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Perfect way to see Eastern Europe. This 164-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, in-room Internet access and more.
 
The AmaSonata is a sister ship to the AmaCerto and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. Our exclusive Twin Balconies are available in most staterooms, which measure a spacious 210-235 sq. feet, with four suites measuring 300 sq. feet. Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing fine wines at multiple onboard dining venues; a heated sun deck swimming pool with a ‘swim-up’ bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and in-room Internet and Infotainment; and a fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours.
AmaWaterways' European family continues to grow with the launch of AmaSonata (and its twin sister AmaReina), identical siblings to AmaPrima and AmaCerto, both launched in 2013.
 
The most innovative design feature, introduced on the two earlier vessels, is the twin balcony concept, with cabins on the Violin and Cello decks featuring both a French balcony and a separate outside balcony. There are also more dining options like Mozart Cafe, in the style of a traditional Viennese coffee shop, and Chaine des Rotisseurs culinary creations linked to the international fine wine and food organization of the same name.
 
Atmosphere on board
AmaSonata has a main lounge, with a bar, piano, dance floor and panoramic windows to enjoy the passing scenery. The other public areas include a sun deck with a retractable roof, a heated pool with a whirlpool and a swim-up bar, a walking track and bicycles for independent passengers who want to go out and explore by themselves. Other onboard amenities include a library, fitness room, beauty and hair salon, and a glass-sided lift.
 
Dining options aboard AmaSonata are the main restaurant, which showcases the Chaine des Rotisseurs gourmet menu, the Chef's Table with its own private chef, and Mozart Cafe for lighter bites and snacks. On select days, passengers can enjoy lunch outdoors on the Sun Deck.
AmaSonata sails seven itineraries on the Danube and Rhine, and prices -- available with or without air travel -- include complimentary wine with meals, free Wi-Fi and use on the onboard bikes.
 
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
The Sun Deck features a jogging track and plenty of viewing space to admire Europe’s beautiful waterways, along with a pool and hot tub area. Both covered and uncovered seating options are also available here, along with an additional seating are forward of the Navigation Bridge. All the way aft is a Massage and Hair Salon, a small Fitness Center, and the aft-facing Erlebnis Chef’s Table Restaurant. Passengers can cycle through the countryside and cities or even ride along the river, catching up with the ship in the next port. And, as river ships tend to be smaller with low passenger counts, you often won't have much competition for the bikes and can borrow them whenever it suits you. Complimentary Bicycles and Bike Tours -- AmaSonata's sister ships' originated the concept of putting bicycles aboard river cruise ships in Europe. The idea sprung from the fact that so many of Europe's rivers are lined with paths that are perfect for pedaling. Amasonata belongs to the only river cruise line that carries more than two dozen bicycles and plenty of safety helmets that are free for you to use. The bicycles give you the freedom to venture out and explore the riverside bikeways. Or, meander through quaint cobblestone streets. The bikes are set up and ready for use as soon as the ship docks.
 
Food & Dining
Cello Deck features AmaSonata’s elegant Main Restaurant, along with a dedicated Wine Bar. AmaSonata offers an array of dining options for your culinary enjoyment. Enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in the main dining room or in the Chef's Table restaurant with its own private chef, two "Wine Bar" venues, plus a casual al fresco bistro. On select days, guests can enjoy a lunch outdoors on the Sun Deck.
 
Entertainment
If you want to learn more about the ports you're visiting on an AmaBella cruise, it generally won't happen onboard the ship. There's little programming -- such as lectures or food demonstrations -- beyond a handful of folk-style performances. The library, which is rather small, doesn't stock a great collection of guides or other informational tomes.
 
Where you will pick up excellent insights is on tour; Ama's shore excursions, most of which are included in cruise fares, stray beyond the usual staple of guided city tours. Particularly intriguing on our Danube River trip was a culinary tour of Vienna, a communist-era look at Bratislava and a trip to Austria's lake district. Via the ship's fleet of bicycles, there were numerous opportunities to tour ports like Durnstein and Linz on two wheels. Walking tours were offered at a variety of paces. Wireless transmitters, so passengers can hear guides without being right on top of them, are provided. Because of the good variety of offerings, tours rarely were too crowded.
 
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.
 
Staterooms
All outside staterooms with the distinctive “Twin Balcony” concept for majority of staterooms
“Twin Balconies” are 235 and 210 sq. ft. and French Balcony Staterooms are 170 sq. ft.
In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
All staterooms have AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies and music library
Flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
Individually controlled air-conditioning
Extra spacious Suites are 350 sq. ft. with exclusive “Twin Balcony” and mini-bar
Enhanced sitting area in Suites featuring a sofa and two chairs
Suites have expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower
 
Tipping
Europe: For good service, 3 Euros per passenger, per day for the Cruise Manager and 12 Euros per passenger, per day for the crew, which will be divided up among the ship's personnel is recommended. It is also customary to acknowledge a particularly good performance of a local guide by leaving a tip of 1-2 Euros per tour. Gratuities on most vessels, but not all, may be charged on credit card as well as cash.
 
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.
 
Our Recommendation
There were many options along the way and plenty of opportunities for shopping at markets in Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Regensburg, Nuremburg, and Prague. The guides are knowledgeable and helpful. The food on the ship is very good and different wines reflective of the region were provided each night.