By: Hillary Latos
AmaWaterways’ luxury ships are among the newest of the European river cruisers operating today. The ships have staterooms equipped with flat-screen TVs and Internet, balconies on the top two decks, whirlpool, and free bicycles on board for exploration once ashore, giving passengers the freedom to explore towns and villages on their own. In fact, AmaWaterways could be considered a floating boutique luxury hotel. They are a leader in their niche, winning eight industry awards for Best River Cruise Line,
With itineraries primarily in Europe, the ships sail down a number of iconic rivers including the Rhine, Danube and Main rivers, just to name a few. The company also offers Christmas-market cruises from late November through December. And in the springtime, reserve a cruise in April to see tulip blossoms while cruising Holland and Belgium. Not only does AmaWaterways boast some of the newest ships of any river cruise company, but they are designed exclusively for the English-speaking market. The cruise line’s newest additions feature Twin Balcony staterooms, complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner, multiple dining venues, a heated pool, massage and beauty salon, and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
AmaWaterways’ spacious staterooms feature hotel-style beds, luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, down duvets, marble-appointed baths, sleek multi-jet showerheads, plush terry cloth robes and slippers, and complimentary bottled water. Suites offer an added living area and other special amenities. Its Austrian founder, Rudi Schreiner, launched this line in 2002 after being involved with several other major river cruise companies. Formerly known as Amadeus Waterways, AmaWaterways has grown significantly since its inception and has become one of the major players in the European river cruise market. Servicing up to just 164 guests, and a high staff-to-guest ratio (1 staff member for every 3 guests) you’ll be guaranteed exemplary service within their large, spacious restaurants and public areas. You’ll never feel as though you are packed in, elbow-to-elbow, with other guests.
They also offered special themed cruises for connoisseurs of art and wine. For the wine lover, select “The Enchanting Rhine” cruise where you’ll learn about wine-making, enjoy wine pairing meals, and experience special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars. For the art lover book the “Paris and Normandy” cruise where you’ll travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century, such as Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their work, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh.