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My wife and myself chose this cruise for our golden wedding anniversary celebrations. A bonus was that it was a wine theme cruise. The crew/staff are amazing. You feel totally pampered. The evening meals were just superb with accompanying ... Read More
My wife and myself chose this cruise for our golden wedding anniversary celebrations. A bonus was that it was a wine theme cruise. The crew/staff are amazing. You feel totally pampered. The evening meals were just superb with accompanying wines. The lunchtimes and breakfasts gave you a very good choice which offered both a buffet style as well as a table waiting system.The stateroom on Cello deck was on the small side but very well equipped. The whole week we were aboard sadly just rushed by. We took part in a few of the land excursions and was well planned allowing the facility of us slower walking people the opportunity not to feel hurried. Your luggage on embarkation and leaving the ship was very well organised and there was a lot of assistance for those who required it. Taxis and coaches to take you to your next destination all appeared on time. Read Less
Sail Date March 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
Other friends had been on some. All had thoroughly enjoyed it! Our 50th Anniversary was in April...so we thought we would treat ourselves! Contacted our Travel Agent and she did all the research work for us...it was wonderful! It was a ... Read More
Other friends had been on some. All had thoroughly enjoyed it! Our 50th Anniversary was in April...so we thought we would treat ourselves! Contacted our Travel Agent and she did all the research work for us...it was wonderful! It was a marvelous cruise....so much to do and so many points of interest! The staff and crew in every role were amazing...friendly...smiling...it was all just like a dream! The dining was second to none...the food was plentiful and so delicious!! The shore excursions were very educational and interesting. The nightly entertainment was also very good...and pertinent to which country we happened to be in. We met a lot of very nice people on board...mostly Americans...I think we may have been the only Canadians on this cruise..:) We may choose another River...another time of year...next time...in a couple years maybe. We highly recommend it....I wasn't sure I would like it...but I did!! All in all a wonderful trip...and I really look forward to another! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
After speaking to numerous people, we selected AMAWaterways for our Christmas Markets on the Danube and couldn't have been more happy that we did. There was nothing that I would change. The accommodations were comfortable. The ... Read More
After speaking to numerous people, we selected AMAWaterways for our Christmas Markets on the Danube and couldn't have been more happy that we did. There was nothing that I would change. The accommodations were comfortable. The food was out of this world. The tours were fabulous and tour guides (except Regensburg) were great. And the Cruise Director Christian was wonderful. So to start - we went over early and spent a few days in Prague prior to the pre-cruise with AMA. We did a tour starting at the hotel and going up to Prague Castle. Then walked down to the Christmas Markets. The QuietVox headphone system was great in hearing the tour guide. Only complaint is that for me the earpiece was too big and hurt my ear - but otherwise great. The tour guide gave us plenty of information - but didn't overwhelm us. Then we left Prague on buses to Nuremberg. They had plenty of buses so that not everybody was sitting on top of each other. We had a guide on the bus that gave us lots of information as we traveled from Prague to Nuremberg. Once we reached Nuremberg, we were let off to enjoy some of the Christmas Market and part of the city for a couple of hours while the buses went to the ship and unloaded our luggage. We met the buses and they dropped us off at the ship where we were greated by the staff with champagne. Our luggage was in the rooms already - but we waited in the lounge until our section was called where we went to the front desk, had our picture taken and given our keys to our room. A room steward then took us to our room, explained everything and left us. We unpacked and went to the restaurant for lunch. Evening we met the staff and had a wonderful first night dinner. Meals on the ship were great. Several options and one thing that was nice was they had a list of allergies and each course showed any allergies for that meal so that you could make sure you wouldn't eat something you shouldn't. The staff remembered your allergies and made sure that they took care of you. Our wait person was Stevan and we LOVED him. Also the wine was continuous. You take one drink and he was there filling your glass back up. Same with water or other drinks you had. The room was BB201 and was spacious and comfortable. If you lifted the bed - the luggage would fit under the bed and gave you more room. Plenty of room to hang clothes and shelves to put non-hanging clothes and other things. Free Wi-Fi was nice. Tours - we really loved the tours. We only had one guide that we thought was lacking - the others were full of information and interestingly. Was surprised about how much I learned about each of these sites we visited. Loved the Christmas Markets. I think Thurn and Taxis was our favorite Christmas Market and Salzburg was our favorite city. Embarkation and Disembarkation was smooth. On ship entertainment was great. One night was decorating the Christmas Tree, one night was former members of the Regensburg Boy's Choir who sung for us for about 30-45 minutes which was great. One night the staff entertained us with Christmas Markets and we understand that was a first - but they said they had a blast and we did too. They really got everybody involved. Highlight was the Illumination Cruise in Budapest. It was COLD but breathtaking to go up on the top and see the buildings lit up. Beautiful. As mentioned - I can' say enough good about this cruise line. The staff was great and I would do this in a heart-beat again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was my first river cruise. We joined a group of ladies who wanted to see the Christmas Markets. This has been on my bucket list as long as I can remember, so a good friend and I decided this is the time to go! We flew into Prague ... Read More
This was my first river cruise. We joined a group of ladies who wanted to see the Christmas Markets. This has been on my bucket list as long as I can remember, so a good friend and I decided this is the time to go! We flew into Prague for a few nights first (we had both been there before but visiting this beautiful city at this time of year was thrilling.) We enjoyed seeing the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony to set off the season and the seven markets we found. Then we took a bus down to Nuremburg on a lightly snowing day, which added to the ambiance of the holiday season. Boarding the AmaCerto was an easy and quick experience, there were some snacks set up in the public area. We met up with many people that I had met before who had joined this group. To summarize the meals and service (both room and table) for the week was wonderful. Very friendly staff and well organized when we got together to set off at the ports. Some markets were walking distance from the ship and some we needed to take a bus, all were wonderful ports! I cannot say which Christmas Markets were our favorites, as all the cities were so beautifully decorated and each one had a different feel to it. Yes, they basically sell the same things but because the set up and festivities are all individualized, we never got tired of them. Each market sells their own souveniour mug (inexpensive, and if you give it back to them after you finish the gluwein, they will give you the deposit Euros back). Besides Prague and Nuremberg, we saw markets at Regensberg, Vienna, Linz, Melk, Salzburg (special sign-up), and Budapest. We loved the evening cruise down the Danube to see the Parliament all lit up in Budapest, such a beautiful way to end the cruise. The AMA staff, tour director and guides, bus drivers were all great. We had special memories of leaving our shoes out the door one night so that a big chocolate bar was left in each upon waking in the morning, we were surprised with beautiful scarves (for ladies) wrapped in lovely boxes, festive gifts from Santa on our last night when he came on the ship, not to mention being greeted each day upon returning to the ship with a hot towel and gluwein to welcome us back. We stayed a couple of more nights in Budapest on our own before returning back to the states, a very walkable city and one I would like to return one day. All in all, this was one cruise that more than exceeded any of my high expectations. We plan on participating in the Rhine Christmas Markets in 2020...I sure hope I can wait. Loved every second! Oh, meanwhile, my husband and I are going to sail the Rhine and Moselle Fairytales cruise on the AmaPrima in a couple of weeks. I wanted him to experience this river cruise and I know it will be a great time, as well! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was a wonderful cruise on the Danube river. Amawaterways had so many thoughtful touches,such as wine or hot drinks and a snack as you arrived back from an excursion. We were so well cared for. Our cruise manager went above and ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise on the Danube river. Amawaterways had so many thoughtful touches,such as wine or hot drinks and a snack as you arrived back from an excursion. We were so well cared for. Our cruise manager went above and beyond, even finding out what extras we wanted, and making them happen. The staff were all so friendly, fun to chat with, and hard -working. The ship was comfortable, exceedingly clean, and lovely. The food was excellent. We had one friend who has a gluten allergy, and she was delighted by the foods they prepared especially for her. There was a variety of shore excursions. The ones I did, I would love to do again. My favorite evening entertainment was a string group "La Strada". They were amazing. I also enjoyed an evening of local folklore dancing, who transitioned into some great jazz dancing. Embarking and disembarking were smooth and easy, very well directed. They even had a guide at the airport who made sure we got checked in and headed to the proper gate, on our way home. I look forward to traveling with Amawaterways again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Since Viking has an excellent marketing effort, we were introduced to the idea of a River Cruise while watching Downton Abbey! However, our longtime travel agent advised that AMA Waterways was a cut above Viking. After attending an AMA ... Read More
Since Viking has an excellent marketing effort, we were introduced to the idea of a River Cruise while watching Downton Abbey! However, our longtime travel agent advised that AMA Waterways was a cut above Viking. After attending an AMA presentation, we were sold and selected the Romantic Danube River Cruise, including 3 days in Prague. Our travel agent was right! We loved the AMA experience Their agent was right there at the airport on time. The Intercontinental Hotel in Prague was very nice and perfect for getting into Old Town easily. Our Cruise Director, Maddy, was at a table at the hotel and was also in charge during the cruise. We cannot say enough good things about Maddy Calaruse. Friendly, knowledgeable, anticipatory of our needs. For example, when we were in Budapest, searching in our wallets for Hungarian money to use the bathroom, all of a sudden, she popped up out of nowhere and gave us the money. Like a Bathroom Fairy Godmother. She remembered our names immediately and would curtsy when she saw us because we are "Kings." Gave us good advice on what to do, where to go, etc. An outstanding employee of AMA. We also had dinner at Captain's table one night. He was very good and answered all of my questions with good humor and knowledge. My husband loved Budapest the best, I think my favs were Prague and Salzburg. All places lovely. I told the Captain that one "complaint" was that the marketing material showcased more picturesque towns along the River than we saw as we were cruising. He acknowledged that Linz and Passau didn't really offer this and perhaps they could modify this a bit. The Danube is the Danube so if I were them, I'd highlight Prague, Salzburg, and Budapest to manage expectations. I'm guessing some of those marketing pics are from the Rhine. Budapest at night is magnificent!! I'm glad I got to see that in my lifetime. Awesome clear night for viewing. The cabin rooms are very small. So glad we upgraded to the balcony and had a little more space! I expected the small rooms but wow. We learned how to negotiate around that pretty well though and by the end, it really wasn't an issue. Food was uniformly good. The Chef's Table one night was a cut above that. Service was usually good but occasionally we got a "that's not my table" attitude. But overall, service excellent. The receptionist was particularly good and it appears the employees are conditioned to say "yes." I liked that. For example, my husband had injured his neck before the cruise (2herniated discs) so I asked if we could keep a combination walking stick/seat from the reception area for the duration of the cruise so my husband could use it. Big smile and "of course!" The "gentle walking" tours for the "halt and the lame" were outstanding and, I think, saved the cruise for my husband. We saw everything we needed to see at either a gentle pace or in a little train or little bus. Separate knowledgeable tour guides even for these fairly small groups. It made a significant difference. Highly recommend AMA and River Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first river cruise but we had done ocean cruises in large ships previously. We choose a river cruise to have some good conversations with other passengers and I wanted lots of walking, whereas my wife didn't want much. ... Read More
This was our first river cruise but we had done ocean cruises in large ships previously. We choose a river cruise to have some good conversations with other passengers and I wanted lots of walking, whereas my wife didn't want much. Meals on the boat were excellent but outside of meal time to get good food on the ship was hard. I guess that we imagined that there would be something all day that we could help ourselves to. The coffee is out of a machine and is poor, or served in a pot at breakfast (which again is 2nd rate). We enjoyed the excursions but after a few, we realised that they were all fairly similar ie cobblestoned streets with a church or castle. I guess that I wanted a three hour solid walk a couple of times on the trip, or a visit to a really good art gallery or museum. My wife one time did the apricots 'excursion' which ended up being 20 minutes in a tiny room sampling apricot liquors. Location after location I would end up just wondering around the shops of the various towns after the tour had finished. I guess if I did another river cruise I would ensure that I organised a couple of my own excursions in advance. The cruise was advertised as the romantic danube but it could have been called anything as this theme was not carried forward anywhere on the cruise. Time went very fast on the ship but seven days was enough. The cabin was excellent. We were in the middle deck and had a verandah. There was plenty of room. The entertainment on board at night time is only very average. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We’re a late 50’s couple on the AmaSerena’s Oct 2-9 Vilshofen-Budapest sailing. Comments regarding the AmaSerena itself likely apply as well to the other AmaCerto-class ships. (AmaPrima/Sonata/Reina/Venita) Although not ... Read More
We’re a late 50’s couple on the AmaSerena’s Oct 2-9 Vilshofen-Budapest sailing. Comments regarding the AmaSerena itself likely apply as well to the other AmaCerto-class ships. (AmaPrima/Sonata/Reina/Venita) Although not quite the youngest couple on this sailing, it appears AMA’s Danube appeals to a mainly retired yet affluent, cultured & fit 65-75+ Northeast US crowd. Notably, no one ever used the ship’s signature round glass elevator. No wheelchairs, walkers or scooters on this cruise! We partook of AMA’s flight bookings (JFK-PRG on DAL, BUD-AMS-JFK on KLM) and AMA’s 3-night pre-stay in Prague. While air and hotel can certainly be booked somewhat more cheaply oneself, we found that for our first foray to central Europe, all transfers & arrangements were flawless in execution. Particularly nice is that your Cruise Director, in our case the ineffably pleasant & witty Peter W., greets you at the pre-stay hotel (in our case the Prague Hilton Old Town), and maintains a desk in the hotel lobby to answer any questions of any kind regarding Prague or any other aspect of the cruise. The Hilton Old Town, as well as the other two Prague hotels employed by AMA, are within very short walking distance to Prague’s, well, Old Town tourist area and attractions. AMA’s included Prague-Vilshofen transfer, although a long bus haul, is punctuated by an interesting walking tour and plenty of free time in Regensburg, Germany. Do allow time to stand in line at the Regensburg Sausage Kitchen (Historische Wurstküche zu Regensburg) next to the Stone Bridge on your way back to the bus. The wurst on a bun w/mustard & kraut is well worth it. Absent AMA’s transfer to Vilshofen, the alternative is likely Prague-Linz-Passau-Vilshofen, by train. All bus rides for transfers and tours were on new, comfy full-sized european coaches, deliberately not filled to capacity. Many of them were in fact AMA Waterways-branded. Embarkation @ Vilshofen was flawless; luggage magically appeared in our cabin within 30 minutes. The embarkation evening “Mini-Oktoberfest” located in a tent outside the ship, was nicely done, with free-flowing beer and pretzels, including oompah & slap dancing in full lederhosen by a wonderful local band. We chose a Cat C. (French Balcony) cabin, starboard-side aft on the mid (Cello) deck. Although significantly smaller than the touted “Twin-FrenchDoor-Balcony” cabins (Cat BB & up), one exceptional feature of these is that the sole french door slides completely away, essentially leaving one entire side of the cabin, floor-to-ceiling, completely open. With a railing of course. Thus, do not dismiss these Cat C. cabins. If this is your first time on the Danube, avoid the Cat D & E Window cabins on the lower (Piano) Deck as you’ll mostly miss the endless scenery passing by, including the occasional middle-of-the night concrete lock-wall. Being at the aft end of the ship was not an inconvenience. No engine noise. Obviously, no waves. Also, up the rear stairs to the Violin Deck and in the Chef’s Table is the second, lesser-known, 24hr Coffee/Espresso/Cappuccino machine. The spacious bathroom features a sliding-door shower with both “rainfall” and hand-held showers. Both it and the cabin were kept spotless. I found the pillows to be a bit thin, perhaps worn, but a request for new ones was executed forthwith. Notable is the iMac-based en-suite infotainment system, easily the most sophisticated yet intuitive such system to be found on the water. When the batteries on the iMac’s Magic Mouse died, the ship’s engineer, doubling as its I.T. guy, instantly made things right. Printing boarding passes, or anything else, to the printer on the Hotel DIrector’s desk was super easy. Don’t forget your Euro-to-US plug adapter and an outlet strip to keep all your technology charged up. Free, fast & unlimited WiFi throughout the ship was an equally pleasant surprise. The minifridge was kept full of complimentary bottled water, which would also appear whenever disembarking for a tour, and on coaches. The “Quietvox” (radio) listening devices used during walking tours are brilliant and worked very well. Tip: Bring your own favorite corded earphones, they work better and are much more comfortable than the disposables provided. On our particular sailing, “rafting” at docks was less prevalent than we had feared, and not particularly an issue. When it did occur, it was often during mealtime and amusingly the staff closed the restaurant drapes against the adjacent ship, no doubt to forestall any jealousy from passengers on those lesser companys’ ships… Interestingly, when two river ships are rafted together at dock and the “inside” ship wants to leave, the “outside” ship pulls away briefly, then re-docks, usually then alone. No doubt a “river ship etiquette” thing. This being fall in central Europe, the Sun Deck and its pool & swim-up bar, and giant chessboard, remained unused, despite the pool kept full and usable. The exception was of course the evening cruise around the lit-up bridges and buildings lining the Danube in Budapest. Few things beat sitting out on the Sun Deck with blankets and spirits watching Budapest by night. The Chef’s Table, included, is definitely worth booking early to ensure you experience it on your desired evening. It is both a food and presentation experience, with each course being presented by the Maitre D’ , whose unfortunately fractured english made comprehension a bit challenging. As the menu, and overall experience, is identical each night, you won’t need or want to experience it more than once. Wines served at lunch & dinner, were generally local Austrian/German and quite decent, particularly the whites given the region. Speaking of evenings, one of the few extra cost excursions most worthwhile is the Mozart & Straus concert, the evening of the Vienna overnight. It’s actually fairly priced compared to the ticket face pricing, includes narrated coach tour to and from the venue, and a majority of passengers do book it. (Chef’s Table is thus closed that evening; the Main Restaurant opens for a simpler early buffet) (This is also why if you choose to forego the concert, it’s the perfect evening for a dinner out in Vienna) Our concert venue was one of the four halls in VIenna’s Kursalon Hübner, seating 200-300, and featured a 7-string, 4-wind, percussion & piano orchestra. “Sound of Vienna” featuring six Straus waltzs & polkas, with Mozart well represented, plus a dash of Lumbye & vonSuppé, with a ballet couple interpreting Straus waltzs, as well as arias, duets & operetta by a humorous tenor & soprano couple. AMA prints up and hands out a little program sheet, a nice attention to detail. Outstanding. Staff on AmaSerena, both navigation and hotel, were universally Romanian, with English skills ranging from passable to excellent. Notable exceptions were our Swedish-residing-in-New-Zealand Hotel Manager constantly attending to high levels of excellence, and of course our priceless Aussie-residing-in-Austria Cruise Director. The local land tour guides running the various walking and bus tours all had various levels of english language skills; which added the the authenticity of the experience. In the end, it’s really, really hard to nitpick anything regarding the AMA Danube experience, easily earning its consistent five stars in all respects. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose AMA Waterways based on reviews from friends and a travel advisor who indicated that it was a step up from competitors. We had a lovely trip and very much enjoyed the AMAWaterways experience (apart from item #2, below). We ... Read More
We chose AMA Waterways based on reviews from friends and a travel advisor who indicated that it was a step up from competitors. We had a lovely trip and very much enjoyed the AMAWaterways experience (apart from item #2, below). We found the staff to be thoughtful, efficient and fun and the journey was very well organized. We’ll also share a couple of suggestions that we included in our end-of-cruise evaluation~~~ 1. The excursion offerings seemed a bit limited in some locations, and also somewhat short in duration. For example, in Cologne, the “general” excursion (the one not for hikers or bikers), was a drive into Cologne and a tour of the outside of the Cathedral. The excursion lasted 3 hours and could have included a stop at a famed chocolate factory or another site or two before returning to the ship. 2. The stateroom took some adjustment, as it is smaller than what we've seen on ocean cruises. It did have all you needed once you adjusted. However, the stateroom beds were more like dorm room mattresses than what would be expected on a luxury cruise line. AMAWaterways profiles itself as upscale hoteling, yet most upscale cruisers will expect a higher quality mattress with a pillow top in today’s competitive environment. And candidly, mattress comfort is a high enough variable for us that it would make us think twice about another AMAWaterways cruise, which is such a shame. Our Silversea mattress, for example, was of a much higher quality and more comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My wife and I planned a vacation to France for our 35th anniversary. We wanted to spend a week in Paris and a week in the French countryside, but we didn't want to take a bus tour where we would be checking into and out of hotels ... Read More
My wife and I planned a vacation to France for our 35th anniversary. We wanted to spend a week in Paris and a week in the French countryside, but we didn't want to take a bus tour where we would be checking into and out of hotels every day. Our solution was a river cruise, where our "hotel" could travel with us. After reviewing a number of river cruises in France, we decided on the Ama Waterways Taste of Bordeaux, and we were very happy with our choice. This was our first river cruise, and we found the intimacy of the AmaDolce a refreshing change from large ocean cruises. The food was wonderful, among some of the best meals we've had our lives. The service was impeccable. We grew quite fond of our ebullient Bulgarian waiter Nicolai. The excursions were very good and, unlike ocean cruise excursions, almost all of them were included in the cruise price. True to the title of the cruise, we visited a number of wineries and sampled some good wines in the Sauternes, Pauillac, and St. Emilion regions. The guides and winery hosts were all very knowledgeable and helpful. There were also excursions to local chateaux and other historical sites, including Roquetaillade Castle, the Citadel at Blaye, the Château de Vayres and the Château de Montaigne. A high point for us was a weekend craft fair in the Blaye Citadel, where we got to talk to some very nice artists. We were also happy to spend some time in the city of Bordeaux. Despite its size, the AmaDolce had both laundry service and a hair salon, both of which were surprisingly reasonable. Since we needed to get back to Paris for our return flight, we decided to add the Loire Valley post-cruise extension, and we were happy with that tour as well. The chateaux we visited -- Chenonceau, Amboise, Chambord, and Blos -- were fantastic. It was a special treat to see Clos Luce, the last home of Leonardo Da Vinci, and his grave in the St. Hubert Chapel at Amboise. Our Sorbonne-trained guide Claude was excellent -- he gave us both the historical background and the juicy details of the French Renaissance kings. The cruise director Elia accompanied us on the extension and took good care of us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
There are so many great things to say about Amawaterways AmaPrima, but the most important is the hospitality and service quality of the staff. Every single interaction with them was a pleasure -- waiters, housekeepers, the madly French ... Read More
There are so many great things to say about Amawaterways AmaPrima, but the most important is the hospitality and service quality of the staff. Every single interaction with them was a pleasure -- waiters, housekeepers, the madly French cruise manager, chefs, sailors met in the hallways or on deck, and the seriously Dutch captain. The ship is bigger than you expect -- 38 feet wide and much longer than a football field -- it feels spacious. The decor is very luxurious, and the crew is surreptitiously scrubbing and polishing all the time. The 140-ish passengers can all fit into the lounge at once for meetings and entertainment, and can also all fit into the dining room in one seating. Our stateroom was 220 square feet, including a balcony, which was plenty. Rooms without a balcony have equivalent space inside. Not a bad seat in the house! I do recommend a balcony stateroom, however, because it was delightful to sit on the balcony with a cup of coffee (morning) or a glass of wine (evening) and watch Europe go by. Food -- spectacular! My wife and I had to cut back halfway through our cruise to ensure we would fit in our clothes at disembarkation! Dining is open-seating, and one of the great pleasures of the voyage was meeting new people over meals. Free wine and beer with meals, too (and at other times, very reasonable prices at the bar). Snacks available at odd times, but not the same "eating all the time" feeling one gets on a big ocean-going ship. Our voyage was Budapest to Amsterdam -- two luxurious, relaxing weeks. Shore excursions organized by Amawaterways every day. Most of these were included in the trip price, with a few optional ones (around 60 euros pp) that involved an hour bus ride (e.g. a day in Salzburg). Another (very fun) optional was a baroque music concert after dinner, in the former stock exchange hall in Vienna. There was entertainment every evening in the lounge -- most of these were local musicians who came on board, played a set for maybe an hour, and hopped off at the next lock. These folks were very fun, quite professional. Seriously, folks -- Amawaterways has all the elegance, comfort and luxury of an ocean-going cruise ship, shrunk down into a 140-passenger, 42-crewmember package. And, between "ports", you get to enjoy medieval towns, spectacular vineyards, hillsides and locks go by outside your hotel window. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
always wanted to try a cruise but not a sea cruise love my sailing and as it was my 60th birthday the wife decided to treat me to this wonderful meander and romantic cruise along the Danube . Wow i really don't know what to say ... Read More
always wanted to try a cruise but not a sea cruise love my sailing and as it was my 60th birthday the wife decided to treat me to this wonderful meander and romantic cruise along the Danube . Wow i really don't know what to say Im sorry i haven't written this sooner but on returning we had very sad news and this went right out of my head until i found the note from Monika. Today. The whole trip from start to finish was very professional well executed , the staff fantastic accommodation superb very tidy and the excursions entertainment were first class.. and trust me im extremely critical.. The only complaint i would have is that there wasn't enough downtime perhaps have an extra day in a port someone for a rest ... and break the journey up ..but that's it I would definitely go again but next time perhaps Cambodia or down the Mississippi on a paddle steamer but would have no qualms in highly recommending this trip. I'm glad no children. Our trip was in September 2017 Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I recently sailed with AmaWaterways on the AmaLyra from Paris up the Seine River and back to Paris, stopping along the way in Giverny, Honfleur, Caudebec, Rouen and Les Andelys. Between the two of us, we have been on ... Read More
My husband and I recently sailed with AmaWaterways on the AmaLyra from Paris up the Seine River and back to Paris, stopping along the way in Giverny, Honfleur, Caudebec, Rouen and Les Andelys. Between the two of us, we have been on several ocean cruises (Oceania, Royal Caribbean, NCL and Carnival) but this was our first river boat experience. I was a little unsure in initially booking a river cruise, but I ended up tremendously enjoying the experience and definitely will book with AmaWaterways again in the future. From the moment we arrived at the dock in Paris, where we were greeted enthusiastically and our luggage whisked away to our cabin, to the day we departed, our expectations were met or exceeded. Our cabin was nicely appointed with a French balcony, king-sized bed with comfortable linens, comfy robes and slippers, and a bath with a shower, though not large, was fine for the two of us. The cabin had a flat-screen monitor and computer with WiFi included for surfing the net, or as I did most days when I was in the cabin, accessing a wide selection of classical music. They also had news, movies and documentaries to pick from too. Roxanne, our cabin stewardess kept our room in tip top shape. Additionally, the ship was impeccably clean from bow to stern. The crew members were very friendly, helpful and eager to meet every request. Because this is a riverboat with a passenger capacity of about 140, and with a crew of 45, there always were crew members everywhere we turned. The food on the AmaLyra was delicious and well presented. The Executive Chef on our cruise, Bogdan Draghici, was serving as executive chef for the first time ever on our cruise having just recently been promoted. Many evenings he came around to our table near the end of dinner service with a special extra treat or just to make sure we enjoyed our dinner. AmaWaterways offers an extensive menu of choices, with a Chef’s Recommendation featured each evening. Most evenings the Chef’s Recommendation sounded so enticing that we ordered it precisely as it was presented. But it was easy to make other selections as well. Breakfast is a very ample buffet with many choices, including hot prepared foods, an omelette bar, cereals, breads and pastries, and other more European-style choices such as meats and cheeses to choose from. We also could order Eggs Benedict – which my husband indulged in most mornings -- poached eggs and a few other breakfast selections cooked to order. Lunch was a buffet with other selections available from the galley. Most days there was a theme and we especially enjoyed the Normandy themed luncheon with fresh mussels served in a savory and delicious mustard sauce with fresh baked French bread served on the side to soak up the sauce. Also, I need to mention that each day for lunch and dinner there was a featured soup. Soup is a great specialty for AmaWaterways. Bogdan our executive chef explained to us, when I complimented him on how delicious every soup was, that the line has many special soup recipes and a secret to their success is the amount of time they take in blending the ingredients. All I can say is that every soup was tres bon! Complementing each lunch and dinner were complimentary beer and wine pairings – sparkling wine at breakfast too if you would like! There were many excellent selections of wine to choose from and the pours were very generous. Some of the vintages presented included a Blanc de Camarsac, which paired well with the numerous seafood selections offered; a nice Chateau Malager; a Chateau Belle Cure from Bordeaux, and a I’Ombe des Fontaines from the Rhone River region. We also tried a Bourgonge Aligote from Bordeaux and Beaujolais-Villages from the Beaujolais region. A 6-Eme Sens, Pays Blanc was featured at the Welcome Dinner the first evening along with a Les Collines Cote du Rhone. Again, the pours were generous and our glasses always kept filled by Anton, our favorite waiter. AmaWaterways also offers a Chef’s Tasting dinner with numerous small platings to sample along with paired wines. We booked our tasting dinner for an evening that we were sailing during dinner time – as opposed to being docked in a port -- which turned out to be a scenic delight as well as a gastronomic treat. The Chef’s Tasting restaurant is located at the stern (back) of the ship so we had some nice views as well as the opportunity to see the ship enter one of the many lochs along the Seine and experience the change in levels of the river before sailing smoothly on. Sailing on an intimate river cruise in many ways is like being with family. Our captain, Geoffrey Masson, was gracious and warm and well supported by his staff of Alioscia, the hotel manager; Kinga, the purser; Varu, the Maitre d’Hotel; and Anca, the first cabin stewardess. Captain Geoffrey was gracious and even invited my husband, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and an airline pilot to visit him on the bridge for a ‘behind the scenes’ look. And I can’t say enough about Nick, our cruise manager, who was warm, welcoming and on the spot whenever needed. He was so gracious and knowledgeable about every port and tour. Most evenings we all met in the spacious and comfortable lounge prior to dinner. Nick would share with us information we needed to know about the evening entertainment and the next day’s events before we went downstairs to the dining room. All the crew work especially hard, but Nick has to always be ‘on’ and I know that he was up early in the morning and still at it late in the evening. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Salina, the fitness instructor on board the AmaLyra. Several mornings we went on fitness walks with her, which were a great way to start the day and to burn some extra calories from all of the fine dining and wine we were indulging in each day. Selina is a tri-athlete who was hired by AmaWaterways to create a fitness program to encourage the line’s guests to be more active and healthy. She holds several classes a day and also is available to work with guests one-on-one. She is a great ambassador for AmaWaterways in this role! Regarding tours, AmaWaterways includes port tours in the cost of your cruise. This is an outstanding value, as we have been on other ocean cruises, including one last year with Oceania, where the port tours were additional and ended up adding over $1,500 to the cost of the cruise for my husband and I. In most ports, there were several tour options to select from. We toured Claude Monet’s home in Giverny where we saw his beautiful gardens and the water lily ponds he built and painted so often; the U.S. beaches – Omaha and Utah – in Normandy and the American Cemetery; the quaint seaside town of Honfleur; Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake; Les Andelys where we hiked to the top of Chateau Gaillard; and Conflans where we toured Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte’s Chateau Malmaison. The tour guides were all so very friendly, spoke fluent English and provided great insights and details to each venue we toured. One last surprise of the cruise was the enjoyable experience of meeting so many interesting and personable fellow passengers. Our first evening for dinner, the Maitre ‘d asked if we wanted to be seated at a romantic table for two or did we wish to meet some new people? We opted for the latter for that dinner and for dinner each subsequent evening. We met some wonderful people with whom we had great camaraderie, shared fun stories and laughs and made new friends, including our new friends Gilles and Diane from Quebec. This for me, was really and truly the highlight of the intimate riverboat cruising experience. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our AmaWaterways cruise and look forward to sailing with them again in the future! #amawaterways Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I chose AMA waterways for my second river cruise because I liked the variety of excursions and the different cities/towns on the itinerary. My wife and I just came back from a 7 day Romantic Danube cruise on the AmaCerto ship. All I can ... Read More
I chose AMA waterways for my second river cruise because I liked the variety of excursions and the different cities/towns on the itinerary. My wife and I just came back from a 7 day Romantic Danube cruise on the AmaCerto ship. All I can say is WOW. I felt like I was traveling on a floating 5 star hotel with excellent food and wine and a staff that was so friendly and accommodating. Our cruise director, Peter, was so welcoming and truly hilarious. He set the tone for fun and warmth. The itinerary included Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Passau, Bratslava. There were bikes available either with some of the tours or to be used individually. There were 2 optional excursions in Vienna to attend a night concert which was excellent as well as a tour of a palace. There was some nights with local entertainment including a mini-beer fest at Vilshofen, a Hungarian show in Budapest, a 3 person classical piece. There were also 2 wine tours. Overall, a most memorable cruise Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My husband and I have traveled extensively and this cruise by far has been the best experience to date. The AmaLyra made us feel like we were in a five star floating hotel. Our cabin was spacious, nicely appointed and the shower was large ... Read More
My husband and I have traveled extensively and this cruise by far has been the best experience to date. The AmaLyra made us feel like we were in a five star floating hotel. Our cabin was spacious, nicely appointed and the shower was large for a river boat. The wifi was excellent and they have a flatscreen TV with a computer in your cabin along with umbrellas. The ship was spotless and the service impeccable. Every member of the crew was friendly, helpful and put customer service first. The food and wine pairings were excellent, the excursions interesting and the entertainment great. A nice touch was returning from an excursion to a moist towel and a refreshing beverage. On this particular voyage AmaWaterways added a fitness director who offered runs, walks, yoga and core classes a great addition to the cruise. If you are looking for a river cruise you will not be disappointed with Ama. A great value. We are looking forward to our next sailing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We have wanted to visit Portugal's famous Douro for many years. We couldn't have chosen a better way to explore this gorgeous wine producing region than our wine river cruise aboard the AmaVida. This ship offers everything: ... Read More
We have wanted to visit Portugal's famous Douro for many years. We couldn't have chosen a better way to explore this gorgeous wine producing region than our wine river cruise aboard the AmaVida. This ship offers everything: fine dining, outstanding daily excursions, spacious accommodations and a superb staff that anticipates the guests' every need. Each day was an exciting new adventure and by the time we departed the ship, we felt we had really come to understand and love the Douro and surrounding areas. While we chose to participate in each excursion, some friends in our group decided to stay on board and enjoy relaxing poolside. Their experience was just as special as ours. Whether you choose to immerse yourselves in Portugal's fascinating culture by joining the AmaVida's outstanding guides as they conduct their daily tours or simply explore the charming towns that are the overnight port stops, you can't go wrong. After this introduction to river cruising, we can't wait to explore other AmaWaterways wine river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My husband, daughter and I just returned from an unforgettable journey on the Rhine River aboard the spectacular AmaKristina! We have traveled extensively and were a little apprehensive of this form of travel as we had never been on a ... Read More
My husband, daughter and I just returned from an unforgettable journey on the Rhine River aboard the spectacular AmaKristina! We have traveled extensively and were a little apprehensive of this form of travel as we had never been on a river cruise and usually like to tour on our own. We were concerned that it would be too scheduled with little free time to do "our own thing," but were we ever pleasantly surprised by how much we LOVED this relaxed, yet stimulating way to see the world!!! The excursions were filled with interesting tour guides giving us fascinating bits of history and an opportunity to get our bearings in each village. Then, best of all, we had plenty of time to explore on our own! The best part of the whole vacation was the river cruise itself! We traveled with our 21 year old daughter and had a beautiful suite. We've never felt more relaxed, sitting on our balcony with a glass of wine watching the fairytale castles go by! The AmaKristina's crew couldn't be more warm and attentive. Our cruise director, Mariana Santos made us feel like family. I can't stop trying to convince everyone we know that they must put this trip on their "bucket list!" My best friend already booked her cruise for next year and we're planning our next river cruise too! We are convinced that this is the best way to travel. If you are interesting in seeing enchanted destinations, meet wonderful people, eat like royalty and have the time of your lives, then book a trip with AmaWaterways! We are so grateful that we did!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We just returned from our first cruise on the Amacerto, Romantic Danube tour. We added the three night pre-sail tour in Prague to begin the journey. It was great to have a few days to adjust to the new time schedule and to see this ... Read More
We just returned from our first cruise on the Amacerto, Romantic Danube tour. We added the three night pre-sail tour in Prague to begin the journey. It was great to have a few days to adjust to the new time schedule and to see this beautiful city! We added the transfers from the airport to the hotel which was easy and seamless. The hotel we stayed in, The Cosmopolitan, was lovely with all the comforts of home and enjoyed a delicious and plentiful breakfast buffet each morning. We enjoyed many of the tours available with the AMA group in Prague, and had plenty of time to go exploring on our own. The add on evening of the Folk Dinner with entertainers was really fun! We were afraid of it being too cheesy, but it tuned out to be a great evening! The bus trip to the ship from Prague was a bit long, but broken up with a few stops. Once we arrived at the ship, the embarkation was easy and we were in our cabins with luggage in no time. They hosted a nice Octoberfest type event on the shore outside the ship which was fun with delicious local beer and music! All of the ports had something to offer everyone. Our personal favorites were Passau and Bratislava. There were tour groups set up for all levels of abilities, with a faster pace, regular pace, and slower pace group. This area was seeing an unusual amount of high temperatures daily which took a bit of a toll on our energy levels, but the beautiful towns and interesting tours kept us going. The food on the ship was good. This was our first cruise, so we have nothing to compare it to, but we couldn't imagine given the river cruise situation, having any better food. They changed the meal offerings daily and often presented cuisine that went along with the port of the ship at the time. Their desserts were wonderful...and we ate enough homemade ice cream to last a year! I would have enjoyed something more than pastries for the "late risers" breakfast that we seemed to generally make it to. Also, as I have read in other reviews, be aware that additional cocktails are an added charge. Not an issue, just something to keep in mind. We did enjoy the Chefs Table the final night of the cruise which was fantastic! I could write on and on about the wonderful service, the precise timing and preparedness for all activities, and the comfortable and clean surroundings. Our cruise manager Raul was fantastic both in personality and in running a wonderful tour. This was a trip we will always remember! We would definitely look to book with AMA in the future! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
From turning up on our first day to leaving in the taxi for the airport, the staff and fellow travelers made our trip a fantastic experience. Captain Danny and his team worked tirelessly to ensure that we had a 5star trip all day, every ... Read More
From turning up on our first day to leaving in the taxi for the airport, the staff and fellow travelers made our trip a fantastic experience. Captain Danny and his team worked tirelessly to ensure that we had a 5star trip all day, every day. The food and wines were outstanding as was Mike, our resident musician. Nikolai ensured that our dining experience was excellent an Kristian, Angel and Vasil ensured that everyone had a full glass of our preference. The daily excursions were extremely well organised with excellent tour guides providing a fantastic insight into the wine region. The only issue we had was that whilst all drinks in the restaurant were free, the drinks in the lounge were charged. This meant that you spent more time in the restaurant at night rather than go upstairs to the lounge where you paid for drinks. Ama Waterways should look at an all inclusive rate for the trip. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I chose this cruise line mostly because of the reviews I had read here and the cruise center I went to for information said they were excellent. The first step onto the ship I knew it wasn't for me. I didn't feel the warmth, ... Read More
I chose this cruise line mostly because of the reviews I had read here and the cruise center I went to for information said they were excellent. The first step onto the ship I knew it wasn't for me. I didn't feel the warmth, the welcome or the excitement I had experienced on the ocean cruises. That being said we did put down a deposit for another cruise with Amawaterways within the next three years. I found the cabins small to say the least. The cruise wasn't sold out so we were able to get a bigger room, with an extra fee, to be expected. Some of the staff were absolutely amazing, such as Daniel, our waiter in the restaurant, we sat at his tables on purpose because of how attentive and caring he was. The maid service was absolutely excellent, cannot say one bad thing about them at all. The captain of the ship was super friendly and took the time to share his expertise with us and showed us the cockpit of the ship. The cruise director was a little on the cold side. I found her struggling to be calm and courteous, her knowledge was ok. She seemed more interested in chatting up the staff on board. She seemed awkward at best. The on board entertainment was good, but there were some passengers who were totally rude, this should have been when the cruise director should have stood up and asked for quiet, but alas she wasn't even in the room so my husband did it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
After 10 days in Spain, we boarded the Amalyra in Paris bound for the Normandy coast for a 7-day Seine river cruise. The main highlights for me: - the crew and staff all spoke English and were exceedingly helpful - the small number ... Read More
After 10 days in Spain, we boarded the Amalyra in Paris bound for the Normandy coast for a 7-day Seine river cruise. The main highlights for me: - the crew and staff all spoke English and were exceedingly helpful - the small number of passengers allowed my wife and I to get to know many - the multiple INCLUDED excursions each day were above average in quality with knowledgeable and professional guides - our ship had a pleasant fitness director that offered exercise options throughout each day - their were adequate food options of good quality at all meals - a included bike tour of Paris with two professional guides was wonderful and immersive The only negatives I could come up with: - the on-board entertainment was limited - some tour guides had weak English - food options outside of the main meals were limited - the D-day itenerary seemed poorly coordinated Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My daughter, mother and I just returned from cruising on the AMACello last week and wanted to commend AMA on an overall fabulous experience. This was a wine cruise and we found the Cave B Estate Winery representatives, Freddy and Carrie, ... Read More
My daughter, mother and I just returned from cruising on the AMACello last week and wanted to commend AMA on an overall fabulous experience. This was a wine cruise and we found the Cave B Estate Winery representatives, Freddy and Carrie, to be extremely knowledgeable and we enjoyed the lectures and tastings. Also, a French sommelier came onboard and they compared and contrasted French wines with American wines. One night they even paired each meal course with a specific wine. My daughter and I were on the Violin deck, while my mother was on the Piano deck, and both of our cabins were kept immaculate. We felt the food was excellent with multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sorin, the dining room maitre d', brought our table our own large piece of walnut cheese that was not displayed on the cheese plate at the time, but we had previously had it and enjoyed it so much we wanted more. The ice cream party was lots of fun as well. The variety as well as the quality of the tours offered was excellent. AMA arranged for local guides and they were outstanding. We were provided with multiple choices of tours each day with different difficulty levels that catered to the passengers' personal activity levels. My daughter and I biked alongside the river and through several smaller towns in Vienne and loved it. We would have enjoyed biking more often, but if you choose to bike, you will not experience as much of the city, and if it's a city you haven't visited before, I would recommend the walking tour over biking. In addition, we loved visiting an olive farm, truffle farm complete with lavender fields, a wine and chocolate tasting at a chateau, the Valrhona Chocolate Factory, and the hike through the Chapoutier vineyards with gorgeous views. The cruise director, Andre, was particularly outstanding - he literally stopped what he was doing and went over in detail the entire itinerary to help us make choices for tours. Throughout the cruise I saw different times where he demonstrated an infinite amount of patience with passengers. He also helped arrange a transfer to Marseilles Airport at a MUCH more reasonable rate than we had previously set up. Captain Tony was a lot of fun and even gave us a tour of the wheelhouse! Marchetta, our hotel manager oversaw every detail and was always available and friendly. A special shout-out to our dining room wait staff, Damir and Julian, who treated us like three princesses. The only area we felt could be improved upon was upgrading the fitness equipment. I look forward to cruising with AMA again in the near future - next time I'm bringing my husband!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We had such a great time! The staff made it fun! We were treated so well, we were spoiled by the end of the week, and did not want to go home!! We have started planning our next cruise with them! The food was all "fine dining ... Read More
We had such a great time! The staff made it fun! We were treated so well, we were spoiled by the end of the week, and did not want to go home!! We have started planning our next cruise with them! The food was all "fine dining cuisine" with wine pairings from local countries! The shore excursions were all guided by knowledgeable, articulate, enthusiastic people. Cabins were perfect size, clean, had a slider to enjoy the view. We used the exercise room, running track, laundry service, and biking tours all excellent! Several whole-ship champagne toasts throughout the trip and nightly music in lounge. Other nice touches were the ice cream bar one afternoon, coffee machine with lattes, mochas. Great narration on board while we were cruising and passing sites like the continental divide, and Bratislava, What a difference from ocean cruising. This was so enjoyable and relaxing. While we came with a small group of people (7 couples) other travelers on board all socialized together. It was so personal and enjoyable to meet other travelers. We also took advantage of the land cruise in Czech Republic pre-cruise. Hotel was 5 star rated and excellent tour through city of Czech Republic! Everything on this trip was so well organized, well planned, what an amazing time we had!! We will cruise with Ama Waterways again!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The cruise destinations fit our schedule, and the price was right. The Amastella is a new ship, really clean, even the engine room which I toured. Good activities at all ports of call, everything from hard core biking to gentle walks. ... Read More
The cruise destinations fit our schedule, and the price was right. The Amastella is a new ship, really clean, even the engine room which I toured. Good activities at all ports of call, everything from hard core biking to gentle walks. 30% did the strenuous hikes, 30% did the gentle walks, and the rest did something in between or stayed on board. The food was good, with complimentary drinks offered at lunch and dinner. The crew were vey attentive, always filling your plate or glass. Everyone on the crew was approachable, from the captain, cruise director, bar staff, and room attendants. The pool on the upper deck with a swim-up bar was a nice touch that you don't see on many other vessels. Favorite ports were Vienna, Brattisava and the Budapest Illumination tour. Transiting all the locks was interesting, but maybe doesn't compare to the Panama Canal I would do another cruise, just need to find a destination. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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