Elaine was recently lucky enough to experience a night on the AMA Waterways Sonata River boat in Amsterdam courtesy of APT and AMA Waterways.
Read her River Cruise blog here!
The AMAsonata was docked within Amsterdam very close to the Central station, an easy walk into Amsterdam centre if you want to experience the sites.
This 443 foot long ship consists of a lounge/bar with a piano and a small dance floor and panoramic windows, a main restaurant, a smaller speciality restaurant and a large sun deck with a small heated pool and swim up bar . There is also a small fitness centre and beauty salon/spa if you felt so inclined!
The ship’s décor is modern but inviting with plenty of space. WIFI is available throughout the ship.
Low key entertainment is also provided each night in the Lounge bar.
There are 79 Staterooms split between nine categories and all are ensuite.
And If you want to treat yourself, there are also 3 larger suites.
The categories are based on size of Stateroom and location.
To simplify, there are four different types of staterooms within those categories.
The lowest grade is on the lower Piano Deck.
This 160 square foot Stateroom has two high level windows which would be ideal if you wish you
experience a river cruise but don’t want to break the budget and are not concerned with spending too much
time in your cabin.
It is worth pointing out that the lift does not go down to this level.
The other Staterooms are either on the Cello or Violin Deck
The next grade is a good choice if you wish to cruise along and still see the sites whilst in your cabin.
A 170 square foot Stateroom with a French balcony which allows the doors to slide back so you can sit in your cabin but still see the sites and feel the breeze.
An extremely good idea and at present exclusive to AMA Waterways are the twin balcony style cabins.
These range from 210 to 290 square feet dependant on price.
These spacious cabins allow you the best of both worlds.
An outside balcony furnished with chairs to watch the world go by but adjacent to this you have the French balcony if the weather is not quite warm enough.
These cabins would offer a great experience
And finally the suites.
300 square foot allows for the twin balcony concept plus a sitting area within the Stateroom and with the added benefit of a bath in Bathroom.
And not forgetting the Minibar!
All Staterooms are fitted with the AMA “Infotainment” system, which includes complimentary Internet access, first-run Hollywood films and a music library.
Now for one of the most important components of a river cruise – The food!
The food truly is excellent, imaginative, delicious and in abundance. Breakfast consists of Cereals, cold meats, homemade bread, fruit, fruit juices, pancakes and a cooked Breakfast including freshly cooked eggs to order if you wish including my favourite – Eggs Benedict..
and not forgetting Champagne!
Lunch consists of 3 or 4 courses with 3 or 4 choices within each course.
There is also salad aplenty and a carvery choice too.
If you prefer a lighter lunch Sandwiches and biscuits are served in the bar.
And if the weather allows on the sundeck too.
Lastly your evening Meal.
Again 3 or 4 choices on each course.
To give you a taster
I started with Lemon marinated Smoked Salmon which I could have eaten twice!
This was followed by Steak with jus, Dauphonaise potato and vegetables.
I omitted a dessert but I am told they were just as wonderful.
Complimentary Wine, Beer or soda is included during lunch and dinner in the restaurant.
Tea and coffee is available at all times.
There is also the speciality restaurant called The Chef’s table.
All passengers are entitled to at least one visit during their river cruise and possibly two if there is availability.
It is a good idea to book ahead for the Chef’s table.
Tea, Coffee and biscuits are always available in the lounge/bar if you should feel peckish.
For sun worshippers the ship boasts a sundeck with a retractable roof.
This has a wraparound walking track, plenty of attractive seating and as mentioned a pool and a pool bar.
During the day you can relax on the sundeck or by the pool or wherever you feel comfortable but whist in dock, AMA Waterways provide complimentary excursion to suit all tastes.
Whether that be a gentle walkers group and in some cases an active walkers excursion and my favourite – the Late starters group!
A fabulous idea is the provision of cycles kept on board for the use of clients in port.
You can travel independently or in a group – up to you.
AMAsonata river cruise itineraries range from Amsterdam to Amsterdam return, Amsterdam to Budapest, Budapest to Prague and others.
And further afield other ships offer Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong or the Golden Treasures of Myanmar
Included in the price of your river cruise is a home to airport return transfer within 75 miles.
In addition to this, If you book one of APT/AMA Waterways select Royal collection departures you will receive complimentary drinks throughout the day at your discretion.
(some exclusions may apply)
Plus excursions with that extra touch
For example A Royal Invitation – A trip on the ultimate imperial rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator or a behind-the-scenes experience of European royalty at Namedy Castle on the Rhine or a concert at the City Palace in Vienna.
These experiences are available exclusively to select APT Royal Collection river cruises
In summary, you will not be disappointed with the AMAsonata, the cuisine, the décor, the cleanliness and in particular the staff are all first class.
And with one of the most amusing and informative Captains you are ever likely to meet!
But remember book your river cruise early as River Cruising is becoming increasingly popular.