AmaDolce Ship Review
In 2009, the beautiful duo AmaDolce and AmaLyra joined the AmaWaterways‘ fleet, as sister ships to AmaDante and near-sisters to the AmaCello, which debuted in Spring 2008. Carrying 144 passengers apiece, these vessels are 360 feet in length and feature some of the most luxurious accommodations in the river cruise market.
There are eight different categories of accommodation aboard AmaDolce:
- At 140 square feet are the Single Accommodation. These two staterooms are located side-by-side on Cello Deck, and feature a French balcony – making them ideal for solo travelers who don’t want to compromise. These feature a wardrobe, bathroom with shower, and a desk with internet access and a flat-screen TV.
- Categories D and E measure 170 square feet, and are located on Piano Deck. They feature fixed windows and offer a sitting area, desk with internet access and flat-screen television, and a bathroom with a stellar multi-function shower that is to die for.
- Categories A, B and C are also 170 square feet, but are located on Cello and Violin decks. They feature all the amenities of the Category D and E staterooms, but with the addition of floor-to-ceiling windows which open to a French balcony. Category A staterooms offer a slightly more desirable location, being one deck higher than Category B and are located amidships.
- AmaDolce has one Category A+ stateroom located all the way forward on Violin Deck. It offers all the amenities and features of a standard Category A stateroom, but is appreciably larger at 225 square feet.
- Topping off the accommodation choices are three Suites. Located on Violin Deck, these suites are a comfortable 255 square feet and feature a full bathroom with shower and tub, a flat-screen television, mini bar, spacious wardrobe, and a full size window in addition to a complete French balcony. As with many ships, these suites can sell out quickly, so it pays to plan ahead.
AmaDolce Public Areas
Inside, AmaDolce features a host of amenities designed to sooth and entertain when you’re not admiring the passing scenery. She features a unique library, a beautiful main lounge and bar, a reception area, gift shop, an aft-facing lounge, a bow-facing seating area, and The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant. The ship’s restaurant features fine cuisine influenced by local specialties and ingredients. Ample open seating is available on the Sun Deck, which also features a whirlpool and a walking track.
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River Cruisers Should Know!
- AmaDolce features a passenger elevator that travels between Violin and Cello Decks.
- Complimentary bicycles are available onboard for guests to take ashore.
- Beer, wine, and soft drinks are complimentary with lunch and dinner.
- Complimentary bottled water is provided in staterooms and replenished daily.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout AmaDolce.
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Michelle M says
Wow just got home from my 1st riverboat cruise ever. (Aug/Sep 2015) It was the most amazing time of my life for two reasons. 1 it was my honeymoon and 2 the crew was perfect. We were on the AmaDolce and cruised from Budapest to Luxembourg ( 2 weeks) and added the extra days in Budapest and Paris. The trip was booked way in advance and then the marriage before departure so SURPRISE. The crew went above and beyond to make our stay the most special. The weather was a little crazy…hot, cold, great, cool and awesome. The river was low at some of the areas but we just went slow and no problems. The scenery and excursions were phenomenal. If you are even thinking about a riverboat cruise I definitely recommend AmaWaterways. If you leave your cruise and are not happy it is your own fault, I had a few things that I wanted and asked and fixed boom. Our cruise director Kata did an awesome job trying to keep all the guests happy…not an easy task but I think she did an amazing job. PS does not even compare to an ocean cruise, this is smaller and more gentle.
My wife and I had the pleasure of cruising the Mosell and Rhine rivers from 26 May-3June 2012. From start to finish, the crew and staff were wonderful. Christian, the cruise director was fabulous and well informed. Carlos the Purser and Marek, the Maitre’di went above and beyond for us. They even knew it was my wife’s b’day on
01 June and had a cake etc for her. The scenery from our upper balcony deck was
out of this world. The castles, vinyards and cities we toured were awesome. The weather was perfect and all things went like clockwork. I highly recommend this cruise, even if
it’s the only one you ever take. It’s worth every penny. Next year, we plan to cruise the Danube River to Budapest. Do it, you won’t regret it.
Derek Keough – Canada
Keith Forbes says
My disabled wife and I – also disabled – were on the April 8-15 2012 Moselle and Rhine wine tasting voyage on the AMA DOLCE. It was a lovely ship in many respects and we really enjoyed many moments.
But as a disabled couple who booked late, through an agency (cruises.co.uk) that was not helpful, we had only the lowest (Piano) deck last cabin available. It was frightening to us – and for an elderly couple too, also disabled, a couple of cabins away – and extremely difficult, as well as dangerous, to have to climb down and up – because the elevator/lift did not go up or down that far – not just two or three but eleven steep steps of a spiral staircase to get to the floor above us, then seven more steps to go down to the restaurant, then 7 more steps up to the main deck and reception/lounge area. During the voyage, a lady on her own, also with her cabin on the Piano Deck, fell down those dangerous steps and injured herself.
When we arrived in Amsterdam, our last port of call, those of us who are disabled and/or elderly, on crutches or with one or two walking sticks, found to our horror that to go ashore we had, in our condition, to climb slowly and painfully up and down the decks of not one but six neighboring river boats before we could go ashore. One disabled passenger had a heart attack, fell, had to be hospitalized.
AMA Waterways, please do not ever again let yourselves or APT or any of your agents put disabled or mobility-restricted passengers on AMA Dolce’s or any other AMA Waterways ship’s Piano or equivalent lower deck. It is just too dangerous for them. They should always be placed on a safer, higher deck. I write this not only as a travel writer, also as a disability activist.
Apart from the above, the ship was nice, the cruise director was fabulous and oh-so-helpful, restaurant and wait staff wonderful, the ports most interesting, the tour guides very good. Amsterdam was a disappointment to begin with, must be the graffiti capital of the world, but the canal cruise made up for it.
Anastasia L. Wrightson says
Am cruising with a friend on the Ama Dolce this April 21st. Just checking to make sure that stateroom 110 has twin beds! Thanks.
chineng quah says
My wife and I are from Houston, TX. We plan to take a Tulips and Windmills cruise in mid-April 2012 in Amadolce. Is it still available? What is the price per person including air ticket from Houston?
Just came back from a Danube cruise on the Amadolce and I would highly recommend this cruise line and this boat. The accommodations were lovely. Everything is as they describe. Good size room with French balcony was quite comfortable. Bathroom was the same size as most cruise ships but much nicer with granite counters and European showers. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Staff was excellent. Included tours were very good. Hard to think of any negatives.
Thanks for letting us know. Glad you had a good trip.
Walter Parker says
I have booked a cruise on the Amadolce in June, 2011. I have a c-pap breathing machine I must sleep with each night and am wondering if there is an electrical outlet very close to the bed? The machine will operate on 220v electricity, however it does not have a very long cord. If there is not an outlet next to the bed, will there be an extension cord available on the ship?
Your response will be appreciated. Thanks, Walter Parker
Mary Jane Dowling says
Taking the Blue Danube Discovery in October. Really looking forward to it.