The AmaLegro was christened a year after her older sister the AmaDagio in 2007, by the American-owned AmaWaterways river cruise company. These beautifully designed and luxuriously decorated all-inclusive ships proved so popular on Europe’s historic waterways that they were soon joined by their sister the AmaCello, then the AmaDante, AmaDolce and AmaLyra, to form an upmarket fleet. AmaLegro’s opulent décor features accents of terracotta, brown and gold to bring an atmosphere of autumnal opulence to her interiors. Her hotel-like lobby and generous use of floor-to-ceiling windows in both public and private areas add to feeling of airy, elegant style onboard.
Well-travelled cruisers in their mid-forties and above make up the bulk of AmaLegro’s guests, she is also popular with British, American and Australian travellers. Her passengers tend to be extremely interested in learning more about the culture, history, wine and gastronomy of her usual Northern French itinerary on the River Seine. With a maximum capacity of 150 passengers and 41 crew on hand to provide meticulous attention to detail with their personalised service, passengers are looked after very well indeed on the AmaLegro, with no request being too much trouble.
The AmaLegro’s chefs are members of the prestigious international gastronomic society, La Chaine des Rotisseurs, meaning the cuisine more than matches the delicacies to be found offshore on her French adventures. All menus feature familiar favourites and seasonally-inspired local dishes, so on the AmaLegro’s current itineraries that means a distinct French flavour.
The stylish, contemporary main dining room operates a relaxed open-seating policy, meaning passengers can sit where they choose. However the ‘country club casual’ dress code adds to the upmarket feel, with most passengers opting for smart tops and skirts or trousers at the lavish multi-course dinners.
Passengers can order from the menu at lunchtime or help themselves from the salads, pastas and main courses at the buffet. Breakfast is also a buffet, with the added option to order freshly-cooked dishes. Sparkling wine is available at breakfast, and fine French wine, beer and soft drinks flow freely at both lunch and dinner.
The Main Lounge & Bar on the Violin Deck has a 24-hour beverage station where guests can enjoy speciality teas and coffees. Early riser breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon snacks including cookies and sandwiches are also available here, meaning no one will ever feel peckish for long.
For a special treat, passengers can enjoy the passing views and the fascinating spectacle of the chef at work at the 24-seater Chef’s Table restaurant on the Violin Deck. This needs to be booked in advance.
AmaLegro itineraries start sociably with a welcome dinner. Every evening the Main Lounge & Bar, plays host to local entertainers and the resident pianist. Passengers can even take to the dancefloor with their partner, should the mood take them.
The Main Lounge & Bar and its adjoining Observation Deck are the ship’s main social hubs, but the Sun Deck and Bow Seating Area are both lovely places to enjoy a drink and the passing view.
AmaWaterways’ signature Infotainment system allows passengers to enjoy music, new Hollywood movies, free Wi-Fi and a huge choice of English-speaking TV shows in the comfort of their stateroom or suite.
The Sun Deck is home to a walking track and whirlpool, and there is a gift shop onboard for souvenirs and gifts.
Passengers on AmaLegro’s special wine-themed itineraries will enjoy a series of lectures and tastings, and art lovers will experience a similar immersion in their favourite subject on the art-themed cruise.
Offshore excursions include headsets, entry fees and the services of professional English-speaking tour guides. Guided tours in AmaWaterways Small Group Excursions are tailormade for passengers’ varied tastes. Gentle Walkers tours suit those with limited mobility or who would just like to enjoy their new surroundings at a relaxed pace. Active Walkers is for keen sightseers who want to pack as much as possible into their day and Late Starters is perfect for passengers who want to ease into their offshore excursions after a leisurely morning onboard.
Alternatively passengers can explore by bicycle independently or as part of an organised cycle tour on one of AmaLegro’s many bicycles.
All AmaLegro’s staterooms and suites are outside and decorated in a tastefully chic palette of neutrals with warm accents. Premium bath products, multi-jet showers, towelling robes, slippers, luxury hotel-style bedding, flat screen TVs and generous seating areas add to the feeling of pampering. Bottled water is replenished daily and essentials like hairdryer, phone and individual climate control come as standard.
The upper Violin Deck is home to four luxury 255 sq. ft. Suites. With enhanced seating areas with sofas and bathrooms with marble fittings and bathtubs, these are the ultimate in river cruising luxury. They also boast French balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows for incredible views. The rest of the Violin Deck is devoted to 28 French Balcony Staterooms, divided into three categories according to their position. At 170 sq. ft, these are also generously sized.
The Cello Deck has 30 more 170 sq. ft. French Balcony Staterooms across two categories. Finally, the Piano Deck has six Fixed Window Staterooms in two price categories.
The Fitness Room with sauna and Massage & Hair Salon are situated next to each other at the back of the Violin Deck. There is an elevator to aid passengers’ movement around the ship.
AmaLegro is currently sailing the Paris & Normandy itinerary on the Seine River in Northern France. This fantastic holiday, with a wide choice of departure dates, begins with an eight day cruise, leaving from Paris. When it’s time to disembark, passengers enjoy two nights back where they started in France’s capital. Highlights of the cruise include a visit to the home and gardens of the iconic French artist Monet in Giverny, a tour of the historic city of Rouen and a visit to the legendary Normandy landing beaches of World War Two. This trip is also available as a wine or art-themed itinerary for those with a particular appreciation of the finer things in life.