Five Things to Know About AmaWaterways' AmaStella Cruise Ship
Best for: River cruisers looking for great food and a mix of excursions
Sails: The Danube River, the Main River, the Rhine River
At a Glance: Sister ship to AmaViola, this elegant river boat debuted in 2016. It’s been earning raves ever since with two stellar restaurants and fun touches like a swim-up bar.
Most Cabins Have a Balcony
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.
The Restaurants Impress
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.
Almost Everything Is Included
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.
Some Excursions Are Active
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.
There’s a Swim-Up Bar
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.)