We spent 15 days on the Amalegro cruising from Amsterdam to Budapest with a mainly Hungarian crew and mostly fellow travellers from the US.
The ship is only a few years old and is kept in tip top condition with everything like new.
Our cabin was spotlessly clean, had a french balcony and was well lit and was so well appointed with everything that you could possibly need with good storage for a large suitcase or 2 mediums - it was very comfortable. The bathroom was very well appointed. good shower, fresh towels everyday if you wished.
The check in and out - no problems. The staff went out of their way to get a prescription from a medical doctor for one of my friends who had left medication with her son in London. The staff were exceptional- any request was met with a smile. The staff also had a great sense of cameraderie and humour. Captain Pols and his co captain wife were fantastic people who were only to happy to show people exactly how everything worked on the ship as we sailed through many locks on our way to Budapest.
Our Cruise Director and Hotel Manager and Executice Chef were superb as were all other staff including the bar and wait staff and cabin crew. We had a lovely lounge and bar area with an evening entertainment area and dance floor. The dining room was well appointed and the food and wine changed with every differnet region through northern Europe - the staff explaining the new wines and any questions on the food and regional wines. The food and wine in our opinion was excellent and was very well presented. We made many stops on the way along the river with excellent commentary on "Castle Day" from our Cruise Director. At every stop along the rivers we had really good knowledgable tour guides and their were bikes which we used to ride among the vineyards at one stop and through the towns on many other stops. There was help for those who needed extra assistance to get around. Basically they catered for all age groups.
The entertainment on board ranged from "Gypsy Ensembles" to classical performances by local artists and several symphony orchestra musicians - some still studying from the masters in their field as well as a group who played some upbeat modern dance music with classic favourites from most countries knowing even "Walzing Matilda" for us Aussie travellers. Our resident pianist/keyboard player was also fantastic accommodating all requests from passengers.
We are first time cruisers so have no experience in the cruising field however we do enjoy fine wine and food and appreciate good service. We had a fantastic cruise meeting many travellers mainly from the US who were a lot of fun. We have four different sets of friends/family who have taken this same cruise at different times over the past few years who recommended this cruise for us. I can only recommend this company AMA and this ship the Amalegro to anyone considering a river cruise.The service is excellent but relaxed and unpretentious. My sister is doing the same cruise again next year and we met a few couples also redoing part of the cruise again.
Happy cruising to all!