"My husband and I did the 7-day Rhine River Cruise with AmaWaterways. It was an unforgettably amazing experience!
The excursions we did were all wonderful...Our servers were personal and wonderful, the entire staff was kind and very helpful!!"
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Oceans take you to countries; rivers take you through them. River cruising is without a doubt, the most relaxing way to travel. Unpack your bags once, and experience and take it all in. Sail between grand capitals and charming villages as your intimate ship docks in the heart of destinations often unreachable by ocean liners.
“Ama shattered all of our misconceptions about river cruising. We loved our spacious stateroom, the dining options and the delicious food. There was so much to do every day; I never even cracked open the book I brought to read.”
- Becky T.
Client, Deb Hutchison, 7-night Danube AmaWaterways River Cruise -We experienced high class dining, exceptional pampering from the superb staff, and wonderful land excursions. Ama has something for people of all abilities!!
Your sailing is a journey of a lifetime! Step right off and explore. There is no waiting in lines to disembark, so you can maximize your time. “Ama” means love – and AMAWaterways put love in everything they do, ensuring you have a remarkable experience from every step of your journey on river and land – and even after you’ve returned home. Attentive and professional, AMA's crew brings passion into their journey every day. It spills forth from every bottle they uncork, every plate they serve and every smile they share as they go above and beyond to ensure you always have a memorable experience.
We're proud to partner with such a prestigious river cruise company!
"From the beginning, our goal was to create a river cruise company that we ourselves would enjoy. To us, that meant the highest-quality, locally sourced food and wine; elegantly appointed ships with staterooms offering maximum views to enjoy the ever-changing countryside; and a crew who goes above and beyond, treating every guest like they are part of OUR family."
- AMA Waterways
With an average of just 156 guests, AMA's ships allow you to experience luxury unencumbered by crowds. With so much included in your river cruise package, simply choose your itinerary and we’ll take care of the rest, ensuring peace of mind every step of the way.
Europe, Asia and Africa's peaceful waterways provide your pathway for journeys of a lifetime. No one can match AMA's signature twin-balcony concept. 20 of their European ships are honored with Green Awards.
You get to choose your experience! With small groups, guided shore excursions and a variety of choices, you can personalize every aspect of your experience with hiking and biking adventures, tastings and city tours, while choosing your own pace to explore.
The slower pace of river cruising allows for more free time. Take a dip in the sun-deck pool, relax with a soothing massage or watch the scenery glide by with a glass of wine in hand – moments to experience as you wish.
AMA's professionally trained Wellness Hosts lead the way with complimentary fitness classes and onshore experiences. Plus, enjoy healthy cuisine prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients.
All fine dining on board, plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, is included – even The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant. Ama's membership in La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs means every meal is designed to impress.
Stay connected with high-quality complimentary Wi-Fi and the innovative myAmaCruise app, which includes all your electronic travel documents and more.
Throughout your experience, you will get to know your waiters, bartenders and stateroom stewards personally as they greet you by name, remember your unique dietary preferences and treat you as esteemed members of their own family.
No two travelers are alike – that’s why AMA offers a variety of experiences that cater to your individual preferences. From specially-curated excursions to wellness activities to quiet sun-deck reading corners, there are so many unique ways to spend your day. Whether you are traveling solo, enjoying a girlfriend getaway or reuniting with family for a milestone celebration, there is truly something for everyone.
AmaWaterways is thrilled to be nominated in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards in the following categories:
Best River Cruise Line
Best River Cruise Ship (AmaMagna, AmaSerena)
You might come alone, but you won’t sail alone. Upon boarding Ama's ships and highly-trained crew members will welcome you to your new home away from home. You’ll meet your fellow travelers at the welcome reception and get to know them better during excursions or meal times. You can also enjoy the journeys through each small town on your own or in Ama's small group tours.
Why settle for imagining nature's beauty when you can enjoy it for yourself? Discover the largest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls, along the Zambezi River. Recognized as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, you'll experience it with us on Ama Africa Safaris & Wildlife Cruise!
Here are the Top 4 Christmas Markets that will bring you Holiday Cheer!
1. Nuremberg Christmas Market - Nuremberg’s festive Christmas Market is one of the largest in the world with over 100 canvas-topped booths selling toys, ornaments, gingerbread and more! Discover the Nuremberg Christmas Market on the Ama Iconic Christmas Markets itinerary.
2. Vienna’s Schönbrunn Christmas Market - Visit the beautifully decorated Schöbrunn Palace and Chirstkindlmarkt, one of Vienna’s most magical Christmas Markets on the Ama Christmas Markets on the Danube, Iconic Christmas Markets, Magical Christmas Markets itineraries.
3. Munich Christmas Market – Munich during the holidays is a must-see so be sure to ask your travel advisor how to add the Ama optional land package to your Christmas Markets on the Danube sailing.
4. Cologne Christmas Markets – Explore the Seven Christmas Markets of Cologne on our Christmas Markets on the Rhine sailing.
So many Christmas options from AmaWaterways!
Magna on the Danube - Christmas
Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
Iconic Christmas Markets
Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
Christmas Markets on the Danube
Austria, Germany, Hungary
Christmas Markets on the Rhine
France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Switzerland
Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps Christmas
France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
What are the most popular rivers for river cruising?
Danube and Rhine are the most popular rivers, and they are great for groups! But for the Danube and Rhine, stay away from September, the busiest month on the river and busiest time in Europe! Good options are available for spring into early summer - March, April, May. This is when shoulder pricing is available.
Are the prices for AmaWaterways more expensive than Viking, Avalon and others?
The price for AMA might be higher, but for good reason! Viking and Avalon - might include one walking tour a day, that's it! Anything else, you have to pay for. AMA includes castle tours, wine tastings, bike rides, etc. - All included in the pricing. Also, premium wines are not included on Viking and Avalon, but they are on AMA. We have heard this from several people, and one of our local guides mentioned that AmaWaterways usually gets the best parking spots / boat slips at each port. Some are right next to the heart of the cities and others require a short luxury bus ride. On our cruise we got the closest boat slots available, which allows you to enter the city with ease.
What is the Chef's Table Experience?
Watch as expert chefs chop, sear, drizzle and meticulously plate a multi-course tasting menu served with hand-selected regional and local wine.
Do all the ships have the Nordic walking sticks now?
Yes, all ships should have walking sticks, but quantity is limited.
We have a small group of people getting ready for a cruise. Do we need to book the shore excursions in advance or is it best to select them on the ship?
It’s helpful for Ama to have a rough estimate of who is doing what ahead of time. They aren't locked into their selected excursions and are welcome to change their mind once onboard if there's room in another group. They usually put out colored tickets depending on excursions offered the morning of. AMA also is one of the only ones who offer “gentle walkers”’ tours for those who can’t quite keep up (pink tickets) the same tours but not as much walking.
Does AMA not have a drink package you can buy on board? I know that beer and wine are included with meals, free happy hours, and excursions, but I just boarded today and when I asked about purchasing one, staff indicated it wasn’t a thing that is usually offered except for groups that are booked. I haven’t traveled AMA for a few years but know that Viking offers a “silver spirits” all inclusive drinks.
Honestly you don’t need a drink package. Between lunch, happy hour and dinner, and excursions, you don’t need one. And drink prices are actually quite reasonable. No, You pay as you drink outside of meal times and the Sip and Sail cocktail. Honestly, we are big drinkers and did not spend much extra money on alcohol. On our first Ama cruise a few years ago, the only charge was a camera battery! Even postcards and stamps are free!
The largest AMA suite in the inventory can hold a max of 4 correct?
Yes, 4 people.
Are there golf cruises?
Yes, check out AmaMagna’s Exclusive CONCIERGE GOLF PROGRAM
Can anyone under 18 do their own excursions?
No, technically. On Ama anyone under 18 has to be supervised by an adult they are traveling with at all times.
Is there any way to get Ama brochures, magazines, catalogs, or other printed items?
Yes, you can use their online order form.
What can you expect with AMA?
You will love every minute of it! AMA makes everything easy for guests, they think of everything to make guests comfortable and happy! AMA treats guests like royalty, and respectfully every time. Everything is done on an exceptional basis. Land trips are planned well to meet varying mobility needs, food is always delicious - featuring local flavors and other more friendly options are always available. They manage gluten and dairy free diets well. The staff is friendly and accommodating and hospitality is exceptional. Laundry service, especially for longer cruises, works out great. Rooms are comfortable, cleaned daily, and works out perfectly while you're out on excursions. Shower in the bathroom never lost pressure, the temperature was steady. Trust and safety were at the forefront. The captains are amazing, and really picked for their care and heart for the company and the guests. You have an opportunity to eat at the captains table and served beautiful courses. River cruises are really preferred over larger cruises as there are more opportunities to get to know other guests and it's more relaxing all around!
Can they handle all abilities, handicap accessibility and other options on the ship and excursions?
Ama has something for people of all abilities. They offer biking, hiking, walking, gentle land excursions, and more. Many guests never forget their trip managers, who stay close by, offer assistance when needed, and guide you through our land extensions and excursions!
Are there laundry facilities on board?
On the AmaMagna there is self-service laundry. On all of the other ships, you can send your laundry out for cleaning. Pricing is reasonable and we have found the service to be very quick! The laundry service is quick. Most often it is the same day!
Do the ships have clothes irons in the cabins or not? If not, what is the process to get something ironed?
This is just like an ocean cruise, if you need something pressed you can tell your room steward and they will take care of it for you!
What are the top 3 things to bring with you?
A cork screw and bottle stopper for any wine you might like to try. A portable battery charger and two-pronged adapter (to accommodate the European outlets on board) for your mobile phone, tablet and e-reader devices. Bubble wrap for packing cherished souvenirs and gifts, of which you'll find many!
The Rhine and Danube are the most popular river cruising options.
The Rhine is a great option as the most classic river voyage and it’s a popular first choice for those who are new to river cruising.
You will see castles along the Romantic or Middle Rhine (as the section between Koblenz and Rüdesheim, Germany is called), along with riverside wine-growing villages with halftimbered houses and some of Europe’s loveliest cities along the way, among them Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Amsterdam.
The Danube -
Nuremberg to Budapest
The classic Danube, is the stretch of river from Nuremberg or Vilshofen in Bavaria to Budapest. This takes in the UNESCO designated Wachau Valley with its picturesque riverside towns, as well as three capital cities: Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia and Budapest, Hungary.
The Dutch Waterways
A springtime cruise along the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium is the perfect way to see one of the world’s most famous flower cultivation areas in glorious bloom. But the dazzling floral displays of the legendary Keukenhof Gardens are only one attraction, as you’ll also explore medieval Bruges, Antwerp and Amsterdam, where cruises start and finish.
Germany’s most spectacular medieval cities lie along the Main’s marshy banks and are the principal reasons to come here: Miltenberg is straight out of a Grimm’s Fairy Tale, while Bamberg’s wobbly half-timbered town hall perches on an island.
Bamberg is a gem of an old town, with crooked halftimbered buildings and ancient cobbled squares. Join a walking tour, but duck into a pub at the end to sample the local specialty, smoked beer. Many consider this an acquired taste, but when in Bamberg do as the locals do. Miltenberg is another medieval town and a good guide will give you all the lurid details of day-to-day life in the Middle Ages.
The Moselle is one of Europe’s most beautiful rivers and also one of the biggest surprises. It’s not all that well known, and itineraries are more typically part of other routes, like the Rhine, but wow oh wow. It’s amazing. Your ship will pass a patchwork of vineyards clinging to impossibly sheer-sided hills, interspersed with dense forest, while exquisite little towns sit along the banks, overlooked by towering castles. One cool thing: Cochem isn’t just known for its wine — the town enjoys the unusual distinction of having the world’s oldest mustard mill, now a museum, although still churning out the mustard, which you’ll see in shops all over town.
Why go? The Rhône flows through the loveliest areas of Southern France. In a week, a voyage visits Lyon, an elegant city famed for its culinary culture; Avignon, the setting of the iconic Popes’ Palace; and Arles, the scenery which inspired Vincent van Gogh. Top tips: Lavender season is between June and early August. If you like cycling, there are flat trails with beautiful views along the Rhône, passing sleepy villages and water meadows. Take the steam train from Tournon; the forested limestone cliffs and gorges are magnificent and at the top, where the train turns around, locals sell the most delicious peaches and plums from little stalls.
Why should your clients sail the Best of Holland & Belgium itinerary with AmaWaterways?
For someone who has sailed both, we can tell you the main differences between Viking and Amawaterways. These are the main things that keep us coming back to Ama as opposed to other lines.
#1, look at the awards! Each year, AmaWaterways is the most awarded river cruise company in the world. Some of their recent awards:
There are so many details included with Ama that are not found with Viking. From the care of the staff, to the design of the ship, to the amount of time you get to spend with the ship captain that aren't to the same level with Viking.
Viking is more “entry level”. Viking spends tons of money on marketing in the US. They have a good product - if you don’t know about the next level up. The food on Viking was not to the same level as AMA. AMA is steps above with quality. Viking is less expensive, but their programs are not cheap, just not as good as AMA.
Viking has many more guests on the same size ship, so their cabins are smaller and it's more difficult for the staff to serve everyone.
Ama has more options for excursions. Bikes. Food quality is better. Fewer guests, sip and sail. Pool. Hot tub. Viking typically has larger boats and more people.
Ama has more options for excursions, and more included excursions in the price of the cruise. Pool and hot tub is a big selling point. Some ships have a swim up bar.
Ama offers a special chefs table dinner (once per person per cruise).
There is more alcohol included standard on Ama (including daily cocktail hours). The alcohol included is higher quality / top shelf compared to Viking.
For family friendly river cruises, who does Disney pick for Adventures by Disney? AmaWaterways! Disney likes to take care of their customers like no other company.
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AmaWaterways offers the following exciting river cruise locations / destinations:
-- Douro River - Portugal, Spain
-- Rhone, Seine, Saone, Dordogne & Garonne Rivers - France
-- Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Main
-Asia: Vietnam And Cambodia
-Africa Safaris & Wildlife Cruises
-- Zambezi and Chobe Rivers - Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia
As an example of what it looks like on a river cruise, take the 7-night Danube Serenade. This begins in Nuremberg,
Germany, rich with World War II history and absolutely beautiful in the fall. On board, you’ll feel the warmth of
Ama's welcoming staff and crew as you admire festive harvest décor throughout the ship. And ashore, you’ll savor
traditional Bavarian specialties like fresh-baked pretzels and sausage, as well as Wachau Valley Rieslings. Plus,
you’ll hike to storied castles, and, my personal favorite, take guided biking excursions through cobbled city centers
with architecture that spans the centuries. The cruise concludes in Vienna, where Ama's President & Co-owner
Rudi Schreiner spent his childhood.
Millions of travelers flock to the mighty Danube River every year— but have you ever wondered why? Europe’s second largest waterway connects Central and Eastern Europe, flowing over 1,700 miles through ten countries—that’s more nations than any other river in the world. The Danube has had a front-row seat to some of Europe’s most significant moments in history and is home to four glittering capitals: Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Belgrade.
The millions that live here take pride in the Danube’s history and everlasting allure. And so, once a year, the countries of the Danube get together to participate in a multi-nation celebration of this magnificent river. Partygoers celebrate with such entertainment as cook-offs, live music, photo competitions, delicious food, horse riding and archery. These celebrations are always a fun, festive way to enjoy time with friends and family and feel connected to both local communities and those across borders.
The Danube has inspired artists (as well as gourmet lovers and oenophiles) throughout the centuries. Beethoven, Mozart and Gustav Klimt were all either born here or drawn to the region as famous for its culture as its mouthwatering Riesling wines and Sachertorte cakes.
Leaves of crimson, gold and fiery
orange line Europe’s rivers, showcasing
spectacular autumn foliage. Though
recently plucked clean from the fall
harvest, sun-kissed vineyards beckon
with new wines, just recently matured.
Hear the crunch of leaves beneath your
feet on storied paths to hilltop castles
and savor the crispness of milder
weather from your complimentary
bike as the cool breeze playfully dances
across your cheeks.
In addition to the beauty and romance of the season, fall brings with it reduced airfare and less crowds that make AmaWaterways’ memorable itineraries even more enticing!
Perhaps the most alluring of our autumn sailings are our Wine Cruises,
which offer unforgettable epicurean adventures. Discover timeless
winemaking traditions in villages that have been growing grapes for
centuries. Among others, choose from Austria’s UNESCO-designated
Wachau Valley, France’s celebrated Bordeaux region and the Douro
Valley in Portugal and Spain—the oldest demarcated wine region in
Descend to candlelit underground cellars and sip wines among the very casks in which they matured, pedal through vineyards and enjoy the wine tasting and pairing guidance of a dedicated Wine Host along the way.
The tantalizing aromas of gingerbread and roasted almonds will make your mouth water blocks from the dazzling light displays that
characterize Europe’s celebrated Christmas Markets. Wander through stall after stall brimming with colorful handicrafts. Wrap your
hands around a warm mug of cocoa or spiced gluehwein as you revel in the magic and wonder of the holiday season. And on board,
delight in the elegant décor, joyous Christmas carols and whimsical traditions of AmaWaterways’ Christmas Markets cruises.
Among the stops during our Iconic Christmas Markets and Magical Christmas Markets Danube cruises are Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the largest and most famous in Europe, as well as Vienna’s celebrated markets on the Ringstrasse and at the illuminated Rathaus.
And on the Christmas Markets on the Rhine cruise, you’ll have a chance to try Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen potato pancakes at Cologne’s enchanting Christmas Market, a Rüdesheimer coffee at Rüdesheim’s intimate market, and sizzling crepes at Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik.
Amid the warmth of harvest décor on board, you’ll find a traditional Thanksgiving feast. In addition to our Founders’ Cruises, there are a handful of appealing departures on the river for this festive holiday. Whether you and your relatives seek a more relaxing holiday this year, or you find yourself without local family, check our Cruise Finder for sailings taking place over November 22nd!
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But it's the people that make the islands so special and the hospitality is warm and welcoming. Take time to mingle with the locals and relax. You will enjoy their genuine nature. Experience the true Bahamas. From its pristine naturan beauty to a host of water and land sports. We can help you plan an unforgettable vacation, whether you are seeking a romantic escape or an activity-filled stay. Everyday you'll find something new to discover.
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Explore the Caribbean islands onboard a private crewed catamaran, for up to 10 of your closest friends or family in five cabins. Relax as your captain navigate over turquoise waters from one exotic port to the next, while your chef prepares delectable meals to enjoy onboard or on a secluded beach.
Your journey embarks from one of five Moorings’ bases, on a luxury crewed catamaran, like a fabulous floating resort, with a dedicated crew providing the utmost in personalized service onboard. At each tranquil anchorage, you will have the chance to explore the culture, shop in charming boutiques, sample local delicacies, or stroll on a white-sand beach of a new island. Each day is a new discovery of experiences you won’t soon forget.
From stunning seascapes to rare wildlife and granite and coral islands, your experience in the Maldives or Seychelles will be as unforgettable as these worlds-away locations in the Indian Ocean.
Comprising 26 atolls and 1,190 islands dating back 2,500 years, the Republic of Maldives is a serene masterpiece in natural landscaping and home to one of the world’s most diverse underwater marine life. Its capital, Malé, is easily reached by ferry from the main airport.
The Republic of Seychelles is a 115-island archipelago of legendary and unspoiled beauty, between 4º and 10º south of the equator. The inner islands cluster around the islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, and are renowned for their granite formations and stunning beaches.
Morning - Prepare for a two-tank dive, exploring a vibrant thila (submerged reef) and an overhang full of soft corals. Nondivers can snorkel or relax on board.
Afternoon - Set anchor at a virgin island. Divers can explore the open waters on a channel dive; nondivers can water-ski or tube in the lagoon. Later, enjoy a relaxing massage on the beach.
Evening - Take a fishing trip aboard a local dhoni boat and enjoy sunset at sea with cocktails. Set anchor and savor a BBQ dinner on a beautiful sandbank. See video highlights of the day with after-dinner drinks in the lounge.
Cruises and Inclusions -
All cruise packages aboard Four Seasons Explorer include:
• Seaplane and speedboat transfers
• Diving and recreational activities
• Full-board meals, bottled water, and nonalcoholic
beverages for up to two • Fresh fruit in your stateroom upon arrival
• Luxurious accommodations onboard
Northward Cruise: Three Nights -
Sail from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa to Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru via the Malé and Baa atolls.
Southward Cruise: Four Nights -
Discover four secluded atolls between Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.
Circuit Cruise: Seven Nights -
Visit five atolls on the ultimate dive cruise.
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