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What’s the Food Like on an AmaWaterways River Cruise? Menus, Photos and Videos

What's the Food Like on a River Cruise

What’s the food like on a river cruise? That’s the number one question that I get when anyone finds out that I’ve sailed on river cruises.

That’s why I decided to document my meals and food choices on our recent cruise with AmaWaterways (I’ve done a previous version for Viking River Cruises). We sailed on the Tulip Time cruise through Holland and Belgium.

The food is going to be different on every ship and cruise (depending on where you’re sailing and what regional cuisines they might be highlighting), but I can say for sure that our menus onboard AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto ship – see our ship tour – were delicious and inventive. Definitely no disappointments!

AmaWaterways AmaCerto Dining Room
AmaWaterways AmaCerto Dining Room 2
AmaWaterways AmaCerto Dining Room Private Area

Food is just as much a part of cruising and is the scenery itself. So here’s the full menus and photo highlights of our seven night sailing:

Day One: Embarkation Day – AmaWaterways Chef’s Table

Upon embarkation, there is a light buffet set up in the lounge, including sandwiches and soups.

For dinner, we dined at The Chef’s Table, a premium dining experience that – happily! – has no surcharge. You just need to make reservations for one night.

The menu is the same for every night of the sailing, so everyone can indulge in the same decadent menu. It’s a great location, on the back of the ship with full windows overlooking the river. 

It’s a fancier setting, with intimate dining and a demonstration kitchen so that you can watch the chefs cook your meals.

The Chefs Table Restaurant AmaWaterways
The Chefs Table Restaurant AmaWaterways Table Scape
The Chefs Table Restaurant AmaWaterways Menu
The Chefs Table Restaurant AmaWaterways Wine Menu

I highly, highly recommend that you make a reservation! Even with my dining specialty needs, the chef was able to expertly create delectable courses (notify them in advance of dietary needs first, though!).

See our Youtube video of AmaWaterways Chef’s Table:

Asian Style Chicken
Asian Style Chicken
Marinate Salmon
Marinated Salmon
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Dessert Trio
Dessert Trio

Day  Two

Every morning there is a full breakfast buffet (yes, even on disembarkation morning, it’s the same full spread!) There is also a small menu to choose from for hot entrees served to you at the table.

AmaWaterways Breakfast Menu

The video below shows the options at Day Two’s breakfast buffet, as well as the lunch buffet and the Belgium Chocolate Buffet served later in the week.

Lunch:

Day Two Lunch Menu
Creamy Mustard Soup
Creamy Mustard Soup
Chicken Ciabatta
Chicken Ciabatta (From the Always Available menu)
Minute Steak Sandwich
Minute Steak Sandwich (From the Always Available menu)
Ice Cream Buffet
Ice Cream Buffet
Cheesecake

Dinner:

Day Two Dinner Menu
Beef Carpaccio
Beef Carpaccio
Cream of Carrot Soup
Cream of Carrot Soup
Whole Roasted Beef Rib Eye
Whole Roasted Beef Rib Eye
Dutch Apple Cake
Dutch Apple Cake
Ice Coupe Chef Style
Ice Coupe Chef Style

Day Three

Lunch:

Day Three Lunch Menu

So either I forgot to take pictures, or was so hungry that I scarfed the food down. Either way, no photos from this meal!

Dinner:

Dinner Menu Day Three
Puff Pastry Vol Au Vent
Puff Pastry Vol Au Vent
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Caramel Grapefruit Cocktail
Breaded Camembert
Breaded Camembert
Chicken Breast (From the anytime menu)
Chicken Breast (From the anytime menu)
Grilled Guinea Fowl
Grilled Guinea Fowl

The highlight of tonight’s meal was the dessert menu featuring the Belgium Chocolate Buffet 🙂 This massive spread of chocolate desserts and treats filled the room with the scent of cocoa. Celebrating all things chocolate as we sailed through a country known for its chocolate, there was a chocolate fountain, eclaires, chocolate covered strawberries, cakes, pastries, etc.

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Belgium Chocolate Buffet on AmaWaterways
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Day Four

Lunch:

For today’s lunch, we ate from the light lunch buffet served in the lounge. The buffet is a smaller version of what’s downstairs. Here’s the dining room’s menu for that day:

Day Four Lunch Menu

Usually the pasta served in the dining room is on the buffet, as well as some other goodies from the dining room’s lunch buffet menu, including a dessert.

We liked the fact that it was less food, less crowded, and great views from the picture windows in the lounge.

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Dinner:

Tonight’s dinner was a special one, unique to AmaWaterways. Every ship of AmaWaterways is a member of the prestigious La Chaine des Rotisseurs, a culinary organization founded in Paris in 1950. AmaWaterways is the only river cruise line invited to join La Chaine des Rotisseurs.

The menu featured the logo, and the wait staff wore special attire for tonight’s featured meal.

Day Four Dinner Menu La Chaine des Rotisseurs
Day Four Dinner Menu La Chaine des Rotisseurs 2
French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup
Cream of Fennel Soup
Cream of Fennel Soup
Mixed Greens Salad
Mixed Greens Salad
Medallion of Lamb
Medallion of Lamb
Spinach Quiche
Spinach Quiche
Dessert Variation
Dessert Variation

Day Five

Breakfast:

We opted for a light breakfast this morning in the lounge, after so many heavy meals and a desire to get just a little bit more sleep before another busy day.

The offerings are definitely not as filling as the breakfast buffet in the dining room.

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Dinner:

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Creamy Cheese Soup
Creamy Cheese Soup
Pineapple Cocktail
Pineapple Cocktail
Grilled Eggplant Anti Pasti
Grilled Eggplant Anti Pasti
Grilled Chicken Breast
Grilled Chicken Breast Stuffed with Herbs
Banana Split
Banana Split

Day Six

Lunch:

Again, we ate in the lounge for lunch, enjoying the ease and convenience of showing up anytime we wanted, without a lengthy serving process of dining. Here’s the main dining room’s menu:

Day Six Lunch Menu AmaWaterways

Here’s our lounge lunch choices:

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Ice Cream Buffet:

After lunch, an ice cream buffet was offered in the lounge. This is the biggest and best ice cream buffet that I have ever seen! So many toppings to choose from, and all of the chefs were there to dole out homemade gelato.

Even better? At the end of the buffet was the option of covering your gelato in Kahlua, Bailey’s or Grand Marnier. Yes, please! 🙂

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Dinner:

Tonight the ship celebrated the Farewell dinner, rather than the actual night before disembarking when everyone is busy packing (and we were in port in Amsterdam that night, too, so many people wanted to skip dinner and go into town). It was more indulgent food and a celebratory attitude in the dining room!

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Bread basket AmaWaterways
Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Pearl
Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Pearl
Lemon Sorbet AmaCerto
Lemon Sorbet
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Black Angus Beef Fillet
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Strawberry Reverie
Cheese selection (available every night)
Cheese selection (available every night)

Day Seven

Lunch:

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BBQ Spare Ribs
BBQ Spare Ribs
Ice Cream
Ice Cream

Dinner:

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Cream of Pumpkin soup
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Beef Broth
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Rice Noodles
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Roasted Turkey Breast
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Ice Coupe Burgundy
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Allergy Friendly Dining

If you have food allergies or intolerances, the folks at AmaWaterways are prepared to assist you with dining choices. First of all, there is a wonderful menu listing some of the top allergens, with corresponding letter codes. You can look at the menu each day to see which of those allergens are in the foods on the standard menu. (This is a brilliant concept that is now a law in Europe)

AmaWaterways Allergy Friendly Menu

The lounge always had gluten free cookies, and lactose free creamers for coffee.

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One of my friends is a vegan, and worked with the kitchen to create vegan-friendly foods. Each day, they created specialty breads for her at dinner. She could also look at the menu for each meal and request which items to be left off the dishes.

Bar Menu

The list of drinks available for purchase in the bar. Of course, you can always ask for a specialty drink, too.

Keep in mind, alcohol consumed in the bar is not complimentary. Only beer and wine consumed at dinner is included in the river cruise price.

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That’s what the meals where like for one absolutely amazing week on the AmaCerto!

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River Cruising Food - What's it Like Onboard AmaWaterways ships? Every meal and menu on the river cruise AmaCerto is shown in these photos and videos.

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