AMA Waterways offers cruises in Europe, Russia and Asia that are commonly referred to as AMA riverboat cruises. Their ships are not ocean liners, but rather small ships that accommodate between 100 and 200 passengers. One advantage of these ships over larger ones is that virtually everyone has an ocean view. Each ship has dining options available, including theme nights, a formal dinner and good selection of wines. Afternoon tea is also offered daily. The sailings also feature sun decks to can enjoy, weather permitting.
AMA River Cruises Itineraries
AMA riverboat cruises offer a host of exciting itineraries, including:
If you take one of these cruises in Europe, you have your choice of three rivers and several itineraries. The three rivers are the Rhine, which flows from the Netherlands to Switzerland by way of France and Germany; the Danube, which flows through Germany and parts of Eastern Europe; and the Duoro River in Spain and Portugal. You can even cruise the Danube and Rhine in one journey, since the rivers are connected via a canal. You can also visit Prague, with a cruise/land travel package.
AMA's Russia cruise navigates the Volga-Baltic Waterway, which connects the Gulf of Finland, Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega in the western part of the country. If you decide to take this tour, you get to see both Moscow and St. Petersburg, along with several smaller cities in between them. Stops include the Transfiguration Cathedral in Uglich and the Museum of Icons in Goritsy.
Asian AMA river cruises are on the Mekong River, which flows from the Yunnan province in China to the South China Sea. On the way you will pass through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. You can pick from two itineraries: a 15-day trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City or a seven-night cruise in Cambodia and Vietnam.
Booking an AMA Cruise
You cannot make reservations online directly through AMA Waterways, though you may be able to do so through a travel agenct. Instead, you should call the company directly at 800-626-0126. Note that the reservation office is on Pacific Time.
If you'd like to book a cruise for a group of up to 148 persons, ask about discounted accommodations. If your group has 30 or more people, you can get a private bus and guide for shore excursions, and you may even be able to choose excursions that are not on the official itinerary.
In general, AMA riverboat cruises are informal. You will want to wear comfortable clothing since you'll be doing a lot of exploring inland. While you are welcome to dress up for the formal dinner, you are not required to do so.