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AmaPrima Review

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AmaPrima
5.0 / 5.0
78 reviews

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Passengers
164

Crew
49

Passenger to Crew
3.35:1

Launched
2012

Shore Excursions
94
Sails To
Europe
Sails From
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Carolyn Spencer Brown
Cruise Critic Contributor

AmaPrima Overview

AmaWaterways has carved out a niche for itself in the river cruise arena with its emphasis on wine and food amid comfortably stylish surrounds. AmaPrima, the line's newest ship, carries on that tradition.

Unique to AmaPrima (and sisters AmaCerto, AmaBella and AmaVerde) is that the majority of 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. Notable, too: These spacious staterooms aren't limited to a lucky few. On the top two cabin decks, they're plentiful.

Other delightful features on AmaPrima make it such a welcoming ship. On the sun deck, a splash pool (with swim-up bar) and its deep, comfy wicker-like sofas are popular gathering spots. The small gym is well stocked with state-of-the-art equipment, and the sprawling lounge features a library nook with a faux fireplace.

It's important to note, though, that the ship's gorgeous decor and creature comforts are a backdrop to the experience you'll have on land. AmaWaterways features a nice range of possibilities in each port (most of which come in the complimentary category) that target a variety of travel styles. Highlights include standard tours, themed experiences geared toward interests in areas like art, food and wine, and recreationally oriented expeditions on the bicycles.

AmaWaterways offers terrific value-for-money extras on its cruises; these include free and unlimited Wi-Fi (with an unusually fast connection for a cruise ship) and complimentary beer, wine and sodas at lunch and dinner.

Rounding out a superb cruise experience, the crew on AmaPrima were outstanding. Warm, efficient and personable, the tone was set on the first night onboard, when a couple, having traveled all day, arrived well after mealtime. They and plaintively asked the bartender if there were snacks available. Instead, she went down to the kitchen and assembled them a full meal.

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Top AmaPrima Itineraries

AmaPrima
7 night melodies of the danube

Budapest, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz (Salzburg), Vilshofen an der Donau, Vilshofen an der Donau

7 night Melodies of the Danube

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Fellow Passengers

AmaWaterways generally appeals to well-traveled, 50-plus passengers with a strong interest in culinary arts and active exploration. Geographically, passengers are strongly drawn from North America, but the cruise line attracts a solid representation from the U.K. and Australia, where its partner, APT Touring, also markets the line.


AmaWaterways AmaPrima Dress Code

Day and night, the prevailing dress code is country club casual, except for the once-a-cruise Captain's Dinner, when male passengers don jackets and ties, and women wear cocktail garb.


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AmaPrima Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.5
Dining4.04.6
Entertainment4.04
Public Rooms5.04.6
Fitness Recreation4.04.1
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment4.04.4
Service5.04.8
Value For Money5.04.4

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Where does AmaWaterways AmaPrima sail from?

AmaWaterways AmaPrima departs from Amsterdam and Budapest

How much does it cost to go on AmaWaterways AmaPrima?

Cruises on AmaWaterways AmaPrima start from £1,699 per person.

Awards and Recognition

AmaWaterways AmaPrima Member Reviews

801Jeff
Sail Date: Sep 2019
We had been on AmaPrima during its inaugural season and I found myself looking for signs of wear and tear after I noticed how pristine the ship looked.... Read More
linkerbink
Sail Date: Apr 2019
My sister and I just got back from our Tulip Time cruise on the AMAPrima. We started and ended in Amsterdam, with stops in Middelburg and Rotterdam, and in Ghent and Antwerp in Belgium.... Read More
Byairorsea
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Love the AMAPrima and the Christmas Markets!... Read More
shrumster
Sail Date: May 2018
The AMAPrima has some of the friendliest staff we have experienced.... Read More

AmaWaterways Fleet

AmaDolce
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

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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