With a 2016 launch lined up, AmaViola is arriving hot on the heels of her sister, AmaSerena, who made her debut on Europe’s rivers in 2015. She may be the younger sister in the all-inclusive American-owned AmaWaterways’ fleet of Concerto class ships, but with her sleek, state-of-the-art design, spacious interiors and capacity to host 158 passengers in style, AmaViola is no baby of the family.
AmaViola attracts a discerning, mature clientele who appreciate AmaWaterways’ impeccable service and floating luxury hotel atmosphere. Her passengers tend to be well-travelled, inquisitive about the history and geography of the itinerary, and from North America, the UK, Australia and other English-speaking places.
All menus are designed with the seasons and the itinerary in mind. On the AmaViola, this means passengers can expect culinary influences from the cuisines of the Danube, Rhine and waterways of Belgium and Holland. The ship’s chefs are members of international gastronomic society, La Chaine des Rotisseurs.
The stylish Main Restaurant on the Cello Deck has spectacular views from its floor-to-ceiling windows and passengers can sit where they like for all three meals of the day. The sumptuous, multi-course dinner is a dressier affair than on many cruise ships, with a smart casual dress code in operation in the evenings. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and there is also the chance to order from the menu.
An alternative early-riser breakfast, light lunch and afternoon snacks are available in the Main Lounge on the Violin Deck. This deck is also home to the intimate Chef’s Table Restaurant, where the chef prepares delicacies in front of diners, and the Al Fresco Terrace which offers casual dining accompanied by wonderful views.
Fine regional wines, beers and soft drinks flow freely at lunch and dinner, and passengers can even have a glass of bubbles at breakfast. Speciality tea and coffee are always available.
Passengers who choose AmaViola’s wine-themed itinerary will enjoy paired wines and cuisine.
Delicious dining is the focus of the ship’s evening entertainment with a welcome dinner, cocktail reception and Captain’s gala dinner being the social highlights of every AmaViola itinerary.
The Main Lounge & Bar, with its dancefloor and adjoining Observation Lounge and Al Fresco Terrace, is the ship’s natural social hub. Passengers can enjoy live piano music here, and every night after dinner performers are invited onboard to bring the music and dance of the itinerary alive.
AmaViola’s Entertainment on Demand system means passengers can enjoy complimentary Wi Fi, new Hollywood films, a music library and a wide choice of English-speaking TV channels at the touch of a button in the privacy of their cabins.
Cooking demonstrations and lectures are a regular fixture on AmaViola itineraries, to enrich passengers’ experience of the destinations. Guests on the wine-themed cruise can enjoy the extra tastings and talks organised by their dedicated wine host.
As well as being a great place to relax and admire the scenery, the Sun Deck, which boasts a retractable roof, also has a walking track and heated pool with a swim up bar. Passengers can also unwind with a good book in the Fireside Library or browse the gift shop.
Off the ship, AmaViola’s Small Group Excursions programme means every pace and taste is catered for. Gentle Walkers involves a laid back stroll through new surroundings, Active Walkers progresses at a brisker pace, and Late Starters allows for a lie-in before the day’s sightseeing. All the expert tour guides speak fluent English, and all associated costs, including headsets, are included.
AmaViola also carries bicycles onboard so that passengers can explore cycle-friendly places like Amsterdam, either independently or as part of a guided tour. Passengers can also enjoy optional extra excursions like a Mozart & Strauss concert in Vienna, or visits to Brussels and Bruges whilst in Belgium.
All AmaViola’s pristine staterooms are decorated with the high standards of taste and quality that you would expect from a luxury hotel. They are all outside, generously sized and a safe, hairdryer, full length mirror, sitting area, spacious closet, phone, flat screen TV and climate control come as standard in all cabins. Bottled water is replenished daily and hotel-style white-on-white bedding, towelling robes and spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads in all cabins add to the feeling of comfort. Autumnal accent colours add a stylish design touch.
The Violin Deck is home to AmaViola’s four 350 sq. ft. Twin Balcony Suites. Not only do these sumptuous suites have their own private balcony with seating and adjoining French balcony, they also boast an enhanced seating area and large bathroom with a separate bathtub. Next to the suites are eight Twin Balcony Staterooms with an area of 235 sq. ft. and all the perks of the suites except the bathtub. There are also 12 Twin Balcony Staterooms measuring 210 sq. ft. and ten 170 sq. ft. French Balcony Staterooms on this deck.
The Cello Deck houses a further ten of the 235 sq. ft. Twin Balcony Staterooms, 15 of the 210 sq. ft. versions and eight more 170 sq. ft. French Balcony Staterooms at the rear of the deck.
The lower Piano Deck has twelve 160 sq. ft. Fixed Window Staterooms.
The Piano Deck houses the Fitness Room and Massage & Hair Salon where passengers can enjoy hairdressing, beautician and massage services. The ship also has an elevator to aid movement between decks.
AmaViola will be sailing five itineraries in her maiden year. The eight-day Tulip Time Cruise navigates the beautiful waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium with highlights including a trip to see the iconic tulip carpets in Amsterdam’s Keukenhof Gardens and a visit to medieval Ghent. The 11-day The Romantic Danube itinerary operates in two directions, bookended by stays in Prague and Budapest, with the week-long cruise including visits to Vienna and Bratislava, and an Illuminations cruise of Budapest. This itinerary is also available as a wine-themed cruise. The 11-day Melodies of the Danube cruise sails through the beautiful wine-growing Wachau Valley and ends with a stay in Munich or Prague. There is also a 10-day Christmas Markets on the Danube itinerary which includes two nights in Prague. Finally, the 12-day The Enchanting Rhine itinerary travels from Amsterdam to Zurich, and the reverse, with highlights including an Amsterdam canal cruise and a trip through the fairy tale castle landscape of the Rhine Gorge.