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6 AmaWaterways Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

I am getting emotional just reflecting on how good the experience was. The food, the outstanding service, and the staff all exceeded what I expected. As a teacher, It was nice to sit back and forget the worries of teaching, grading ... Read More
I am getting emotional just reflecting on how good the experience was. The food, the outstanding service, and the staff all exceeded what I expected. As a teacher, It was nice to sit back and forget the worries of teaching, grading papers, and the responsibilities of just being an adult. It appeared that every moment was thought out in detail, and the service was what I think resembled near butler service. I am already thinking of planning another cruise next year. For anybody thinking about taking a river cruise, don't give it a second thought and book. I traveled with my life long partner, and we've been together for 30 years. There were other couples of the same sex, and we were all accepted and treated as one of the family by the staff and cruise members. What an experience to last a lifetime! Oh, a thank you card from them arrived today. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Sailed with AMA before, loved it! Their attention to detail is superb. This time we experienced a drought that altered our course and experience. AMA took us to 2 extra countries not on our original itinerary, made everything pleasant and ... Read More
Sailed with AMA before, loved it! Their attention to detail is superb. This time we experienced a drought that altered our course and experience. AMA took us to 2 extra countries not on our original itinerary, made everything pleasant and seamless, remained positive and upbeat, and gave us a 100% credit for a future cruise of our choosing! We were on two ships, identical accommodations. Cabins great, ships great, dining excellent, service great, entertainment and activities great, excursions fabulous, staff attentive and wonderful, embarkation, disembarkation and ship transfer went smoothly and perfectly! AMA is an outstanding company, a class act, and I will most certainly travel with them again! They outperform all of the others and are far superior! The Captain gives each lady a rose upon arrival, and by the time you get back from dinner, the rose is in a vase. The crew knows your food likes and dislikes, allergies, and every detail to make you feel comfortable. They make special occasions unforgettable and treat you with the utmost respect! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
What a wonderful experience! It was the crew's first cruise of the season, but the Eastern European crew were very well-trained and friendly. This was a flawless cruise. The food, service, and accommodation were all as good as can be. ... Read More
What a wonderful experience! It was the crew's first cruise of the season, but the Eastern European crew were very well-trained and friendly. This was a flawless cruise. The food, service, and accommodation were all as good as can be. The fact that beer and wine are included during meals and excursions are included as well only added to the experience. The cuisine and the entertainment changed to match our ports. The intimacy of such a small ship was also very attractive, as we met many friendly passengers and got to know the crew. The excursions and guides on shore were all excellent. One tip to improve: more time in port in Budapest (last stop). I stayed on board rather than take a motorcoach excursion, and only had one hour after arrival before the final night party commenced. But, the cruise was ended with a fantastic illuminations cruise of Budapest after dinner. We would highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Having been on 7 Windstar cruises, and this cruise costing twice as much as any of those I was expecting great food. I was very disappointed in the dining on this ship. The breakfasts and lunches were practically the same every day. ... Read More
Having been on 7 Windstar cruises, and this cruise costing twice as much as any of those I was expecting great food. I was very disappointed in the dining on this ship. The breakfasts and lunches were practically the same every day. Dinner had few options and choices compared to the Windstar. The execution and preparation of the food was mediocre at best and bland at worse. The dining service was fine as long as you didn't want anything exceptional. I did not find the service to be accomodating of special requests. Whenever they had late night snacks if the food ran out too bad. They would not replenish it. There was a feeling of the cruise being frugally managed and cheap when it came to dining and food. Not generous. The itinerary was superb and I would recommend it. Since this was a charter we had two days in Vienna which was fantastic. The room was wonderful expecially the bathroom and spacious shower. We had a twin balcony cabin which in retrospect was not necessary as a french balcony would have been just fine. The point is to have the open view and to be able to open the balcony to let in fresh air. We practically never sat on the balcony because most of the day time we were in port and docked. Our cabin steward was excellent as was the cruise manager Cheri. She was the highlight of the trip. Too bad the rest of the staff did not measure up to her standard. Bottom line: If you want to try a River cruise you would enjoy this ship but be forwarned that the dining does not compare to Windstar or other luxury ocean ships. So my feeling is why pay twice as much for less? Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
The bathroom is very well designed- lots of surface and great,easy to use shower. Only needs some ventilation. The stateroom is VERY poorly planned- basically- NO storage that works- 5 VERY small drawers that are large enough for about ... Read More
The bathroom is very well designed- lots of surface and great,easy to use shower. Only needs some ventilation. The stateroom is VERY poorly planned- basically- NO storage that works- 5 VERY small drawers that are large enough for about two pancakes each- and- they do not pull out all the way- completely useless. Lots of hanging closet space- and some shelves- but- not enough and very difficult to maneuver around doors that get in the way. Large roll out flat box under the bed for ???- so- no room for second suitcase- we had to put the two terry robes and the extra blankets in it to give us closet space.The TV should be wall mounted to add to the desk surface space. The decor of most of the ship is quite nice- light, bright and pleasant.The dining is very gloomy and heavy, especially there are many times when the curtains have to be closed when docked- so no natural light. The lighting in the dining room is very bright and glaring. The furniture configuration in the dining room is very cramped and the six person banquettes are impossible to get into and the waiters cannot reach the farthest diners. FAKE orchids everywhere- I mean everywhere- in a dark gloomy color. Also- there are bud vases in the rooms but- no flowers.Well- fill em or take them away.Very tacky detail. The dining staff is attentive but you are continually rushed to leave- no casual chatting over dinner with newly made friends. Dessert is served to one diner while others are still having their entree. Plates removed before you are finished.And- if you ask for additional food you are treated like you did something wrong.Then- the food- it is not very good at all. Poor quality ingredients, blandly prepared with very little variety.The breakfast buffet was the same every day- no variety- the HOT food was never HOT.The bread was good- the jams,jellies were very low quality- lots of sugar and corn starch.I had a very hard time choosing what to eat at most meals.Our cruise which was a charter had great entertainment. Do not know what it is like when Ama arranges it. The general feeling I got was that everything was done on the cheap. The food was not good, the service was not very good and when we were told of a supper upon our return at 10:00 pm from Vienna - well- when I arrived in the lounge it was a very few sandwiches, hot dogs in boiling water, some bread ,cheese and a few pastries- and when they were gone they were not replenished- I asked a waiter when they would bring more food and he was amazed that I should consider more food being put out. They did bring up a plate with 8 slices of ham and cheese. Our cabin steward was very nice and did a superb job. My overall feeling about the boat was - it was all done on the cheap-charge high and skimp on as much as you can. No quality, no fine detailing. Very ,Very, disappointing. Would not recommend this cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
This was a very nice way to travel. The ship was comparable to any sea-going vessel only more intimate. There was excellent food and service. The staff was so knowledgeable that getting to any site was well organized and easy. The ... Read More
This was a very nice way to travel. The ship was comparable to any sea-going vessel only more intimate. There was excellent food and service. The staff was so knowledgeable that getting to any site was well organized and easy. The itenerary took you to the large cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague as well as the smaller more rural ones of Durnstein, Bratislavia and Melk. The side trip to Salzburg was absolutely beautiful! We have taken eight or so large ship ocean cruises and this was just as good OR BETTER than any. Food was much better! The service and organization was MUCH better! It could be as slow paced and leisurely as you desire; or it could be cities, tours and excursion packed. Europe in general and the cities were not really handicapped friendly as there were many cobblestone streets and small steps. As we were two 45 year old guys, we had no trouble at all. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
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