Inside our AmaWaterways Twin-Balcony Stateroom
Come take a peek inside our AmaWaterways Category BA Stateroom on the Violin Deck of the AmaKristina on her maiden voyage on the Rhine River.
In our last article, we shared with you our first impressions as we walked aboard the AmaWaterways AmaKristina. Now, come let us show you around our Category BA Stateroom on the Violin Deck (top deck for staterooms). Be sure to click the photo above for a much larger view. And, in a future article, I’ll share with you all of the various staterooms aboard the AmaKristina.
The Category BA Stateroom is 210 sq. ft. and includes what AmaWaterways calls a Twin-Balcony. As you can see in the back of my iPhone panorama, Carol is sitting in a nook and behind her is a french balcony and to the right of her is a walk-out balcony with two chairs and a small table.
Our first impressions were pleasing as we began to explore our digs for the next eight days. On the desk was an Apple iMac which offered Internet access and also doubled as the stateroom’s flat-screen TV. The bed was comfy, and if you like, the cabin steward has a menu of pillows to choose from if you’re not fond of the soft pillows on the bed.
I sleep on the right-hand side of the bed, and with my broad shoulders, I found that I needed to side-step to get into the bed at night. But, I didn’t find that objectionable as I was more than happy to have that extra space in the bathroom.
If you look to the very far right of my photograph, you’ll see just a tiny piece of a window that is between the stateroom and the bathroom. That is one of those peek-a-boo windows that you can make frosted or clear with a switch in the bathroom.
If I had any advice for AmaWaterways, I would have suggested that they forgo this and put the extra money in the bed. The bed was comfortable, but it wasn’t one of those beds that you lie down and and think that you may never want to leave. Know what I mean?
Plus, while there was a very dim deep-blue LED nightlight in the ceiling of the bathroom, it did shine a bit of light into the stateroom when one of us went to the bathroom during the night. If you were sleeping, it wasn’t bright enough to wake you, but light nonetheless.
As you can see in my photograph above, the bathrooms are nicely appointed.
To me, this bathroom felt a little larger than those on comparably sized competitor’s staterooms, and the shower was definitely larger. I appreciated that.
With some of the showers on competing ships, you must be a bit of a contortionist just to get into the shower. And, you must also be able to pirouette like a ballerina to even take a shower.
We found this bathroom to be comfortable, luxurious, and quite functional. Good job AmaWaterways!
Overall, we were very comfortable in our stateroom, and we think AmaWaterways has done a wonderful job in apportioning the space in the room. Sure, getting into bed at night was a bit of a squish, but as I said above, I appreciated the extra space elsewhere in the stateroom.
Lastly, my video above gives you a taste of our first morning aboard ship. We were just leaving Amsterdam, I had the balcony door open, the fresh, cool breeze was filling the room, and we greatly enjoyed the passing scenery and the anticipation of our coming adventure as we sipped our morning coffee overlooking our still ruffled bed.
Ahhhh…..this is exactly the getaway we were looking for.
Here’s a photograph that I shot from our balcony as we were farther up the Rhine in the Netherlands on our way to Cologne in Germany. As you can see, the leaves were not on the trees yet in the Netherlands.
As we got farther along in our journey, into Germany, France, and Switzerland, we found leaves on the trees. And in Germany, they were just beginning to harvest their famous white asparagus, or asparagoose as the Germans called it.
Stay tuned for more of our AmaWaterways adventures in coming articles, and to learn more about booking your own AmaWaterways river cruise, CLICK HERE.
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