Taking inspiration from prestigious ocean yachts, AmaWaterways’ AmaPrima was launched on the rivers of Europe in 2013. Since then, the vessel has continued to implement the line’s exacting standards, ensuring that service is top-notch and guests have an unforgettable time on their chosen river voyage.
Like its sister, the AmaCerto, the vessel boasts innovative features, including the iconic Twin Balconies and a rare to river cruising heated pool with swim-up bar. From the great glass elevator in the lobby, which links its Violin and Cello decks, to the gourmet cuisine in the multiple dining venues, it’s certainly one of the finest ships on the river.
The maximum capacity is 164 passengers - and with 49 English-speaking staff onboard, guests can enjoy a high staff to guest ratio, which means excellent quality service with a personalised touch. AmaWaterways is an American river cruise company, and so the majority of the vessel’s guests are from the USA. However, it also appeals to other nationalities, including travellers from Canada and the UK.
Passengers can benefit from an all-inclusive fare, so there’s no need to worry about hidden extras. Food (including speciality dining), drinks with meals (including regional wines and beers), the majority of shore excursions and Wi-Fi all included in your fare. There are few times when your purse will have to leave your in-room safe!
There are two main dining areas where guests can enjoy fine, gourmet cuisine every evening. The line’s membership of the internationally-renowned Chaîne des Rôtisseurs ensures passengers can enjoy mouth-wateringly good fare every single day.
The main restaurant can be found on the Cello Deck and provides a varied buffet station for both breakfast and lunch. For dinner, it’s a sit-down menu, with both regional and traditional culinary options. All dishes are freshly prepared, using seasonal produce. The other dining option is the Chef’s Table that can be found on the Violin Deck. It is here where 24 diners can watch the private chef do his/her magic, to provide a delectable tasting menu for all to enjoy. This experience comes at no extra cost, but reservations are recommended.
There is also an al fresco dining terrace on the Violin Deck, and guests can sometimes enjoy lunch outdoors on the Sun Deck, too. Local wines, beers, soft drinks and juices are free-flowing with lunch and dinner, with sparkling wine available at breakfast too! Bottled water is complimentary and regularly replenished in every stateroom, and the 24-hour speciality tea and coffee station onboard ensures every guest can whet their whistle with a hot beverage, no matter what the time.
The Main Lounge and bar on the Violin Deck is where most of the evening entertainment takes place, and is kitted out with a bar, dancefloor and piano. The low-key entertainment program will entice most guests, with a variety of local performances, including classical musicians, dancers and regional performers, coming onboard to provide guests with an enthralling evening.
A highlight of the cruise is the welcome party, and while dress code tends to be smart casual during the majority of the voyage, the party is a good opportunity to dress a little fancier.
The AmaPrima has over 24 bicycles on board for guests to use while in port. Bicycles provide a great way of exploring the area independently, and with dedicated riverside bicycle paths and serene lanes aplenty, guests can enjoy hopping on the saddle to discover what the area has to offer.
Unusually for river cruises, guests often have a choice of excursions in each port, at no extra charge. Small group excursions operate, under the guidance of a local expert, which appeal to most guests. These include ‘gentle walkers’ groups and, wherever possible, ‘active walkers’ and ‘late starters’ groups for those who wish to head further afield, or start their tour later in the day.
Back on board, guests will find shipwide Internet access, in-room infotainment system loaded with channels, movies and music, and a fireside library.
There are 79 staterooms onboard, split into 8 different categories (Cat. E to Cat. AA+), ranging from 160 sq. ft. to 290 sq. ft. There are also 3 suites that offer an incredibly spacious 300 sq. ft. All staterooms boast French balconies, apart from those on the Piano Deck that have fixed windows. Cat BB and above (46 out of the 79 staterooms) use the Twin Balconies concept, which includes both a French balcony and outside balcony.
All stateroom categories have similar high standard amenities, including hotel-style beds with plush bedding, in room safe, hairdryer, full-length mirror, direct dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment system, internet access, bathrobes, complimentary bottled water, spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads and individual climate control.
As well as all of the above amenities and the extra space, suites boast Twin Balconies, an enhanced sitting area with sofa and two chairs, well-stocked minibar and a large bathroom with dual sinks, bathtub and separate shower.
Relax on one of the comfortable, reclining loungers on the Sun Deck, and benefit from the retractable roof that provides shade and protection when required. The heated pool and whirlpool, with swim-up bar, is perfect for a refreshing dip at any time of the day, and the walking track is ideal for a leisurely stroll while soaking up the views.
Meanwhile, there’s an expert hair stylist, beauty therapist and masseuse ready and waiting to pamper you, who can be found next to the fitness centre on the Violin Deck.
The AmaPrima hosts a number of different voyages that focus on some of Europe’s most majestic waterways, including the Main, Rhine and Danube. Go as far as Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Turkey on the Grand Danube 15 day river cruise, or enjoy one of its shorter voyages, such as the Romantic Danube, Treasures of the Main and Rhine, or Tulip Time - which takes in some of the waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands.
There are plenty of 'cruise and stay' options for guests wishing to spend quality time on land, either end of the river cruise. Themed cruises focussing on Christmas, wine and beer are also available.