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We chose Ama Waterways for our 25th Anniversary cruise and we were not disappointed. From the moment we stepped onto the pier in Amsterdam until we said goodbye in Basel, everything was done for our comfort and enjoyment. The ship is ... Read More
We chose Ama Waterways for our 25th Anniversary cruise and we were not disappointed. From the moment we stepped onto the pier in Amsterdam until we said goodbye in Basel, everything was done for our comfort and enjoyment. The ship is tastefully appointed and sparkling clean, despite it's *relative* age in the industry (built in 2008). Our stateroom was stylish and comfortable, with plenty of space for our belongings and nice features such as a French balcony and flat-screen TV with internet access. Meals were freshly prepared (we saw fresh produce come aboard at every port of call) and portions were just right. The shore excursions were informative and featured different ability groupings so that all passengers could enjoy the sights as their mobility level allowed. Where Ama Waterways truly stands out, however, is in the professionalism and attentiveness of the crew. Everyone from the Captain and Cruise Director, to the wait staff and housekeepers, worked to make the cruise a wonderful, memorable experience for all passengers. I would not hesitate to recommend Ama Waterways to anyone who wants a truly first-class cruise vacation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We boarded the Amacello in Amsterdam for the first leg of our APT cruise to Monte Carlo. The cruise was everything we had hoped for and more. Right from the start , Kate our fantastic tour director set the tone for a fun, well organized , ... Read More
We boarded the Amacello in Amsterdam for the first leg of our APT cruise to Monte Carlo. The cruise was everything we had hoped for and more. Right from the start , Kate our fantastic tour director set the tone for a fun, well organized , informative holiday. The staff were all really helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We were always greeted with big smiles and it was easy to tell that they were happy to be working on the Amacello. The excursions were well paced for the most. We were at the younger end of the passenger list and so found the pace of some of the walks a little slow but there was ample opportunity for free time to do things at our own pace. We struck a very hot spell in Germany when it was 40 degrees plus 3 days in a row and we always had plenty of bottled water, cool towels and iced drinks on our return. The ice cream party went down a treat one hot afternoon! APT used excellent local guides and high quality coaches for the excursions. The group size on these was not large at all and the Vox boxes were really good because you could move away a little and still hear. Last but not least the food was incredible. Breakfast was the usual buffet but with the addition of beautiful freshly cooked omelettes! Lunch and dinner was beautifully presented and represented the local cuisine. Wine flowed freely and was a better quality than the usual house wine. I would like to make a special mention of the delicious cheese board too! Our first river cruise was incredible but little did we know that it could be bettered! Read on for the second installment of this review! We left the Amacello early in the morning to travel through Switzerland to Lyon to board the Amadagio for the second part of the cruise. Same great tour director Kate, different but just as fantastic staff and another very well kept boat greeted us in Lyon. This is the first year that APT has sailed on the Rhone but you would think they had been doing it for ages by the quality of the included tours and local guides. The boat only sailed during the day and only for short times as the towns were a lot closer than on the Rhine. This meant that each evening we could take a walk into the town after dinner. One evening there was a guided ghost tour into Viviers which was a highlight for us! The itinerary for this cruise has something for everyone- visits to hilltop villages, medieval and Roman towns, wineries, a truffle farm, a goat farm and an olive farm. Again the food and wines were beautifully prepared and chosen and the servings just the right size. On this cruise the evening entertainment was fantastic as was the silk demonstration one afternoon near Lyon. My husband really enjoyed the visit to the wheelhouse with Captain Alain too. The only time we could not get Internet on our iPad was when we were in a lock and there was always enough strength to use Skype video. The laundry service was really efficient and reasonably priced and both boats had a great little gift shop with topical souvenirs so that you did not have to waste time ashore looking for them if you did not want to. The one tiny disappointment was that there weren't many people our age on the cruise, most being in their late 60's or 70's. However we soon learned that age is no barrier to having fun just that maybe we can go a little longer! Thanks again to the wonderful Kate for giving us so many laughs and good information about the towns we visited or sailed past. This may have been our first river cruise but it won't be our last! Thank you APT or Amawaterways as it is known in USA. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Our initial river cruise and what a delight. The ship is relatively new and quite stylish. The beds were nice and firm, luxurious linens and delightful cabin staff. We loved having our room at the end of the hall as we had much less ... Read More
Our initial river cruise and what a delight. The ship is relatively new and quite stylish. The beds were nice and firm, luxurious linens and delightful cabin staff. We loved having our room at the end of the hall as we had much less traffic than others. The rooms were quite but this just added an additional layer. The food was well presented by an artful culinary staff who took pride in their work. The wine selections were also of good quality that paired well with the evening meals. All the breads, cookies, pastries were made fresh on board...in addition to homade ice cream ! Previous cruise lines serve volumes of calories without taste but AMA serves well proportioned meals with wonderful favors reflective of the areas you are visiting. The size of the ship and number of passengers is just right. We felt like we were on a floating five star hotel. The water motion is almost nonexistent on the Rhine river. No readjusting of balance when on land. The cruise director Cheri Coll did an outstanding job. The excursions were all included and offered a third option for those who had been to the area before, this also included a culinary twist which again was delightful. The shore guides were some of the best we have experienced and the transportation, if needed was first class. By far the best deal for the money. Ports: Breisach, Germany: you had the option of Colmar France,Blackforest, Germany or Breisach Germany. We chose the Freiburg and Breisach tours which are delightful communities one from the 12 th century. Strasbourg and Speyer: options included tour of Strasbourg with or without an additional canal cruise. We were delighted by rows of nesting storks with their young ones just recently hatched. The cathedral with it's astronomic clock was wonderful. We opted to stay out and explore and ate at a wonderful cheese Resturant "la Cloche a formage" which had pairings of cheese with the fresh white asparagus that was in season. Speyer options included a walking tour of the town, or a trip to Heidelberg. We choose Speyer which again contains a cathedral in the Romanesque fashion. This also allowed us time on our own to walk in the parks adjacent to the ships docking site. Rudesheim : included a visit to siegfried's mechanical museum which included all forms of mechanical instruments. Difficult to describe but well worth the visit. Then we had free time on our own and hiked to the top of a hill to visit the Abbey of St Hildegard. Other options included wine tasting Cologne: Cologne is a large bustling city dating back to the 13 th century. We enjoyed a walking tour and visit to the cathedral with plenty of time to explore on our own. We also managed to fit in a tasting of Kolsch style beer. Venlo: Floriade expo: this is a horticulture expo that occurs every 10 years with contributions from all over the world. We only had 2 hours so not alot of time to cover the entire area. I would suggest taking the cable cars to get an overview and then visit the sites at either end. It was quiet interesting and my favorite site was the food tent where one learned about organic food production and chefs created various dishes for tasting. The wooden tulips sold here can be purchased at 1/2 the price in the markets inAmsterdam. Amsterdam: if wanting to go tour the Anne Frank house it would be wise to request tickets on line 3 months in advance, otherwise you wait in line for a chance at a ticket. They also have a wonderful purse museum. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
AmaCello Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 3.0 4.5
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 2.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.3
Enrichment 4.0 4.2
Service 3.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 3.9

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