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AmaLyra Review

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AmaLyra
-- / 5.0
49 reviews

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Passengers
148

Crew
41

Passenger to Crew
3.61:1

Launched
2009

Shore Excursions
21
Sails To
Europe
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AmaLyra Overview

AmaWaterways' AmaLyra launched in 2009, joining nearly identical sister ships AmaDolce (2009), AmaCello (2008) and AmaDante (2008). The ship cruises along France's Seine River. 

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Here's what you can expect on an AmaLyra cruise:

A cruise on AmaLyra is nearly all-inclusive. Beyond the standards ñ- food, accommodation, entertainment -- there's wine and beer with lunch and dinner, unlimited Wi-Fi access and guided tours in each port. There are also about 20 bikes available for tooling around onshore.

Standard cabins are 170 square feet. (AmaLyra also has three 255-square-ft. suites). All cabins have Entertainment-on-Demand center, featuring complimentary Internet access via an Apple iMac, Hollywood’s newest releases and a selection of classic movies, news, sports and satellite TV, as well as a large selection of music channels, multi-jet showerheads in the bathroom, robes and climate-controlled air conditioning. Suites include a separate bathtub and shower, mini-bar and sitting area with a sofa and two chairs. Eighty-two percent of cabins feature a French balcony, a sliding glass door with railing. Cabins on the lower Piano deck feature picture windows right at the water line instead of French balconies.

Meals are served in the main restaurant on the Cello Deck, starting with a buffet breakfast with a made-to-order omelet station followed by a buffet-style lunch that also includes an a la carte menu. Dinner is waiter-served and, along with lunch, includes complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks. AmaWaterways places a big emphasis on its food offering and is the only river cruise line member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, a French culinary association.

The Chef's Table is the specialty dining venue and it's situated aft on the Violin Deck. Outside mealtimes passengers can order tapas-style snacks in the main lounge and bar. The lounge has panoramic windows and a dance floor and features daily music from the resident pianist, lectures and performances by visiting musicians, dancers and cultural artistes. There is also a 24-hour tea and coffee station, which is free of charge.

AmaLyra has two lounges -- a large main lounge at the bow and a more intimate lounge located aft -- that offer panoramic views of Europe, as well as a sun deck with whirlpool. Other onboard amenities include an elevator, small fitness area and a treatment room.


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AmaLyra
7 night paris & normandy

Paris, Le Havre, Le Havre, Rouen, Vernon, Paris

7 night Paris & Normandy

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Where does AmaWaterways AmaLyra sail from?

AmaWaterways AmaLyra departs from Paris, Barcelona, Monaco and Monte Carlo

Where does AmaWaterways AmaLyra sail to?

AmaWaterways AmaLyra cruises to Paris, Arles, Barcelona, Monaco (Monte Carlo), Bordeaux, Vernon, Le Havre and Rouen

How much does it cost to go on AmaWaterways AmaLyra?

Cruises on AmaWaterways AmaLyra start from £2,439 per person.

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AmaWaterways AmaLyra Member Reviews

johngatfield
Sail Date: Aug 2019
The ship (AmaLyra) is not one of there newest ships but has been kept up remarkably well.... Read More
BuckyGator
Sail Date: Apr 2019
My wife, 12 y/o granddaughter and I had a trip of a lifetime on the AmaLyra last month. The planning and execution by AmaLyra staff throughout the cruise experience was exemplary.... Read More
kevmcflip
Sail Date: Nov 2018
All excursions with AmaLyra were included with the price. Wifi and water bottles were also included. They also provided a Wellness coach daily. No hidden fees!!!... Read More
PatriciaandJohn
Sail Date: Apr 2018
We were welcomed at the airport, handed over to our driver, and whisked away to the AmaLyra, where we were met with the warmest greetings by the crew. I knew right away that we had chosen well.... Read More

AmaWaterways Fleet

AmaDolce
4.5 / 5.0
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50 reviews

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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AmaLyra

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

AmaDante

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

AmaCello
4.0 / 5.0
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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.

AmaCerto

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.

AmaPrima
5.0 / 5.0
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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.

AmaVida

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.

AmaSonata
4.5 / 5.0
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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.

AmaSerena
4.5 / 5.0
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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.

AmaDara
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.

AmaViola
5.0 / 5.0
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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.

AmaKristina
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.

AmaStella
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.

AmaLea
4.5 / 5.0
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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.

AmaMagna
4.5 / 5.0
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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.

AmaMora
4.5 / 5.0
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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.

AmaDouro

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

AmaSiena

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. 

AmaLucia

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

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