Making her debut in 2008, alongside her sister the AmaDante, the AmaCello is a fine example of American-owned AmaWaterways’ floating boutique hotel style, with luxurious décor in opulent golds and oranges. Like her other sister ships, the older AmaLegro and AmaDagio, and her younger siblings the AmaLyra and AmaDolce, the AmaCello is expertly engineered to navigate the rivers of Europe’s historic heartland.
Thanks to her American roots, the AmaCello is extremely popular with well-travelled Americans and Canadians who are keen to discover the history and culture of Europe. She also attracts like-minded passengers from Australia and the UK who appreciate her impeccable attention to detail when it comes to service and luxury. With a maximum capacity of 148 passengers, and 41 crew to attend to them, the passenger to crew ratio is excellent.
Breakfast is served buffet-style in the main restaurant and is enhanced by made-to-order choices. Lunch also follows the buffet format with the added option to order a meal from the menu. The main event of the day is dinner, which is a leisurely four-course affair. The open-seating policy means you can sit where you like, including at tables for two. The dress code for dinner is ‘country club casual’ which means smart trousers and shirts for men and their equivalent for women are a safe bet. As a member of the international gastronomic society, La Chaine des Rotisseurs, AmaWaterways takes its cuisine seriously, with seasonal international and locally-inspired dishes always available.
Passengers who feel like a special treat can book The Chef’s Table, where they can enjoy the intimate atmosphere as they watch the chef preparing that evening’s delicacies.
Free speciality teas and coffees are always available along with bottled water. Fine wine, beer and soft drinks flow freely at lunch and dinner, and you can even start the day with a flute of sparkling wine at breakfast.
Alternatively, early-riser breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon sandwiches, pastries and cookies are available in the Main Lounge.
The Captain’s welcome dinner is a great ice-breaker and gets every cruise off to a sociable start.
The Main Lounge is a great place to enjoy a drink while you listen to live piano music and maybe even take a twirl around the dance floor. Every evening, local performers are invited onboard to make the itinerary come to life. It’s also possible to lose track of time watching the scenery pass by from the Sun Deck or Observation Lounge. The Bow Seating Area is a great place to relax as you enjoy the views, and you can order a drink by phone from the small Aft Lounge.
AmaWaterways’ in-cabin Infotainment system includes complimentary Wi-Fi, a music library and first-run Hollywood movies on your flat screen TV.
AmaCello’s walking track and whirlpool are a great way to get active after an hour or two chilling out on the Sun Deck. There is also a gift shop to browse for souvenirs.
Off the ship, Small Group Excursions are conducted by knowledgeable local English-speaking guides, and there is never any need to queue or pay for admissions. Gentle Walkers explores at a leisurely pace, Active Walkers is brisker and covers more ground and Late Starters is perfect for those who wish to ease themselves into the day. Headsets are provided on guided tours and passengers are also free to explore independently. The onboard Cruise Manager is there to answer any questions you may have.
AmaWaterways pioneered the idea of providing passengers with bicycles for exploring the European towns and cities of the itinerary, and AmaCello has nearly 50 bicycles and helmets at passengers’ disposal for guided cycle tours or independent adventures.
All suites and staterooms on the AmaCello are outside, luxuriously appointed and feature a desk/dressing table area, luxury bedding, seating area, multi-jet shower, bathrobes and slippers, upmarket bath products, hairdryer, safe, phone and climate control. Bottled water is replenished daily.
The upper Violin Deck is home to four 255 sq.ft. Suites which boast a seating area with sofa and two chairs, bath tub in the marble bathroom, mini bar, floor-to-ceiling window and French balcony. The remainder of this deck and the Cello Deck below are devoted to a total of 58 French Balcony Staterooms with an area of 170 sq. ft, and divided into three categories. Two of the Cello Deck’s staterooms are singles measuring 140 sq. ft.
The lower Piano Deck has 12 more staterooms in two categories. These are the same size as the others but have twin fixed windows instead of French balconies.
The Massage, Beauty and Hair Salon offers premium pampering on the Violin Deck. The Fitness Room is located next door for passengers who wish to work out or use the sauna. The ship’s elevator is handily located next to reception.
AmaCello sails classic European itineraries such as the 12-day Enchanting Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, which visits France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, and includes offshore stays in Lucerne and Zurich in Switzerland. Excursions include a canal cruise in Amsterdam, wine tasting or a gondola ride in Rudesheim and a Strasbourgh city tour.