What’s Included On An AmaWaterways River Cruise?


Having cruised on an AmaWaterways River Cruise along the Danube River the differences between ocean and river cruising were surprising. Of course there are obvious differences, however today I want to talk about what’s included in your river cruise fare, because people of ask us if AmaWaterways is all inclusive.

Despite being different it’s equally wonderful. Why? Because the unique cities that you reach by river boat mean that you can walk into glorious locations such as Vienna and Budapest.

Many River Cruises Work On A Full Board Basis, but on an AmaWaterways River Cruise full board covers A LOT. It’s difficult to feel hungry on The AmaMagna there are always snack available somewhere on the ship. Generally speaking the half board we experienced sailing with AmaWaterways felt very much like “almost” all inclusive.

Visiting Vienna River Cruising Vs Ocean Cruising

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Desserts on the AmaMagna

What’s Included In Your Fare On An AmaWaterways River Cruise?

I thought it may help to understand what’s included on an Ama River Cruise. Ama feels very much a premium product, however is well worth the price. Additionally it does help when considering booking a river cruise for the first time to know exactly what is included.

3 Meals A Day

Breakfast lunch and dinner are usually at set times, although there is more flexibility around breakfast and lunch. Dinner tends to start at a set time every day, this is dependent on port excursions.

Dining on the AmaMagna

Although dining is more intimate with less venues on a river cruise ship. The dining was outstanding on the AmaMagna, offering lots of diverse choice and quality, including child friendly meals for fussy eaters.

Whats included on An AmaWaterways River Cruise

Snacks At Intervals Throughout The Day

No matter the time of day there are always cookies and snacks available at the Al Fresco Restaurant. Quite often local food and afternoon tea are provided too.

Whats included on a River Cruise

Sip And Sail Cocktail Hour

Sip and Sail Cocktail Hours takes place for an hour before dinner every evening. This is a great time to head to the lounge bar and meet fellow cruisers. But also a great time to take advantage of complimentary pre dinner drinks which consist of champagne, wine, beer and specially selected cocktails.

Wine And Beer With All Meals

Wine, champagne, beer, sparking and still water and soft drinks are served throughout meal times, your glass never goes empty. The service is exceptional you will never have to ask for a drink at mealtime.

Tea Coffee And Cakes

You will find a selection of tea and coffee available throughout the day, the main lounge has a coffee machine, fresh iced water and biscuits.

Cocktails On Deck

At intervals during the day one of the crew will appear with a nice cooling wine spritzer, cold beer or cocktail of the day.

Front Deck on the AmaMagna

Trips And Excursions On An AmaWaterways River Cruise

During our river cruise on the Danube nearly all of the excursions were free, with the exception of 1 or 2 speciality trips. Every day there was a huge choice of excursions.

Because of the nature of river cruising many of the tours are within walking distance. For trips that require transport, that was also provided. Also you leave the ship there is cold water available to take along with you.

Also for those with mobility issues, or indeed families with young children AmaWaterways offer gentle trips. These are sometimes in mini trains to save tired legs and also add a little adventure.

Family excursions on the AmaMagna

With the exception of a few, most of the trips are half a day and start and finish back at the ship. They run around lunch and breakfast schedules, thus allowing you to pop on board for a sport of lunch or indeed head in to town for lunch and some time exploring.

The great news is that you can do as many or little excursions are you want, dipping in and out of trips is a huge benefit.

Free water on day trips

Full Use Of The Gym And Classes

Ama offer a full itinerary of classes throughout the day, a gym with spinning bikes and the addition of a relaxation area. Also free use of bikes to take on shore.

Free bikes on a river cruise
Refreshments on AmaMagna

WIFI Throughout Your AmaWaterways River Cruise

You will find free high speed WiFi in your cabin and throughout the ship. We never once had a WiFi issue, the service was so quick. Furthermore should you have work to keep up with or just want to keep tabs with everyone at home.

My Final Thoughts On Our AmaWaterways River Cruise?

I think we have it all covered there, River Cruising is a totally different experience to Ocean Cruising, yet is equally spectacular. It’s very difficult to compare the two as they both shine for very different reason. But for me, I have well and truly caught the river cruise bug.

More About AmaWaterways

I was invited as a guest on the AmaMagna, however all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Whats included on an AmaWaterways River Cruise, including meals, drinks, trips and gym, exactly what is included in the price.


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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