AmaCerto: Ship’s special touches include pool with swim-up bar

A glass elevator is a beautiful and useful addition to the AmaCerto.
A glass elevator is a beautiful and useful addition to the AmaCerto

ABOARD THE AmaCERTO – Today, I thought we’d walk around the AmaCerto and see some of the things that make the ship so special. Although river cruise ships are limited to the same dimensions to fit into the locks on European rivers, the AmaCerto has certainly managed to include some eye-catching extras.

First is the lovely entry area with the service desk and beautiful glass elevator. Because of marine regulations, elevators can’t travel below the water line or to the sun deck but the elevator does offer easy transport between restaurant and lounge decks. Cabins on the Piano Deck, the lowest deck, are only accessible via stairs.

The AmaCerto lounge is large, comfortable and user friendly.
The AmaCerto lounge is large, comfortable and user friendly

As on most ships, the hub of onboard activities is the large lounge. Floor to ceiling windows make this a great place to watch the river flow. Comfortable couches and armchairs with coffee tables and end tables can be arranged for socializing in small or large groups. A horseshoe-shaped bar is popular particularly in the evening and features a different cocktail every day. A small dance floor is available for late night dancers.

A very small gift shop is on the right entrance to the lounge as is a complimentary self-service coffee bar area that gets lots of use. An automatic coffee machine dispenses regular coffee, espresso, cappuccino and lattes. Hot chocolate is also available as is a wide selection of tea. The AmaCerto also offers the morning news, printed in several languages each day.

An oblong counter in the center of the lounge is where the breakfast buffet, light lunch and afternoon tea are served. Seems as though there is almost always some kind of food there for those who might want a snack.

A gigantic chess board waits for players on the top deck of the AmaCerto.
A gigantic chess board waits for players on the top deck of the AmaCerto

A piano in the lounge comes alive when onboard musician Pavlin entertains. The lounge is also where cruise manager Réka Piros gives her evening talks. And it’s where the night’s entertainment is presented. So far we have had champion accordion player Armand Jehle, a French chartreuse and a classical music trio.

On the left side entering the lounge is a small library with plump sofas and two fireplaces. Not wood burning fireplaces, of course, but lovely ones nonetheless. The library has books and games for passenger enjoyment.

AmaCerto’s gym is equipped with a treadmill, Technogym weight machine and two stationary bikes. It also has a television screen for exercise entertainment and complimentary bottles of water. AmaCerto has a small salon offering services such as hair styling and massages.

Winter weather is not conducive to using the swimming pool and swim-up bar during our AmaCerto cruise.
Winter weather is not conducive to using the swimming pool and swim-up bar during our AmaCerto cruise

But it’s the ship’s top deck that really makes it stand out from other river cruisers.
In addition to the customary walking track, the Sun Deck has seating spots, a gigantic chess board, shaded area, pilot house and pool. That’s right, a pool. I’ve never been on a river vessel with a pool this big. Some vessels have tiny plunge pools and plenty of hot tubs. But the AmaCerto has a teardrop-shaped heated pool with some depth to it. At the deep end is a swim-up bar with barstools and a bartender serving wine, beer and cocktails – in warm weather.

Although I’m loving this winter cruise on the AmaCerto, I really would like to return for a summer voyage. The Sun Deck would be such a wonderful spot to sit and watch as we navigate the rivers and see the small towns along the way. I would love to give this pool a try. I’ve considered it every day on my cruise but it’s been far too cold for me. Just a good reason to cruise with AmaWaterways again someday.

Photos by Jackie Sheckler Finch

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