Built in 2008 to AmaWaterways consistently high specifications, the AmaDante boasts spacious staterooms – most of which have French balconies – and hallways and public areas adorned with contemporary artwork that contributes to the overall welcoming and warming feel of the ship. With a range of itineraries that focus on some of Europe’s majestic waterways, a river cruise onboard the AmaDante would be ideal for anyone wishing to delve into the history, culture and heritage of some of Europe’s most beautiful regions.
The ship is almost identical to its sister ship, the AmaLyra. River cruises onboard are almost completely all-inclusive, with food, accommodation, entertainment, free-flowing wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, Internet access and shore excursions all included in the cost of the fare.
The AmaDante has a maximum capacity of 148 passengers, and with 41 English-speaking crew members onboard, gives guests a high crew to passenger ratio. This means that service is personalised and attentive throughout, while also ensuring there are enough people onboard for passengers to be able to mingle, socialise and make new friends.
As an American line, the majority of passengers are from the USA, but the ship is also popular with others, including well-travelled guests from the UK and Canada.
There are several dining options onboard the AmaDante, with the main restaurant being located on the Cello Deck in the middle of the ship. Here, varied buffets with a selection of menu items are served for breakfast and lunch, providing a multitude of mouth-watering morsels, while dinner is a sophisticated, sit-down menu service which gives guests a choice of regional and traditional cuisine that is freshly prepared onboard. With river cruises on AmaDante, guests can look forward to stunning gourmet cuisine daily; as the only river cruise line to be a member of the renowned Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the professional chefs onboard create culinary masterpieces that will surely make your mouth water!
Alternatively, guests can choose to dine at the Chef’s Table restaurant on the Violin Deck, for a more intimate gourmet experience. Afternoon tea and light meals may also be offered in the Main Lounge.
Local wines, beers and soft drinks are free-flowing during dinner service, at no extra charge. There is also a 24 hour speciality coffee and tea station onboard, and bottled water is complimentary and available throughout the voyage.
Evening entertainment onboard is low-key, but perfectly performed. The varied entertainment programme is inkeeping with the itineraries and the regions that are visited. Local acts including dancers, musicians and performers will often pop on board for an enthralling evening of music revues, and there is also a piano, bar and dancefloor in the Main Lounge for guests to enjoy.
The Welcome Party and Farewell Dinner are two highlights of every river cruise, and offer great opportunities to dress up a little and enjoy meeting your fellow cruisers.
The ship’s Sun Deck boasts an abundance of loungers and chairs if relaxation is the order of the day, as well as an inviting whirlpool where you can enjoy a soak at the same time as admiring the phenomenal views of Europe’s river landscapes.
On land, there are three choices of small group excursions to ensure all guests are well-accommodated. The ‘gentle walker’ group is ideal for anyone wishing to take it a little slower, while ‘active walker’ groups are perfect for guests who want to venture a little further. For those who like to sleep in on holiday, ‘late starter’ groups are also available. However you choose to explore the ports, the dedicated expert guides will ensure every guest can enjoy their fill of culture, heritage and insight into local customs and the history of the region.
There are over two dozen complimentary bicycles and helmets available for use as soon as the ship docks in a port, which are a great way of exploring the serene paths, charming streets and meandering bicycle routes independently.
There are 71 staterooms and 3 suites onboard. Every stateroom, other than those found on the Piano Deck, boast a French balcony with floor to ceiling glass doors and balcony rail. Piano Deck rooms are closer to the waterline and have fixed picture windows instead. All staterooms and suites are stylish, well-presented and spacious, ranging in size from 170 to 255 sq. ft.
Amenities across the board include complimentary Internet access, flatscreen TV with in-built ‘infotainment system‘ (including music library, internet and first run Hollywood movies), bathrobes and slippers, hotel-style beds with plush bedding, climate control, complimentary bottled water, personal safe, hairdryer and direct dial telephone. Bathrooms are well-appointed and have use of a shower.
In addition to the above amenities, suites also benefit from larger bathrooms with bathtub and separate shower cubicle, a mini-bar that is replenished daily and a larger seating area with sofa as well as armchairs.
There are also two single staterooms onboard, which are ideal for solo travellers who want to avoid paying a single supplement. These boast French balconies and measure 140 sq. ft.
As well as the relaxing and refreshing whirlpool on the Sun Deck, there is also a walking track for guests to use, which offers the opportunity for a stroll while admiring the scenery. In addition, there is a well-equipped onboard fitness room if you like to start your day with a workout.
Alternatively, check into the onboard massage, hair and beauty salon for a pamper session.
The AmaDante covers a number of different itineraries which range from 11 to 20 days. These durations will often include overnight stays in notable cities, either end of the river cruise, with either 7 or 14 nights on the river.
Soak up the glorious views as you sail along the Main, Danube, Rhine and Moselle. Weave through some of Europe’s most beautiful countries including Austria, Netherlands, Czech, Hungary, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Slovakia, and immerse yourself in the local history and culture with the help of an enthralling schedule of shore excursions that will inform and inspire.
As well as itineraries including the Romantic Danube, Melodies of the Danube, The Legendary Danube and the Blue Danube Discovery, this vessel also operates themed cruises for those with an interest in Europe’s Rivers and Castles, and for lovers of wine.