Colombia's Magdalena River.
  • Guests can unpack once and never worry about anything else while on board.
  • AmaWaterways offers a higher standard of luxury travel by river, with locally sourced food and wine, elegantly appointed ships, and a crew that treats guests like family.
  • AmaWaterways offers smaller accommodations for a more spacious and uncrowded experience.
  • The company has knowledgeable cruise managers and tour guides that offer the best-guided experiences.
  • AmaWaterways offers excursions for every comfort level, from walking tours to guided biking tours and hikes.
  • AmaWaterways offers concierge services to connect guests' flights to their ship and everything in between.
  • The company offers incredible award-winning dining experiences in four different restaurant options aboard the ship.
  • The company has a large fleet of river cruise ships, with most ships setting sail with 165 guests on board or less, offering a more intimate cruise setting.
  • AmaWaterways has a 25% Single Supplement for solo travelers to encourage them to explore the world and become a part of the AmaWaterways family.
  • AmaWaterways is committed to offering innovative and sustainable ways for guests to experience the rich culture and history found along the banks of the world's most iconic rivers.

Top Reasons To Choose AmaWaterways River Cruises

  • Family-Owned and Operated:  AmaWaterways is a family-owned and operated company that has been in the river cruise industry for over 20 years. This personal touch is reflected in the company's commitment to providing exceptional service and experiences for its guests.
  • Luxurious Ships:  AmaWaterways boasts some of the most luxurious ships in the industry, featuring elegant staterooms, multiple dining venues, spas, pools, and more. Each ship is designed to provide guests with a comfortable and stylish home away from home.
  • Unique Itineraries:  AmaWaterways offers a wide range of unique itineraries that take guests to some of the most fascinating and off-the-beaten-path destinations. From wine-themed cruises to heritage cruises, there is something for everyone.
  • Exceptional Service:  AmaWaterways is renowned for providing exceptional service to its guests. With a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:3, guests are sure to receive personalized attention and a high level of service throughout their journey.
  • Small Group Excursions:  AmaWaterways offers small group excursions, which means that guests can explore destinations in a more intimate setting with fewer crowds.
  • All-Inclusive Pricing:  AmaWaterways offers all-inclusive pricing, which means that guests don't have to worry about hidden fees or unexpected charges. All meals, beverages, and excursions are included in the price of the cruise.
  • Culinary Excellence:  AmaWaterways is known for its exceptional culinary offerings. The onboard chefs use locally sourced ingredients to create gourmet meals that showcase the flavors of the regions visited.
  • Wine and beer Included:  Guests can enjoy a selection of regional wines, beer, and soft drinks with their meals, as well as complimentary sparkling wine at breakfast.
  • Wellness-Focused:  AmaWaterways offers a range of wellness-focused activities and amenities, including yoga classes, fitness centers, and massage services.
  • Bicycles and Hiking:  For guests who want to explore on their own, AmaWaterways offers complimentary bicycles and hiking excursions in select destinations.
  • Enrichment Programs:  AmaWaterways offers a range of enrichment programs, including onboard lectures, cooking classes, and local cultural experiences, that provide guests with a deeper understanding of the regions they are visiting.
  • Sustainability:  AmaWaterways is committed to sustainable travel practices and has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce its environmental impact.
  • Award-Winning:  AmaWaterways has received numerous awards and accolades, including being named "Best River Cruise Line" by Cruise Critic for multiple years.

Frequently Asked Questions About AmaWaterways River Cruises

  • What is included in the price of an AmaWaterways cruise?

    AmaWaterways offers all-inclusive river cruises, which means that the price of your cruise covers a range of amenities, including accommodations, all meals (including unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner), daily shore excursions, onboard entertainment, and Wi-Fi.

  • What type of accommodations is available on an AmaWaterways cruise?

    AmaWaterways offers a variety of staterooms and suites to accommodate different preferences and budgets. From cozy cabins with French balconies to spacious suites with full outdoor balconies and separate seating areas, there are options for every type of traveler.

  • What is the dining experience like on an AmaWaterways cruise?

    AmaWaterways is known for its exceptional dining experiences, featuring locally sourced and seasonal ingredients and a range of international and regional cuisines. Guests can enjoy a variety of dining venues, including the main restaurant, The Chef's Table specialty restaurant, and the Al Fresco Terrace.

  • What are the age requirements for an AmaWaterways cruise?

    AmaWaterways welcomes guests of all ages, but children under the age of 4 are not allowed on the ships. There are no specific age restrictions for other guests, but the majority of AmaWaterways' passengers are adults.

  • What is the dress code for an AmaWaterways cruise?

    The dress code on AmaWaterways cruises is generally smart casual, with some slightly more formal dress required for the Captain's Gala Dinner. Guests are encouraged to pack comfortable and practical clothing for shore excursions and to bring appropriate attire for any special events or activities.

  • What is the tipping policy for an AmaWaterways cruise?

    AmaWaterways has a no-tipping policy, meaning that all gratuities for onboard staff and crew are included in the price of your cruise. However, guests may choose to tip local guides or drivers for shore excursions if they wish.

  • Are shore excursions included in the price of an AmaWaterways cruise?

    Yes, AmaWaterways includes daily shore excursions at the price of your cruise, led by knowledgeable local guides. Guests have the option to choose from a variety of excursions, including active and gentle walking tours, bike tours, and immersive cultural experiences.

  • What kind of onboard entertainment is available on an AmaWaterways cruise?

    AmaWaterways offers a range of onboard entertainment options, including live music, cultural performances, cooking demonstrations, and educational lectures. There are also various fitness and wellness activities, including yoga, stretching classes, and fitness equipment.

  • How far in advance should I book my AmaWaterways river cruise?

    We recommend booking your AmaWaterways river cruise as soon as possible to secure the best stateroom and itinerary options. Cruises often sell out quickly, especially during peak travel seasons. It's best to book several months in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment.

  • Are AmaWaterways river cruises suitable for families with children?

    While AmaWaterways river cruises are primarily designed for adults, families with children are welcome on select sailings during the summer months. We offer a range of shore excursions that are suitable for families, and our ships have a variety of onboard amenities to keep children entertained, such as pools, games, and movies. Please note that there are no formal children's programs or childcare services available, so children must be supervised by their parents at all times.

AmaWaterways River Cruises Customer Reviews

Ratings based off 305 reviews about AmaWaterways River Cruises - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only
Reviewed on Jun 19, 2024

Our AMAWaterways cruise manager, was informative, extremely engaging, and very welcoming and helpful. The boat was beautiful and service was impeccable.


This was our seventh river cruise with AmaWaterways, so we are definitely pleased with every aspect of the experience they provide.


The excursions and local guides were excellent and AMA staff was professional and accomodative. We were disappointed by the quality of the food based on our past pre-COVID experiences with AMA. Not sure we would book another trip on AMA.


Ama did an amazing job with the cruise. The ship crew and tour director were exceptional. It was the best value cruise we have taken. We were disappointed with two of the excursions. The Paris city tour, included in the extension, was two hours of walking around and looking at buildings with no real significance. It ended with a light show in a warehouse, which gave me vertigo and I lasted five minutes. People want to see the real sights. We would have rather spent two hours riding past historical structures. We signed up for the American invasion beaches tour. We only saw Omaha Beach, at high tide, and did not see Utah Beach. Instead we were taken to a little tourist village, in the British section.


Great service on AMA

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