We have taken several ocean cruises and are avid boaters ourselves but this was our first river cruise and it was perfection. We chose AmaWaterways on the advice of a travel agent, as well as because of the itinerary and timetable and we could not be happier with our choice.The three days in Prague were absolutely amazing. This is a beautiful city not to be missed. I would advise doing the time in Prague before the cruise, as you will be very tired after the cruise and likely won't be able to appreciate this wonderful city. We stayed at the Intercontinental-a beautiful hotel that is centrally located. We were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go, although we did take the included city tour and it was very helpful in orienting us to the city. The fairly long bus ride to the ship was broken up by a stop in Regensburg, Germany and it was a lovely little town.
The ship itself is new and couldn't be nicer. The cabins are not huge, but the bathrooms are nicely appointed and the shower is large and has both a regular and rain shower head. We had both the french and veranda balconies and didn't really need both but definitely enjoyed being able to step out onto the veranda to check the weather. Our cabin attendant was wonderful. The first night I left a note for her as we went to dinner, asking for more hangers. When we returned, not only were the hangers there, but she had folded all the clothes I had left on the chair! Wine and beer are included with dinner and they are not at all stingy with this-our wine steward NEVER let our glasses go empty! Our waiter quickly became familiar with our likes and dislikes and, though there is no reserved seating, the same table seemed to be available for us every breakfast, lunch and dinner! The food was absolutely outstanding.here was not a single dish that disappointed.
We stopped in many small towns on the Danube, each older, more interesting and lovelier than the other. All of our tour guides except one were very fluent in English, all were fountains of information and most had delightful senses of humor. There was local entertainment most nights and it was of the highest quality. Our last night in Budapest included an evening cruise and this city is heartbreakingly beautiful at night. The procedure for disembarking was flawless and our awesome cruise manager Rachel was with us every step of the way, including waving us off at 5:30 in the morning with her perpetual smile. We cannot think of a single thing that we would have changed (maybe the weather but for late October, it was quite nice) and we are already planning our next river cruise.We won't even consider another cruise line as AmaWaterways met and exceeded all our expectations.