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A leader in its niche, winning eight industry awards for Best River Cruise Line, this specialty 15-vessel cruise line has exceptional staterooms and itineraries that showcase not only Europe, but also Vietnam and Zambezi. Its Austrian founder worked with several of the other major river-cruise companies before launching his own company in 2002. Since then, AmaWaterways has introduced nine new ships in Europe: Amabella, Amacello, Amadagio, Amadante, Amadolce, Amalegra, Amalyra, Amaverde, and Amavida. In 2013, the yacht-inspired Amaprima and Amacerto join the fleet. The refurbished 212-passenger Amakatarina cruises between Moscow and St. Petersburg.Read More

AmaWaterways’ luxury ships are among the newest of the European river cruisers operating today. Designed exclusively for the English-speaking market, the ships have staterooms equipped with flat-screen TVs and Internet, French balconies on the top two decks, elevator, whirlpool, and free bicycles for exploration ashore. Impressive public rooms use designer fabrics, chic furniture, and subtle lighting for an upscale boutique hotel atmosphere.

They operate a wide range of itineraries in Europe on the Rhine, Main, Danube, and Mosel rivers; and in Russia on the Volga, Svir, and Neva rivers. The company also offers Christmas-market cruises from late November through December. Reserve April to see tulip blossoms cruising Holland and Belgium.

Is This Line Right for You?

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You enjoy a luxury adventure with few passengers. Weeklong excursions with as few as six passengers snake their way through rural European villages.
Your passions include wine, gastronomy, nature, and biking. Popular theme cruises showcase world-famous wine, food, and geographic regions with lectures and land tours.
You want good bang for your buck. Excellent itineraries with upgraded accommodations and service are not exorbitantly priced.
You want to completely unwind. Certain itineraries are activity-packed with intense touring excursions, leaving little downtime.
You don’t have a lot of time. A top itinerary takes at least 10 to 15 days. Count on longer durations considering door-to-door travel time.
You travel heavy and need storage space. While cabins have drawers and closets, maneuvering in tighter quarters of a smaller ship may cramp fashionistas’ styles.

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