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AmaLucia Overview

Set to debut in 2021, AmaLucia is the newest member of the AmaWaterways fleet in Europe. A sister to AmaSiena (2020), AmaLucia doesn’t really add any new major features; rather, the ship continues to offer all of the popular amenities that AmaWaterways has become known for, including its twin-balcony concept, connecting staterooms, and multiple dining venues.  

Like all AmaWaterways ships in Europe, AmaLucia offers included beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, along with a selection of complimentary shore excursions and onboard bicycles that are free for passengers to use. The ship also offers a small fitness center, wellness classes, and even a swim-up bar on the Sun Deck. 


Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the main restaurant aboard AmaLucia. Seating is open, allowing passengers to sit with whomever they choose to.

Breakfast and lunch have buffet and menu selections, while dinner is a multi-course, menu-driven affair. Cuisine straddles an excellent blend between local European specialties and North American fare, and is of generally good quality overall.

A complimentary alternate dining venue is AmaWaterways’ Chef’s Table experience. Set in its own dedicated room all the way aft and surrounded by panoramic windows, this is AmaWaterways’ gourmet dining experience aboard AmaLucia. Dinners here are paired with a selection of complimentary wines.

Tapas and lighter fare can be found at various times throughout the day in the ship’s main lounge; a comfortable affair lined with 180 degrees of floor-to-ceiling windows that is situated at the front of the vessel.


Cabins aboard AmaLucia are contemporary and comfortable, with most rooms onboard offering river views and private balconies. In keeping with AmaWaterways’ recent newbuilds, a large number of staterooms onboard offer twin balconies (a French and full step-out balcony within the same room), and several connecting staterooms are available – a rarity on the rivers.

Both North American 120V outlets and European two-pronged outlets are available in each cabin, along with a flat-panel television with on-demand programming, private bathroom facilities, hair dryer, wardrobe, full-length mirror, complimentary bottled water (replenished daily) and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.

Category D and E staterooms are entry-level accommodations aboard AmaLucia. These are located on the ship’s lower deck and offer half-height riverview windows positioned near the ceiling. They let in a lot of daylight, and their unique vantage point makes for some interesting sightings as ducks or swans swim by.

Category CA and CB staterooms both offer French Balconies. These are balconies that open up but do not have an actual outdoor partition to step onto. Located on Violin and Cello Decks, these two categories are differentiated only by their size: 155 square feet for Category CB rooms, and 170 square feet for Category CA cabins.

Category AA, AB, BA and BB cabins all off AmaWaterways’ Twin Balcony concept that includes both a step-out and French-style balcony within a single room. The categories are differentiated by size, with Category AA and AB rooms offering slightly more space at 235 square feet than the BA and BB cabins, which measure 210 square feet.

Suites also offer both step-out and French balconies along with 350 square feet of living space. Additional niceties include a larger bathroom with additional amenities and living and sleeping areas that are separated by a slatted partition wall.

Top Deck Attractions

On AmaLucia’s uppermost deck, passengers will find a pool with a swim-up bar, both of which are rarities on the rivers of Europe. There is also a jogging track and plenty of open space and seating options for suntanning, reading, or admiring the views of the passing scenery.


Like most river cruises, entertainment onboard AmaLucia is a low-key affair. A piano player entertains in the Lounge during the pre-and-post-dinner hours, while daily briefings and destination-relevant lectures form the backbone of the entertainment onboard.

On certain itineraries and days, local guest performers may be brought onboard for a special evening performance in the ship’s main Lounge. 


AmaLucia will sail a wide array of itineraries on the Rhine and Danube when it enters service in 2021.

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