Review of AmaVida deck 4 (Sun)
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).
Among AmaVida ship’s most prominent features is the Sun Deck s heated swimming pool (depth ~1 m / 3 f) located aft of the Wheelhouse. Around the pool, there is a large sunbathing area with loungers and deck chairs. The pool has a swimming machine, which generates an adjustable water current flow for resistance swimming (aka “endless swimming”).
The boat's all-teak Sun Deck is enclosed by metal railings and offers unobstructed 360-degree views of the passing riverside scenery. 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 river ship feature is the aft-located Heli Deck with a heli path (helipoint) allowing small helicopter tour operations. The offered aerial tours add a unique cruise travel experience on APT-AmaWaterways Douro Valley vacations.
On select days, an al fresco lunch is served at the covered Lounge (midship on Sun Deck). If weather permits, passengers can participate in group exercise classes organized here in the mornings.
The Sun Deck is accessible from Reception Lobby (midship) and also via the staircase located aft on Porto Deck below. Like on all riverboats, AmaVida’s sundeck area provides unique vantage points for enjoying Douro Valley riverside scenery along the picturesque cruise tour itinerary route.