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Cruise Ship Information
 AmaWaterways  The 148-passenger AmaDagio launched in 2006 as the first custom-built river cruise ship for the line. The river boat has since been joined by nearly identical sister ships AmaDolce and AmaLyra (2009), AmaCello and AmaDante (2008), and AmaLegro (2007). The vessels sail itineraries along France's Rhone and Saone Rivers.Custom-built ships have set new standards in European river cruising and offer a number of exclusive features such as French balconies in most staterooms; complimentary in-room Internet and first-run Hollywood hit
movies; exquisite cuisine with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; complimentary Wi-Fi; free guided bicycle tours and much more.
 
Atmosphere on board
If you want a Water park, casino and disco,  AMaDagio is not for you. If you want family fun, this is not for you. I compare it like Vegas to Vienna. If you want culture, sophistication and class, this is for you. The wine lectures, the history and unique excursions are second to none.
 
AmaDagio has two lounges -- a large main lounge at the bow and a more intimate lounge located at the stern -- that offer panoramic views of Europe. There's also a sun deck with whirlpool. Other onboard amenities include an elevator, small fitness area and a treatment room.
 
The ship has an audio headset system which allowed passengers to hear the guide using ear pieces without having to be next to the guide. The line provide ear pieces the beginning of cruise for us to use and keep, the receptive boxes they are color coded and this is the same color as same group guide used for the frequency so each group would hear their own guide; the color code was also the bus and guide passengers could use of that specific tour.  The system can work a distance of 1 mile, so AmaWaterways tell people not to go too far from the guide. This cool future  it  makes so easy to take in the sights, take a photo and listen at the same time.
 
AmaWaterways has a reputation of being one of the top river cruise lines.AmaDagio rates 5-stars with an elegant feel, from the wrought-iron balustrade on the stairway to a beautiful dining room lined with large windows for good views from almost all tables, to subtle colors that give a warm boutique feel. Almost all of the very comfortable cabins have French Balconies - no place to step outside, but you can open your sliding door for fresh air or to watch swans nibble at the algae on the bottom of the ship when you’re docked. There are lots of swans on the Rhine!
 
Four out of five staterooms have an all-weather inside/outside French Balcony, which is convenient if you are docked alongside ships in port, and avoids wasted floor space during inclement weather. The main lounge with bar and dance floor is supplemented by a smaller aft lounge for special meetings and groups. It has a Sun Deck with retractable shade/shelter, plus a whirlpool and walking track. There is a 24 hour reception, fitness room and sauna, hair and beauty salon and massage room. Elevator access between suite decks is available.
 
AmaWaterways has gone into making people feel as if they never need to worry about anything on their trip, from a choice of pillows to a choice of tours depending on a passenger’s physical abilities. River cruises usually mean several walking tours because you’re stopping in small towns with lots of history to see. AMA has different levels: active, regular, and gentle walkers, plus sometimes “late riser” tours that are shorter for those who don’t want to leave at 9 am. They also offer bike tours on afternoons when the ship sails to the next town, which is never really very far away. This gave passengers a very relaxed, un-pressured feeling. Just pick up your little colored card so you know which guide to follow depending on the “active level”, and if you change your mind at the last minute that’s fine. Since all tours are included in the cruise price, you do not have to worry about changes. In addition, AMA provide “voice boxes” for all guests – listening devices so that you could hear your guide easily even if the group was fairly large. And with the tours broken up into several levels of walking difficulty, groups per guide were usually small.
 
Family with Kids/Teens
AmaWaterways cruises are primarily designed for the adult traveler. Children are allowed; however, there are no child-specific programs or child-minding facilities.
Minimum age to sail on AmaWaterways is 4 years. Children 4-17 must be in a cabin with an adult.
 
Past Passenger Programs
Blue Members: Qualify on your 2nd Cruise! Benefits include:
An exclusive $100 per person savings on the cruise price
A private AmaWaterways guest reception on board
 
Silver MembersSilver Members: Qualify on your 3rd Cruise! Benefits include:
An exclusive $100 per person savings on the cruise price
A private AmaWaterways guest reception on board
Dinner with a senior crew member
A delightful welcome amenity
Complimentary coach transfer to and from the airport
A 50% discount on a one-category stateroom upgrade (excluding suites)
 
Gold MembersGold Members: Qualify on your 4th Cruise & Onward! Benefits include:
An exclusive $100 per person savings on the cruise price
A private AmaWaterways guest reception on board
Dinner with a senior crew member
A delightful welcome amenity
Complimentary coach transfer to and from the airport
A complimentary one-category stateroom upgrade (excluding suites)

Fitness And Spa
AmaDagio's gym, with a handful of machines (treadmill, Technogym weight machine and two stationary bikes), is thoughtfully equipped, complete with television screens for entertainment. Water is provided. The ship also offers salon services, such as massages and hairstyling. 
There's also a walking track on the Sun Deck. 
One of AmaDagio's highlights is its fleet of two dozen bicycles. These are free to use in port; towpaths run alongside the Danube offering generally flat terrain. 
One of the ship's most interesting features is its small pool; it's not big enough for "real" swimming, but it's a lovely place to cool off on hot days. It's also heated for use on chillier ones.
 
Food & Dining
There was always a cheese board and variety of crackers and breads on a table in the center of the room. There was often a fruit plate as well. Lunch was less formal and could be served at your table or by visiting a spread in the center of the room. One thing unforgettable about the river cruising is the scenery right outside dining room window 24/7. During dinner, swans would swim up to the windows and castles would glide by. Amazing no more than a few feet from shore.
 
The dining room was on the Cello Deck has plenty of room for the one sitting for dinner and your choice of where to sit. Breakfast and lunch were buffet but you could also order optional items such as Eggs Benedict and a hamburger off the menu. The variety of food could please everyone: eggs, cereal, sweet rolls, croissants, cheeses, cold cuts and more were always available. Lunch has a variety of hot and cold and also buffet. There was a light lunch of soup, sandwiches and desserts in the main lounge daily. We ate there 3 out of the 7 days. The dinner also had a variety of choices, usually 3 entrees. The meat was always tender and flavorful.
 
Entertainment
Onboard, a pianist plays a variety of music before and after dinner, and quite a few passengers on our sailing had enough energy later to dance. On some nights, local entertainment plays in the lounge. The cruise director's nightly talks, mostly focusing on the events of the following day, are humorous and enjoyable, as well as informative. Entertainment is wonderful classical (a string trio ) and regional (think Parisian cabaret singer) entertainment on board. There were also some silly fun things like a comic and a theme night with 60's music. Over all  entertainment onboard is low-key, most evenings some good local musicians come onboard and perform.
 
Staterooms
This river vessel has 75 outside suites across three accommodation decks (the top fourth deck being a sun deck). The lowest deck cabins have twin windows at the water line, and the upper two accommodation decks have French balconies and elevator access. Cabins are large, fitted with a flat screen TV, personal computer, adjustable AC, personal safe, hair dryer, satellite phone, queen-size bed, ensuite bathroom with shower, spacious wardrobe, and vanity with sitting area. TVs have “Infotainment” setups, with Internet access (inclusive and unlimited), movie and music libraries, bow and navigational cams.

The 148-passenger ms AmaDagio features revolutionary "Twin Balcony" staterooms; complimentary Wi-Fi and "Infotainment" system; The four Owners’ Suites feature a sitting area with sofa and two chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows with French balcony and a luxurious, extra spacious bathroom with bathtub and shower. There is a share program for single travellers, and two single cabins. Access for passengers needing special assistance is quite limited.

 
Standard cabins are 170 square feet, a healthy size for a river cruise industry where cabins are typically in the 150-square-feet range (AmaDagio also boasts four 255-square-foot suites). All cabins have "Infotainment" setups, basically flat-screen TV's with Internet access, movie and music libraries, bow and navigational cams and more. 82 percent of cabins feature a French balcony, a sliding glass door with railing. Cabins on the lower Piano deck feature picture windows right at the water line instead of French balconies.
 
Tipping
Recommended gratuity is 3 euros per passenger, per day, for the ship's cruise manager and 12 euros per passenger, per day, for the crew. This can be paid with cash or credit card. It's good form to tip tour guides 1 to 2 euros for half-day tours and 5 euros or more for full-day outings.
 
Fellow Passengers
AmaWaterways generally appeals to well-traveled, 50-plus passengers with a strong interest in culinary arts and active exploration. Geographically, passengers are strongly drawn from North America, but the cruise line attracts a solid representation from the U.K. and Australia, where its partner, APT Touring, also markets the line.
wonderful mix of people and all were courteous, well educated and well traveled. Many owned their own businesses or were enjoying early retirement. This was NOT a bunch of elderly folks or people out for a cheap vaca and freebies cramming 4-6 into a cabin! No spring breakers or wild partiers, either. Most people were in the 40-60 age range.
 
Our Recommendation
Day and night, the prevailing dress code is country club casual, except for the once-a-cruise Captain's Dinner, when male passengers don jackets and ties and women wear cocktail garb.
Every ship is nonsmoking (except on the sundeck) and features a beauty salon and massage therapist. Unlimited local wines, as well as beer and sodas, are included with each open-seating lunch and dinner, which consists of indulgent regional cuisine with special selections from local European ports.
 
AMA ships feature international staffs. The majority of workers onboard are Hungarian, Romanian and Slovakian, and all staff members speak English. Each cruise also features a knowledgeable cruise director who does everything: leads shore excursions, arranges for airport transportation and offers running commentary during scenic cruising.
 
Daily sightseeing programs are included with each cruise, and tours include wireless audio devices so cruisers don't miss a word on history or culture. All ships offer roughly 20 bicycles that passengers can use to explore ports.
Entertainment is focused on local customs and culture -- performances by European dancers or an orchestral group keep passengers occupied in the evenings. There are also some more down-to-earth offerings such as an always entertaining crew talent show and wacky trivia night.