At the time of writing American, Canadian and EU passport holders can stay for up to 90 days without a visa.


The weather in Europe in Summer should range from 21C - 26C or 68F - 78F.


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. The Entertainment-On-Demand center is available in all staterooms and suites with complimentary high-speed internet access, movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations. It's all available on your flat-panel TV, and it's completely free of charge. Please note that television reception is via satellite, therefore depending on location, reception may be temporarily restricted or unclear.

Dress code

Comfortable "Country Club Casual" is the recommended attire for daytime, and 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.

Amenities on board ( AmaSonata )

Stateroom and suite appointments include white-on-white plush bedding, cotton bathrobes and slippers, high-quality bath and body products, hair dryer, safe and bottled 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.

Travelling with CPAP or other Medical Machines

Inform The Big Journey Company that you are travelling with such a device as early as possible and well before you travel. This is especially important in places where there may be issues with power supply, such as on safari or smaller cruise ships. Also,
-Check that you have the correct electrical and voltage adapters for the country and accommodation you are visiting;
-Check with your airline that they allow your device to be carried as additional hand luggage and ensure that your device is easily accessible and properly labelled as medical machinery;
-Always carry a letter from your medical practitioner prescribing its use for you;
-Ensure you have details of your machine separately in case of the need to secure repairs/replacements whilst you are travelling;
-Check with your medical practitioner about the use of tap or bottled water in the event that distilled water cannot be sourced in the country you are travelling to.

Please note, if you require distilled or ionised water, you must inform The Big Journey Company of this at least two weeks ahead of travel so we are able to make preparations with our ground agents. There will be an additional charge for this.

Time Zone

The time zone is Central European, 1 hour ahead of London GMT.


Credit cards are widely accepted in all of the countries which you will be visiting & on board the ship. Please find all of the relevant currencies below;

Prague - Czech Crown
Nuremberg - Euro
Passau - Euro
Vienna - Euro
Budapest - Hungarian Forint


Your tips whilst onboard will be payable directly to the Ship who will suggest the recommended daily amount. Gratuities to drivers, guides or rangers etc. Our local travel service providers are paid well and fairly for their work. However, it is usual for groups to tip guides and drivers and it would be reasonable for each group member to factor in a contribution of the equivalent of around USD10 per day.


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.


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.

Cuisine on board

All meals are skillfully prepared by European chefs and consist of Continental cuisine made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Breakfast is buffet-style with selections available from the menu as well. Lunch is also buffet-style with salads, soups and a selection of hot buffet items, hot entrees and desserts. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a choice of delicious entrees, including a vegetarian option.

Drinks on board

Coffee, tea and specialty coffees, such as espresso and café latte are available free of charge throughout the day and during meals. Complimentary bottled water is replenished daily. During lunch and dinner, local wines soft drinks and beer are available on a complimentary basis. As of 2018, enjoy our daily "Sip and Sail" cocktail hour. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available at additional cost.

Swimming pool

All ships are equipped with a whirlpool or heated swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing dip.

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Holiday tours are operated by The Big Journey Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered office: Marron Bank, Branthwaite, Cumbria, CA14 4SZ. Registered number: 6532140. VAT number: 290797457. The Big Journey Company Limited is a member of The Travel Trust Association member number U5675 and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s License number T7282.