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By jodyt , September 11, 2018 in River Cruising

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My husband and I will be cruising the Douro on the AmaVida in October. Does my husband need a sports coat for evening attire? He has always needed a suit or sports coat on our ocean cruises. How dressy are the Captain’s Dinners on AMA?

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Hi,:) no sport coat is necessary (unless he likes wearing one) but dinners are casual. Here is another thread asking the same question.....see some of these replies.

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2676763

Thank you Lois R! I appreciate the link!

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I agree. I took a sport coat on our AmaStella cruise last month. The only time I wore it was the captain's dinner. I was in the minority. I will not take one next time.

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Have taken two river cruises on AMA, Tulip Time and Christmas Markets. Dress was casual including evenings (but does not mean shorts/ flip flops or sweats at dinner. ) No "formal" nights. The men wore collared shirts/sweaters and ladies seem to dress up a bit in the evening (dressy top/slacks.) Coat/tie definitely not required or widely used by the men. The closets on a river cruiser are smaller than on a ocean cruise line, so take only what you think you'll use and need. During the day, much more casual.

As a rule, over our past cruises, most lines seem to be getting away from the "formal night" where people wore tuxedos and formal dresses. Modern travelers are not into dragging all that with them, and the airline weight/luggage restrictions pretty much limit how much clothing you can take with you. Comfort takes precedence.

Thank you to all! I truly appreciate your quick responses and help!

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Hi! I'm on the AMAVida sailing the Duoro now. Most men are wearing long pants and collared shirts for dinner. However, we have a group of men from California that are wearing shorts, tee shirts and flip flops at dinner. Guess they think they are still at the beach! Not sure when AMA started allowing this. Never saw this on our previous cruises with AMA. Husband is furious I told him no shorts per AMA description.

Definitely not appropriate, I wear dress jeans & collared shirts a few nights which is dressing down for me.

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I think AMA has lost control over the dining room. While the food was good, the general lack of decorum from our fellow passengers and the complicity of the crew has us wondering if we will ever cruise on AMA again.

See this thread for more: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2673125&highlight=open+seating

I think AMA has lost control over the dining room. While the food was good, the general lack of decorum from our fellow passengers and the complicity of the crew has us wondering if we will ever cruise on AMA again.   See this thread for more: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2673125&highlight=open+seating

Never saw this on 2 prior AMA. Were these men from a group of buddies that booked a special group rate? I've noticed on ocean cruises that groups appear to set up their own others be dammed rules. Any response from AMA?

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AmaWaterways Dress Code

By: Author Ashley Brown

Posted on Published: February 1, 2024

AmaWaterways is a popular luxury river cruise operator, with a wide variety of itineraries in Europe , Asia , Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa .

If you’re interested in going on a cruise with them, you’re probably wondering, what is the dress code for AmaWaterways river cruises? We’re here to help with a comprehensive guide so you know what to pack.

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Amawaterways River Cruise Dress Code: Overview

The AmaWaterways dress code is pretty relaxed, with guidelines rather than specific requirements. These guidelines vary depending on the location of the cruise. Since the company offers river cruises in Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt , Africa, and Colombia , the type of clothing that passengers will wear can vary.

In Europe, the company suggests comfortable clothes that you can layer to adjust for different temperatures; “casually elegant” outfits for dinner; something dressy for the Captain’s night/Farewell Dinner; comfortable walking shoes for excursions; workout clothes if you plan to take advantage of the onboard fitness center; and a swimsuit and coverup if you want to enjoy the pool.

Remember that locals in Europe tend to dress a bit more nicely than in the U.S., so super-casual clothing like sweatpants, leggings, jeans, and t-shirts with printing on them is not really common.

In Asia, AmaWaterways recommends cool clothing that is suitable for hot weather, including lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect from sun and bug bites, as well as a sun hat, raingear, comfortable walking shoes that can get wet and muddy, and “casually elegant” clothing for the Welcome and Farewell Dinners. These ships also tend to have pools and fitness centers, so bring appropriate items for those.

amawaterways river cruise dress code

The Africa cruise and land safari  recommendations are similar to Asia: breathable clothing for high temperatures and sun/bug protection plus sun hat and sturdy walking shoes. If cruising during the winter, they suggest some warmer clothes that you can layer for cold temperatures at night and early in the morning. These ships also tend to have pools and fitness centers, so bring appropriate items for those.

Nile River cruises have similar lightweight clothing recommendations as well, with the addition of scarves, veils, or shawls for women to wear when visiting mosques and temples (and collared shirts and pants for men). These ships also tend to have pools and fitness centers, so bring appropriate items for those.

Once you book your cruise, you will get detailed information on what to pack for your specific itinerary and departure dates.

Tip: Although the staterooms on AmaWaterways ships are comfortably sized, space is still limited. Try to pack as lightly as possible. It is possible to get your clothes washed while on the trip for a fee (although not dry cleaned). You will find an Amawaterways laundry price list in your stateroom on board the ship.

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AmaWaterways Dress Code: Daytime

A lot of what you’ll wear will depend on the weather along your route as well as the cruise itinerary and activities. For example, if it’s warm during the day, you might wear nice shorts, lightweight pants, or skirts and a short-sleeved top. While jeans are not expressly discouraged, most people don’t tend to wear them.

At lunch, casual clothes such as shorts and sandals are OK in the restaurants.

In winter months—such as on Christmas market cruises —bring items you can layer as well as cold weather gear like coats, hats, scarves, and gloves.

When headed out on AmaWaterways shore excursions, you’ll want to dress for the activity. Generally, comfortable walking shoes will be needed, but you also might want a sun hat, rain gear, or other special items.

If your itinerary travels through a country where you’ll be visiting religious sites like churches or mosques, you will need to bring appropriate clothing including scarves for women to cover their heads in addition to making sure knees and arms are covered, and long pants and collared shirts for men.

Since AmaWaterways ships have swimming pools and fitness centers, you’ll want to bring workout clothes and bathing suits if you want to take advantage of those amenities. Be sure to pack a coverup for your swimsuit as well as non-slip shoes.

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AmaWaterways Dress Code: Nighttime

Although there isn’t a strict AmaWaterways dress code for dinner, most passengers tend to wear “casually elegant” clothing such as nice slacks or a skirt and top or dress for women and nice slacks and collared shirts for men. Remember to pack appropriate shoes and accessories!

Shorts and sandals are not allowed in the restaurants at dinner.

There are also special dinners on each cruise, such as Captain’s Night, Welcome dinners, and Farewell dinners, that passengers tend to dress up more for. Women might wear cocktail dresses, while men might add a blazer over their nice slacks and shirt.

Have we told you all you need to know about the AmaWaterways dress code? If not, let us know your questions in the comments. And if you’re ready to plan your river cruise, consider talking with an AmaWaterways travel agent to find the perfect itinerary and ship for you!

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by Emma Smith - 04/10/2018

Dining on-board Scenic - River cruise

Dress codes can vary depending on your cruise line, time of day and even where you sail.

Suitcase space is limited so we have compiled a guide on our river cruise lines and their dress codes to make it easy for you to plan your outfits!

AmaWaterways

Wine tasting on-board AmaWaterways - River cruise

The AmaWaterways dress code suggests country club casual on-board their ships, such as cotton or linen clothes. This could include trousers and shirt for men – without the need for a tie or jacket – and dresses or trousers with a blouse for women. During the Captain’s Dinner, guests are advised to dress up a little more in suits and cocktail dresses.

Group on-board Amadeus ship - River cruise

Guests on-board Amadeus are made to feel comfortable, with no specific dress code on-board. For dinner and special occasions, Amadeus are advised to wear elegant clothing.

Recommended items of clothing include comfortable walking shoes, sturdy sandals, a lightweight waterproof jacket and long sleeve shirts as some ports and excursions are over uneven terrain and can be quite cool.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon river cruise ship

The dress code on-board Avalon Waterways is casual and comfortable, with the cruise line looking to make you feel at home on-board. However, during occasions such as the Captain’s Reception and the Farewell Dinner some guests prefer to dress up a little more.

The only specifications are as follows:

  • Guests are not permitted to wear shorts in the Dining Room or Panorama Lounge in the evenings
  • Bathing suits are worn only on the Sky Deck

CroisiEurope

CroisiEurope - Dining room

CroisiEurope advises for guests to don a casual outfit during the day, recommending light suits and swimwear for warm weather and a sweater or jacket for cooler weather.

For dinners, cocktails and galas, CroisiEurope advises guests to dress up a little more with gentlemen wearing a jacket and tie.

Crystal Cruises

Couple on-board Crystal River cruise

On-board a Crystal river cruise, guests are advised to wear comfortable and casual wear during the day. This includes the dining room, however, swimswuits, cover-ups, robes and baseball caps are not appropriate in the dining room during the day.

In the evenings, the dress code is Crystal Casual which is a dressed-up version of daytime dress code. Crystal Casual includes:

  • Women – Blouse, sweater, dress slacks, skirt and dresses
  • Men – Open-collar shirt, collared polo shirt, button-down shirt, dress shirt, dress pants and smart trousers. Sports coats are optional and no tie is required

Emerald Waterways

Couple on-board Emerald Waterways

On-board Emerald Waterways guests are advised to follow a relaxed and comfortable dress code. In the evenings, the cruise line operates a smart-casual dress code including open-neck shirts with slacks and dresses. Guests can wear ties and jackets if they desire, but this is not required.

Emerald Waterways also hosts a Captain’s Reception, where guests may want to don their finery – though this is more cocktail dresses than ball gowns.

Couple on-board boat for a river cruise shore excursion

On-board APT river cruises the dress code is smart casual, though the cruise line advises on comfortable footwear for all tours and light, casual clothing for adventure tours.

Riviera Travel

River cruise ship - Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel also carries a relaxed dress code, with comfortable and casual clothing alongside walking shoes for the day. In the evenings, guests can dress a little smarter – though this is not required.

On every cruise there’s a Captain’s Welcome Drink and Farewell Dinner, for these most guests dress up a little more though there’s no need for black tie or ball gowns.

Scenic River

Couple on the bikes - Scenic River

Guests are free to wear what they wish during their time on-board Scenic River. However, it’s worth packing for the weather on your cruise depending on the regions you’re visiting.

Daytime dress codes are comfortable and casual, with a dress or two for the formal evening occasions.

Scenic advises guests to pack a comfortable pair of shoes for excursions and sandals for if the weather is warm. During specific Freechoice or Enrich events, bring a pair of smart shoes or heels.

Krems, Austria - River cruise tour

Shearing has no dress codes throughout your journey, though you are travelling via coach and river cruise ship so we would suggest comfortable and casual clothes for the day, with something a little smarter for the evenings.

Bulgaria, Europe - River cruise

Tauck does not have a strict dress code and advises guests to pack comfortable and convenient clothes for both day and night. A slightly dressy outfit for certain evenings including the following:

  • Men – A blazer or sports coat, chinos and polo shirt
  • Women – Skirt, dressy top or simple dress

Group on bikes - Uniworld River Cruise

Uniworld advises guests to pack for a range of weather conditions, though there is no strict dress code on-board. Both onshore and on-board the cruise line recommends comfortable, smart-casual clothing including sturdy walking shows for shore excursions.

When dining ashore, attending special events or concerts men may want to bring a sports jacket and women a cocktail dress or pantsuit – ties are optional. On-board, the only advisories are that shorts are not allowed at dinner.

U by Uniworld

Guests on-board U by Uniworld

U by Uniworld’s dress code is straight and simple. They simply require guests to come as you are, with no requirements for dining or excursions.

Viking River

Viking River - Guests enjoying dinner on-board

Dress is casual on-board Viking River, with shorts, slacks or jeans advised. Swimsuits, brief shorts, cover-ups and exercise attire should be reserved for the Fitness Centre, pool areas and Sports Deck.

Though there are no formal nights on-board Viking River cruises, evening dress is elegant casual across all dining venues, performances and special events. This includes:

  • Women – Dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse
  • Men – Trousers and collared shirt with a tie and jacket being optional

Jeans are not permitted at this time and evening dress excludes World Cafe where the dress remains casual after 6pm.

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Have you cruised with any of the above river cruise lines before? What advice would you give about the dress codes? Let us know in the comments below!

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Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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by Gary Bembridge · December 7, 2018

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You’re about to discover eight things that I think you really need to know if you’re thinking of, or planning, going on a river cruise in Europe with AmaWaterways

Watch my video about AmaWaterways

Watch on Youtube:  https://youtu.be/CUpq1CF2g10

#1 Who are AmaWaterways?

  • AmaWaterways is a family-owned company that was established in 2002 and is still run by the families. It was set up by Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy.
  • AmaWaterways is very much a luxury river cruise line operating in the more premium area, and their ships, service and the quality of what they offer is very highly rated. For example, the Berlitz River Cruising Guide ranked over 300 river cruise ships and their top ten were all AmaWaterways ships.
  • They operate in the Mekong and also on the Chobe River in Africa but around 20 of their ships are actually either in service or are about to come into service in Europe, and they cruise very extensively in Europe. They operate on the Danube, which is where about 80% of all river cruises take place, on the Rhine, the Douro in Portugal, the Main, Moselle, Seine, Rhone, Bordeaux and the Dutch waterways. And they’re keep adding more ships and more options.

#2 What do AmaWaterways do better, different or unique to other lines?

I like to focus on what River cruise lines do that’s different, unique or they do better than other river cruise line companies to help you decide if they are right for you. I think there’s probably six things that really struck me that AmaWaterways do that are unique, different or they do just much better.

  • First of all, because they are a more luxury cruise line, they offer more space per passenger. They have slightly less passengers on board their ships which means that cabins can be a little bit bigger and also, very importantly, they have a higher crew to passenger ratio – roughly about one crew member for every three passengers.
  • The second thing they do, which they do talk a lot about, is their twin balcony cabins. One of the challenges is when you go on a river cruise you like having a balcony because there’s such beautiful scenery. But, of course, that reduces the size of cabins which are already relatively small. So, what they introduced are these twin balconies. You have a French balcony which means that you have more the space in the room, but you can open it and get the fresh air and the views, and then an actual balcony. About 80% of the cabins onboard AmaWaterways are these types of cabins, and I really like that solution to having both the space and also having access to the outside very easily.
  • The third thing they do, which is pretty impressive, is their wellness program. They are the only, or certainly they were the first, to have a dedicated wellness person on board. They run programs from early morning stretches or yoga, then they might have Samba or line dancing classes, they might give some lectures and they might have more classes in the evening like circuit training or other gym classes. They also have in pretty much every port an active hiking tour and they have bicycle tours in all of the ports where it’s possible to have one. Also, because they carry bikes on board you can also then just take the bikes and go off and explore by yourself. They have a walking track on the sundeck, so if you are cruising you can still keep active. They have a fitness room on board and also, they have healthy and more lighter dining options within the menu.
  • Another thing which I think they do very well is they have a speciality dining restaurant, which is called the Chef’s Table. It’s a special menu where the chefs are actually right in the restaurant cooking and they explain what the dishes are and also there’s wine paired for each of the courses. It’s included within the fare, and all you have to do is book because it’s a relatively small cosy venue.
  • Another thing they do, which really appeals to me as a traveller, is technology. They have an App, which you can download before cruising, and it has things like the daily program on, it tracks the voyage, so you can see where you are with various port guides. The one thing which is fantastic, and I haven’t seen on any other River cruise ship, is their whole interactive system in the cabin. This is an Apple iMac based system and on here you can do things like watch television, you can stream videos and music and it has internet access, so you don’t have to bring a laptop with you. You’ll do things on here like the survey at the end of the cruise on that system. Embracing technology was really great to see.
  • The other thing they do is they are very innovative when it comes to pushing what’s possible on the river. I spoke about some of the software things they do like wellness but they also, for example, have the AmaMagna. This is a ship which is double the width of other river cruise ships which means they can have much more facilities, much more space, much more choice and this is very unusual on board river cruises because there are relatively constrained. It does mean that they’re only able to use this ship on the Danube.

So, those are things that I think that they do that’s unique, different or better.

#3 All-inclusive fares

Pretty much all of the European river cruise lines talk about being all-inclusive, but every single cruise line has different definitions of what all-inclusive means. Let’s take a look at what the AmaWaterways fare includes and excludes.

  • First of all, obviously your accommodation is included.
  • All of your dining is included, so you have breakfast lunch and dinner which is all in the main dining room. There are a number of alternatives. Already mentioned the Chef’s Table, but if you want an early or late riser breakfast, they do have some options up in the lounge. There’s also a light lunch served in the lounge and Tapas available during the day, and then in the afternoon around about 4 o’clock there’s normally an afternoon tea service and even late nights snacks.
  • Some drinks are included at lunch and dinner where you have a range of wines, beers and soft drinks. Every evening they’ll have a Sip and Sail cocktail hour, where all the cocktails, wines and spirits are all included. They have a 24-hour tea, coffee and hot chocolate station.
  • Internet access is included.
  • The entire wellness program is included.
  • Excursions are I included with at least one in every port.

Not included:

  • Drinks outside of those times that have already mentioned are not included.
  • Gratuities are not included.
  • Additional services like the laundry is also extra.

#5 Who is AmaWaterways most suited for?

  • In my view river cruising is still very much more of a baby-boomers type of activity, just because the nature of the places that river cruises call on, the sights visited and the other passengers. In my view AmaWaterways is perfect for that baby boomer audience, so an adult audience in 50s 60s 70 s and above. That’s really the heart of river cruising and I think AmaWaterways is really perfectly suited for.
  • Now saying that, when it comes to multi-generational travel and families AmaWaterways is encouraging, or making it easier, to bring families onboard. For example, on some of the newer ships they are doing things like having more inter-connecting cabins and in some of the bigger cabins they have a sofa bed so third person or kids can sleep within there.
  • Very important it’s also English speaking and all of the services, all of the excursions and everything on board is in English.
  • One of things that’s very important for river cruising, and I think this is also true of AmaWaterways, is it’s not really ideal for people with really limited mobility and particularly people in wheelchairs. Part of the reason for that is the ship’s often dock next to each other and you have to go through or over various ships to get to the land side. In some cases, there can be very steep ramps to get on based on where you’ve docked. Once you get off, you’ll often find there’s cobbled streets and lots of steps so if you have limited mobility and if you use a wheelchair, going river cruising can be very challenging.
  • AmaWaterways do try and make it easier for people with limited mobility, so for example they have elevators, and, on some ships, they do have some cabins which will cope much better with limited mobility, but approach with caution and certainly speak to AmaWaterways or your agent if you do have limited mobility and check that you will have the right facilities, the right ship and the right itinerary if you’re considering it.

#5 Excursion options?

  • In every port that you call on there’s going to be at least one excursion included within the fare, and within these you’re going to have a couple of options.
  • There will normally be a fairly traditional tour that goes and see the key sights, and that will normally split into gentle walker and regular walker options.
  • There normally will be some kind of active option, so either a hiking or a brisk walking option and then a biking option. On some sailings they will also have a late riser option, so excursions which will go a little bit later.
  • Every one of the tours is run by local tour guides. In some ports they will also offer special interest tours which do tend to have an extra charge.

#6 On board dress code and ambience?

First let’s talk about the dress code. It’s pretty relaxed and you’ll find that most people during the day will wear jeans or slacks, or if it’s nice and warm then wear shorts. In the evenings again, it’s relatively casual. They suggest a “country casual” / smart casual approach for dinner. In fact, there’s quite a mix on most evenings for dinner and some people might just wear jeans, polo shirt or slacks. On the more formal nights, like the Captain’s Farewell Party, people will tend to dress a little bit smarter.

The whole experience is a pretty relaxed experience overall, so not lots of formality. It is open seated dining, so you can sit with whoever you want to. A high level of service because of that high passenger to crew ratio. So, if you like a relaxed informal approach but with some nice touches in terms of premium luxury, it’s a really good balance I think of those two things.

#7 What sort of facilities do the ships have?

  • You’ll have a Sun Deck which will normally have lots of seating, they do have a swimming pool on board which is a pretty decent size.
  • The next level down, which is normally known as the Violin deck, is really the heart of the ship. There is the lounge which where people meet in the evenings for drinks like the Sip and Sail, you’ll have all your briefings in here, if there’s evening entertainment you’ll have it here. There is a gift shop and the 24-hour coffee and tea making facilities. You have the reception and at back of the ship you also have the Chef’s Table and, depending on the ship, this is also where you might have the fitness centre, the massage area and the hairdressers. On some of the ships that’s been moved down to the lower level.
  • On the Cello deck is where you have the main dining room.

What’s very important with AmaWaterways is that all of the ships have different decor, so they all have a different look and feel. So, even though the structures are fairly similar, layouts are fairly similar, you’ll find that the decor on all the ships is different.

#8 What are the accommodation options?

There is a range of accommodation onboard. You do have some suites onboard but, as I already mentioned, 80% of the cabins are the twin balcony. These are the cabins which always sell out fastest on board. There is another option which is on the Cello deck which are cabins which are more below the water level and just have a window higher up.

However, if you’re going on an AmaWaterways cruise in Europe I recommend if you possibly can get one of those balcony cabins, because you have scenery all of the time around you and it’s just a beautiful way of just enjoying the sights around you.

Final thoughts

AmaWaterways operates at the luxury end, the more premium end, of river cruising and they have a product which I really liked. I really like the ships. I like the style. I like the feel of the ships. I really love the twin balcony cabins. The food was excellent. The service was great, and I really was very impressed with the product. So, if you’re looking at going cruising or you’re trying to decide which River cruise line you want to go around Europe, take a look at AmaWaterways.

I hope you found that helpful and I’d love it if you watch my Tips For Travellers videos because they’re designed to help you make much more of your precious travel time and money on both land and at sea – and of course on rivers!

Note: I travelled as a guest of AmaWaterways on a seven-night Danube river cruise on the AmaSonata. To see more content about my trip visit https://www.tipsfortravellers.com/amawaterways-river-cruises/  and visit the official AmaWaterways website and on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram and YouTube .

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Planning to cruise with AmaWaterways for the first time but not sure what to expect? We have curated a list of questions submitted by first-time river cruisers to give you a better picture of the unparalleled experiences you will have while traveling with us.  

What makes AmaWaterways different from other river cruise lines?  

One point that sets us apart is our European heritage. Our Co-Founder, Rudi Schreiner, grew up in Europe along the Danube River. Each of our itineraries is thoughtfully curated with his guidance. His expertise and relationships forged throughout the years have enabled us to offer exclusive experiences just for AmaWaterways guests, such as our year-round Oktoberfest celebration in Vilshofen, Germany, as well as our private tour of Austria’s Burg Clam. We warmly welcome multi-generational families on board and accommodate our guests with their choice from up to six enriching guided excursions each day, as well as three unique activity levels on our walking tours – all of which is included in our river cruise fare. For more points of distinction, click here.  

Which meals and beverages are included in my river cruise fare?  

Every breakfast, lunch and dinner during your river cruise will be included on board. This includes dinner at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, all-day tapas, afternoon tea delights and more. Every lunch and dinner includes unlimited complimentary fine wines, beer and soft drinks. And each day you will be treated to a complimentary Sip & Sail cocktail hour with wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks. Select itineraries, such as our  Secrets of Egypt & the Nile ,  Enticing Douro  and  Flavors of Portugal & Spain  sailings, also include a select number of meals on shore. Guests reserving our optional land packages will also find daily breakfast at their hotel included in the price of their package. 

How do I make reservations for The Chef’s Table restaurant?  

Every guest will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary multi-course dining experience one evening at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant. Reservations are made on board at the Reception Desk. You may inquire about available times once you embark. Please note: The Chef’s Table is not available in Portugal. 

I have food allergies/dietary restrictions. Will AmaWaterways be able to accommodate me?  

AmaWaterways happily provides delicious alternative meals, desserts and snacks for guests with food allergies, or who require low-sodium, gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan diets. Please let your travel advisor or our Reservations Team (800.626.0126) know of any dietary accommodations you require at the time of reservation. For severe allergies, we also recommend meeting with a member of our Culinary Team once you embark. Although we do not have a kosher kitchen on board, we are able to provide “kosher-friendly” meals.  

I have somewhat limited mobility and occasionally walk with a cane. Will I be able to participate in AmaWaterways’ excursions?  

On AmaWaterways’ European ships, there are a limited number of canes with small seats as well as Nordic walking sticks to assist our guests who need extra support during excursions. We also offer “gentle walkers” tours which typically move at a comfortable pace and make more frequent stops. Due to uneven terrain, a lack of handicap amenities, and a fair amount of stairs, our Portugal itineraries are not recommended for guests with limited mobility. In addition, our Mekong River itineraries sometimes require embarkation or disembarkation via a narrow gangway or local tender boat, or occasionally require crossing a dirt or grass-covered surface to reach the ship. Please inquire with your travel advisor or our Reservations Team to ensure which itineraries and destinations are the best suited for your needs. 

If I get seasick on boats or on ocean cruise ships, will I get seasick on the rivers?  

Absolutely not! The rivers we sail are calm bodies of water and our ships experience no waves or rocking motions – the primary cause for seasickness. Our ships also move along at a gentle pace and you can always see land on both sides of the river, removing any additional anxiety for those who may feel stranded out on the open water. 

What kind of equipment is available inside your fitness rooms?  

While our fitness rooms vary from ship to ship, they will typically include a treadmill, elliptical machine or spin bike, as well as an assortment of free weights. During our complimentary onboard wellness activities, yoga mats and other equipment such as resistance bands will be available and will be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Most of our ships in Europe include a fleet of complimentary bikes for you to use on our guided bike tours or for your individual exploration ashore. Exclusively available on board  AmaMagna , the Zen Wellness Studio also includes outdoor spin bikes, two massage rooms, a hair and nail salon and a juice bar as well as a fully equipped full-sized pickleball court on the Sun Deck. Our ships in Europe and on the Mekong River also offer a complimentary Wellness Program with host-led activities in the Main Lounge, shoreside or up on the Sun Deck – weather permitting. 

What if I want to explore a port on my own – are we required to stay with the group on AmaWaterways’ excursions?  

While we offer a wide  variety of included excursions  to suit your individual interests and encourage you to join us, you are of course welcome to explore on your own. We will be happy to provide you with a map of each port at our reception desk, and you will find the city’s highlights marked. Your Cruise Manager can also help recommend restaurants, shops, museums, bars and more. In addition, you may choose to reserve a complimentary bicycle to pedal further along the river or into any port city. Just be sure to check your  Daily Cruiser  onboard newsletter to ensure you are back on board the ship before it departs for the next port. On very select rivers and itineraries, the Personal Audio Device we use for shore excursions can also be used for your individual exploration, as pre-recorded commentary may play, based on your current GPS location. Your Cruise Manager will explain more when applicable. 

What should I bring to wear for my river cruise? Do I need formal attire?  

Plan to pack attire that is casually elegant; and something a little dressier to wear to the Captain’s Dinner or an evening concert. Bring comfortable walking shoes for shore excursions and one pair of dressier shoes. You may be traveling through different climates and altitudes, so layering is advisable. For more helpful information by destination,  click here . 

Can I bring my curling iron or hair straightener on board?  

For safety reasons, the use of your personal curling iron or hair straightener is restricted on board the ship. A limited number of curling irons / hair straighteners are available for you to borrow at reception. However, you may leave your hair dryer at home as there is one in every stateroom. 

How are gratuities handled – and what is the suggested amount?  

Although we leave gratuities to your discretion, many guests have asked for general tipping guidelines. Gratuities may be charged on a credit card or given in cash. For a 7-night cruise in Europe, the below is recommended: 

Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 100 Euros per cruise, per guest. ( AmaMagna : 120 Euros per cruise, per guest) 

Cruise Manager:  Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise land packages you may have reserved. Recommendation: 25 Euros per cruise, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise land packages. 

For tipping guidelines in other destinations, click here . 

Still have questions? Visit our  FAQs page , learn more about  river cruising with AmaWaterways , contact your preferred travel advisor or call us at 1.800.626.0126. We hope to see you on board soon!  

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What do people wear on amawaterways river cruises really..

One of the most common questions I get from travellers is "What's the dress code on an Ama cruise"? It's also one of the questions that gets a myriad of answers, but unless that answer includes a comment about how comfortable you feel, ignore it.

To begin with, we need to separate your day time touring outfits from your night time onboard experiences for the dining rooms. There are several considerations that separate your exploration-wear and your evening attire.

Touring in Europe

When it comes to what to wear on your various excursions I have 2 very important rules that I pay attention to: comfortable footwear and layers . Regardless of the time of year, you will need to think about layers because one thing you can count on during European river cruises is that the weather can change very quickly and rain can come and go as swiftly as the wind changes. Layers are your friend, regardless of the time of year.

During the Summer, you will want a light cover for those cold wine cellars and a handheld fan for those times when the temperatures soar above normal. For the colder months and Christmas market tours you will want to be able to remove those heavy layers when you enter the well heated halls, but be sure to keep warm while standing and sipping your Glühwein.

Your footwear will be key to a lot of this! My NUMBER 1 RULE for Christmas market cruises is comfortable, waterproof, and well insulated footwear. If your feet are warm and dry, the rest is easy.

amawaterways river cruise dress code

Onboard dinners & Captain's Farewell

This is the biggie... the one EVERYONE wants to know, but which has the broadest answer.

There is, of course, an official AmaWaterways answer of “Casually elegant” which, after my own 52 Ama cruises, has a very broad interpretation and practice. So I prefer my advice "Comfortable and Cute".

A river cruise is very different from a sea cruise in that rarely is anyone here on a fashion parade. Yes, people will dress nicely. Yes, your own personal style is acceptable regardless of where you come from. No, no one is looking at you and judging you. I have found that on river cruises people really just don't care that much. There are no formal nights, not even the Captain's Farewell evening is such a big affair that people dress up, in fact, I find that most people save their "fancy eatin' dress" for their night at the Chef's Table.

The rest of the time you will see everything from dress jeans and shirts to khakis and golf shirts for the men and women run the gambit from dresses to slacks to casual skirts and pantsuits. Because you are traveling internationally and have luggage restrictions, the expectations of the crew on board is that you have a good time and enjoy the food and service more than you wow them with your fashion. I have never seen anyone shamed out of the dining room for ANYTHING they've worn... including myself who sometimes breaks all the rules of dress etiquette in favor of "Comfortable and Cute" to fit the temperatures.

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TIPS TO BE COMFORTABLE AND CUTE

Ama has an excellent laundry service so do not overpack

Pack things that you can combine three different ways

Ama gives all the ladies a special pashmina scarf on every sailing

When in doubt, go to Ama's Facebook page to see the photos of other guests

Wear what you like, not to impress

Consider your suitcase, don't abuse the poor thing

Ama provides robes and slippers, hairdryers, shampoos and lotions

Rotate your combinations from night to day / No one really remembers what you wore the day before

A crown goes with everything

Keep jewelry to a minimum!

No matter what anyone says, fanny packs are NOT back in.

Socks with sandals is a sin only Germans can commit (and even they get made fun of)

White sneakers at night will peg you immediately as someone from across the pond

If you're trying to decide between "bringing it" or "leaving it" LEAVE IT!

Lay out the things you want to bring and then Tim Gunn it... which is to say, "EDIT!"

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AmaWaterways Age Policy: What You Need to Know for Your River Cruise Experience

AmaWaterways Age Policy: What You Need to Know for Your River Cruise Experience

Embarking on a river cruise is an exciting and enriching way to explore the world. AmaWaterways, a renowned river cruise company, offers a wide range of itineraries to suit different preferences and travel styles. However, before planning your river cruise adventure with AmaWaterways, it’s important to familiarize yourself with their age policy to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.

To help you navigate through the age requirements and restrictions, we have compiled a handy table summarizing the key points you need to know about AmaWaterways Age Policy:

| Age Group | Allowed on Board? | Restrictions and Notes | |————–|——————|———————————————————–| | Infants | No | Infants under the age of 6 months are not permitted | | Children | Yes | Children aged 4 and above are welcome on select cruises | | Teenagers | Yes | Teenagers aged 13 and above are welcome on all cruises | | Adults | Yes | Adults of all ages are welcome on all cruises | | Solo Travel | Yes | Single travelers are welcome, with a supplement fee |

It’s vital to note that while AmaWaterways welcomes children and teenagers, the availability of family-friendly cruises may vary. It is advisable to check the specific itineraries and departure dates that cater to families. Additionally, it’s important to consider the onboard facilities and activities that may be suitable for younger travelers.

To ensure a seamless booking process, it is recommended to consult AmaWaterways’ official website or reach out to their knowledgeable travel advisors who can provide up-to-date information on age policies and any potential changes. Understanding AmaWaterways Age Policy will allow you to plan your river cruise experience with confidence and make the most of your time on board.

Sources: – AmaWaterways Official Website: [www.amawaterways.com](https://www.amawaterways.com) – “Frequently Asked Questions” AmaWaterways: [www.amawaterways.co.uk/faqs](https://www.amawaterways.co.

What is the average age on a Scenic river cruise?

The average age on a Scenic river cruise varies depending on the itinerary and time of year. AmaWaterways, a renowned river cruise company, has a policy that allows guests of all ages on their ships, but notes that most passengers tend to be 50 years or older. However, during school holiday periods, there may be a higher number of families and younger travelers on board. This diversity in age groups creates a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for all guests to enjoy. It is important to note that AmaWaterways offers specific family-friendly sailings and also provides a range of activities suitable for different age groups, ensuring an enjoyable experience for everyone. For more information about AmaWaterways Age Policy, please visit their official website: [AmaWaterways Age Policy](https://www.amawaterways.com/river-cruise-information/age-policy).

What is the dress code on AmaWaterways river cruise?

The dress code on AmaWaterways river cruises is generally casual and comfortable, with an emphasis on relaxed elegance. During the day, guests are encouraged to wear resort-style attire, such as shorts, sundresses, or lightweight pants, suitable for exploring the destinations and enjoying the onboard activities. In the evenings, the dress code becomes slightly more formal but still maintains a relaxed ambiance. Most guests opt for smart casual attire, which includes slacks or skirts with a blouse or collared shirt for men, and dresses, skirts, or dress pants with blouses or tops for women. There are no formal nights on AmaWaterways river cruises, allowing guests to enjoy a laid-back yet stylish atmosphere throughout their journey. For more information on AmaWaterways’ dress code and age policy, you can visit their official website: https://www.amawaterways.

What is the age restriction on AmaWaterways?

AmaWaterways has an age restriction policy in place for their river cruise experiences. To participate in one of their cruises, passengers must be at least 18 years old. However, children aged 7 and above are welcome on select sailings during the summer months and holidays, accompanied by an adult. This policy ensures a more adult-oriented and serene ambiance for guests who prefer a sophisticated and tranquil cruise experience. For more information on AmaWaterways’ age policy, please visit their official website: www.amawaterways.com/age-policy.

What is the average age for the Emerald river cruise?

The average age for an Emerald river cruise with AmaWaterways varies, as they cater to a diverse range of travelers. AmaWaterways welcomes guests of all ages, but it is worth noting that the majority of their guests tend to be 50 years and older. This demographic is attracted to the luxurious and relaxed atmosphere provided by AmaWaterways’ river cruises. However, younger travelers who appreciate the enrichment and cultural experiences offered by these cruises are also becoming increasingly interested in joining. AmaWaterways aims to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all guests, regardless of age, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a memorable river cruise experience. For more information on AmaWaterways’ age policy, please visit their official website at [insert link to official website].

Amawaterways packing list

When preparing for your river cruise experience with AmaWaterways, it’s essential to be aware of their age policy and what it entails. As a luxury river cruise line, AmaWaterways prides itself on providing an adult-oriented and sophisticated atmosphere aboard their ships. With this in mind, they have set an age restriction of 18 years and above for passengers, ensuring a serene and relaxed environment for their guests. When packing for your AmaWaterways river cruise, it is recommended to bring along appropriate attire for both daytime excursions and evening activities. Comfortable walking shoes, casual wear, and layers for varying weather conditions are essential. Additionally, formal attire may be required for special events or dining occasions. For a comprehensive packing list and further details on AmaWaterways’ age policy, please refer to their official website: [AmaWaterways Age Policy and Packing List](https://www.amawaterways.com/why-amawaterways/about-us/age-policy).

In summary, understanding AmaWaterways’ age policy is essential for anyone considering a river cruise experience with this renowned cruise line. The policy ensures a comfortable and enjoyable journey for all passengers, with specific guidelines in place to cater to different age groups. By adhering to these guidelines, AmaWaterways aims to create a harmonious onboard atmosphere that caters to the preferences and needs of its diverse clientele.

AmaWaterways’ age policy encompasses three main categories: infants, children, and young adults. Infants under the age of one year are not permitted onboard, ensuring a serene and adult-oriented ambiance throughout the cruise. However, the cruise line offers a variety of family-friendly sailings during the summer months, which provide a fantastic opportunity for parents with young children to enjoy a river cruise together.

For families with older children, AmaWaterways has established a minimum age requirement of four years old. This ensures that children are at an age where they can fully appreciate and engage in the cruise experience. Additionally, the cruise line offers a limited number of sailings each year specifically tailored to families, providing a range of activities and amenities designed to entertain children and create unforgettable memories for the whole family.

For young adults aged 18-21, AmaWaterways offers a unique policy that allows them to join a river cruise unaccompanied by a parent or guardian. This provides an excellent opportunity for young adults to explore and discover the world in a safe and enriching environment, while also fostering a sense of independence and personal growth.

It is important to note that AmaWaterways’ age policy is subject to change, and it is always recommended to check the latest guidelines before booking a river cruise. The cruise line’s official website provides detailed information on their age policy, including specific sailings that cater to families and young adults.

Considering the diverse needs and preferences of their passengers, AmaWaterways has successfully established an age policy that strikes a balance between catering to families and ensuring a tranquil and adult-oriented atmosphere onboard. By adhering to these guidelines, passengers can embark on a river cruise experience that caters to their specific requirements, whether they are traveling with young children, teenagers, or embarking on a solo adventure as a young adult.

To further enhance your understanding of AmaWaterways’ age policy and river cruise experience, below are some trusted sources that provide additional information and insights:

AmaWaterways Age Policy: What You Need to Know for Your River Cruise Experience

AmaWaterways Official Website: [https://www.amawaterways.com/why-amawaterways/family-river-cruises](https://www.amawaterways.com/why-amawaterways/family-river-cruises) 2. Cruise Critic: [https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1800](https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1800) 3. River Cruise Advisor: [https://www.rivercruiseadvisor.com/2016/11/ama-waterways-age-restrictions/](https://www.rivercruiseadvisor.com/2016/11/ama-waterways-age-restrictions/)

By referring to these sources, readers can gain a deeper understanding of AmaWaterways’ age policy and the exceptional river cruise experiences they offer. Whether you are a family looking for a memorable vacation, a young adult seeking adventure, or an individual seeking a relaxing getaway, AmaWaterways has crafted an age policy that ensures an exceptional river cruise experience for all.

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To make your journey as convenient as possible, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to AmaWaterways’ luggage policy, covering all the essential information you need to know before embarking on your river cruise. Below, you will find a convenient table summarizing the key points, followed by in-depth explanations to ensure you are well-informed and prepared.

| Key Points to Know about AmaWaterways Luggage Policy | |—————————————————–| | Maximum weight per checked bag | | Carry-on luggage allowance | | Restrictions on prohibited items | | Dress code guidelines | | Optional laundry services |

When it comes to checked baggage, AmaWaterways has a maximum weight limit per bag to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers. It is essential to adhere to this weight restriction, as exceeding it may result in additional charges or limitations. Additionally, AmaWaterways provides a generous allowance for carry-on luggage, allowing you to keep your essential items close at hand throughout your journey.

While packing for your AmaWaterways river cruise, it is crucial to be aware of any restrictions on prohibited items. These restrictions are in place to maintain the safety and well-being of all passengers and crew members. To avoid any inconvenience or delays during the embarkation process, we recommend reviewing the comprehensive list of prohibited items provided by AmaWaterways.

Furthermore, AmaWaterways has dress code guidelines to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all guests. While the dress code is generally casual during the day, there may be certain occasions where formal or semi-formal attire is required. Familiarize yourself with the specific dress code requirements for your cruise to make the most of your onboard dining and entertainment experiences.

For those who prefer to travel light or require laundry services during their journey, AmaWaterways offers optional laundry services. This allows you to pack less and take advantage of the convenience of having your laundry taken care of while onboard.

As you embark on your AmaWaterways river cruise, understanding and adhering to their luggage policy will undoubtedly contribute to a stress-free and enjoyable travel experience. By following the guidelines and recommendations outlined above, you can fully immerse yourself in the beauty of your chosen destination while relishing the outstanding amenities provided by AmaWaterways.

For more detailed information on AmaWaterways’ luggage policy, please refer to their official website [https://www.amawaterways.com/plan/luggage-policy] or contact their customer service representatives for any specific queries or concerns you may have. Bon voyage!

Sources: – AmaWaterways Official Website: Luggage Policy [https://www.amawaterways.com/plan/luggage-policy] – Cruise Critic: AmaWaterways Cruise Reviews [https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/cruiseline.cfm?

What size suitcase do I need for a river cruise?

When preparing for a river cruise with AmaWaterways, it’s important to consider the size of your suitcase to ensure a hassle-free travel experience. According to AmaWaterways’ luggage policy, the recommended suitcase size should not exceed 24 inches in width, 16 inches in height, and 12 inches in depth. This size limitation is designed to ensure that your luggage can easily fit in the storage space available in your stateroom. It is also important to note that there is no weight restriction for your suitcase, but keep in mind that you will need to handle and transport your luggage throughout the trip. By adhering to these size guidelines, you can pack efficiently and enjoy a smooth journey on your AmaWaterways river cruise. For more information, please refer to AmaWaterways’ official website: https://www.amawaterways.

What is the dress code for AmaWaterways river cruise?

On an AmaWaterways river cruise, the dress code is generally casual and comfortable during the day, with the emphasis on relaxation and enjoying the scenic views. However, it is recommended to dress smartly for dinner in the evening, with guests often opting for resort casual or business casual attire. This means wearing collared shirts, dresses, skirts, or trousers for ladies, and collared shirts with trousers and closed-toe shoes for men. It is important to note that there are no formal nights on AmaWaterways cruises, allowing guests to enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere throughout their voyage. For more information on AmaWaterways’ dress code, please refer to their official website: https://www.amawaterways.

What is the tipping guidelines for AmaWaterways?

AmaWaterways has a comprehensive tipping policy in place to ensure hassle-free travel for its guests. It is recommended to provide gratuity for the exceptional service received from the ship’s crew, including the Cruise Manager, staff, and local guides. The suggested tipping amount is €12-15 per person per day, which can be settled onboard at the end of the cruise. However, it is important to note that tipping is entirely discretionary and should be based on the level of satisfaction with the service provided. For more information on AmaWaterways’ tipping guidelines, please refer to their official website: [source].

Do you tip the cruise director on a river cruise?

When it comes to tipping the cruise director on a river cruise with AmaWaterways, it is customary to show your appreciation for their exceptional service. While tipping is not mandatory, it is a way to acknowledge their hard work and dedication throughout your trip. According to AmaWaterways’ Luggage Policy, the recommended amount for tipping the cruise director is $15-$20 per person, per day. However, it is important to note that this is only a suggested guideline, and the final decision is up to the discretion of the passengers. To learn more about AmaWaterways’ tipping policies and guidelines, you can refer to their official website at [source link].

Amawaterways packing list

When preparing for your AmaWaterways river cruise, it’s important to follow the luggage policy to ensure a hassle-free travel experience. AmaWaterways allows each guest to bring one suitcase that meets the specified dimensions, as well as a carry-on bag. It is recommended to pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for both daytime excursions and evening events. Don’t forget to include comfortable walking shoes, swimwear for the onboard pool, and a jacket or sweater for cooler evenings. To make the most of your journey, it is suggested to pack essentials such as sunscreen, a hat, and a reusable water bottle. For more detailed information on AmaWaterways’ luggage policy, please refer to their official website: www.amawaterways.com/luggage-policy.

In conclusion, understanding and adhering to AmaWaterways luggage policy is essential for a hassle-free and enjoyable travel experience. By familiarizing yourself with the guidelines and restrictions, you can pack efficiently and ensure that your belongings are safe throughout your journey.

Remember to check the specific luggage policy for your chosen itinerary, as different cruises may have slight variations in their requirements. By visiting the official AmaWaterways website (https://www.amawaterways.com/plan/know-before-you-go/packing-tips), you can find detailed and up-to-date information on their luggage policy.

It is important to note that AmaWaterways has implemented these policies with the comfort and safety of their passengers in mind. The weight and size restrictions are in place to ensure that the crew can handle and transport your luggage safely. By adhering to these guidelines, you are not only ensuring your own convenience but also supporting the smooth operation of the cruise.

As discussed earlier, AmaWaterways offers a generous luggage allowance, allowing you to bring all the essentials and more. However, it is still advisable to pack wisely and considerately. By referring to the AmaWaterways packing tips (https://www.amawaterways.com/plan/know-before-you-go/packing-tips), you can make the most efficient use of your luggage space and avoid overpacking.

Additionally, it is worth mentioning the importance of labeling your luggage with your name and contact information. This simple step can greatly assist in the event of lost or misplaced bags. AmaWaterways provides luggage tags (https://www.amawaterways. ) that can be easily attached to your belongings, ensuring easy identification.

Lastly, it is always a good idea to consider travel insurance that covers your luggage. While AmaWaterways takes every precaution to ensure the safety of your belongings, unexpected situations can arise. Having the right insurance coverage can provide you with peace of mind and financial protection in case of loss or damage to your luggage.

By following the AmaWaterways luggage policy and implementing these useful tips, you can embark on your river cruise with confidence and ease. Your luggage will be handled efficiently, and you can focus on enjoying the breathtaking destinations and luxurious amenities that AmaWaterways provides.

Remember, a well-packed suitcase is the key to hassle-free travel, and AmaWaterways is dedicated to making your journey as smooth as possible. So, pack smart, check the guidelines, and get ready to embark on a memorable river cruise adventure with AmaWaterways!

Sources: – AmaWaterways Official Website: https://www.amawaterways.com/ – AmaWaterways Packing Tips: https://www.amawaterways.com/plan/know-before-you-go/packing-tips – AmaWaterways Luggage Tags: https://www.amawaterways.

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frequently Asked Questions

This section was designed to answer some of the questions most often asked about AmaWaterways. The questions under the headings to the left are just a representative sample of what we routinely answer. Note: Some FAQs link to the section in which the subject is addressed.

What are AmaWaterways' current requirements to board their river cruises?

For river cruises in 2023 and 2024, AmaWaterways is not requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination to board our ships. All guests traveling with AmaWaterways remain responsible for ensuring they meet the travel entry requirements for each country they plan to visit before, during or after their river cruise. These requirements, as mandated by airlines and individual countries or regions, may change without notice and cancellation fees will apply should guests no longer meet the country entry requirements for their cruise or land program.

What if I leave an item on board and I’ve already disembarked at the final port or returned home?

Please fill out our Lost and Found form here and our AMAzing crew will work to return the item(s) to you.

We do not ship items such as alcohol, tobacco products, batteries, medication or food

Guests are responsible for the shipping costs for the return of the item(s). The dimensions and/or weight may need to be adjusted and therefore, additional cost may be applied after the initial charge.

The shipment may take several weeks for the item(s) to arrive at your home. (Please note that there may be additional delays due to inclement weather, nautical changes, and emergencies)

To learn more and fill out the Lost and Found form, click here. Please read the information carefully.

How will breakfast, lunch and dinner be served on board now?

All meals, including breakfast, are “a la carte” with full table service and offer a wonderful choice. Select items will be available at chef's stations, such as our new breakfast bowls. The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant is also included in the cruise fare. Our restaurants are open seating.

What is the dress code?

Comfortable, layered clothing adaptable to changing weather conditions is always advisable for daytime excursions. For the evening, “Casually elegant” attire is recommend and you may want to pack something a little dressier for the Captain’s night/Farewell Dinner – similar to how one would dress to dine at a 5-star restaurant. Comfortable shoes are recommended for excursions and workout clothing if you plan to take part in any wellness activities, active tours or use the onboard gym. Depending on the time of year, clothing that can be layered is highly recommended.

Vietnam & Cambodia: It is always advisable to travel light in Southeast Asia. For the hot and humid weather, lightweight easy-care clothing that includes some long-sleeved items for protection from mosquitoes and sun, raingear, and sturdy and comfortable walking shoes that you won’t mind getting wet or muddy. We also recommend you pack a few casually elegant items to wear at the Welcome and Farewell dinners.

Africa: When traveling through Africa, it is always advisable to travel light as some itineraries baggage size and weight are strictly limited. On Safari: casual, easy-care clothing that includes some long-sleeved items for protection from mosquitoes and sun. Attire during Winter (April - September): it is wise to bring some warm clothes for chilly early morning and late night temperatures. Dressing in layers is also recommended, as temperatures rise quickly during the day.

Dining in Town: If you plan on dining at a fine restaurant in a city such as Cape Town or Johannesburg, “casually elegant” is the norm – no ties for men or evening dresses for women are necessary.

Can we reserve a table at the restaurant?

Our Main Restaurants have plenty of seating and dinner is a single seating where table reservations are not accepted. Our crew will serve you at your table and will be happy to offer you a similar choice of menu items formerly available at our buffets. Reservations for our specialty tasting menu at The Chef's Table specialty restaurant can be made once you are on board the ship. Our Receptionist can assist you with any dining questions. The Chef's Table is available throughout Europe, in Egypt and on the Mekong River. It is not available in Portugal or on board the Zambezi Queen in Africa.

Are excursions included?

Europe: A sightseeing tour is included in each city or town you visit, along with free time to explore the city according to your own interests. The sightseeing tours can take place on foot, via motor coach, or a combination of the two. Each tour is led by a qualified, licensed English-speaking local guide or your Cruise Manager. In addition to our Gentle and Active Walkers groups noted in our Health and Well-Being section, for some excursions, we have a "Late Starter" option for guests who wish to sleep in but do not want to miss key tour highlights. For those guests interested in exploring Europe from an exciting new perspective, we offer guided bicycle tours in select cities (capacity controlled). In the event of water level problems on certain stretches of the river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach or to alter the daily programme as determined by the ship's Captain.

Vietnam & Cambodia: A sightseeing tour is included at each location on the itinerary. The sightseeing tours can involve walking on uneven ground and steps, travel by motorcoach, local boat or a combination thereof. Each tour is led by a qualified English-speaking local guide. In the rare event of water level problems, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the daily programme whenever conditions render it necessary, by determination of the ship's captain.

Africa: All excursions are included.

Is Internet available on board?

Europe: High-speed Internet service is available free of charge as part of the in-stateroom "Entertainment-On-Demand." Additionally, AmaWaterways offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.

Vietnam and Cambodia: Free Internet and Wi-Fi in the lounge with computer stations.

Africa: Free Wi Fi is available but may be limited and sporadic during certain times of the day due to the ships isolated location.

Is there an elevator on board?

Europe: Elevators are available on board all vessels reaching the two highest passenger decks, reception area and restaurant, but does not reach the lowest passenger deck or the Sun Deck. The AmaSiena, AmaLucia, AmaMora, AmaLea and AmaKristina feature an elevator that reaches all 3 passenger decks, but does not reach the Sun Deck. The AmaMagna features a pop-up elevator that can reach all decks, including the Sun Deck during select times.

Vietnam & Cambodia: The AmaDara does not feature elevators.

Africa: The Zambezi Queen cruising the Chobe River does not feature an elevator.

Egypt: The AmaDahlia features an elevator; deck information to be determined.

What time is embarkation?

Europe: Official embarkation time is 3 p.m. for all ships. This allows the staff to prepare your stateroom and have the ship ready for the next departure. If you arrive earlier, you may check your luggage on board, and then explore the embarkation port city. Please refer to your travel documents for specific instructions on where to embark and your official embarkation time.

Vietnam & Cambodia: On Cruise Embarkation Day, passengers will proceed to the AmaDara via a transfer from one of the hotels listed below:

For embarkations scheduled for Tonle Sap Lake: Register at the AmaDara Check-In Desk located in the lobby of the Sofitel Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap, at 11:00 a.m. Passengers will then be transferred to the ship. Low Water Season: Your registration at Lobby of Sofitel Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap, will take place at 7:30 a.m. A motorcoach transfer to your ship will depart Sofitel Angkor Hotel at 8:15 a.m. this transfer will take approximately 5 hours with a stop en route at Kampong Thom and you will embark the ship at Kampong Cham, rather than the Tonle Sap Lake.

For embarkations scheduled for Ho Chi Minh City: Register at the AmaDara Check-In Desk located in the lobby of the Sofitel Plaza Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, at 11:00 a.m. Passengers will then be transferred to the ship at My Tho Port to arrive by 2:00 p.m.

What time is disembarkation?

Europe: Official disembarkation time is 9 a.m. You may disembark earlier if the ship is moored in the location you are disembarking in. If you have purchased transfers with AmaWaterways, please refer to your documents for disembarkation instructions.

Vietnam & Cambodia: For Disembarkations Scheduled for Tonle Sap Lake (Direction Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap), disembarkation is 8:45 a.m., and the passengers will be transferred to Sofitel Angkor hotel in Siem Reap.

During low water season, you will disembark the ship at Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River and arrive at the Sofitel Siem Reap at 1:30 p.m.

For Disembarkations Scheduled for Ho Chi Minh City (Direction Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City), disembarkation time is 8:30 a.m. at My Tho Port and passengers will be transferred to Sofitel Plaza Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City.

When does the Reception Desk open?

Europe: The ship's reception desk is open 24 hours a day. Should you need any assistance, please call from your stateroom by dialing 9, or pay them a visit.

Vietnam & Cambodia: The ship's reception desk is open from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. Should you need any assistance, please call from your stateroom by dialing 9, or pay them a visit.

Africa: The Cruise Manager will be available at approximately 6:00am each morning until 10:00pm every night.

What language is spoken on board?

The official language on board is English on all ships. Most crew members speak fluent English. All announcements and lectures will be presented in English. All locals guides are fluent in English.

What are the tipping guidelines?

7-Night Cruise

Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 100 Euros per 7-night cruise, per guest. (AmaMagna 120 Euros per 7-night cruise, per guest)

Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 25 Euros per 7-night, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.

10-Night Cruise

Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 143 Euros per 10-night cruise, per guest.

Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 36 Euros per 10-night, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.

11-Night Cruise

Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 158 Euros per 11-night cruise, per guest.

Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 40 Euros per 11-night, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.

14-Night Cruise

Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 200 Euros per 14-night cruise, per guest.

Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 50 Euros per 14-night, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.

Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 100 Euros per week, per guest.

Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 30 Euros per week, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.

  • Zambezi Queen Onboard Staff: To be divided evenly among all crew members US$15-20 per guest per day
  • AmaWaterways Tour Guide: From Cape Town to Johannesburg US$5-10 per guest per day
  • Safari Ranger/Guide: US$10-20 per person per day
  • Game Tracker (South Africa only): US$5 person per day
  • Butler/Waiter at Lodges: US$5 person per day
  • General Lodge Staff: US$10-20 person per day

Is smoking allowed on board?

Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside any of the ships. Smoking is only permitted on the Sun Deck. For the safety and comfort of all passengers on board, your cooperation in observing the no-smoking policy is greatly appreciated.

What amenities are available in the staterooms?

Europe: Stateroom and suite appointments include white-on-white plush bedding, cotton bathrobes and slippers, high-quality bath and body products, hair dryer, safe and water replenished daily. Suites include added enhancements, such as larger sitting areas and expansive bathrooms with both a shower and bathtub. Entertainment-On-Demand center in all staterooms and suites with complimentary high-speed internet access, movies, extensive music library and English-language TV stations.

Vietnam & Cambodia: Each stateroom is equipped with a hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers and a safe. Your bathroom offers toiletries including soaps, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.

Africa Cruise & Land Safari: Suites on the Zambezi Queen include private balconies overlooking the Chobe River, en-suite bathrooms with Bao Body amenities, floor-to-ceiling glass windows for riverside views, sliding shutters for sun protection and privacy, private in-room safes and sliding mosquito net doors.

Egypt: Each stateroom provides bathrobes, slippers, a hair dryer, and spa quality toiletries including soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotions

The staterooms on all of our ships across all destinations include an in-room safe for your personal use.

What amenities are available on board?

What is the entertainment-on-demand system, are there phones in the staterooms.

Europe: Each stateroom has its own telephone, along with instructions for use. Phones may be used to call from stateroom to stateroom and ship to shore. Since the telephone system functions via GSM, there may be times, depending on location, when service is unavailable. Any charges for calls will be billed to your shipboard account. Please inquire at the reception desk for rates.

Vietnam & Cambodia: Each stateroom has its own telephone, which may be used to call within the ship.

Africa Cruise & Land Safaris: There are no phones in the staterooms.

Egypt: Each stateroom has a telephone that may be used to make calls within the ship

Is air conditioning available in the staterooms?

All staterooms in Europe, Africa, Vietnam and Cambodia are equipped with individual climate control. If you have any questions regarding your stateroom's temperature control, please refer to the instructions or check with the reception desk.

Do I need to bring a converter or adaptor?

Electricity on board all ships is 220v, with 2-pin power outlets. You will need an adapter, and/or converter depending on which electrical appliances you bring with you.

Is there laundry service on board?

Laundry services are available on board for a fee. Price lists are available in your stateroom. Please note that clothes cannot be dry cleaned on board.

Are there medical facilities on board?

Europe: There are no medical facilities on board. However medical services can easily be called from shore if required.

Vietnam & Cambodia: We do not employ doctors or nurses on board the ships. In the event medical assistance is needed, appropriate medical facilities will be contacted. Note that response time can vary.

Africa: We do not employ doctors or nurses on board the Zambezi Queen. In the event medical assistance is needed, appropriate medical facilities will be contacted. Note that response time can vary.

Are bicycles available?

Europe: Each of our ships in Europe (excluding Portugal) has a limited number of complimentary bicycles and helmets available for use when the ship is docked and can be signed out for independent use. Most sailings will also offer a choice of bicycle lead excursions with a tour guide and these can be reserved once you are on board. Bicycles are available in 3 different sizes: S, M, L.

We do not have bicycles available on our ships in Portugal, Vietnam & Cambodia, Africa or Egypt.

Use of the bicycles is at your own risk. Therefore, without limitation, AmaWaterways and all of its affiliates are not responsible for any injuries sustained during their use.

Are all meals included on board?

Europe: All meals on board the ships are included in the cruise price. Sparkling wine and juices at breakfast; beer, soft drinks and unlimited wines at lunch and dinner (new selections daily); a Sip & Sail cocktail hour with a selection of complimentary wine, beer and spirits; plus, gourmet coffee, tea and bottled water 24/7.

Vietnam & Cambodia: All meals on board the ships are included in the cruise price. Complimentary soft drinks, juices, house brand spirits, local beers, filtered coffee and tea are available during the cruise. Free flowing wine with every lunch and dinner on board. Imported wine and premium alcoholic beverages are available to purchase at an additional cost. Complimentary water is replenished daily.

Africa Cruise & Land Safaris: All meals on board the ships are included in the cruise price. Complimentary wine and beer are served with all lunch and dinners on board. Coffee and tea are available free of charge throughout the day and during meals from the bar. Premium alcoholic beverages as well as drinks outside of mealtimes are available at the bar for additional cost. Complimentary water is replenished daily.

Egypt: All meals on board are included in the cruise price. Complimentary fresh drinking water is available throughout the cruise and your room will be restocked each day. Coffee and teas are available free of charge any time of the day . At lunch and dinner, local wine and beer, soft drinks, bottled water and specialty coffees and teas are available on an unlimited and complimentary basis. In the evening, enjoy our "Sip & Sail" cocktail hour. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are also available outside of mealtimes for an additional charge.

What type of cuisine is served on board?

Europe: All meals are skillfully prepared by European chefs and consist of both regionally-inspired and Western cuisine made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at your table with multi-course menus offering a wide variety of choice, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Vietnam & Cambodia: All meals are prepared by local chefs and consist of Western cuisine as well as delicious Vietnamese and Cambodian menu items.

Africa Cruise & Land Safaris: All meals are prepared by local chefs and consist of Western cuisine as well as local cuisine. The mornings offer a full English breakfast and the afternoons offer a lavish gourmet lunch. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a selection of entrées. Certain meals will be served on land.

Egypt: All meals while cruising are prepared by our executive chefs and we offer a choice of Western and Egyptian/Mediterranean cuisine.

Dietary Restrictions/Allergies: Please advise your Travel Advisor or call us directly to advise if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies prior to embarkation so we are able to accommodate your request. Please note, though we can provide options to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities, we cannot guarantee there will not be any cross-contamination.

Can you accommodate my food allergies/dietary restrictions?

Please advise your Travel Agent or call us directly to advise if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies prior to embarkation. In most cases, we will do our best to accommodate special dietary requests and food allergies, but with one exception: Kosher. This diet has specific rules regarding food and its preparation and the shipboard environment does have limitations that prevent us from being able to adequately cater to this dietary need. Please note, though we can provide options to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities, we cannot guarantee there will not be any cross-contamination.

Are audio sets provided during the tours?

Europe: During shore excursions, we provide a sophisticated audio headset system that allows guests to comfortably listen to their tour guide while taking photos or admiring some of Europe's hidden gems.

Vietnam & Cambodia: During shore excursions, we provide a sophisticated audio headset system that allows guests to comfortably listen to their tour guide while taking photos or admiring the surroundings of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Can guests cancel or postpone their cruise without penalty or will AmaWaterways offer credits/compensations?

Our standard cancellation penalties remain in effect for our river cruises. For a limited time, we are extending our Travel Waiver Plus protection for sailings in 2023 and 2024. Please visit /flexibility

What is the minimum age to travel with AmaWaterways?

All guests under the age of 18 are to be in a stateroom with an adult and must remain supervised at all times; their safety is the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s). In the case where a triple or quad occupancy stateroom is not available or not selected, children under the age of 10 at the time of embarkation may share a stateroom with two adults only in circumstances where the child is able to share the bed with the adults – no additional bed will be provided. Please be aware that balcony staterooms of any kind may be unsafe for minors if left unsupervised. Children under the age of 5 are not recommended on any program.

On our Africa Safaris & Wildlife Cruise program, due to safety precautions, there is a minimum age limit of 12 years old, unless otherwise agreed upon by AmaWaterways. AmaWaterways does not provide child-specific programs or child-minding facilities.

Please reach out to us if you have any further questions regarding our child policy.

Are the ships wheelchair accessible?

Europe: Wheelchair accessibility is very limited on our European ships. We do have an elevator between the two main decks; however, it does not reach the Sun Deck or Piano Deck. Guests would be able to move around the dining room and lounge in their chair; however, the staterooms are not able to accommodate a wheelchair, so while in their stateroom they would need to be able to move around on their own. Their chair would also need to be stored in their stateroom due to limited storage on board. Getting on and off the ship could be a challenge, as the planks are narrow and cannot accommodate a wheelchair or scooter's width. Guests would have to be able to get on and off the ship without their wheelchair and the wheelchair would have to be light enough to be lifted off and on the ramps. It is common to tie up to other river ships in port. When this happens we would sometimes need to travel through another ship to disembark, with many ships requiring we do so from the Sun Deck, where there is only stair access.

During the excursions, a good majority of the cities visited have cobblestone walkways. This may be a challenge to maneuver with a wheelchair. The motorcoaches we use as a main means of transport do not have any sort of lift and there are 4 or 5 steep steps to get on and off.

Vietnam, Cambodia, Africa and Egypt: These itineraries require a person to be able bodied. There are many unpaved roads and the ships do not have elevators.

Do we accept Traveler's Checks on board for payment?

We do not accept Traveler's Checks on board.

Europe: All onboard charges will be in Euros. Payable with cash (Euros) and credit card. Pre-paid charge cards are not accepted.

Vietnam & Cambodia: All onboard charges are in Vietnamese Dong. Payable in cash (USD or Vietnamese Dong) or with credit card. Pre-paid credit cards are not accepted.

Africa Cruise & Land Safaris : All onboard charges are in US Dollars. Payable in cash in the following currencies: US Dollar, Rand (South Africa), Pula (Botswana), Tanzanian Shilling (Tanzania) and credit card (Mastercard/Visa, not American Express). Pre-paid charge cards are not accepted. For credit card payments, the guest’s credit card company will convert their onboard charges into the guest’s home country’s currency at the current exchange rate and service fees may apply.

Egypt: All onboard charges are in EGP (Egyptian Pounds) and may be paid in cash or with Visa or Master Card (American Express is not accepted). Your credit card company will convert your onboard charges into your home country’s currency at the current exchange rate and service fees may apply. You can also request your credit card be charged in US$. Debit cards and pre-paid credit cards are not accepted.

How do I obtain a copy of my Travel Protection policy?

If you have purchased Travel Protection with AmaWaterways, please log into the "My Cruise" section of our site. Once you log-in you will be able to access your state specific policy.

What is AmaWaterways cancellation policy?

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions in your Invoice Confirmation, our Brochure or on our website to review our cancellation policy.

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What plans does amawaterways have in place to adapt to changing water levels on the rivers, what are the terms and validity of the 115% future cruise credit issued in conjunction with suspended cruises.

This offer is only applicable to cruises affected by suspended operations and applies to guests currently reserved on the sailing at the time of suspension. Future Cruise Credit is equal to 115% of the value of the funds that AmaWaterways has received for all purchased services through AmaWaterways and may be applied to any sailings embarking through December 31, 2023 (or December 31, 2024 for FCC 115% issued in 2021). The 115% FCC is for all services purchased through AmaWaterways, including our Cruise Protection Plus. Any Travel Waiver Plus purchased will be refunded to the original form of payment. FCC 115% is transferrable with written confirmation provided by original FCC owner, and requires the full name of recipient.

Do I need to provide AmaWaterways with my independent flight and/or hotel details?

For the safety and security of all guests on board and to ensure you have a seamless travel experience, we are now requiring details for all independent pre/post-cruise travel arrangements. At your earliest convenience, please log into our Your Cruise Check-in portal to update all required fields prior to departing for your trip.

How should we proceed if our flights have been cancelled (independent flights or booked through AmaWaterways)?

Should there be a cancellation implemented by the carrier, any guests who have purchased air through AmaWaterways will be protected on alternative flights, whenever possible. Guests who have purchased their air independently should immediately contact their travel advisor or the airline regarding alternative arrangements. AmaWaterways is also available to assist in purchasing new air arrangements, based on availability.

What is the difference between Cruise Protection Plan and the limited-time Travel Waiver Plus?

Our Cruise Protection Plan is offered through Travel Guard and just like any travel protection, it provides guests with a monetary refund in the event they have to cancel their river cruise prior to departure for a covered reason. It is also very valuable once guests are traveling and need assistance in the event of an emergency. The Cruise Protection Plan is a custom-plan and includes Covid-19 coverage; contact Travel Guard for specific details. Our Travel Waiver Plus is offered to you through AmaWaterways and covers for any pre-cruise cancellation for any reason 31 days or more than the start of AmaWaterways purchased services. Guests would receive a Future Cruise Credit for the value of the penalties valid for two years from the date of cancellation. It is important to know that the Cruise Protection Plan is only available for US residents, but the Travel Waiver Plus is available currently to all our guests. Please contact our Reservations department for more details.

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River cruise packing list: What to pack when traveling by riverboat

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You booked your river cruise, and the departure date approaches. Now you’re panicking about what to pack.

You want to pack light, given you won’t have much space in your cabin to store bulky suitcases. However, you also want to be prepared with the right clothing and gear for changeable weather on the river, visits to religious sites and the many walking and cycling tours you plan to do in port. How will you fit everything in a carry-on?

It seems like a lot, but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed about packing for a river cruise. I’ve been on more than 125 cruises, including many river sailings.

Below are my top packing tips and a river cruise packing list for a river cruise in Europe, the United States, Asia or Africa. Follow these tips to take the stress out of your pre-trip prep.

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What to pack on a river cruise

The first thing to understand is that where you cruise will dictate what you pack. The Nile River in July will be quite different than the Rhine in November, and you’ll need different clothing and gear.

However, river cruises are often during warmer times of the year in places that may not see ice and snow. Typically, heavy outwear isn’t needed. (At least not much of it — I was on a Tennessee River cruise in early November, and it snowed for several hours one day!)

Here’s what to pack to get maximum use out of minimal luggage.

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Lightweight layers

The key to river cruise packing is layering.

On some rivers in Asia and Africa, such as Egypt’s Nile River, it can get extremely hot during the day — we’re talking 90-plus degrees Fahrenheit — but cool in the evenings.

Late-summer weather in Europe can also change frequently. During a river cruise in the Netherlands in early September, some days were hot and others rainy and chilly. For all these destinations, you’ll want to be able to peel layers off and put them on again.

Layers are also convenient should you need to cover up your shoulders and legs to enter religious buildings like temples, monasteries and cathedrals.

Light scarves are useful for covering shoulders in religious places and covering your head and face when it’s hot or dusty. Colorful scarves can also be a great accent piece for a dinner outfit on board.

For the best layering, think about packing several thin long- and short-sleeved T-shirts, as well as a jacket, such as an outdoorsy zip-up jacket or vest from Patagonia. I often bring a dark denim jacket for layering. It’s warm and looks stylish when worn over T-shirts and accented with scarves.

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Casual clothes for day and night

River cruises involve full days of touring on land, so casual and comfortable clothing is key.

Cargo pants or shorts are a great idea on a river cruise, especially for the popular cycling and walking excursions. You can stash your phone, a thin wallet and even sunscreen or bug spray in the large pockets, leaving your hands free to navigate a bicycle or walking sticks.

It may sound counterintuitive, but for very hot places in Southeast Asia, India, Egypt, Amazon region and Europe in August, it’s best to wear long sleeves when touring, even in the hottest summer months. This will protect you from sunburn.

Prepare for various temperatures and pack lightweight breathable fabrics. I prefer thin cotton tops, while my husband likes the moisture-wicking shirts from Arcteryx and similar brands. Both kinds take up little suitcase space and dry quickly when hand-washed.

Some of the newer riverboats from lines like AmaWaterways and Scenic have small pools on deck, so pack a swimsuit if you’d like to take a dip.

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When it comes to dining, river cruises are generally casual. You can even have dinner wearing what you wore on the afternoon’s excursions — within reason. I wouldn’t wear cargo shorts to dinner, but I’d wear jeans.

That said, especially on Europe river cruises, most folks like to wear a nicer shirt or top for dinner layered with a nice scarf, vest or a thin easy-to-fold jacket. Passengers on higher-end river cruise lines in Europe (such as Uniworld and AmaWaterways) tend to dress up in the evenings more than guests on more affordable cruises.

No river cruise line will expect you to bring suit jackets or sparkly clothes. However, I’ve seen women in cocktail dresses and men in sport coats on Europe and Mississippi river cruises.

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Bring a pair of sturdy sneakers or light trekking shoes for excursions that may require long city walks in Europe and the U.S. or hiking on dirt roads or rocky paths in more rural areas in India, Laos, Cambodia and the Amazon. Alpine-style hiking boots are not necessary.

For Southeast Asia and India river cruises, bring a comfortable slip-on shoe, like a pair of Crocs, that are easy to get off and on because you’ll have to remove shoes before going into temples. You’re usually allowed to wear socks, so bring multiple lightweight ankle or no-show socks you can easily wash in your cabin sink when they get dusty from walking on dirt roads.

Ideally, bring a third pair of shoes to wear inside your cabin and around the boat’s interior, such as sandals, boat shoes, flats or whatever casual lightweight shoe you prefer. I never travel without my hot pink Birkenstocks; they’re cute and versatile, without or with socks.

Accessories and travel gear

Clothing isn’t the only thing you’ll need to pack for your river cruise. The No.1 accessory you should pack is a lightweight backpack, fanny pack or sling bag that is easy to carry on walking or biking tours or on more active treks.

Riverboats that offer the use of bicycles should provide helmets, but the options may not always fit the way you like. If you plan on cycling a lot (we cycled daily, sometimes twice a day on a recent AmaWaterways Netherlands and Belgium river cruise), consider bringing your own. The helmet may take up valuable real estate in your luggage, but it’s a must if you’re fussy about what you put on your head.

I like to wear a thin baseball cap under the helmets I borrow from cruise lines. The visor of the cap keeps the sun or rain away from your eyes. Also, if you’re uncomfortable wearing a previously-worn helmet, a ballcap can be a barrier to keep you from touching the hat directly. You can also tie a bandana on your head before putting on the borrowed helmet.

Ask your cruise line if it gifts passengers a reusable aluminum-style water bottle to fill up on board and use during shore excursions. If yours doesn’t, bring your own lightweight refillable water bottle as an eco-friendly practice to cut down on single-use plastic waste.

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If river cruising in Southeast Asia, India, South America or Africa, bring a small bag of your preferred medicines because you might not find the brands or names you’re used to in port. Also, bring your pain reliever of choice, and anti-diarrhea medicine, just in case.

Also, carry a small container of insect repellent, for excursions and your room, on cruises in tropical places where mosquitos and other bugs are prevalent.

Since evening entertainment on a river cruise is minimal — typically a bit of music after dinner or nothing at all — consider packing your own evening entertainment.

Bring books, an e-reader or a tablet, but make sure to download books and movies to your device before your trip. Wi-Fi can be weak on riverboats anywhere in the world, so you may not have a signal to read the newspaper in real-time or stream the latest episode of your favorite show.

Tips for river cruise packing

River cruise boat cabins are often on the small side compared to cabins on big cruise ships, so you don’t want to over-pack.

Riverboat cabins are also not as uniform as those on ocean-going ships. European fleets may be more similar, but lines in North America and Asia can have quirky, one-of-a-kind ships. Don’t assume you’ll have as much room on one line as you did on another.

Riverboats may not provide much (or any) space under the beds for bulky suitcases, and closets (if there are any) are compact, so small suitcases or soft duffels are ideal.

There are exceptions, such as the high-end riverboats in Europe from lines like Uniworld and AmaWaterways; larger riverboats like the 417-passenger American Queen on the Mississippi River; and luxury lines like Aqua Expeditions cruising in Asia and the Amazon. These ships offer more storage space in generally larger cabins.

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Many riverboats also don’t include self-service laundry rooms (though some deluxe Europe riverboats will). Some don’t have laundry service either. If you want to pack light, bring undergarments and layering tops that dry quickly, so you can wash in the bathroom sink and hang them to dry.

River cruise packing list

With all this in mind, here is a suggested packing list for your river cruise vacation:

  • Multiple lightweight tops and T-shirts, including long-sleeved versions for sun protection.
  • Bottoms, such as leggings, lightweight cargo pants, jeans, khakis, slacks and skirts.
  • Evening wear like casual dresses, slacks and nice shirts.
  • Multiple pairs of lightweight underwear and socks.
  • A lightweight cotton scarf or sarong.
  • A lightweight but warm jacket, cardigan and/or thin fleece for chilly mornings or evenings.
  • Sturdy shoes, such as sneakers or simple hiking shoes.
  • A comfortable slip-on shoe for visiting religious sites or for evenings on board.
  • Light backpack or fanny pack for excursions.
  • Water-proof zip-top or small bag for your phone and camera for protection in rainy weather and when aboard small launches used for excursions.
  • Local and U.S. currency in small bills for purchasing drinks, snacks and souvenirs and for tipping local guides.
  • Reading materials (books and e-readers) and/or a tablet.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Lightweight compact umbrella for both rain and sun protection. (Many river cruise lines provide umbrellas, but they’re often the large non-folding kind that aren’t convenient to carry around all day.)
  • Prescriptions and basic medicines.
  • Chargers for your electronics, plus a portable charger to ensure your phone is always juiced up on long excursions.
  • Multi-prong adaptors so you can use both the North American 100- to 120-volt and European 220- to 240-volt outlets on the river cruise boat. (The newest luxury riverboats may have standard USB charging outlets in the lamps on the bedside tables.)

Bottom line

The key to river cruise packing boils down to two important themes.

First, don’t over-pack or bring giant suitcases that won’t fit in your cabin.

Second, dress for success with lots of lightweight layers. Understand the climate and the activities you’ll experience in your river cruise destination, and you have a recipe for the perfect packing job.

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