Heading for a Christmas on the Rhine cruise aboard the AmaCerto

The AmaCerto joined Ama Waterways in 2012.
The AmaCerto joined Ama Waterways in 2012.

When I was a kid, the family friend who gave me my middle name (Marie) and braided my hair was from Germany. To keep my squirming to a minimum, Mrs. Schmidt used to regale me with German fairy tales and other stories while she did those taking-forever-to-do braids.

Such a place as Germany seemed so faraway and unattainable to a young Midwestern girl. But soon I will be headed to visit the beautiful Germany Christmas markets as well as other sites in Switzerland, France and the Netherlands. And I am going to travel the best way possible – aboard the AmaCerto cruise ship. Fantastic!

A photo of my cabin from the AmaWaterways brochure.
A photo of my cabin from the AmaWaterways brochure.

Known as Christmas on the Rhine, my weeklong cruise will visit Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Speyer, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam. Some of the attractions we’ll see include the medieval town of Riquewihr, a music box museum, the place where fragrant cologne was created, a German brewery, the canals of Amsterdam and much more.

Aboard the ship, we’ll cruise past the famous castles of the Rhine – considered one of the most beautiful stretches of waterway in Europe. We will have evening entertainment in the ship’s lounge and eat, eat, eat.  AmaWaterways is famous for its delicious cuisine.

I’ve already seen brochure photos of my cabin – a deluxe outside stateroom featuring AmaWaterways exclusive twin balconies. Whenever possible, my ship cabins usually have balconies because that is one of my favorite places to sit and watch the ocean roll by. But my AmaCerto cabin has an inside balcony and an outside balcony which means a whole wall of sliding glass doors for excellent water views.

The cabin has a big bed, flat screen TV(which I will probably never turn on), refrigerator, plenty of dresser drawers, shelves and roomy closet, plus private bath with a large walk-in-shower.

The itinerary for my Christmas on the Rhine touches four counties along the river.
The itinerary for my Christmas on the Rhine touches four counties along the river.

Founded in 2002, the family-owned AmaWaterways gets its name from the Latin word for “love” – Ama. AmaWaterways has 19 custom-designed vessels and will add a new one in 2015, along with even more river cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Resembling a luxurious long yacht, the AmaCerto can accommodate 164 passengers and sails to Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Hungary and Slovakia. Debuting in 2012, AmaCerto looks big enough to be comfortable but small enough to easily dock along the rivers.

This seems like it will a great cruise adventure and I hope you’ll come along for the journey. Hard telling what treasures we will discover.

Photos courtesy of AmaWaterways

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