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AmaStella Review

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4.5 / 5.0
38 reviews

Up to six daily excursions including those for gentle walkers, hiking and biking
Underwhelming welcome when first boarding the ship
Bottom Line
Beautiful ship, professional and friendly staff and excellent attention to detail




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Marilyn Jones
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AmaStella Overview

There are so many decisions to make during an AmaStella cruise: Have breakfast in the lounge or the main dining room? Take a walking tour, go on a hike or bike ride? Red or white? The choices seem endless on this narrow slip of a ship as it sails down the Danube River between Amsterdam and Budapest, and along the Main and Rhine through the Czech Republic, Germany and Netherlands.

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AmaStella launched in 2016. Its understated comfort and spaciousness provides a welcoming atmosphere. Staterooms are generous in size; most feature twin balconies and adjoining rooms are available. Features like a spa, hair salon, fitness center and relatively large gift shop set it apart. There is even a heated swimming pool with a swim-up bar on the Sun Deck.

The staff is very friendly and professional. They take pride in every task and genuinely try to assist in any way they can -- from the captain, cruise manager, hotel manager and chef to the reception desk clerk, wait staff and room stewards.  

Three standouts make AmaStella exceptional: stateroom size, fine dining and the number of excursions available. Every stateroom features seating, desks and, for a river ship, spacious bathrooms.

Dining is outstanding. One chef's duty is making all the bread; another chef is in charge of deserts. The kitchen team and excellent wait staff could easily be compared to any fine dining restaurant.

The number of excursions and choices is remarkable. On many days there were morning, afternoon and evening excursions; most included in the cruise base price. At many ports of call, passengers were also offered gentle walkers, walking, hiking and biking choices.

Top AmaStella Itineraries

7 night christmas markets on the rhine

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

7 night Christmas Markets on the Rhine


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Fellow Passengers

AmaStella passengers are from the United States, Canada and other parts of the world with ages ranging from children 8 and up, young adults and over 55. The itinerary includes hiking and biking excursions, walking tours and gentle walker tours creating opportunities for all age and interest groups. Announcements are in English; however, arrangements can be made to accommodate Spanish- and Japanese-speaking guests.

AmaWaterways AmaStella Dress Code

The dress code is casual from jeans, shorts and T-shirts to dress slacks and collared shirts for men; and sundresses, shorts and T-shirts, and dress pants and blouses for women. The “Captain's Farewell” dinner is more formal with suit coats and dresses, but generally this is a casual ship. It is advisable to bring raingear during the summer months and appropriate cold-weather gear for the Christmas Market cruise. Umbrellas are provided for every guest.

AmaStella Inclusions

Daily excursions (sometimes more than one); fine dining with wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner; shuttles to town when appropriate; a fitness center; complimentary shipwide Wi-Fi; in-room computers; entertainment on demand, including movies; a fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours; and all onboard entertainment are included.

Tips are not automatically included. Passengers can individually tip at the bar or the spa. At the end of the cruise, tips can be added to a credit card or paid in cash. Suggested tips are $12 a day per passenger for the crew and $3 a day per passenger for the cruise manager. The preferred currency is euros.

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AmaStella Ratings

Public Rooms5.04.7
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Value For Money5.04.5

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Where does AmaWaterways AmaStella sail from?

AmaWaterways AmaStella departs from Amsterdam

Where does AmaWaterways AmaStella sail to?

AmaWaterways AmaStella cruises to Basel, Strasbourg, Rudesheim, Cologne and Amsterdam

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AmaWaterways AmaStella Member Reviews

Sail Date: Dec 2019
We flew into Zurich, Switzerland for the first 2 nights on our own and had a driver transport us to Basel, Switzerland where the AmaStella was waiting.... Read More
Sail Date: Apr 2019
I met the AmaStella at the pier in Amsterdam. Everything was perfect onboard ship and with the excursions planned for the journey.... Read More
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Thank to you all the staff aboard the AmaStella for ensuring the safety of it's passengers. The Christmas party on the next to last evening was fantastic.... Read More
Sail Date: Nov 2018
Even though it is a bit newer copy of AmaStella, I still found the latter one more appealing. The team? May be.... 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.

4.5 / 5.0
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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.

4.5 / 5.0
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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.

4.5 / 5.0
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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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