AmaDara Ship Review
The 2015-built AmaDara offers some of the most luxurious amenities available on river cruises along the exotic Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam. At 302 feet in length, AmaWaterways‘ new AmaDara features 62 staterooms, 14 being elegantly furnished suites accented with traditional touches for a river cruise experience that is as unique and sumptuous as the regions she sails.
All staterooms aboard AmaDara are outside and staterooms and suites feature twin-balconies. All staterooms have a sitting area, writing desk, shower with bathrobe and slippers, a hairdryer, mini-bar, and an in-stateroom television. Sporting interior design that could best be described as a modern take on old world elegance, these staterooms are some of the nicest on the Mekong – period.
There are five stateroom categories aboard AmaDara:
- Category C staterooms are located on Tonle Deck and measure 251 square feet. They feature French and outside balconies and include all the amenities listed above.
- Category A & B staterooms are located on Saigon, Sadec, and Tonle decks. Like Category C staterooms, they are also 251 square feet with French and outside balconies. They include all of the amenities listed above.
- Located on Sadec Deck are the 12 Junior Suites. At 366 square feet, these rooms have French and outside balconies in addition to king-sized beds and bathrooms featuring separate tubs and showers.
- Two Luxury Suites located all the way forward on Sadec Deck provide 502 square feet of living space that features king-sized beds, bathrooms complete with whirlpool tubs and separate showers, and French and outside balconies with two lounge chairs and tables.
As with many ships, these suites can sell out quickly, so it can pay to book well in advance.
AmaDara Public Areas
To ensure your cruise along the Mekong is as relaxing as it is enjoyable, AmaDara features a host of public rooms in which to pass the time. A full fitness center compliments the sun deck and swimming pool high atop Sadec Deck, and a comfortable lounge and bar area are located just one deck below. A forward facing lounge and library can also be found on this deck.
There is also a reception area and gift shop, and a beautifully decorated Mekong Restaurant. AmaDara features a second restaurant, called The Chef’s Table Restaurant.
River Cruisers Should Know!
- There is no passenger elevator aboard AmaDara, which has four public decks.
- passengers will require both Vietnamese and Cambodian Visas for itineraries operated aboard AmaDara.
- AmaWaterways recommends brushing teeth with and drinking only from bottled water while onshore and aboard ship. Though water is purified and treated – and completely safe for bathing in – it may not be up to North American standards. The line provides unlimited, complimentary bottled water while onboard.
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