Port Rating: Not Rated
Again, this is very easy. The day before, there is a briefing that AMA asks to be attended by at least one person per cabin. They explain the disembarkation process including explaining the process for those with AMA transfers, those needing a cab, and those on their own. If you need a taxi, the Cruise Director will schedule it for you, including ordering a larger cab if several groups are going to the same place at the same time and donâ(EURO)(TM)t mind traveling together. For this cruise, there was pre-set price for the taxis depending on whether you were going to the airport or a town hotel. The price was reasonable and the cabs were really hired cars so they were very clean and new. They try and space out the cabs so there is not a huge line waiting for cabs. This was managed very well, much like everything else on the cruise.
The day before disembarkation, you are given a summary to-date of your on-board charges. The bill is in Euros and you can pay either by cash or credit card. You are also given tip envelopes for the crew and Cruise Manager. Tips are not automatically added to your bill so you must put cash in the envelopes or fill out the credit card form of what you want to pay and it will be added to your final bill. The cruise line recommends 20 Euros (3 for the Cruise Director and 17 for the other crew members) per passenger per day and frankly, they are worth every penny. Obviously, everyone has their own tipping philosophy but for us, we could not have been more impressed with the service. We also gave an additional tip directly to the Cruise Manager and Cabin Steward for their special attention to detail. We also tipped our drink servers when we signed for our drink bills in the lounge. And a little suggestion, tip large the first drink order. They will remember you the rest of the trip which is especially good at dinner when they are trying to get to everyone with beer and wine!!
Depending on when you are leaving and how you are leaving, you are asked to pick up the appropriate corresponding colored luggage tags. They ask that you put your large luggage in the hallway an hour before you are to leave but no later than 9:00 am since you are supposed to be out of your room by then so they can clean the room for the next cruise. The do serve a normal breakfast and it is OK to stay later in the common areas as long as the boat is still in port.