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In March I flew to Amsterdam to spend two nights on AmaPrima, a river ship catering for 164 guests in boutique hotel style surroundings.

I joined the ship whilst she was docked on the waterfront behind Amsterdam`s central station, and settled in to my 170 square foot French balcony room on the Violin deck. There was a big comfy bed, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with a glass enclosed shower plus a safe and mini bar, TV and computer. There was also a Voicebox, a clever little gadget for listening to the guide on excursions.

Exploring the small vessel I made my way to the Lounge, where a light lunch and cakes were served. There was also a tea/coffee station, with a second one at the back of the ship where the Chef's Table seats just 24 guests for a unique experience at least once on your cruise. Here you can watch a 7 course tasting menu being prepared in the glass fronted kitchen.

Breakfast and lunch are buffet style or dishes can be ordered from the menu, whilst dinner is a more formal affair. Wine is free flowing at lunch and dinner and you can even enjoy a glass of champagne at breakfast!

AmaPrima - Suite

I had a quick ship tour beginning with the lower Piano deck, which has the lead-in cabins with picture windows at head height, so your view is of ducks swimming by. The Cello deck has French balcony cabins and some with twin balconies, one with sliding doors and another that has a small space you can sit on outside. The Violin deck is where you find more cabins and the Suites, in the middle is the welcoming Atrium, and there is a small shop and the Lounge at the front, with a small library off to one side. All decks are served by a lift with the exception of the top Sun Deck where there is a heated pool with swim-up bar, plenty of wicker chairs and a walking track to exercise while taking in the views. The smoking area is here, if you need it. The décor was elegant and tasteful, and the public areas were full of beautiful vases of fresh tulips.

After a welcome dinner in the Main Restaurant we headed back to the Lounge to be entertained by La Strada, a classical trio who came on board especially for us. Evening entertainment is generally low key, consisting of either the onboard pianist or a destination inspired group.

The next morning there were tour guides waiting outside the ship to take us on our choice of a bicycle tour, a walking tour of the town or coach trip. This is a choice that AmaWaterways offer at a variety of calls, so you have the flexibility to choose the sightseeing that most appeals to you.

AmaWaterways - Bicycles

AmaPrima was awarded the honour of best river ship by the Berlitz guide, and during my time on board I could see why. The public areas are wonderfully comfortable, service is excellent and the dedication to onboard dining is outstanding - AmaWaterways is a proud member of the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, founded in Paris in 1950.

Operating a number of sailings on the Rhine, this is a fantastic choice for those wanting to explore some of Europe's prettiest regions.

Find out more: Request an AmaWaterways brochure

Meet the author

Susan is a former Cruise Consultant at Mundy Cruising

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