In the 1970s, a small, family-owned travel company hailing from the village of Amras, Austria, launched a new and different kind of European travel experience, featuring cruises on chartered ships sailing the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Not only was theirs the first travel company to offer chartered cruises along the waterways of Europe, they virtually invented modern river cruising with the launch of their first ship, the award-winning MS Amadeus. Today, with 13 ships in their prized Amadeus fleet, Amras Cruises Worldwide is proud to offer their premier collection of river cruises designed exclusively for English-speaking travellers through Amras Cruises.
Designed with an eye to creating spacious comfort and ease, and manned with a staff and crew trained to the highest levels of traditional Austrian hospitality, the Amadeus fleet is perfect for the demanding traveller. The company prides itself in delivering authentic, culturally engaging cruise and land products by tapping into decades of destination knowledge and long-standing supplier relationships.
Amras Cruises is uniquely situated to provide the English-speaking market with maximum value and flexibility, along with first-class service. Operations are based in Europe, close to the design and delivery of Amras’ exclusive products and superior on-board experience, while the Australian office is based in Manly, NSW ensuring top quality customer service and friendly, knowledgeable expertise.
The philosophy is to include as much as possible into the cruise and land price, so the Amras traveller can travel worry free. No need to think about gratuities, or which shore excursion to buy, or whether or not to have that afternoon Viennese coffee. It’s all included. At your service.
After more than 30 years hosting great river travel experiences, it is our pleasure to introduce a unique collection of river cruises and enriching cultural experiences designed exclusively for Australian travellers on an award-winning fleet of vessels. For us, as a dedicated cruise line operating on the most beautiful European waterways, the finest hospitality comes down to the small details that define comfort - aboard all the modern vessels, we are proud to deliver an award-winning mix of good living and grand sightseeing that Europeans have been enjoying for generations.
In 1997, the MS Amadeus was built. This ship became the prototype of all river cruise ships on the waters today by focusing on the guest instead of the convenience of the crew and staff. Slowly the industry took on steam and the business started to evolve. With it, the Australian travel market discovered this new market segment and started to pay attention. In the following years, the fleet continued to grow and began attracting interest from every known tour operator and river cruise company wanting to travel on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers.
It’s all in the details. Making great travel experiences come to life requires making sure every detail is right. With decades of experience catering to discriminating European travellers, we’ve built our success by putting ourselves in our guest’s shoes, and anticipating what makes for a memorable journey.
Fresh-baked pastries and candlelit, gourmet dinners…an after-dinner waltz under the stars to the music from the ship’s orchestra the scent of fresh flowers at your table or fields of lavender warming in the sun…the romantic outline of a medieval monastery in the morning mist…every bend of the river brings a new marvel and every moment on board ship brings more delights to be savored.
The beauty of river cruising is that the most interesting destinations come to you! We’ve designed each of our ships for maximum sightseeing, with panoramic windows taking advantage of the breathtaking scenery at every turn. With your choice of things to see and do every day, you’re free to relax and simply enjoy the “getting there.”
Having the right mix of interesting things to do and inviting ways to do nothing at all — that’s what makes an Amras Cruise so special. With a ship full of tempting amenities and welcoming spaces and itineraries packed with things to see and do, we will inspire you to create your own perfect story.
From the beginning, the ships of the Amadeus fleet have defined the art of river cruising by staying true to our cherished traditions of classic, Austrian-style comfort, or “gemütlichkeit.” With an on-board ambiance as relaxed yet refined as Old World Vienna, we are committed to creating river cruises that reflect the highest standards of comfort and elegance.
As a family-owned company, we’ve built our success by building great relationships: with our guests as well as with our team of consummate service professionals, more than 85% of whom have been with us 15 years or more. With a shared commitment to offering our guests the finest travel experience, we work together to ensure every detail is perfect — for our family, nothing less than the best will do.
On an Amras Cruise, we take delight in surprising you with unexpected little luxuries that can make all the difference. For us, no detail is too small - especially the sincere smiles of your passionately professional staff and crew. It’s the difference between good service and the kind of service that makes you feel especially good.
The Danube cruise you’ve always dreamed of, coupled with a stay in one of your favorite European capitals…or maybe a combination of cruises with land tours on either end? With Amras Cruises, you decide! When you book, you’ll find out how easy we make it to build the trip of your dreams.
Having no one but yourself to decide what to do each day is a rare luxury. This is why we’ve designed each of our journeys with the single traveller in mind. Our warm family atmosphere and Austrian hospitality will provide you security and peace of mind. To give you one more reason to travel with us, we offer significant savings to independent travellers and allocate more single space on every departure.
During our travels along Europe's finest waterways we enjoy the beautiful natural scenery that surrounds us that provides a habitat for countless animal and plant species. To ensure it stays that way, we are committed as a company for the long-term conservation of resources and the protection of our environment. We are very proud that Amras Cruises Worldwide, is the only river cruise operator in Europe that has been awarded a Green Globe Certification for the implementation of proven energy and water saving measures on-board and overall sustainable business operations and management practices.
In cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency Atmosfair, we also offer our passengers the opportunity to contribute a small donation during their stay to offset the CO2 emissions during the cruise, so we can continue to enjoy the beauty of our river landscapes for years to come.
“We are well aware that tourism always impacts on the environment despite increasing efforts to offer environmentally friendly travel arrangements. The whole subject of sustainable tourism can no longer be ignored in this day and age. For years we have endeavored to initiate significant trends in this field and to encourage our passengers to take an active interest in the environment. So we are pleased that we can now offer them an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to climate protection aboard our ships.”
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