Cabins are cheerful and cozy, with leather headboards and lots of color. Sizes range from 160 square feet for a stateroom with a window to 350 square feet for a suite with balcony and a French balcony. No need to bring that laptop: there’s an Apple computer in each room that doubles as a flat-screen TV.
Most meals take place in the Main Restaurant, where dinners are multicourse affairs featuring classic cruise fare and regional dishes like goulash or bratwurst. Or, you can head to the intimate Chef’s Table restaurant to watch the chef prepare the night’s tasting menu in the open kitchen.
Don’t stress about your onboard tab. Coffee and soft drinks are all free during your trip, and house wine and beer are complimentary at lunch and dinner. Food, Wi-Fi, and at least one excursion per port are wrapped into the cruise rate, too.
Walking tours are standard on river-cruise ships, but Ama has options for the more active passengers, too. Ama was the first river cruise company to begin carrying a fleet of bicycles on board, and guests can take a guided bike tour in many of the ports. Hiking excursions to hilltop castles or fortresses are also common. But not every outing will make you work up a sweat; passengers generally pick among gentle, regular, and active tours.
After a day exploring onshore, passengers head to the top sundeck to order a cocktail at the heated pool’s swim-up bar. If you’d rather stay dry, you can sip your cocktail in a lounge chair. (There’s a covered area if you want to escape from the sun.)