AmaWaterways River Cruises

Nothing Compares to a River Cruise

A river cruise is about more than the destination – it’s the journey. We invite you to take one of our European river cruises, Asia river cruises, or Africa river cruises and see the world in luxury and comfort.

River cruising through Europe is an excellent way to explore a destination. Discover local culture and sights on included tours, and then hop back on your luxurious river cruise ship and sail to the next stunning city or charming town. Included in the fares of our featured AmaWaterways river cruises are shore excursions in every port of call; all dining on board; fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; internet access and Wi-Fi; and bicycles that you can use to explore on your own or join our guided bike tours.

Nothing Compares to a River Cruise

River cruising is a relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel where you can enjoy ever-changing scenery along the banks of waterways such as the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Douro, Volga and Yangtze. Unpack just once and journey into the very heart of iconic cities and charming towns.

Explore the world’s great cities

The most cosmopolitan cities developed along the rivers, the world’s first trade routes. From iconic “must-sees” like Paris, Amsterdam and Budapest to quaint villages and towns waiting to be discovered, a river provides you easy access to savor the delights of both. Cities like Berlin, Lisbon, Prague, Vienna, Moscow, Cairo and Beijing are just a few that are accessible on a river cruise. In addition to the rivers listed above, cruises along lesser-known rivers like the Mekong in Southeast Asia and the Main in Germany are options.

For more details on AmaWaterways itineraries, destinations, ships and deck plans, special offers and more, click here.

Additional Information:

All include a Berwick Travel exclusive $300 On Board Credit!

Taste of Bordeaux
7-nt cruise roundtrip from Bordeaux
Aug 15 $3,899 (free economy air)
Oct 24 $3,699 – save $250 ($3449)

Paris & Normandy
7-nt cruise roundtrip from Paris
Oct 31 $3,499 (wine cruise)

Colors of Provence
7-nt Lyon – Arles cruise or reverse
Oct 3 $3,999
Oct 31 $3,499 – save $250 ($3249)

Romantic Danube
7-nt Vilshofen – Budapest cruise
Nov 22 $2,999 – save $750 ($2249)
Oct 6 $3,999
Oct 27 $3,399 – save $250 ($3149)
Nov 10 $3,099 (wine cruise) – save $750 ($2349)

Melodies of the Danube
7-nt Budapest – Vilshofen cruise
Oct 18 $3,599
Nov 10 $3,299 (wine cruise) – save $750 ($2549)
Dec 27 $3,099 (Christmas Market cruise)

Blue Danube Discovery
7-nt Budapest – Nuremberg cruise
Aug 25 $3,699
Nov 17 $2,999 (free economy air) OR save $1000 ($1999)

Europe’s Rivers & Castles
7-nt Nuremberg – Luxembourg cruise
Jun 6 $3,599
Oct 24 $3,399

Gems of Southeast Europe
7-nt Budapest – Giurgiu cruise or reverse
Oct 6 $3,799

Medieval Treasures
7-nt Basel – Nuremberg cruise
Aug 15 $3,599 (wine cruise) – save $500 ($3099)
Nov 7 $3,099 (wine cruise) – save $750 ($2349)

Captivating Rhine
7-nt Amsterdam – Basel cruise
Jul 7 $3,599 – save $250 ($3349)
Oct 6 $3,799 – save $250 ($3549)
Oct 28 $3,299 – save $500 ($2799)
Nov 17 $2,999 – save $750 ($2249)

Enchanting Rhine
7-nt Basel – Amsterdam cruise
Jun 1; Aug 17 $3,599
Oct 13 $3,699
Nov 9 (wine cruise) (free economy air) $3,099 OR save $1000 ($2099)
Dec 30 (Christmas Market cruise) $3,099

Rhine & Moselle Splendors
7-nt Luxembourg – Basel cruise
Aug 8 $3,599 (wine cruise)
Oct 10 $3,699

Iconic Christmas Markets
7-nt Nuremberg – Budapest cruise
Dec 1, 20 $3,099

Magical Christmas Markets
7-nt Vienna – Nuremberg cruise
Dec 15 $3,099

Christmas Markets on the Rhine
7-nt Basel – Amsterdam cruise
Nov 23 $2,999
Dec 21 $3,099

Christmas Markets on the Danube
7-nt Budapest – Vilshofen
Dec 8 $3,299

Starting per person cruise only fares. Pricing varies by travel date and is subject to availability. Promotions may not be combinable with any other offers. Some restrictions may apply; offers subject to change without notice. On board credit is per stateroom, not per person. 

Europe

European River Cruises transport you to the best of worlds – fascinating history, art and culture, stunning landscapes, and fine wine and food. Sail the blue Danube, romantic Rhine River, or another storied European river and come away with a new perspective on this incomparable land.

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Asia

The Mekong River winds its way from the Tibetan plateaus of China’s Yunnan province, through the rainforests, plains and rice fields of five Southeast Asian countries before meeting the South China Sea. In terms of length, it’s the 12th largest river in the world, but in terms of historic, cultural and ecological richness-the Mekong has no equal. The sagas of ancient empires, colonial powers and modern conflicts have unfolded along her banks. And, through it all, the Mekong remains first and foremost a lifeline. Temples, trade routes and fishing villages in the river’s path are today untouched by time, just as the way of life they represent. And nowhere are the river’s riches more apparent than in the neighboring-but distinct countries-of Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Africa

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AmaWaterways, we love what we do — providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, “Ama” is derived from the Latin word for “love.” It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. It is a philosophy that drives our attention to detail, constant innovation and culture of always making our guests our top priority. It is the reason our guests all have a story about why it was the best cruise they’ve ever taken. When you sail with AmaWaterways, you will experience the luxury of more – more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

More VIEWS
Most of the staterooms on our fleet feature not just one, but two private balconies — a French balcony and a full outside balcony. Together, they provide a unique panoramic view of the beautiful sights along the river and maximize the natural light coming in. With twin balconies, you can enjoy the river however you like.

More ROOM
Our ships are your floating sanctuary. That’s why we chose to carry fewer guests (at most 164), so that we could make your staterooms larger and provide more amenities. With fewer people on board, public spaces like restaurants and lounges are never crowded, and accommodations range from 155 square feet all the way up to 350 square feet.

More INCLUDED TOURS
We realize that our guests have different tastes, so we’ve developed a menu of shore excursions in every port of call. In many destinations, you’ll be free to choose from one of several options — all of which are included in your cruise fare. There’s always a city tour designed to show you all the renowned highlights and landmarks in grand capitals and charming villages alike. Is it your first time in Vienna? Opt for an unforgettable exploration of the major sights led by a local, English-speaking guide that is well-versed in history and culture. Have you already been to Nuremberg? Instead of taking the city tour, indulge in a bratwurst and beer tasting on one of our Special Interest Tours, which are specially designed to place you in the midst of local life. We also offer different tour paces: Gentle, regular and active. The choice is yours.

More ACTIVE WAYS TO DISCOVER
With AmaWaterways, you have the option of exploring Europe’s amazing sights like the locals do. We were the first river cruise line to carry an entire fleet of complimentary bicycles on board, so you can experience biking alongside enchanting riverside pathways and in city centers. Whether you feel like joining one of our exclusive guided bike tours, or want to go discover on your own, there are many ways for you to explore on two wheels during your cruise. The beauty of Europe doesn’t just lie in its architecture and landmarks – there are also breathtaking things to be seen when you venture out into nature. That’s why we’ve designed special guided hikes that will take you a bit off the beaten path in some very beautiful destinations like the Wachau Valley. These unique, active tour options are included in the cruise fare so that you have more choices when it comes to how you prefer to explore.

More DINING
AmaWaterways was invited to be a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society – and with good reason. Our expert chefs craft menus that feature exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine as well as traditional Western offerings. We are the only river cruise line that has The Chef’s Table, an intimate specialty restaurant where you can watch the chef prepare a lavish dinner right in front of you. Each meal is specially paired with premium local reds and whites from Europe’s renowned wine regions, with new selections each night. There’s also sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast, menu service during lunch, as well as delicious tapas and snacks in the Main Lounge between meals. All onboard dining, as well as unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner, is included so you can indulge whenever and however you’d like.

More SERVICE
A proactive, personalized approach to exceeding expectations is a hallmark of the AmaWaterways experience. Since we have a higher staff-to-guest ratio (1 staff member for every 3 guests) on our ships, our team can fully dedicate themselves to providing each of our guests with the highest level of service. From the time you book your cruise to the time you board your flight home, you will be treated to an exceptional hospitality experience. At AmaWaterways, we only hire the best of the best. Each member of our crew — whether it’s a stateroom steward or a Cruise Manager — is an expertly-trained professional with a passion for what they do and a commitment to excellence. We consider our guests part of the AmaWaterways family, and we work hard to make sure you feel that way the entire time you’re with us. What’s more, you’ll have the same highly-trained Cruise Manager during both your cruise and land program.

More WAYS TO RELAX
With fewer guests on board, we have space for luxurious amenities. Relax with a massage after a day of exploring, stay in shape with our fitness room and watch castles go by while enjoying a cocktail and taking a dip in our sun deck pool with a swim-up bar.

More ENTERTAINMENT
Whether it’s traditional Bavarian music, a local quartet or contemporary piano favorites, you will enjoy an eclectic schedule of onboard entertainment every night.

More STAYING IN TOUCH
While on your cruise, you’ll want to share all the pictures you take of everything you see and do. And, you also want to stay in touch with your friends and family back home. That’s why we provide free internet access and Wi-Fi when you’re aboard. Your stateroom also has a computer that you can use in case you didn’t bring your mobile device, or just want to sit down at a desk to surf the web.

More INNOVATION
Our river cruise line has always been inspired by a vision of innovation. Among other things, AmaWaterways was the first to offer twin-balcony (a French balcony and outside balcony) staterooms, include a specialty restaurant, carry a fleet of bicycles on board and offer a broad selection of tours. Our ships are uniquely designed to minimize the impact of water levels on the river, featuring low drafts for when there isn’t enough water, and specially engineered wheelhouses for when there is too much water.

More CRUISE OPTIONS
We offer unique itineraries that let travelers delve even deeper in to the rich history and culture of Europe. Our Wine Cruises are the perfect way to add an epicurean dimension to your journey, with bonus wine-related excursions and even a wine expert on board. Or, you can get into the holiday spirit like never before on one of our Christmas Markets cruises.

Cruise in Comfort & Style!
Our ships are inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize every aspect of our guests’ experience. You will notice the difference the minute you step on board and are welcomed in the beautiful lobby. From then on, you will be treated to an array of unique and luxurious features as you journey along in your floating hotel. Relax and delight in stunning views in our spacious staterooms, many of which feature twin balconies — a French balcony and an outside balcony. Enjoy exclusive amenities like massage services, a fitness room and a pool while on board. Indulge in award-winning cuisine at a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant — an experience you won’t find elsewhere.

For more details on ships and deck plans, click here.

EUROPE


AmaSiena
This 156-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaDouro
The AmaDouro, sister ship to the AmaVida, brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 102-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft.

 


AmaMagna
Set sail in ultimate luxury on board AmaWaterways’ newest state-of-the-art ship, AmaMagna, redefining the river cruise experience. Twice the width of traditional European river ships, the AmaMagna offers more than 50% ultra-spacious suite accommodations with full balconies as well as five onboard bars, four unique dining experiences, an expansive Zen Wellness Studio, two soothing massage rooms, a hair salon, nail salon and much more.


AmaMora
This 156-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaLea
This 158-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaKristina
This 156-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaStella
This 156-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaViola
This 156-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaSerena
This 162-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaVenita
This 162-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaReina
This 162-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaSonata
This 162-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.

 


AmaPrima
This 162-passenger vessel incorporates the most advanced design offering spacious staterooms featuring our exclusive twin balconies, multiple dining venues, heated pool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

 


AmaVida
The AmaVida brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 106-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft.

 


AmaCerto
This 162-passenger vessel incorporates the most advanced design offering spacious staterooms featuring our exclusive twin balconies, multiple dining venues, heated pool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

 


AmaVerde
Providing the ultimate in custom-designed luxury, this 161-passenger vessel offers twin balcony staterooms, a heated swimming pool, fitness center, and much more.

 


AmaBella
The AmaBella offers the ultimate in custom-designed luxury. This 161-passenger vessel features a combination of amenities and design details.

 


AmaDolce
The custom-designed AmaDolce was introduced in 2009 and features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, Internet/WiFi access, walking track along our Sun Deck and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

 


AmaLyra
The AmaLyra offers spacious 170-255 sq. ft. staterooms, most with French balconies, complimentary high-speed internet and WiFi, a walking track along our Sun deck, and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

 


AmaCello
This spectacular 144-passenger ship features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, whirlpool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

 


AmaDante
The custom-designed AmaDante was introduced in 2008 and features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, Internet/WiFi access, walking track along our Sun Deck and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

 

ASIA


AmaDara
AmaDara features spacious staterooms and suites all of which have private twin balconies. Public areas include two stylish restaurants, an inviting lounge, a fitness room, hair salon, three spas and a refreshing Sun Deck swimming pool.

 

AFRICA


Zambezi Queen
The beautiful Zambezi Queen was specifically designed for safari river cruising on the Chobe River and offers a sophisticated design to maximize animal sightings.

AmaWaterways was founded in 2002 by three families, but our river cruise story began well before that. President Rudi Schreiner was born in Vienna, at the heart of the Danube. His love of design drew him to architecture, but his even greater love of travel drew him to places far and wide. In 1975, he traveled to South America for a journalism assignment on the Amazon. It was here that he designed his first ship, using what he could find to build a raft that would take him up and down the river during the next 7 months. Soon thereafter he started working in travel, creating unique tour experiences in Europe.

A Turning Point
When the Rhine-Main-Danube canal was built in 1992, Rudi realized the potential for touring as many as 13 European countries by river. He started the North American operations for many of today’s major river cruise companies, developing itineraries and ships that would become the templates for what we know river cruising to be today. After years of success as a driving force in the industry, Rudi decided to start his own venture — one that would provide guests with a higher standard of luxury travel by river. That’s when he teamed up with Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy to start AmaWaterways.

A Team of Pioneers
Kristin was born in Germany and brings extensive experience in travel, river cruising and customer service to the company in her role as Executive Vice President. Jimmy Murphy was a brilliant travel entrepreneur, having built Brendan Vacations, one of the most successful tour operators in the U.S. Jimmy’s son, Gary, who also played a major part at Brendan, is now Vice President of Sales at AmaWaterways. Together with Rudi, a true team of pioneers emerged.

The Story Continues
Since 2002, AmaWaterways has offered unforgettable river cruises aboard award-winning ships sailing legendary rivers to the heart of Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.

Family-owned and operated, we pride ourselves on our passion for river cruising, strong partnerships with our dedicated travel agent partners, the unparalleled service of our staff and crew, our exquisite La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dining, and our innovations, which range from staterooms with unique “twin balconies” to included shore excursions featuring active biking and hiking options. Our most recent innovation, the extraordinary AmaMagna, debuts on the Danube River in May 2019 with over 50% suite accommodations, four unique dining venues, an Exclusive Concierge Golf Program and groundbreaking Water Sports Platform, among several other innovations.

With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Town & Country River Cruise Awards as “Best Overall,” “Best for Food,” “Best for Onboard Activities” and “Best for On-Shore Activities,” as well as 2017 AFAR and Recommend magazine Reader’s Choice Awards for “Best River Cruise Line.”

What to Expect on a River Cruise

  
ACCOMMODATIONS
River cruises are brimming with onboard amenities. Stateroom are most often river-facing, and come equipped with hotel-style beds, private bathrooms, individual climate control, refrigerators, safes and TVs. Higher stateroom categories may have French balconies, verandas, and separate sleeping and sitting quarters. Rooms range from 150 to 600 square feet. Guests receive excellent and personalized service from on board staff. Additionally, ships include restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as free Wi-Fi. Some ships even come equipped with libraries, boutiques, pools and/or sun decks.

CUISINE
Guests are given a choice of dining options, including where and what to eat. Breakfasts can either be enjoyed al fresco or at the morning buffet, while lunches and dinners can be eaten while viewing passing sights or with friends in a common eating area. Open seating is offered, allowing guests to meet new people or enjoy the presence of the same people each day. Cruises offer regional cuisine and use locally sourced ingredients to help with their authenticity. Also common are wine pairings, selected from local tastes to help guests get a closer understanding of a region’s culture.

THINGS TO DO
River cruisers spend more time in the cities, towns and ports along the way. Included shore excursions consist of guided tours that help guests become well-acquainted with the culture, art and history of their destinations. In addition to guided tours, guests can roam freely around local stops or arrange optional shore excursions. There’s always ample opportunity to find something to do in every port, whether it’s visiting an ancient castle, attending a classical concert or enjoying a famous museum.

Who You’ll Be Cruising With

While river cruises can be enjoyed by people of all ages, they generally appeal to people more advanced in age — baby boomers, in particular. Many river cruise lines allow children aboard their ships, although they may have age restrictions in place and usually there isn’t much for kids to do. The makeup of a liner can include people of a wide range of nationalities, but more often than not, guests come from English-speaking countries.

Best Times to Go

Whether you choose to travel in the on-season or the off-season, you’ll be able to gain a deep cultural experience in each of your destinations. In the spring and summer, you may witness local outdoor events and lively activities that only occur during the warmer months of the year. Cooler weather in the fall may mean you’ll run into fewer people in the streets of cities and ports you visit, which will allow you to take your time and get a closer look at sites that interest you without feeling rushed or crowded. And in the winter season, you’ll be delighted by festive Christmas markets and enchanted by the holiday traditions and celebrations of the locals.

What You Should Pack

Given that weather will be variable depending on where your river cruise takes you, bringing along both warm and light clothes is wise. Even during warm months, there is wind on the rivers, so it’s best to plan for layers even if the weather is hot. Additionally, you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking, so bring along comfortable shoes. Lastly, pack some dressier clothes in case you attend a formal event while visiting one of your cruise destinations.

How They Differ from Ocean Cruises

Although river cruises and ocean cruises share a number of similarities, there are also various—and considerable—differences between the two. For one, ocean liners are bigger and offer more stateroom accommodations on average. Appropriately, they’re able to host significantly more guests. The smaller scale of river ships means fewer guests, but more opportunities to get to know fellow travelers, which often lead to lifelong friendships.

In contrast to ocean cruises that may include multiple sea days, you will rarely experience a full day of sailing on a river cruise. Typically, guests will awake each morning to find themselves in a new port. With river cruising, you can also enjoy an ever-changing mural of breathtaking scenery from your ship, so the journey itself becomes part of your discovery.

For those without sea legs, river cruises have the advantage of smooth trekking, shallow waters and the gift of land that’s always in sight. Lastly, most river cruises offer inclusive value, meaning your Wi-Fi, water, alcohol and included excursions are covered in the price. However, ocean cruises tend to offer more upscale amenities, like fitness centers, multiple dining options and a variety of live entertainment.

Who Would Enjoy a River Cruise?

River cruises are great for everyone, especially those desiring a more relaxed and intimate form of travel. Individuals who’ve never stepped foot on a ship before will enjoy the relative ease of a river-bound trip with little chance of seasickness. Furthermore, with a focus on cultural exploration of locations, river cruises are perfect for those with a curiosity about art and history, or a general interest in travel.  Every river is unique and each tells a different story—not only of the countries through which it flows, but also of its locks, canals, scenery and bridges.

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