A – It is a tough choice and you will do extremely well no matter which you choose. AMA owns their own ships and we find their product to be a bit warmer than the Uniworld experience. Uniworld seems very much like a lovely, intimate British Hotel with lots of rather opulent furnishings and décor. NBA players sailing the ships have to be warned about low-handing chandeliers.
AMA is a sleeker, more contemporary riverboat product and their average customer is a few years younger than you might find on Uniworld. Neither line is wholly inclusive.
They are both among the most respected lines in the industry and our Certified Inspection Reports indicate a positive trend in most areas of operation. Uniworld is owned by a large Travel organization with holdings in many areas while AMA is still family-owned and not part of a larger product mix.
It is true that each has won numerous “Best in Class” recognition from the consumer travel press where they are heavy advertisers. We think that their rankings are so close together that it would be best for you to make a choice based on the style of the ship and overall product as well as the specifics of the itinerary. We suggest that you go to youtube and watch two or three videos showing life aboard the ships of each line. There is lots of silly advice and amateur video on youtube related to river cruising. Choose the ones produced by each line. Pay attention to the décor and overall feel of the product. We think you will quickly arrive at a preference. If not, contact us and we can help you pin down the best option. But first, forgive us for not attempting to do a “fine rhyme.”