Twin-balcony cabin design among Ama newbuild’s innovations
By Michelle Baran
Ama Waterways is introducing a 164-pas-
senger newbuild, the Amacerto, in Europe
next year, complete with a pool bar; two
wine and tapas venues; and staterooms that
have both a French and step-out balcony.
In terms of river cruise ship innovation,
“there’s a lot of activity,” said Rudi Schrein-
er, president of Ama Waterways. “Everyone’s
looking at what the other ones are doing.”
In particular, river cruise companies have
been rolling out new and different cabin
configurations to address the dilemma of
how to maximize cabin space while still al-
lowing for a balcony.
To address the challenge, Ama “increased
the ship size considerably, but only increased the passenger count by 10 people,”
Schreiner said. “Once you go from the 110-
to the 135-meter ship, it’s hard to go back.”
Ama’s older ships, such as the Amadagio
and Amalegro, are 360 feet long (110 meters) and carry 148 passengers. The company’s newer vessels, starting with 2009’s
Amabella, are 443 feet long (135 meters)
and carry 162 passengers, which is in part
what allows for the majority of the cabins
on the newer vessels to have what Ama refers to as a “twin balcony,” a French balcony
adjacent to a step-out balcony.
On the Amacerto, the lower-deck cabins will be 148 square feet each with win-
plus an al fresco cafe at the front of the ship
shielded by a protective glass windscreen.
There will also be a chef’s table restaurant.
The vessel will have free WiFi throughout
plus stateroom infotainment systems, with a
flat-screen TV and a keyboard to access free
Internet and entertainment options.
The ship will have a glass elevator; li-
brary; observation lounge; 24-hour spe-
cialty coffee and tea station; fitness center;
massage, hair and beauty salon; and bi-
cycles for guests to use on their own or on
complimentary guided bicycle tours.
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Upper- and middle-deck cabins aboard Ama Waterways’
Amacerto, debuting next year, will feature both French and
step-out balconies, seen here in a rendering.
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dow portals. On the upper and middle
decks, there will be 20 cabins with the twin
balconies at 235 square feet and 25 twin-balcony cabins at 210 square feet. Sixteen
170-square-foot cabins on the upper and
middle decks will only have French balconies.
There will also be four suites at 350
square feet, in which room service will be
Additionally, Ama has been attempting
to push the envelope with bar and dining
options onboard its river cruise ships.
For instance, Ama’s latest vessel, the
162-passenger Amaverde that launched this
year, features four dining venues.
In addition to the pool bar, the upcoming Amacerto will have two 12-person wine
and tapas venues near the main restaurant
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JUNE 27, 2011