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2 AmaWaterways AmaDara Senior Cruise Reviews

We have just returned from the most amazing holiday on the Amawaterways AmaDara, Charms of the Mekong river cruise. We have been lucky and have been on many cruise ships to all parts of the world but have never really fancied a river ... Read More
We have just returned from the most amazing holiday on the Amawaterways AmaDara, Charms of the Mekong river cruise. We have been lucky and have been on many cruise ships to all parts of the world but have never really fancied a river cruise. However we were due to go on an Indian tour which regrettably was cancelled and booked this as an alternative and we were certainly not disappointed. We had 2 days in Ho Chi Ming in a first class hotel prior to embarkation and had booked an on/off bus tour not realising that Amawaterways had arranged a couple of tours so did not utilise the bus and instead did their tour around the city in the morning and the chu chu tunnels in the afternoon. Both excellent with English speaking guides. Our first impression of the AmaDara was wow, what a delightful boat with wood panelling everywhere. Our cabin was beautiful with a Juliet balcony and another balcony with table and chairs to watch the fascinating scenery of Vietnam and Cambodia float past. The bed was huge and the bathroom was big with a lovely large shower cubicle. The whole experience was exceptional, the food was delicious with both western and Vietnamese, plenty of free wine and beers with lunch and dinner and the waiters and all the staff could not do enough to ensure the whole holiday came up our expectations knowing all names and likes and dislikes. The excursions which were all included were very interesting and the guides both in Vietnam and Cambodia were very knowledgeable and made every tour enjoyable and educational. Evening entertainment was varied some good, some not quite so good. On the whole one of the best holidays we have ever undertaken and although we loved the river cruise, we tend to go on long haul holidays and so will therefore not take another river cruise.but can certainly recommend this one. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Pros: very clean and well maintained ship Internet, when in port, works very well - no streaming Good organization for departure More things are included than on some cruises - most alcohol, for example, is included. ... Read More
Pros: very clean and well maintained ship Internet, when in port, works very well - no streaming Good organization for departure More things are included than on some cruises - most alcohol, for example, is included. Variety of shore excursions was great and it is included in the price. Food is very good. Well presented, healthy and small size portions meant less waste. The ethnic dance we were treated to in our first night in Phnom Pen was extraordinary. Kids from a local school performed a one hour exhibition that was both interesting and informative. Climate control for the rooms was superb. Hot water for showers seemed to always be available any time of day. Service was exceptional if not slightly overwhelmingly considerate Things that should be included in the advertised details about the cruise: ask before you book if the cruise you are interested in leaves directly from Siem Reap or if you will take a long bus ride down to the port (6 hours). The bus was comfortable, and the road the whole way was paved. But you should be made aware of this. Only 2 per cabin. We are a family of 3, so we had to buy an extra cabin. If you do have close friends or family going with you, book early and get cabins across from each other. That way, you can see things on both sides of the boat. While never advertised as such, this is not a cruise for families. I would guess the average age on the cruise is about 55. We are struggling to make sure our 14 year old is having a good time. But that's not the cruise company’s fault. We knew this going in. Also know that the majority of people on the cruise (at least on our cruise) are culturally unaware when it comes to foreign countries. From how they act and the excursions that are set up, this is more of a “photo op” cruise than anything experiential. That's not to say you can't get off the boat when it docks and explore the culture on your own. Just don't plan on the cruise company giving you that kind of option. In addition to the above, leave frustrations and embarrassment about how your fellow cruisers act behind. Talking during performances, loudly laughing and cackling while receiving a monk’s blessing, wearing inappropriate clothing (after several written and verbal advisories) and not learning how to say “hello” or “thank you” in the local language is not something you're going to be able to explain or ask forgiveness. It's just the way people are. The guide says that you may consider bringing “smart casual” clothing, but you absolutely don't need to. We love to pack light, so we didn't and never felt uncomfortable. Shorts that cover the knees and shirts that cover the shoulders along with decent walking shoes are the only necessities. Laundry is expensive on board like most cruises. Try to do laundry before you depart. There’s really not a convenient way to do laundry after you start the cruise. Lock the outside cabin doors in Phnom Penh. You're right up next to the dock, and while there is security, it would give you some extra piece of mind Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
AmaDara Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.5 N/A
Dining 5.0 4.8
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 3.5 3.7
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 5.0 5.0
Value for Money 4.5 N/A

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