Amadeus River Cruises
Austrian-owned Amadeus has been going for more than 30 years, one of the oldest in Europe and one of the most established and reliable river cruise lines. Originally for the German-speaking market, the cruise line has branched into international cruising, along with a revamp of its fleet and the launch of a handful of new ships – like Amadeus Imperial. The cruise line sails the waterways of Europe, and suits independent passengers who are after a flexible cruise with lots of options. Ships are modern, elegant and have fantastic amenities – such as beauty salons, fitness and massage areas and spacious sundecks. Sailing with Amadeus feels almost akin to staying at a floating boutique hotel.
Why choose this cruise line?
Cruising with Amadeus is a very unique experience, from its flexibility with excursions and drinks packages to its fantastic on-board dining. The line serves a bountiful breakfast buffet in the Panorama Restaurant, and for lunch passengers can either return to the buffet or have a light lunch in the Amadeus Salon. In the evenings, guests are treated to a five-course a la carte dinner each evening – unheard of on most river cruise lines – and there’s plenty to snack on between meals there’s is brunch, afternoon tea and hot and cold nibbles served around 10pm. A traditional Viennese coffee house, Café Vienna, is also on board, along with a bakery and patisserie. Amadeus ships also have a hair salon and resident hairdresser.
Cruising with Amadeus River Cruises
On Amadeus, cruising is all about flexibility and choice, from shore excursions to dining. The cruise line offers an ‘a la carte’ programme of excursions, where passengers can choose from a handful of excursions to a hectic two a day. Those not opting for excursions can spend their day at the wellness centre, or getting their hair done at the on-board beauty salon. When it comes to dining, there’s always something to snack on, and outside of meals there are destination-inspired snacks (think sausage and pretzel on the Rhine) and afternoon teas. Traditional river cruises may like Amadeus more modern and cosmopolitan feel, attracting a wide range of travellers and putting on a themed weekly pirate night per voyage – one of the few themed parties on a river cruise line.
Who should travel with Amadeus River Cruises
Amadeus attracts a cosmopolitan and independent crowd, and being Austrian-based, it once just for German-speaking cruisers – but is now open to English-speaking guests, Typical cruises will have passengers from all over the world, including Germans, Brits, Americans, Canadians, Portuguese, Israelis, you name it. While it attracts a varied crowd, it isn’t the most social cruise, as it does not operate an open-seating policy at mealtimes – rare for a river cruise line. Instead, passengers are allocated a table at the beginning of each cruise for their entire stay – which can be just with their party or with fellow passengers.
Amadeus River Cruise destinations
Amadeus has a fleet of 14 elegant river ship, operating on the waterways of Europe. Passengers are able to choose from a cruise on the Dutch and Belgian waterways – taking in the world-famous tulip fields – the Rhine, Main and Moselle – exploring Germany's heartlands – and the classic Danube and Danube Delta – stretching all the way to the Black Sea. A 15-day 'Across the Heart of Europe' cruise is also on offer, along with cruises on the serene French rivers of the Seine, Saône and Rhône and themed cruises – think Christmas markets, golf and classical music.
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Amadeus river cruise offers a pretty all-inclusive, so passengers don’t have to worry too much about extra spending when on board. Cruises include travel by air, rail or coach, transfers to the ship, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, bottled water, unlimited tea and coffee, Wi-Fi and the complimentary use of the ship’s fleet of bicycles, so you can explore on shore independently and at your own pace.
Unique selling points
Cruising with Amadeus is all about flexibility, and is perfect for independent travellers who don't want to pay for excursions they won't be using. The cruise line's 'a la carte' programme allows passengers to choose their shore excursions and pay accordingly, from one up to a busy four a day. These can be booked in advance with a 15 per cent discount or on board for the full price.