Cruising along the Danube River ranks high on many travelers’ wish lists and AmaSonata provides a refined yet unpretentious floating base from which to explore some of Eastern Europe’s most alluring capitals. Launched in 2014, the 162-guest ship — sister ship to AmaReina, AmaCerto, and AmaPrima, as well as one of the 29 river vessels currently California-based in AmaWaterways’ fleet — offers almost a dozen itineraries that visit cities in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany during five-to-seven-night sailings.
AmaWaterways, founded in 2002 by river cruise veterans Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, is known for mixing casual elegance with regionally-inspired cuisine and active shore experiences. This means that AmaWaterways attracts a slightly younger demographic (as well as some fitter senior travelers) than its competitors. The cruise line also welcomes guests of all ages, with a suggested minimum age of six, allowing multi-generational families to cruise together.