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AmaKristina Review

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4.5 / 5.0
33 reviews

Beautifully appointed ship offers free internet and excursions
Nighttime entertainment is limited and often seems an afterthought
Bottom Line
Attentive service and casual atmosphere make passengers feel at home




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Ashley Kosciolek
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AmaKristina Overview

Named for Kristin Karst, executive vice president and part owner of AmaWaterways, AmaKristina exudes all the poise, elegance and warmth of its godmother. With a sleek design and expertly chosen decor, the ship and its excellent crew make passengers feel welcome as soon as they step onboard.

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Launched in 2017, AmaKristina is the 20th ship in the line's fleet, offering two superb dining experiences, a heated top-deck pool and a fleet of 25 bicycles that are made available to passengers for use in port. There are also fun hidden touches that also serve a practical purpose. The wavy ceilings in the dining room? They're actually sound panels that reduce noise. The paintings in the stateroom hallways? They creatively mask fire extinguishers.

Cabins are in line with the industry average in terms of size, and furnishings are rich. Nearly 90 percent of staterooms have balconies, and several offer connecting doors, which are ideal for families, particularly when the ship is chartered by AmaWaterways partner Adventures by Disney, which weave Disney into experiences both onboard and in port.

In addition to between-meal snacks in the main lounge, the ship features excellent cuisine in its two complimentary eateries -- the main dining room and The Chef's Table -- which often include local specialties from the Rhine region, where the vessel sails.

Excursions, which are free and a standout feature for AmaWaterways, range from standard bus and walking tours to more local pursuits like beer tastings and active ones like biking and hiking. Within the standard options, passengers can group themselves according to activity level so nobody feels rushed or slowed down.

Overall, passengers will find exceptional value for their money. Adding to the feeling that they're staying in the home of a good friend is a crew that's helpful and genuinely pleasant.

Top AmaKristina Itineraries

7 night enchanting rhine

Basel, Strasbourg, Rudesheim, Rudesheim, Cologne, Amsterdam, Amsterdam

7 night Enchanting Rhine


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Fellow Passengers

The line aims to draw a slightly younger demographic through more active pursuits like biking and hiking in port, as well as theme sailings that include wine, Adventures by Disney and Backroads bike tours.

The line sees most of its passengers in the 55-and-older age group, with about 85 percent of clientele hailing from the United States and 13 percent from Canada. The remaining 2 percent largely comprises cruisers from the U.K. and Australia. Children generally aren't found on regular sailings, but Adventures by Disney sailings do aim to draw families with younger cruisers.

On our sailing, many had taken ocean cruises before and were trying river cruising for the first time, but AmaWaterways does have a steady stream of repeat travelers who are loyal to the line.

AmaWaterways AmaKristina Dress Code

The dress code aboard AmaKristina is generally smart casual during the day for excursions or scenic cruising, with nice jeans, walking shorts or khakis with collared golf shirts or nice T-shirts being the norm. For dinner, passengers tend to dress up a bit more. While we didn't see many men in jackets, most women wore dresses, and almost nobody donned jeans.

AmaKristina Inclusions

With the cost of the cruise fare, passengers receive free shipwide Wi-Fi, wine and beer with lunch and dinner (wine/beer outside of meal times and all mixed drinks cost extra) and a choice of shore excursions in each port, as well as bottled water (replenished daily in cabins and offered at the gangway prior to shore excursions).

Gratuities are not included in the cost of AmaWaterways' fares. For good service, the line recommends 3 euros (the onboard currency) per person, per day, to the ship's cruise manager and 12 euros per person, per day, to be split among the remainder of the crew -- room stewards, waiters and others behind the scenes. Tips are not automatically added to bills for bar purchases or spa/salon services; passengers can tip at their discretion. Gratuities can be paid at the front desk in euros or charged to a credit card. Envelopes are available at the front desk for anyone wishing to tip crew members individually.

For tours, recommended tips are 2 euros per person for the tour guide and 1 euro per person for the bus driver.

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AmaKristina Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.9
Fitness Recreation3.54.3
Value For Money4.54.6

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Where does AmaWaterways AmaKristina sail from?

AmaWaterways AmaKristina departs from Amsterdam

Where does AmaWaterways AmaKristina sail to?

AmaWaterways AmaKristina cruises to Basel, Strasbourg, Rudesheim, Cologne, Amsterdam, Lyon, Tournon-sur-Rhone and Avignon

How much does it cost to go on AmaWaterways AmaKristina?

Cruises on AmaWaterways AmaKristina start from £1,899 per person.

Awards and Recognition

AmaWaterways AmaKristina Member Reviews

mercedes ayllon
Sail Date: Oct 2019
AmaKristina ' s team is very friendly, kindly, always ready to help you at any moment. It´s really difficult to remember names because they all deserve to be mentioned.... Read More
Sail Date: Sep 2019
We took a Rhine River cruise on the AmaWaterways AmaKristina in September 2019. The staff, accommodations, food and excursions were excellent.... Read More
Sail Date: May 2019
We sailed on the AmaKristina from Basel to Amsterdam. The cruise line was recommended by a long-time friend and travel agent.... Read More
Bob McD
Sail Date: Oct 2018
Once on the AmaKristina we finished our cruise, debarking in Amsterdam.... Read More

AmaWaterways Fleet

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The 148-passenger AmaDolce, deployed in 2016 to France's Bordeaux region, offers an elegant and warm-hearted river cruise experience.

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With a special wellness component, AmaWaterways' AmaLyra carries 148 passengers and sails itineraries on France's Seine River.


AmaWaterways' 148-passenger AmaDante debuted in 2008 and sails on the Danube, Main, Rhine and Mosel rivers.

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One of AmaWaterway's smaller 148-passenger vessels, AmaCello sails the Rhone and Saone rivers between Lyon and Arles in France.


The majority of AmaCerto's staterooms feature double-balcony configurations. One side is a French verandah, with floor-to-ceiling doors that open wide, and the other is an actual balcony, with comfortable chairs.

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On AmaPrima the majority of staterooms feature double-balcony configurations: one side is a French verandah and the other is an actual balcony, with comfortable chairs.


Cabins on AmaVida range in size from 161 to 323 square feet; onboard amenities include two dining spaces, a heated pool and a small fitness center and spa.

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AmaWaterways' 82-cabin AmaSonata offers an advanced design, a relaxed vibe and an active shore experience with hiking and biking excursions included in the fare.

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The 164-passenger AmaSerena is a family-friendly river vessel, with connecting cabins with state-of-the-art entertainment -- most of which include twin balconies.

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AmaDara cruises on the Mekong River, through Vietnam and Cambodia. The 124-passenger vessel features 48 standard, 226-square-foot cabins, all of which have private twin balconies.

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AmaViola debuted in 2016, as part of AmaWaterways' European river fleet. The ship features family-friendly cabins, which is relatively unusual in the river cruise market.

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Launched in 2017, AmaKristina. sails the Rhine River on seven-night itineraries in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland with optional land extensions.

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The first of AmaWaterways' ships custom-built to accommodate families, AmaStella debuted in 2016 as a Concerto-class vessel created with input from partners at Adventures By Disney.

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Set to debut in 2018, the 58-passenger AmaLea is the sister ship to AmaWaterways' AmaKristina and will be the 19th ship in the line's European fleet.

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AmaWaterway's game-changing river ship is double the size of its other ships, making it the one of the largest on the Danube.

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Sister-ship to 2018's AmaLea, AmaMora is the latest evolution of AmaWaterways' comfortable and contemporary European-based river cruise ships.


A comfortable way to cruise Portugal's Douro River, AmaDouro brings AmaWaterways' contemporary sensibilities to the land of port wine.


Sister-ship to 2017’s AmaKristina, AmaSiena will be AmaWaterways’ newest contemporary ship on the rivers of Europe when she debuts in 2020, carrying just 156 passengers. 


AmaWaterways’ newest river cruise ship brings contemporary style and elegance to the waterways of Europe.

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