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18 Amadeus Senior Cruise Reviews

We embarked in Vienna heading for Nuremberg on Amadeus Queen. Because of the low water levels on the Danube we changed ship to the Amadeus Elegant. It was like transferring from a 5 star hotel to a backpackers room with an ensuite. We ... Read More
We embarked in Vienna heading for Nuremberg on Amadeus Queen. Because of the low water levels on the Danube we changed ship to the Amadeus Elegant. It was like transferring from a 5 star hotel to a backpackers room with an ensuite. We lost our spacious room with walk-in wardrobe and refigerator to a very small room. There was little hanging space. We could only store one suitcase under the bed as there was not enough room between the bed and the wall to roll the suitcase under the bed. No refigerator. I complained about the refrigerator and was given a 6" x 8" cooler box. Fair enough, I only wanted it for medication. Carpet was very worn. Ceiling and walls needed painting. But at least the crew was very friendly and obliging. The cruise director (on both ships) did not asked if we wanted a guest joining us at mealtimes. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We found a great deal with Adelman Travel which included a brief land tour of southern Germany and then a River Cruise on the Danube. We Started in Passau traveled to Budapest and then returned to Passau. There were no problems with ... Read More
We found a great deal with Adelman Travel which included a brief land tour of southern Germany and then a River Cruise on the Danube. We Started in Passau traveled to Budapest and then returned to Passau. There were no problems with navigation as the Amadeus Queen has a shallow draft. Number of stops on the Danube which included Melk and the Melk Abbey, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Linz. We had sunshine everyday and it was a wonderful trip. Tours were well organized and no problems were incurred. Really needed more time in Budapest. Cruise also include a brief night cruise of the Budapest from the River Danube which was wonderful. Cabins had an ample closet, room a little small but average for a cruise cabin. We had a large picture type window which opened and were on the Strauss Deck. Food was excellent, wine, red and/or white, with every dinner and dinner service was good. Dinner clothing was what I would call business casual. With the Captain's dinner it was a little more formal for many but business casual still worked. We had an assigned seating area as there was a group of us. With the exception of our group and 2 French couples all others on board appeared to be German. Activities/entertainment in the evening were very limited, piano player/singer but the beer and service was good. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I recently returned from a week long voyage on the Rhine and the Moselle, from Amsterdam to Basel on board the Amadeus Silver III. A new ship. Build: 2016. 168 passenger (84 cabins) and 46 crew members. It was a fantastic experience in ... Read More
I recently returned from a week long voyage on the Rhine and the Moselle, from Amsterdam to Basel on board the Amadeus Silver III. A new ship. Build: 2016. 168 passenger (84 cabins) and 46 crew members. It was a fantastic experience in every way. We had a wonderfully sunny days and breathtaking scenery. The ship boasts a modern elegant décor. The multilingual crew members are friendly and helpful. They are exceptional, and seemed very committed to ensuring everyone to be happy and enjoying the experience. Fellow passengers are multinational. This makes for a really interesting and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Food was exceptional, presentation was exotic. Service was impeccable. The fare includes free-flowing red and white wine with dinner. Complimentary tea and coffee is served after dinner. There is a 24-hour self-service tea and coffee machine in the Amadeus Club at the aft of the ship. Cruises begin with a welcome cocktail, and complimentary cocktails are also served at the captain's gala night. A few details about the ship: The ship is clean and polished. It's nice to sit on the deck and see the view around. An interesting attraction is the passage through the locks. Very interesting. Another interesting experience was to see how the command bridge (on board) sinks into the ship under a bridge (to avoid hitting the bridge.) The onboard currency is the euro. Gratuities are not included in the fare and the recommended guideline is €7 per person, per day. Amazing experience. It is recommended that everyone take a break and take a cruise on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I was looking for a short cruise but wanted to visit a variety of countries. This cruise stopped at 6 ports. Regensburg, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest to name a few. Excursions were informative and interesting. Local guides who were ... Read More
I was looking for a short cruise but wanted to visit a variety of countries. This cruise stopped at 6 ports. Regensburg, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest to name a few. Excursions were informative and interesting. Local guides who were excellent. Trips partly by coach and followed by short walking experiences. Consideration given to mobility impaired customers. Early starts for the morning tours and always an opportunity for further afternoon excursions or your own free time to explore at leisure. On board service was terrific. Friendly and very helpful crew. Delicious food and all served immaculately. Presentation and variety excellent. The cabin was compact but perfectly proportioned. Had an issue with the air conditioning system but it was quickly remedied. Weather remained perfect except for one rainstorm. Umbrellas were supplied on board. All the crew were well trained, courteous and very helpful. I would recommend this cruise for the retired brigade as all on board were well taken care of. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This is our first river cruise. We had done the inside passage to Alaska from Vancouver. We boarded the cruise in Amsterdam and disembarked in Budapest. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise. The restaurant staff were absolutely great. They ... Read More
This is our first river cruise. We had done the inside passage to Alaska from Vancouver. We boarded the cruise in Amsterdam and disembarked in Budapest. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise. The restaurant staff were absolutely great. They always served us in friendly manner, attended to our needs and made us feel very welcome. I will give 110% for their service and friendliness. The cruise was good except for occasional bumps at the locks. Some of my friends were in a cabins at the back of the ship and experienced engine noise. Forget about watching TV, all in foreign language except for a new channel (skynews) which was in English. Very disappointing TV and reception. There are limited books on board to read and I read 3 of them. There are some board games, scrabble, cards etc which we played while sailing. The other negative of the cruise is the options excursions. They are expensive. We mamaged to do many of them at fraction of the cost on our own. The did bring a birthday cake for my wife on her birthday, very nice jesture. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Wanted to see specific towns on river rhine and we were not dissapointed The staff and the food was absolutely marvellous . I dont usually write reviews but this is a way of apology to all of amadeus Briliant crew for the non stop ... Read More
Wanted to see specific towns on river rhine and we were not dissapointed The staff and the food was absolutely marvellous . I dont usually write reviews but this is a way of apology to all of amadeus Briliant crew for the non stop complaints of some of the passengers ranging from petty comments about the food to blagging some extra drinks just to keep them quiet .One person on the first day even said she paid more for her cabin than her friend the ship doesnt need to recompense anyone if someone got a better deal I felt ashamed to be English Rant over Once again all of you on that ship were fantastic and i would recommend anyone to try amadeus river cruises All the towns visited including Speyer Rudesheim Mannheim Koblenz Cologne were very easy access to get off the ship and quality time in the towns Also the walking tours of Speyer and Cologne were very informative...My next trip is going to be the Danube and i wont hesitate to check out Amadeus first in the hope of meeting up with the same staff Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The cruise was sponsored by my university. There were many colleges represented - Ohio State was number 1. University of Texas was second. Canadian ones also. 130 persons. This was my only experience river cruising. There are many ... Read More
The cruise was sponsored by my university. There were many colleges represented - Ohio State was number 1. University of Texas was second. Canadian ones also. 130 persons. This was my only experience river cruising. There are many locks. We has some snow but we were very comfortable on board in Suite 304 on the Mozart deck. Our suite had good closet space, a decent bathroom (shower only); mini-bar, no ice machine or microwave oven, a shallow veranda and quiet seating area. Cabin staff are excellent. The Panorama Bar is on deck 3, for port lectures and a light dinner menu. The Panorama Restaurant on Deck 2 offers full breakfast, lunch and dinner. The quality and quantity of drink and food is generous. At the stern of Deck 3 is the Amadeus Club. Coffee is available 24/7 and there is a small library and TV. Shore excursion are good with hearing devices so that your can hear the tour guide from any distance. Transfers are well executed. We enjoyed a 3 night extension in Munich before flying home. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I thought it would be an easy, fun, luxurious way to travel, for the most part it was, but the food, except for breakfast, was not tastey,it was badly presented, and the portions were small. It felt like someone wanted to make a buck on ... Read More
I thought it would be an easy, fun, luxurious way to travel, for the most part it was, but the food, except for breakfast, was not tastey,it was badly presented, and the portions were small. It felt like someone wanted to make a buck on our back, and it took hours to serve. Otherwise the serving team was nice and corgial. The rooms were small but very clean, and again, the cleaning team was great. There were some handicapped people who should have had mini buses for long walks, but they did not, and it slowed down the whole group. All the sites we visited were fantastic, and the sailing itself very pleasant. There was ver little entertainmen, which was just as well because the dinner took so long that everyone was too tired to enjoy it (may be that was the purpose of the slow service). I like this way of travelling, but I'd have to make sure first that the food is good and in abundance, and there is better entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Booked 21 day tour of Balkans through Trip A Deal Australia which included 9 day cruise on Amadeus Royal. From the time we stepped on board crew were very welcoming & friendly from then until the end. Food & service were 5 star ... Read More
Booked 21 day tour of Balkans through Trip A Deal Australia which included 9 day cruise on Amadeus Royal. From the time we stepped on board crew were very welcoming & friendly from then until the end. Food & service were 5 star and amenities in the ship were fantastic. We visited some great countries and optional excursions were great and very reasonably priced. All the crew were extremely, helpful and a lot of fun to share holiday with. All had a good sense of humour and kept the passengers entertained. Wines were high quality and servings at both lunch & dinner were very generous. Drink prices at bar were reasonably priced. Public amenities were very clean , spacious and never felt overcrowded. This was my first time on a European river cruise and I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. Would thoroughly recommend Amadeus Royal for any cruise holiday. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose Amadeus Silver II by luck. We just saw a river cruise with a Grand Prix at the end of it and thought "why not?". It was our first river cruise but we've done dozens of sea cruises before. It turned out to be a ... Read More
We chose Amadeus Silver II by luck. We just saw a river cruise with a Grand Prix at the end of it and thought "why not?". It was our first river cruise but we've done dozens of sea cruises before. It turned out to be a great decision in fact! The staff could not be more helpful, the food was outstanding, the ship was immaculate, our room (a suite with a small balcony) was just perfect. Everything went like clockwork and everyone I spoke to onboard were impressed with the quality and service. We certainly plan to do another river cruise next year and we will be choosing Amadeus once again - this time by design rather than luck! We enjoyed all the stops and we did a couple of excursions (which were quite inexpensive). We had a few issues with various transfers but that was the agent we used not th cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My wife and I started cruise in Basel and stayed a couple days and took in that wonderful city. Check in could not have been more smooth. 132 passengers and 42 Pampering crew members. Destination was Amsterdam, which was not on my ... Read More
My wife and I started cruise in Basel and stayed a couple days and took in that wonderful city. Check in could not have been more smooth. 132 passengers and 42 Pampering crew members. Destination was Amsterdam, which was not on my bucket list but I would put it there. We stayed for a couple days in Amsterdam. Room without a balcony was wonderful. The window powered down 1/2 way to allow plenty of air in and good viewing. Bathroom was just the right size with walk in shower. Plenty of closet/storage space Food was exceptional, presentation was exotic. Service was impeccable. Kamong and Edy from Bali were our two servers and they could not have been more detailed oriented. Off boat activities were great and well arranged. there were about 10 young people some as young as 10 that were all well behaved,. I would take this tour again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Excellent river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Ship very comfortable, food and staff Excellent. All destinations well worth the visits. Shore guides very knowledgeable. We were very fortunate to have fab weather, which makes all ... Read More
Excellent river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Ship very comfortable, food and staff Excellent. All destinations well worth the visits. Shore guides very knowledgeable. We were very fortunate to have fab weather, which makes all the difference to any holiday. The Gym was very small, but the majority of use were over 60 and not looking for that kind of exercise ! The sun deck had plenty of seating for all passengers, unfortunately we were unable to use this deck foe 3 days, due to low bridges. Service in the restaurant was very good, as was the food. Lunch time was a choice of a snack in the Panorama Bar or 4 courses in the Restaurant - you didn't have to have all the courses. Our only grouse, was the service in the Panorama Bar - very slow indeed. We really enjoyed our trip and would recommend this ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This cruise fitted our timetable and needs as seniors. The package was - flights, full board and excursions. Our guide flew with us from Israel to Amsterdam where we got on a bus for a panoramic trip and later on to out embarkation in ... Read More
This cruise fitted our timetable and needs as seniors. The package was - flights, full board and excursions. Our guide flew with us from Israel to Amsterdam where we got on a bus for a panoramic trip and later on to out embarkation in Utrecht. It was smooth. Cabins are small, carpet worn out, not enough sockets (only two) for todays' equipment. Food was plenty and tasty. The service in the dining room was excellent. Other services were good except cleaning the cabin. Shore excursions were too short (1-3 hours). One at least was really bad as it took part on a Sunday morning at 0800 (am) in Koblenz when the city was till fast asleep. The guide, Gady Michaeli was EXCELLENT. Quite a few from the travelers had mobility problems and/or were traveling alone. He did his best to help with grace and understanding. His explanations were accurate, good sense of humor too. While sailing on the Mine the deck was closed due to low bridges which was a bummer, but those bridges are old... All in all it was a satisfactory cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My wife and I decided to start our vacation with the Luftner option to visit Prague before our cruise. We arrived at the Luftner selected Prague Hotel and was immediately disappointed that there was no Luftner representative. Instead, the ... Read More
My wife and I decided to start our vacation with the Luftner option to visit Prague before our cruise. We arrived at the Luftner selected Prague Hotel and was immediately disappointed that there was no Luftner representative. Instead, the hotel staff told us to read the message taped to the desk in the hall way. The message told us that we would have dinner catered by the hotel later in the day. The next day we would be met by a tour guide to see the sights of Prague. The note also told us to be ready for pickup the following day. Obviously, we (about 19 option takers) were very disappointed that there was no Luftner representative to answer questions about the cruise and excursions. Some of the people were supposed to be pick up at the airport but they had to get there own taxi so they could not resolved this issue. After Prague, we traveled to our ship. Our room was okay and the climate control work efficiently to our satisfaction. The dining area was offen warm and uncomfortable at times. Meals: Came with beverage of your choice including house red or white wine for lunch and dinner Breakfast - buffet with the option to order omelettes or eggs prepared to your liking. No real complaint except it became rather boring. Lunch - salad and soup was buffet style but the entree came separately. Entrees were either a small portion of fish or meat with very little seasoning. Salad and soup were very good but the entree was a hit or miss depending on flavor, dryness, or likeability. Dinner - all came with appetitizer, soup, entree, and dessert. The appetitizer was very small and not typically what Americans find palatable. The entrees were very disappointing. You were lucky if you got 2 - 4 ounces of fish or meat. In addition, the entree side item were usually a meager selection of vegetables. In short, you were finished with the entree in 3 to 5 mountful. Most of the entrees were a miss because of the lack of flavor, dryness or being cold. An example was our last night dinner which was surf and turf. The entree consisted of 1 medium shrimp on 2 ounce piece of fillet mignon. Dessert for the most part were good. Entertainment was provided by a electronic piano player/singer and a female singer. They were average for entertainment and not very memorable. The Hungarian folk dancers on the last day were really good but most of us were downstairs packing. Service - our waiter was simply terrible. Our waiter had a vague knowledge of food we were being served. At times he would have to look at the menu to see what the options were. One example, the menu called a type of fish by a unknown name. When we asked the waiter what type of fish is being serve, he told us at the table it was salmon. When it arrive, we all knew it wasn't salmon. We had to call the Matre de to straighten our entree selections. Another time, the dessert was not appetizing for a few on at the table. I noticed at another table, they has the same problem with dessert and asked for and received ice cream. When we asked our waiter, he told us it was not on the menu. When we pointed to the other table, he got indignant and went to see about getting us ice cream. He never returned so I asked the Matre de and he gave us some ice cream. Our assistant server on the other hand was exceptional! I have to say all the rest of the waiters seemed to be very good with smiles on their face at all times and very helpful so I would say our table was just unlucky. Ports and Shore Excurions - we selected Luftner because of their flexibility in selecting excursions. Most of the excursions were very good like the concert program but a few were mediocre in that we were alway rushed and did not have sufficient time to see or do the thing we would have like to do. We did have one very bad excursion...Vienna at Night. The excursion consisted of a visit to a wine garden to sample a red and white wine. The group was given an hour and 45 minutes to enjoy ourselves. However, the wines were poor quality and the side bread came with unappetizing spreads and it was also a hot and buggy night. After an hour, our group told the tour guide we would like to leave. She tried to call the bus driver but he did not answer his phone so we all walked up and down the street looking at closed shops until the time to leave. The bus driver still did not arrive until 20 minutes after the designated time. The rest of the evening was spent on the bus as the guide pointed out some landmarks. Do not waste your money on this excursion. Do not be pulled in by the enticing write up. In short, my wife and I decided not to go on another river cruse. Hindsight, we should have selected a river cruise catered especially to American. Maybe the food and entertainment would have been better. This cruise line is cheaper but it can nickel and dime you as you pay for extras...wifi, beer, soda, bikes. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My friend and I were asked to be joint "faculty hosts" for one of the universities sponsoring this very elegant and educational tour of Europe, via the Danube and Rhine rivers. This was a great opportunity, and we enjoyed ... Read More
My friend and I were asked to be joint "faculty hosts" for one of the universities sponsoring this very elegant and educational tour of Europe, via the Danube and Rhine rivers. This was a great opportunity, and we enjoyed "hosting" and cruising with the people of our university, as well as many of the other travelers. We arrived in Budapest two days before the cruise began, and thoroughly enjoyed touring this beautiful, friendly city. Most of the passengers arrived on Friday, and were brought straight from the airport to the ship. The instant the first bus load arrived, the dining room doors swung open, and lunch was served. We had arrived a couple hours earlier than the others, to confer with the travel directors on board. Even though we arrived early, there were ship staff members waiting on the dock, taking charge of our luggage, and seeing to our every question or request. They were entirely professional, warm, welcoming, and efficient. The ship was still in the process of being cleaned, so we waited in the lobby, and were treated most graciously. At the end of the cruise, the leave-taking was quite smooth and efficient, as well, with staff helping with luggage, and announcing the various taxis and rides as they arrived. Our stateroom was beautiful and designed with every comfort, and every inch put to excellent use. The bathroom was small, of course, but I am a Large Person, and I was completely comfortable with it. There were upper and lower shelves, with plenty of space for all our "stuff." There is space for one suitcase under each bed (standard for cruises), but I had brought a third, bringing gifts for family, and consumables for us. We stowed it between the beds, and gave it away to an appreciative nephew when we got to Vienna three days later!! Very Important Point: Each stateroom had its own thermostat, and could be adjusted to suit the occupants. This is a most proFOUND boon for middle-aged women!!!! :~) The ship was beautifully decorated, and very clean. Very comfortable. The bar was pretty much always open, so far as I could tell. Morning, well into the night, certainly. The dining room was elegant, the service was smooth as glass, and the food was phenomenal. Not only was it beautiful, and professionally served, it was nutritionally balanced. And the portions were well-defined. This was, by and large, an older group of travelers (primarily 60s, 70s 80s, and folks our ages predictably eat less than younger crowds, perhaps. There was always plenty, and there was always somewhere on board to get coffee and a small snack if you wanted it. At mealtimes, there were always choices, including a vegetarian choice, and usually two meat-inclusive entrees. The dessert choices always included a small fruit plate with a bit of cheese. Very Continental, and very delicious. Others have noted the breakfast buffet, the choice of lunch in the dining room or in the lounge, and the single seating for dinner. These were all presented graciously and with ease. There was a separate person serving drinks, and the beer and wine flowed freely at mealtimes. Constantly. Without charge. :~) I do not drink alcohol, and I am all-too-familiar with the state of inebriation of those around me. (There's a reason it is sometimes called "getting stupid".., but I digress....Nobody got stupid on this cruise!) After the second or third day, it occurred to me that, even though the bar staff was constantly refilling all the glasses before anyone even noticed how much they had consumed, no one EVER even appeared to be drunk. A bit of sleuthing revealed that they were serving European wines, often from the areas through which we were passing, and the alcohol content is generally lower than wines here in the States. Everyone enjoyed the wines and beers greatly, and no one complained about them not being potent enough! They were most complimentary, as a matter of fact. And no one had a hangover, either! A remarkable feat!! What this cruise does NOT have, is the flagrant abuse and waste of food, piling it on buffets and serving great gobs of it at all hours. (I can't STAND that!!) There were cookie snacks at the little tea area, and snacks in the bar area, but we were so well-fed, that I didn't ever see anyone eating extra. Not saying that someone DIDN'T, but they didn't do it in front of me. The Kitchen staff prepared special treats for birthdays, anniversaries, and, on this trip, a national holiday. On the Fourth of July, we were treated to an enormous and delicious cake in honor of American Independence. I have enjoyed three previous cruises: Disney, out of Cape Canaveral, Viking, on the Yangtze in China, and Holland America on the Inside Passage in Alaska. The Amadeus cruise handled the food service more to my liking than any of the others. Portions, nutrition, presentation, variety - - all, the very best. Each afternoon, just before dinner, the travelers gathered in the lounge to hear about the activities and plans for the following day. Members of the staff reviewed the goings-on of the day and the morrow, and any questions were answered. Upon occasion, this was the point of locating people who had not, apparently, returned to the ship. You had to turn in your room key as you left, for the purposes of letting the staff know when you returned, and not losing the beautiful, tasseled key. If your key was still at the front desk, a call went out, and scouts were dispatched, to try to locate the missing persons before the ship sailed. Most days there was no call, but a couple of times, people were missing. Since the next boat in is pretty much waiting for the dock space, there is considerable pressure to leave on time!! When the travelers were gathering in the lounge for the "port talks," the ship's musicians would perform to entertain the waiting crowd. I am a professional musician myself (Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano), and I enjoyed visiting with the pianist and vocalist there. Any time there was "dead air" where travelers gathered, they would not hesitate to provide background music, although they kept an analytical eye as to how well their efforts were being received - - too loud? Too soft? Too Rock? Too old? They enjoyed performing, and were very well trained and capable. They used their best judgment as to music that would be appreciated by the audience, and, I believe, did a very good job of that. Also, in the lounge, after dinner, there would be a few games to enjoy as a group. I actually only went for those one night, but was sorry I had not gone more often. It was HILARIOUS!! As I mentioned earlier, we were, for the most part, OLD, so we went to bed fairly early. In my opinion, the staff - - tour directors, musicians, all, did a fine job of judging what would be well-received by the group. How to describe the "service." ....... Embarkation, disembarkation, luggage, food, all just excellent. Laundry? There was no do-it-yourself, and there were no irons in the rooms. My clothing came out of the suitcase in bad need of ironing. There was a note that said to put things that needed pressing into "this" plastic bag, and leave it on your bed; that the staff would try to have it back to you within 24 hours. I saw this about the time we were to go to the dining room, so I just grabbed all my dresses, skirts, tops, ALL, and crammed them into the plastic bag. Then we went to dinner. Then we came back from dinner. ALL MY CLOTHES were hanging, beautifully pressed, on the door of the closet!!! It was MAGIC!!! The first night, I rinsed out my undies in the bathroom and hung them in the shower to dry. It was fine, but just aggravating to have to do. After the good result with the pressing, I decided to try the laundry. BINGO!!! Dirties OUT! Cleanies IN! In such a brief period of time. I couldn't believe it!!!! I DO love to have things done for me!!! (I wasn't RAISED lazy; I've had to learn it on my own!!!) Which brings us to the subject of the hair salon. The young woman who staffed the small gift shop in the lobby, was also the hair dresser. I decided I just didn't want to mess with doing my own hair, so I inquired and made an appointment with her. The little room containing the "salon" was at one far end of the boat, near the "library." I dragged off down there at the appointed time, and what a surprise!!! The washing basin was exactly like the washing basins in typical US shops, EXCEPT THAT you could sit straight up and just rest your neck and head on the rim of the basin. No scrunching down in a chair while water (and shampoo!!) run everywhere!! And she (the hair dresser) could stand up straight, as well. No ruining her back, either. Her English was excellent (I think she was Hungarian, but I may be wrong about that), she was charming, and her work was superb. I had a total of three appointments on the trip, and consider it the best money I spent!!! Shore excursions were a major plus with this company. They were all included in the price of the trip (as was airfare), so people did not get fleeced by "bargains" at the port. Almost always, there were three choices for excursions. Sometimes only two, but mostly three. Most choices of excursions were made before the trip started, but the tour directors did everything in their power to change your enrollment if you had decided you wanted to do something different. These excursions were tremendous bargains, when you did the math. About the only thing I heard that someone did not get to do, was the tour of the galley kitchen, and perhaps a tour of the bridge. Those were much in demand, and very limited in number of participants. One point worth contemplating. Most of these excursions require a great deal of walking. I am not able to walk very vigorously or far. It would have been a tremendous boon if the ship had had a golf cart or something similar, to get from the boat to the city streets. In many towns there are taxis, or the pedi-cabs, or just walking and resting on benches, as best one can. But even those are difficult if you wear yourself out, getting up off the dock to the historical areas. DO NOT BE DISTRACTED!!! I LOVED this cruise, even if I had to miss a few things. I saw LOTS and LOTS of things. And I thoroughly enjoyed staying on the boat, resting, reading, or just contemplating the shore, where people were camping or picnicking. The "French balcony" was a great pleasure, especially lowering the big window and listening to the beautiful song birds, and watching the water birds - - ducks, geese, swans - - enjoying the water. That was a real vacation!! Such a pleasure!!! Never too much of that!!! A word about "enrichment activities." There were four major universities that had "hosts" on board for their contingent. (Several other universities were represented, but had only one or two couples in the group. No hosts from them!!) Each Faculty Host was responsible for giving two "academic" type talks. On this ship, each of the four presenters was well-prepared, thoroughly knowledgeable, and very effective. Virtually the entire tourist group attended each of the talks. I was impressed. One more item under the subject of "service." Like a lot of other 70-year-olds, I have a few medical prescriptions that keep me going. Skipping unnecessary detail, I arrived on the boat missing one prescription that helps keep my chronic atrial fibrillation under control. When I realized this loss, I had four days' supply remaining. No time to panic, but also, no time to waste! A futile several hours attempting to locate someone in the medical practice in North Carolina, was a big waste of time. I went to our (Russian) tour director, Sergei. I am told that the meaning of this Russian name is, "shepherd," or "protector." Well, he certainly was!!! He assured me this was no problem, they have a connection with an English-speaking medical clinic that is open on Saturday mornings. He would have a taxi waiting for me the next morning, to go to that clinic. AHA!!! I said - - This needs to be a taxi large enough to accommodate ME (Large Person) comfortably!!! (Cabs in NYC have gotten so small it's ridiculous, but I have gotten familiar with Uber!!!) No problem, according to Sergei!!! It will be a good size! AHA!!! I said - - it needs to have AIR CONDITIONING!!! GOOD air conditioning!! Ambient heat makes me nauseous!! (The weather in Budapest was blistering hot at that point...) NOT TO WORRY, says Sergei!! It will be fine!!!! I was still having little "dreads" the next morning, but when the taxi arrived, it was a Mercedes Benz SUV!!!! The lengthy drive over into Buda (the port is in Pest), gave us another good look at this beautiful city, and a visit with a charming and knowledgeable driver. The clinic staff was totally reassuring. The physician and nurse did a thorough "new patient" intake on me. Totally professional, and totally darling, all at the same time. I left with a prescription in my hand, and a smile on my face. This clinic was in a "shopping center." Rather than the strip malls or boundless covered malls we know, this "shopping center" was in one building, straight up. Different stores on different levels. My companion was able to acquire several items we needed to get for our room, and I was able to have the prescription filled at the small pharmacy on another level. WIN-WIN-WIN!! Our driver had waited for us, and was right outside the door when we emerged. We heard of a couple other medical situations on the cruise, and that the staff handled them ably and immediately. There was only one young person on the trip, a young man who turned 16 during the cruise. He was everyone's favorite, loved to play shuffleboard and got most people to play with him. There were no small children, nor were there any accommodations for them, such as play areas, or special activities. I'm pretty sure Amadeus does not advertise for children. Would I go again? Yes, Yes, and Yes. I was delighted with each of the towns and cities we visited, with Amsterdam crowning the experience as the final port. However, what I am more interested in, rather than to repeat this cruise, would be to find another Amadeus cruise and enjoy different places. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The tour guides in our first port called Amadeus Silver/lueftner cruises/Amadeus the McDonald's of river cruises. With an open mind i could not disagree with them..The meals were just adequate a lot of french fries, motel stile buffet ... Read More
The tour guides in our first port called Amadeus Silver/lueftner cruises/Amadeus the McDonald's of river cruises. With an open mind i could not disagree with them..The meals were just adequate a lot of french fries, motel stile buffet breakfast right down to the paper napkins, Lunch was a treat. Entertainment the same duo every night, the were good. Little or no activities on board, the crew was great. Disembarkation was easy , you must be off the ship by 8:30am, no exceptions. The Ship is a couple of years old and is starting to show some ware , carpets etc. The cabins was nice and the drop down window was great except 50% of the time in port there was another ship beside you completely obstructing your view even in our top deck room. The Low water on the river will force lueftner cruises to cancel or force the passengers on to buses for 5 or 6 days , a real nightmare. lueftner cruises does not have the amount of ships on the river to switch ships as other larger operators will do.. Summary:The Cruise was a great value lowest rates on the river, under $100 per day. The crew and tour representatives were great they really try with what was available to them.. lueftner cruises had there hands tied, penny pinching to keep the overhead down and profit up. Hey McDonald's is not all that bad. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We took two river cruises (back to back), the first week was with Amadeus Diamond and the second week with Amadeus Symphony. Upon disembarked from Diamond, we took a train from Paris to Lyon and noticed our IPAD was missing. Luckily we ... Read More
We took two river cruises (back to back), the first week was with Amadeus Diamond and the second week with Amadeus Symphony. Upon disembarked from Diamond, we took a train from Paris to Lyon and noticed our IPAD was missing. Luckily we had email contact and informed them that it's likely we left the IPAD in the Cabin. Check-in with Symphony was efficient and organized. While unpacking in Symphony, the cruise staff told us that they found our IPAD and had made arrangement sending to Lyon. This demonstrates their top-notch customer services. All in all we had a wonderful time throughout, the foods and services are second to none. Lyon old town is very beautiful - 2000-year-old city, designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Beanune and Burguny wine regions were the highlight of this trip. Avignon in Provence, is a historic Old Town. We strolled through the historic center and Palais des Papes. We also joined the excursion to Pont du Gard - very impressive architectural structure built sometime in the 1st century by Romans. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We booked this trip and it included three nights in Paris and a train ticket to Lyon to board the ship. We have taken 15+ ocean cruises, but this was only our second river cruise. Cabin assignments were not made until we were on the ship! ... Read More
We booked this trip and it included three nights in Paris and a train ticket to Lyon to board the ship. We have taken 15+ ocean cruises, but this was only our second river cruise. Cabin assignments were not made until we were on the ship! Everyone was welcomed and then assigned a cabin. The crew were great! The cabin was satisfactory, a little "dated" and sparse, but very clean. We were on the middle deck and had a large window that opened. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of storage space. Meals were fine; there was lots of variety at breakfast and they would make eggs to order if you asked. There was not much of a selection at lunch, but you could order a hamburger and fries if you did not like the daily offering. At dinner, there were just two choices of entree. The soups were excellent, and the salads and desserts were good. Red and white wines were served with lunch and dinner, but if you wanted a soft drink, you had to buy one. The ship docked quite near town so it was an easy walk. We took an optional excusion everyday. They were all interesting EXCEPT for the Carmague Nature Preserve. That was a waste of time and money! If you want to see the Carmague wild animals, you need to walk the paths, not ride by in a bus on the highway! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
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