Newer debuts, which began with AmaBella in 2010 and now include several more, feature a unique-to-the-industry design in which cabins have two balconies: One’s a French veranda, with floor-to-ceiling windows that open, the other is a true, step-out balcony with a pair of tables and a chair. These ships also feature The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, using the traditional aft-lounge area to create an alternative venue, complete with glassed-in chef’s kitchen.
Every ship is nonsmoking (except on the sundeck) and features a beauty salon and spa. Unlimited local wines, as well as beer and sodas, are included with each open-seating lunch and dinner, which consists of indulgent regional cuisine with special selections from local European ports.
Ama ships feature international staffs. The majority of workers onboard are Hungarian, Romanian and Slovakian, and all staff members speak English. Each cruise also features a knowledgeable Cruise Manager who does everything: leads shore excursions, arranges for airport transportation and offers running commentary during scenic cruising.
Daily sightseeing programs are included with each cruise, and tours include wireless audio devices so cruisers don’t miss a word on history or culture. All ships offer roughly 20 bicycles that passengers can use to explore ports on their own or participate in guided bike tours.
Entertainment is focused on local customs and culture — performances by European dancers or an orchestral group keep passengers occupied in the evenings. There are also some more down-to-earth offerings such as an always entertaining crew talent show and wacky trivia night.