AMA WATERWAYS (Deluxe) earns high marks for its innovations such as bicycles available onboard free for guests to use in port. The typical AMA ship welcomes 164 guests on its immersive destination–focused cruises. AMA offers numerous itineraries emphasizing wine and local cuisine, while others focus on cultural heritage or wellness activities. It also has several ships that cater to families with connecting staterooms and cabins that accommodate three people. The AmaMagna, a great choice for first time cruisers, is twice as wide as typical ships making for larger staterooms in a modern, comfortable décor.
UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISE COLLECTION (Luxury) offers a unique décor for 160 guests on each of its 16 ships that reflect the history and cultural heritage of the cruise region. Stepping up to luxury means all- inclusive pricing, lavishly appointed staterooms and suites, butlers, world- class cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients, room service, and curated excursions for varied traveler types. Designed specifically for families, the Generations Collection, is offered on select summer and holiday period itineraries.
Unfortunately, selecting the river and cruise brand is merely the starting point in selecting the river cruise that’s right for you. Seasonal variations, theme cruises, and optional pre- or post-cruise land extensions are other considerations.
And, of course, your travel budget will be a major consideration. Most river cruise brands offer a choice of four general stateroom categories, with pricing that can range from $2,500 to more than $6,000 per person. A French balcony on a luxury brand, for example, may actually cost less than on a contemporary brand, when you consider the overall experience and what’s included in the price.
Given the limited number of guests accommodated on each ship, the most popular cruise dates usually sell out quickly. So, plan ahead – as much as 15 months or more in advance to get the best travel values. Talk with family and friends who have taken river cruises previously and seek assistance from a travel professional, who can help you discover the right cruise. Touring Europe on the right river cruise is a travel experience you likely will desire to repeat.