First among the AmaVida ship’s Sun Deck features is the heated-water swimming pool (depth ~1 m / 3 f) located aft of the Wheelhouse. Around the pool there is a large sunbathing area with sun loungers and chairs. The pool has a swimming machine, which generates an adjustable water current flow for resistance swimming (aka “endless swimming”).
Navigation Bridge (called “Wheelhouse” on river cruise ships) is passenger accessible and telescopic (can be lowered for passing under low bridges). Behind the Bridge, there is a stand for the traditional for AMAwaterways onboard bicycles (used complimentary on land tours/excursions).
The Vida’s all-teak Sun Deck is enclosed by metal railings and offers unobstructed 360° panoramic views. It also has a shaded seating area for relaxation, covered with a hard roof. The 156 m2 (1680 ft2) roof has solar panels generating energy for some of the boat’s systems.
A truly unique for a river boat feature is the located in the back helipoint allowing small helicopter tour operations. The newly offered aerial tours add a completely new APT river cruising experience on the AMA’s Douro Valley vacations.
On select days, an al fresco lunch is also served on the sundeck. If weather permits, guests can participate in a group exercise class organized here in the morning.
The Sun Deck is accessible from the Reception Lobby and also via a staircase located aft on the Porto Deck below. Like on all river boats, the Vida’s Sundeck area provides unique vantage points for enjoying the Douro River Valley scenery along the AmaVida itinerary in Portugal.