Launched alongside its twin sister, AmaReina, in 2014, the stunning AmaSonata joined the fleet of California-based AmaWaterways vessels that call the rivers of Europe their home. Following the 2013-debuted AmaPrima and AmaCerto, the AmaSonata is one of the most innovative and revolutionary ships in the fleet, boasting the exclusive Twin Balconies concept that its older sisters launched previously, and a gleaming glass elevator to get you from deck to deck in style.
When running at maximum capacity, the AmaSonata can hold 164 passengers, which means that guests can enjoy getting to know other travellers while also upholding the high level of intimacy that smaller ships provide. Marketed at English-speaking holidaymakers, the majority of guests book from America, Australia, the UK and Canada. Passengers tend to be well-travelled and affluent, over the age of 50 and have a love for holidays that will enable them to appreciate the finer things in life, as well as the culture and history that a river cruise provides.
There is an onboard cruise manager to ensure all guests have a perfect stay on the AmaSonata, and the excellent quality service is maintained by a dedicated crew, who can offer a relaxed, stress-free and personalised service due to the excellent crew ratio of one to 3.3.
As the only river cruise line that is a member of the International Gastronomic Society, the Chaine des Rotisseurs, AmaWaterways guarantees excellent quality gourmet cuisine on all of its ships. The AmaSonata is no different, with a choice of dining venues that will please all palates.
The main restaurant can be found on the Cello Deck, and is the main venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A full buffet breakfast and freshly-prepared specialities are available from 7am daily, while lunch service includes an array of mouth-watering morsels ranging from fresh meats and pasta to hot entrees and desserts. A light lunch is available in the Main Lounge, where afternoon tea is also served. Dinner is made up of several courses, with complimentary drinks on tap.
If guests fancy something a little different from the main dining venue, there is also a chef’s table restaurant, located on the Violin Deck, which offers a tasting menu prepared by its own private chef, and paired wines. The Violin Deck also boasts an alfresco dining terrace, an Observation Lounge and the main lounge and bar area, where guests can be found enjoying afternoon drinks, pre-dinner cocktails and after-dinner beverages. Occasionally, guests can enjoy lunch outside on the Sun Deck if the weather allows.
Complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks are available during dining services. Bottled water and hot beverages are also available at no extra charge, throughout the day.
The dress code across the ship, and also for onshore excursions, is ‘country club casual’, but many guests prefer to dress up a little for dinner. There’s no need to dig out the tux (unless you want to!), but dinner jackets, ties and elegant dress can often be seen worn by diners.
Guests are invited to welcome and farewell dinners, which are a perfect time to dress up and mingle. There is also a programme of nightly entertainment available, which is low-key to reflect the refined and intimate onboard vibes. Much of the entertainment will demonstrate elements of the regional culture, such as European dancers, musicians and classical orchestral revues.
The Main Lounge is equipped with a dancefloor - plus a piano, which you will often hear playing in the background as you sip drinks, relax and chat with fellow cruisers.
There is a daily entertainment programme on AmaSonata, which is filled with enriching and entertaining activities, from lectures and workshops, to guided shore excursions and exclusive tours. Alternatively, passengers can explore each port independently with the use of the complimentary bicycles kept onboard.
Shore excursions are divided into three options to suit all passengers and ensure personalised attention at every step. Choose from ‘gentle walker’, ‘active walker’ and ‘late starter’ tours, which can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of whether you wish to appreciate the area at a leisurely pace, hope to cover more ground or would like to stay in bed for an extra hour.
The ship is also equipped with a fireside library with a modest amount of books and guides, plus complimentary internet, to allow guests to stay connected with loved ones back home. Each flat-screen TV in the suites and staterooms also offers an on-demand movie service, as well as various satellite TV stations and music channels.
Onboard, you will find 82 staterooms and suites that fall into nine categories, ranging in size from 160sqft to 300sqft. The majority of staterooms boast the Twin Balcony concept, which provides guests with both a French Balcony and an outside balcony for sitting out on. Piano Deck staterooms have fixed twin windows.
All rooms have Internet access. Other amenities include a flat screen TV equipped with ‘infotainment’ system, desk and vanity area, spacious storage areas, bathrobes, air-con, personal safe and an en-suite with multi-jet shower. Category C and above have French Balconies, while Category BB and above (found on both Cello and Violin Decks) have the acclaimed Twin Balconies. Some of the larger suites’ bathrooms boast dual basins and plenty of space, while others have a bathtub as well as a shower.
Complimentary bottled water is also available in all rooms, and is replenished daily.
The AmaSonata has a range of excellent spa, fitness and wellbeing options on board. Pamper yourself with a massage, a trip to the beauty salon, or let the onboard hair stylist give your hair a lift. There are also plenty of lounge chairs on the Sun Deck, where you can sit back and enjoy the panoramic views. A retractable roof can also provide shade (or an escape from the rain!), when required. Around the Sun Deck you will find a Walking Track to stretch your legs while sailing.
One of the main highlights of the AmaSonata, which is seldom seen on river cruise ships, is the heated swimming pool with swim-up bar. Guests can also relax in the whirlpool, after working out in the well-equipped fitness centre.
Choose to sail along the romantic Danube or enchanting Rhine, or head cross-Europe between Amsterdam and Budapest. Spend extra days in one of your favourite cities and spend longer appreciating the local culture and history, with pre- or post- cruise land stays. The shore excursions available are carefully planned to suit the regions you’re sailing through, and will allow you to make the most of your river cruise experience.
Themed itineraries are also available if you’d like an enriching break that is focussed on themes such as wine, Jewish heritage, or the festivity-filled Christmas cruises.