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Friday File: AmaDara, A River Intro

While we’re far from experts on river cruising, our trip on AmaWaterways’ new ship (the AmaDara) quickly brought the similarities with — and differences from — ocean cruise ships into focus. Because everything is much smaller, even though river cruises are less modest in price they are more modest in the size of, well, everything — except service, of course, because the crew-to-passenger ratio is so much better. When you spend a week on a river ship, chances are if you don’t know everybody you will at least have a nodding recognition. From our week in Southeast Asia, today’s pictures will give you an idea of what it’s like on board…

AmaDara
AmaDara is one of the bigger (higher) ships on rivers and it comfortably carries 164 passengers.

Entertainment

Five entertainers who entertain only when the ship is in a port, in an all-purpose room on the ship.

The Pool

That is THE pool…the only one, so clearly river cruisers don’t expect to get bronzed by the pool.

Gym

Yes, there is a gym and what you see of it here is pretty much what you get — yet it’s rarely busy.

Internet

While ocean ships devote rooms for Wi-Fi, the AmaDara’s Internet connections come from here.

Lifesaver

Every ship has one lifesaver, at least, and fortunately for all it’s almost always just a decoration.

Stateroom-1

Our stateroom…a little larger and more plush than a comparable category on the ocean.

Suite-1

This comparative photo shows you what a suite — of which there are few — looks like.

Towels

Some things don’t change when you’re on any kind of cruise ship: room stewards’ creativity.

In the news…

• P&O's Pacific Eden to be christened, sail maiden voyage, this weekend
• Vancouver, Boston latest ports to report banner years with crusing

Today at portsandbows.com: Australia — very much a cruising hotspot


Celebrity Millennium
8 nights
May 12, 2016
Vancouver, Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Hubbard Glacier, Anchorage
Inside: $619
Cost per day: $77
www.celebritycruises.com

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