• David Natale

Choosing an Ama Cabin with the King

A Classic RiverCruiseKing.com Blog re-post from 2019

Ama ships are elegant and Luxurious... but which cabin is right for you?

While all of AmaWaterways ships are fantastic and will be your home away from home, people often ask me which cabin they should book. Several factors are key to choosing the right cabin on your AmaWaterways river cruise: cost, location, and use.

The most important thing to keep in mind regardless of which category cabin you book is that your cruise experience from dining to tours to the personalized attention showered on guests by the staff are all the same whether you are in a Suite or an E Cabin. The only difference will be how you spend your quiet, private time.

All cabins are well laid out, have plenty of storage, are equipped with a safe, apple entertainment systems, robes and slippers and basic toiletries, hair dryers, comfortable beds and thoughtfully designed bathrooms. River cruising has come a long way and AmaWaterways has led the way in comfort, design and overall quality for over a decade.

AmaWaterways 'classic' ships like the AmaLyra, AmaDagio and AmaDante have cabins that all share the exact same square footage (170 sq ft) and are differentiated by Category E & D cabins with 2 windows, French Balconies in Categories C to A, and the larger Suites. The only main thing distinguishing them is location on the ship.

The Classic Ama Ships

The newer ships from the AmaCerto onwards to the AmaSiena have Ama's famous double balcony configurations and the cabins are divided into several categories: the economical double window choice in Categories E & D, the comfortable Category C French balconies with floor to ceiling, sliding door with creates a French balcony, the double balcony* AA, AB, & BA, BB cabins with their visionary step out balcony + french balcony in the same room that enables people to enjoy a private outdoor sitting area, and the comfortable Suites.


Category E & D cabins are on the lowest deck of the ship on ALL vessels. C cabins are generally at the rear of the middle and top decks, with Bs being on the middle deck and A cabins on the top.

TIP: Cabins in the middle deck tend to be the quietest. Also try not to be too far forward or you may hear occasional noise from the lobby. My favourite cabins are 208 to 218.

Category D & E cabins have picture windows and average 160 - 170 sq ft. depending on the ship. The bathrooms are small, but functional with a step in shower. I have sailed in these cabins several times and they are the best economical choice if you want to use your travel budget in other places. The rooms are not overly large, so if you are two larger guests (like me and my partner) you might want to think about upgrading to room with more space. Then again, there is nothing wrong with a nice slow dance as you manoeuvre the space between the bed and the desk.

TIP: the E & D cabins often have excellent offers for solo travelers ranging from No supplement to 110% to 125% supplement if you book early enough.

Category C French Balcony Cabins

Category C cabins are the French balcony rooms. These are generally the same size as Category D & E, but instead of having two windows, these cabins have a floor to ceiling sliding glass door that creates a French Balcony out of your room. They are located at the back of the ship on the middle and upper deck so be aware that you may get some engine vibration from time to time when the ship goes full throttle.

These rooms are great for those who want a bit of fresh air and don't mind walking the length of the corridor to get to their rooms.

In 2012 AmaWaterways changed river cruising. They introduced their double balcony concept cabins which allowed for both a step out balcony and a french balcony in the same room. Knowing that people vacation and sail in all climates and types of weather, the double balcony feature gives you that option to sit privately on your own and watch the scenery go by from your balcony or to sit in the room and open a sliding door for ambience and fresh air.

Double Balcony Cabins Offer Luxury

The BA & BB cabins are 210 square feet with BBs being on the middle deck from mid ship to the back and with BAs being on the upper deck from midship to the back. The bathrooms are also configured differently in the double balcony classes with a bit more room.

TIP: BB is my favourite cabin class. It gives me the double balcony, a bit more room and a larger bathroom with a bigger shower.

Category AB, AA & AA+ use the same configuration as the B classification, but at 235 sq.ft. they offer even more room and spaciousness and a bigger bathroom with double sinks and a fridge in the room under the TV.

If you really want to treat yourself, get a Suite. Each Suite comes with Butler service, free laundry, daily replenished fruit basket, fridge drinks, coffee service and more. They have tons of space, a sitting room, large bathroom with bath tubs and larger showers big enough for two.

Take a look at a sample ship fact sheet

  • When choosing a cabin, keep in mind that the further back you are the longer you have to walk to the lounge and common areas.

  • If you find yourself near the back on the 3rd floor, you are welcome to use the coffee machine in the Chef's Table restaurant.

  • If you are on the middle deck, you will find yourselves using the least amount of stairs as it is always a "half deck" to where you want to go. The lounge is a half deck up, the restaurant is a half deck down.

  • Keep in mind that if you are on the Upper Deck that you may hear muffled sounds from above your cabin when people are jogging on the Sports Deck or when the crew are working.

  • No matter where you are, there will be times when we are docked that another ship is docked up against us.

Ama Magna... the Game Changer

In 2019 AmaWaterways will again change the river cruising industry with the introduction of a brand new ship class never before seen on the Danube. The AmaMagna is nearly twice the width of traditional European river ships and offers more choices for leisure and dining on board. Most accommodations are spacious suites measuring 355 to 710 sq. ft. with full balconies. This ship is designed to lure in sea cruisers who desire lots of space.

The E & D cabins will again be double windowed rooms, but with 205 sq.ft.

There are no Cat Cs. Categories A & B will be outside balcony cabins with 250 sq. ft. of space while the Suite cabins will be have 355 with sitting rooms, balconies and integrated systems.

There will also be a Giant Suite with 455 sq.ft and the Owner's Suite will be a whopping 750! This ship will open the door to sea cruisers and show them that the rivers are where it is at! Suites will have an incredible array of ammenities including:

  • · Prepaid Gratuities (during cruise)

  • · Roundtrip Airport Transfers ( brochure itinerary)

  • · Complimentary wine, beer, premium liquors and soft drinks

  • · Mozart & Strauss Concert in Vienna

Regardless of your cabin choice, I will make sure you get the best rate and all applicable discounts during the booking process. Ama past passengers all qualify for Privilege Reward discounts depending on their number of sailings and many past passengers have Future Cruise Credit discounts that can be combined with whatever the lowest rate is that I can find.

I hope this breakdown of cabins gives you a good understanding of the cabin types, but keep one thing in mind... no matter where you lay your head at night, every guest is on the same ship eating the same food, taking the same tours and enjoying the same wondrous experiences that travel provides.

Make sure to have Dave plan your trip so that you don't miss a thing!


The RiverCruiseKing will make sure you have the time of your life!

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