Launched in 2006, AmaDagio may be one of the older ships in the American-owned AmaWaterways fleet, but she and her sister ship the AmaLegro are every bit as luxurious and innovative as their younger sisters, the AmaDante, AmaCello, AmaLyra and AmaDolce. AmaDagio’s plush, stylish décor, floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek, contemporary design mean she’s one of the finest river cruisers sailing the wine-growing region of the Rhone River in Southern France.
Due to her American roots, AmaDagio attracts the majority of her passengers from the USA and Canada. However she is also popular with British and Australian holidaymakers who appreciate her attentive, personalised service both onboard and on her offshore excursions. With 150 passengers at maximum capacity and 41 European crew, AmaDagio passengers can rest assured their needs will always be taken care of and the atmosphere will be sociable but never crowded.
Onboard chefs are members of the international gastronomic society, La Chaine des Rotisseurs, and the delicious seasonal menus, inspired by international and itinerary-based cuisine, reflect this. On an AmaDagio cruise, this means passengers can expect plenty of mouth-watering Spanish and French-themed dishes.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the ship’s main restaurant on the Cello Deck. Breakfast is a full buffet with freshly cooked options. Lunch is also an extensive buffet but passengers can also order from the menu if they wish. Dinner is a four-course event where passengers can savour the food, conversations and views. The relaxed open-seating policy means you can sit where you like, but the dress code is smarter than many river cruises with a ‘country club casual’ code which translates to the American preppy look with chinos and shirts for men and smart tops and skirts or trousers for women.
The Main Lounge & Bar serves an early-riser breakfast, alternative light lunch and afternoon snacks including sandwiches and cookies. The 24-hour-a-day beverage station where passengers can help themselves to speciality teas and coffees is also found here.
Passengers who are celebrating a special occasion onboard can treat themselves to a memorable meal at The Chef’s Table, where not only can they enjoy the stunning views, they can appreciate the master at work, preparing the evening’s delicacies.
Glasses will never be left empty at lunch or dinner, with fine wine, beer and soft drinks flowing freely in the main restaurant. You can even start the day with a glass of sparkling wine with your breakfast.
AmaDagio’s onboard programme of entertainment includes nightly performances from local entertainers in the Main Lounge & Bar. The Main Lounge & Bar is also the social hub of the ship and the perfect place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or take a turn on the dancefloor to the sounds of the resident pianist.
One of AmaDagio’s itineraries starts with a welcome dinner and the other includes a ‘welcome aboard’ wine toast and two gala dinners.
The Observation Lounge, Sun Deck and Bow Seating Area are all fantastic places to unwind and enjoy the passing scenery.
In-cabin entertainment comes courtesy of AmaWaterways excellent Infotainment system, which gives passengers a music library, free Wi-Fi and first-run Hollywood movies at the touch of a button.
AmaDagio’s gift shop is a good place for souvenir shopping. Up on the Sun Deck, there’s a walking track and whirlpool to offset all that sunbathing.
When it’s time to dock for the day, AmaDagio’s bicycles are unloaded for passengers to explore on their own or join a guided cycle tour.
AmaWaterways’ attention to detail continues on offshore excursions with three categories of sightseeing in their signature Small Group Excursions. Gentle Walkers is ideal for those with limited mobility or who just fancy a slower pace, Active Walkers is ideal for people who want to cover more ground, and Late Starters caters for passengers who feel like a lie-in. All tour guides speak good English and headsets are provided. All sightseeing costs are taken care of in the price you pay, meaning there’s no need to queue or worry about having the right amount of cash.
AmaDagio’s staterooms and suites are tastefully decorated in a palate of neutrals accentuated by warm woods. Hairdryer, safe, phone, multi-jet shower, flat screen TV and air conditioning come as standard. Deluxe bedding and bathrobes, slippers and premium bath products add to the feeling of cosseted comfort. Bottled water is replaced every day.
The upper Violin Deck is home to four luxurious 255 sq. ft. Suites with bathtubs, French balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and sofas in the spacious seating areas. The rest of the deck houses 28 French Balcony Staterooms divided into three categories, according to position, and with an area of 170 sq. ft. The Cello Deck is also home to 30 French Balcony Staterooms in two categories, and the lower Piano Deck offers 12 Fixed Window Staterooms across two categories, which are the same size as the French Balcony Staterooms.
The ship’s Fitness Room is found at the back of the Violin Deck. Next door, pampering treats are offered at the Massage & Hair Salon. The elevator is located next to Reception for those with tired legs or limited mobility.
AmaDagio’s current itinerary is the 14-day Provence & Spain adventure, which travels from Paris to Barcelona or the other way round and includes three nights staying in both wonderful cities. In the middle you’ll enjoy eight days onboard the AmaDagio, sailing through the iconic Beaujolais and Cote du Rhone wine growing areas. Highlights include a ghost walk in Viviers and a tour of the Papal Palace in Avignon. True wine lovers can book the Provence and Spain (Wine Themed) itinerary which features special wine hosts and includes two onboard wine lectures and tastings, plus visits to the famous wineries of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and L’Hermitage. This itinerary is also a foodie favourite with the chance to taste tapas and chocolate and see a cooking demonstration in the French gastronomic capital, Lyon.