AmaWaterways Ships: Which To Choose?

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AmaWaterways has a large fleet of 26 river cruise ships. But what are the differences between them and which is the best?

In this guide, we compare all of the ships in the AmaWaterways fleet. Take note of the different itineraries, the size of the ships, the age and the onboard facilities.

Twin Balcony on AmaVerde
Twin Balcony on AmaVerde

How many ships does AmaWaterways have?

AmaWaterways has 26 ships. 20 of these cruise on the waterways of Europe, while there are also two ships on Portugal’s Douro, one on the Mekong, one on the Chobe, one on the Nile and one on the Amazon.

Each ship is specifically designed for the river where it resides. The largest ships are found on European rivers such as the Danube. On the more exotic rivers in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America, the ships are much smaller, each accommodating fewer than 100 guests.

What are the newest AmaWaterways ships?

The newest AmaWaterways ship is AmaMagdalena which will cruise on the Amazon from 2023. In Europe, the newest ship are AmaLucia and AmaSiena which both debuted in 2021. Also relatively new is AmaDahlia which launched on the Nile in 2021.

List of AmaWaterways Ships

The following table shows every ship in the AmaWaterways fleet, the year that it was built, the number of guests accommodated on board and the rivers on which the ship sails.

ShipEntered servicePassengersRiver
AmaBella2010160Danube
AmaCello2008144Rhone, Saone
AmaCerto2012162Danube, Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Main, Moselle, Rhine,
AmaDahlia202172Nile
AmaDante2008144Seine
AmaDara2015124Mekong
AmaDolce2009144Dordogne, Garonne
AmaDouro2019102Douro
AmaKristina2017156Rhone
AmaLea2018156Danube
AmaLucia2021156Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Moselle, Rhine
AmaLyra2009144Seine
AmaMagdalena202380Amazon
AmaMagna2019196Danube
AmaMora2019156Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Moselle, Rhine
AmaPrima2013162Danube, Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Main, Moselle, Rhine
AmaReina2014162Danube, Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Main, Moselle, Rhine
AmaSerena2015162Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Rhine
AmaSiena2021162Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Rhine
AmaSonata2014164Danube
AmaStella2016156Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Rhine
AmaVenita2014162Danube, Main, Rhine
AmaVerde2011160Danube
AmaVida2013102Douro
AmaViola2016156Danube
Zambezi Queen200928Chobe

Guide to AmaWaterways Ships

Below, I’ve included more information about each vessel, along with some stats and photos to help you to decide which is the best ship for your next river cruise.

AmaBella

AmaBella in Durnstein

AmaBella is an elegant AmaWaterways river cruise ship that sails along the Danube from Budapest, Giurgiu and Vlshofen. The ship was recently refurbished in 2021 with the addition of the alfresco ‘Cafe Bistro’ where you can enjoy a light lunch or just relax and admire the views.

AmaBella Facts

  • Built: 2010
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 160
  • Crew: 49

AmaCello

The oldest ship in the AmaWaterways fleet, AmaCello was built in 2008. Cruising on the Rhone and Saone, this ship offers a luxurious way to explore France and Switzerland as she sails between Chalon-sur Saône and Arles.

AmaCello Facts

  • Built: 2008
  • Length: 360 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 144
  • Crew: 41

AmaCerto

AmaCerto

Cruising from Amsterdam, Basel, Luxembourg and Nuremberg, AmaCerto offers a variety of river cruises in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. With warm red and gold decor, this elegant river ship offers luxurious accommodation for every season.

AmaCerto Facts

  • Built: 2012
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 162
  • Crew: 49

AmaDahlia

AmaWaterways’ Nile river ship is AmaDahlia. This brand new ship was launched in 2021 and features a stunning sun deck with a heated pool and bar as well as an alfresco restaurant. With just 36 staterooms, AmaDahlia offers a luxurious and intimate way to explore Egypt.

AmaDahlia Facts

  • Built: 2021
  • Length: 236 feet
  • Width: 42.6 feet
  • Guests: 72
  • Crew: 62

AmaDante

AmaDante

One of the older ships in the AmaWaterways fleet, AmaDante offers romantic river cruises between Paris and the coast at Le Havre. Most cabins have a French balcony and there’s also a sauna and whirlpool to relax in your time between walking or cycling excursions.

AmaDante Facts

  • Built: 2008
  • Length: 360 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 144
  • Crew: 45

AmaDara

AmaDara

Built in 2015 to cruise along the Mekong, AmaWaterways’ AmaDara offers a luxurious way to explore Cambodia and Vietnam. With French Colonial decor and locally-carved wooden furniture, this ship provides an elegant atmosphere from which to admire the stunning scenery of Southeast Asia.

AmaDara Facts

  • Built: 2015
  • Length: 303 feet
  • Width: 46 feet
  • Guests: 124
  • Crew: 52

AmaDolce

AmaDolce

For French waterways cruises along the Dordogne and Garonne, AmaDolce is ideal. Cruising on round-trips from Bordeaux, this elegant river cruise ship has spacious staterooms, most of which offer a French Balcony so that you won’t miss a moment of the stunning views.

AmaDolce Facts

  • Built: 2009
  • Length: 360 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 144
  • Crew: 45

AmaDouro

AmaDouro

AmaDouro is the newer of the two AmaWaterways ships offering river cruises on the Douro. Launched in 2019, this spectacular vessel embarks on round-trips from Porto, affording guests the opportunity to experience the delights of Portugal and Northern Spain.

AmaDouro Facts

  • Built: 2019
  • Length: 260 feet
  • Width: 37 feet
  • Guests: 102
  • Crew: 38

AmaKristina

AmaKristina

What better way to admire the ever-changing colours of Provence than a river cruise onboard the stunning AmaKristina? Sailing on the Rhone between Lyon and Avignon, this award-winning river cruise ship oozes French style.

AmaKristina Facts

  • Built: 2017
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 156
  • Crew: 51

AmaLea

AmaLea

AmaWaterway’s Danube river ship, AmaLea, offers cruises from Budapest, Nuremberg and Vilshofen. In just seven nights you can experience as many as five different countries on this elegant boat that will take you on a journey of discovery through Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia.

AmaLea Facts

  • Built: 2018
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 156
  • Crew: 51

AmaLucia

AmaLucia

Making her debut in 2021, AmaLucia is one of the newest ships in the AmaWaterways fleet. She’s also one of the largest, with 78 staterooms, many of which feature twin balconies. Up on the Sun Deck, the pool features a refreshing swim-up bar.

AmaLucia Facts

  • Built: 2021
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 156
  • Crew: 51

AmaLyra

AmaLyra

One of the older ships in the AmaWayterways fleet, AmaLyra offers romantic week-long cruises along the Seine from Paris. Stylish and comfortable, this ship features an inviting whirlpool on the Sun Deck – the perfect place from which to admire the ever-changing French scenery.

AmaLyra Facts

  • Built: 2009
  • Length: 360 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 144
  • Crew: 45

AmaMagna

AmaMagna

By far the largest ship in the AmaWaterways fleet, AmaMagna is double the width of most other ships on the Danube. The extra space affords room for four restaurants, a wellness studio and spacious suites of up to 710 square feet.

AmaMagna Facts

  • Built: 2019
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 72 feet
  • Guests: 196
  • Crew: 70

AmaMora

AmaMora

Launched in 2019, AmaMora is a sister ship to the award-winning AmaKristina and AmaLea. Spacious and luxurious, this ship offers an all-day tapas menu and a tempting afternoon tea. Choose a bed facing the river for the best views when you awake each morning.

AmaMora Facts

  • Built: 2019
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 156
  • Crew: 51

AmaPrima

AmaPrima

Offering cruises from Basel, Amsterdam Luxembourg and Nuremberg, AmaPrima offers an authentic European river cruise experience. Offering award-winning regionally-inspired menus in the restaurant and plenty of places to relax, this AmaWaterways ship provides a fantastic way to experience the stunning landscapes of Northern Europe.

AmaPrima Facts

  • Built: 2013
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 162
  • Crew: 51

AmaReina

AmaReina

AmaReina is currently part of the APT fleet as one of its Concerto class river ships in partnership with AmaWaterways. This luxurious ship offers cruises through Europe from Budapest and Amsterdam.

AmaReina Facts

  • Built: 2014
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 162
  • Crew: 51

AmaSerena

AmaSerena

Cruising from Amsterdam and Basel, AmaSerena is the perfect ship from which to explore the Rhine and Swiss Alps or to experience the windmills and tulips of Holland. This regal ship features a plethora of twin-balcony staterooms so that you can make the most of the spectacular river views.

AmaSerena Facts

  • Built: 2015
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 162
  • Crew: 51

AmaSiena

AmaSiena

New for 2021, AmaWaterways’ AmaSiena is a stunningly luxurious sister ship to the award-winning AmaLea and AmaKristina. Offering river cruises from Amsterdam and Basel, this ship features an airy Sun Deck and a pool with a swim-up bar.

AmaSiena Facts

  • Built: 2021
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 162
  • Crew: 51

AmaSonata

AmaSonata

Cruising on the Danube from Budapest, Nuremberg and Vilshofen, AmaSonata offers a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. As well as the Main Dining Room, be sure to try the Chef’s Table – a speciality restaurant with 5-star cuisine.

AmaSonata Facts

  • Built: 2014
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 162
  • Crew: 51

AmaStella

AmaStella

The award-winning AmaStella is one of the most stunning ships in the AmaWaterways fleet. On board, you can relax by the fireplace in the library and admire the sleek contemporary decor such as the glass elevator in the centre of the ship.

AmaStella Facts

  • Built: 2016
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 156
  • Crew: 51

AmaVenita

AmaVenita

AmaVenita is currently part of the APT river cruise fleet in partnership with AmaWaterways. This elegant ship is akin to a small ocean yacht with inviting public spaces adorned with the most luxurious decor.

AmaVenita Facts

  • Built: 2015
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 162
  • Crew: 51

AmaVerde

AmaVerde

AmaVerde was completely redesigned in 2021 and now showcases a vibrant, modern design. The twin balcony staterooms are spacious and welcoming, while on the top deck you can enjoy a putting green, heated swimming pool and walking track.

AmaVerde Facts

  • Built: 2011
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 160
  • Crew: 51

AmaVida

AmaVida

AmaVida offers exciting river cruises on the Douro through Spain and Portugal. On board, guests can enjoy the finest locally-sourced cuisine that’s expertly paired with local wines and the region’s signature drink – Port.

AmaVida Facts

  • Built: 2013
  • Length: 260 feet
  • Width: 37 feet
  • Guests: 102
  • Crew: 38

AmaViola

AmaViola

Embarking on seven-night Danube cruises from Budapest and Vilshofen, AmaViola is no ordinary river cruise ship with her vibrant and modern decor. On board, you can enjoy the finest cuisine worthy of the renowned gastronomic society, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.

AmaViola Facts

  • Built: 2016
  • Length: 443 feet
  • Width: 38 feet
  • Guests: 156
  • Crew: 51

Zambezi Queen

Zambezi Queen

The small and intimate Zambezi Queen was specially designed for viewing the wildlife along the banks of Africa’s legendary Chobe River. Accommodating just 28 guests plus 22 crew members, this eco-friendly ship has an open-air Sun Deck complete with a plunge pool.

Zambezi Queen Facts

  • Built: 2009
  • Length: 150 feet
  • Width: 25.6 feet
  • Guests: 28
  • Crew: 22

Final Thoughts

AmaWaterways was founded 20 years ago in 2002 with the goal of creating a river cruise company with the most elegantly-appointed ships and the best quality, locally-sourced food and wine. Nowadays, the company offers a huge range of river cruises on board a stunning selection of ships both in Europe and around the world.

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