A few months back Disney Cruise Line announced the upcoming construction of two new ocean liners. These will be of similar size and capacity to the current Disney Dream and Fantasy ships, capable of transporting thousands of guests across thousands of miles. These ships have planned christening dates in 2021 and 2023. But if you’re not in the mood to wait five to seven years for a new Disney-related cruise experience, you can have one right now via the new Adventures by Disney (AbD) river cruise product.
Disney is currently partnering with AmaWaterways (pronounced like ah-ma waterways) to offer European river cruises on the Danube and, starting next summer, on the Rhine. Ama owns the ships, not Disney, which means that when AbD has not chartered the ships Ama can use them for other ventures. But Disney did have a hand in designing the vessels, asking for family-friendly features, like connecting cabins, not typically found on river cruises.
The first Ama and Adventures by Disney partnership sailings happened this month on the AmaViola, a three month old ship. I was onboard the second of these voyages, the first heading West to East from Germany to Hungary. In the coming days, I’ll be sharing my experiences and describing how a Disney river cruise differs from a Disney ocean cruise, as well as how an Adventures by Disney river cruise differs from a traditional AbD trip. But to start, here’s a photo tour of the lovely AmaViola.
By way of introduction, be aware that the AmaViola has a maximum capacity of 158 guests, compared with about 2,700 on the Disney Magic and Wonder, and about 4,000 on the Disney Dream and Fantasy.
There are 79 guest cabins on three decks. Twelve of the cabins (six pair) have the capacity to be connected to another cabin via an internal door. Twelve cabins have a capacity of three guests. Four suites have a capacity of four guests. The remainder of the cabins sleep two.
Exterior of the Ship.
The Navigation Bridge.
The captain is regularly accessible to guests throughout the cruise. Guests are often welcome to visit the Bridge to learn more about the ship.
The Upper Sun Deck.
The Lower Sun Deck.
The Chef’s Table.
Reception and Crew Reception Desks.
The Gift Shop.
The Library Area Off the Main Lounge.
The Coffee Bar Area Off the Main Lounge.
Main Dining Room
Public Area Women’s Restroom.
Guest Room. Category AB, Cello Deck.
Other Guest Room Configurations.
Now that you’ve gotten a tour of the ship, stay tuned for more posts about activities and life on the AmaViola. Let me know what questions you have and I’ll try to make sure I cover them all.