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12 AmaWaterways AmaSonata Romantic Cruise Reviews

This ship line had received great reviews. The trip was absolutely wonderful. Everyone who takes these cruises knows about the low water problem with Europe's rivers. The Captain and the crew of our trip managed to take us ... Read More
This ship line had received great reviews. The trip was absolutely wonderful. Everyone who takes these cruises knows about the low water problem with Europe's rivers. The Captain and the crew of our trip managed to take us everywhere we were scheduled to go with no service disruption or problems presented to us. We had a Cruise manager, Camille, who seemed to be everywhere! She handled so many things that if a problem arose, she took care of it before we were even aware of it! Even with that, she did not "hover" over our group but helped us experience the unique value oil this cruise and the places we visited, providing plenty of time for our own discovery. She was absolutely delightful as were the Captain, Justyan, the Hotel Manager, Cristian and the rest of the crew! They were excellent! This is certainly the way to visit the great cities of Europe. The food was great and plentiful as was the wine and other beverages. The accommodations were great. The local guides were very good and were very helpful to us in enjoying the unique areas of each town and city we visited. We also had plenty of time to discover on our own and had a variety of ways to do that arranged by our Cruise Manager I would recommend this line, AMA Waterways, to anyone that wants to take a river cruise. We certainly will be back! In my view, this is the very best way to experience these historic places in the world. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This cruise was amazing! We chose a Danube cruise for the destinations. My husband is a musician and wanted to go to places where the famous composers actually wrote and performed the music so this itinerary was perfect. Everything about ... Read More
This cruise was amazing! We chose a Danube cruise for the destinations. My husband is a musician and wanted to go to places where the famous composers actually wrote and performed the music so this itinerary was perfect. Everything about this cruise was easy. Checkin was easy, they took our luggage to our room while we were checking in and they explained all the room features to us. We had been traveling for almost a week prior to getting on the ship so we sent out laundry that first night and asked to have it back in 2 days, it was back in our room same night when we came back from dinner! The cabin was well appointed and we opted for a balcony which we enjoyed. The food was great and service was top notch in both the restaurant and the lounge. The DJ in the evenings was entertaining and played great music and the dance floor was always full. The water level in the northern part of the Danube was too low so our itinerary had to change to accommodate that. No one wants a ship to get stuck! They reworked the itinerary on the fly and found other great locations for us to stop at and wonderful tour options. Every night before dinner we met the cruise director Csaba in the lounge and he updated everyone on the changes and let us know where we would be the next day. You could tell he was working really hard to come up with Plan B and he did not disappoint. As a result we did miss out on a few of the scheduled ports but all in all I don't think we really missed anything and we thoroughly enjoyed the options we did have. This was our first river cruise and we were anxious to compare it to the big ocean liners and we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the smaller, quieter atmosphere. We plan to do another cruise with AMA in the next year or so. We had a fantastic time and the level of detail and service was above and beyond our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our second Amawaterways cruise. The entire staff from reservation, crew, tour guides were amazing. We had first class treatment from start to finish. Professional, efficient and even some humor from everyone we ... Read More
This was our second Amawaterways cruise. The entire staff from reservation, crew, tour guides were amazing. We had first class treatment from start to finish. Professional, efficient and even some humor from everyone we encountered. We had some weather problems and natural bumps, but they handled everything smoothly. If they were not transparent of what was going on we never would have been the wiser. Highly recommend Amawaterways for river cruising. Can’t wait to book our next cruise. Esperanza in office assisted us when our flight was canceled, efficiently and pleasantly. Nick our cruise director effectively knocked down all the road blocks with a smile, humor, and efficiency. Contain our server was absolutely amazing! Rooms and ship were immaculate. Our every need was met. One guest even requested to pet a dog and at one of the ports Nick found one for her to pet! The entertainment was exceptional as well as the detailed tours. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
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
We hadn't planned on a cruise when we started planning our vacation but heard very favorable things about the Rhine cruise thought we would look into it. I have to say, one of the most wonderful vacations we have ever had. First of ... Read More
We hadn't planned on a cruise when we started planning our vacation but heard very favorable things about the Rhine cruise thought we would look into it. I have to say, one of the most wonderful vacations we have ever had. First of all I have to say that our Cruise Manager, Florentine is an asset to Amawaterways. The compassion this man had for some of the passengers was wonderful to watch. He was always in a good mood and always had a hello for everyone no matter the time of day. We could always see him checking out the various tours making sure everyone was enjoying themselves and making sure everything was running smoothly. The whole experience from start to finish was wonderful. We were met on the sidewalk by one of the crew who took our luggage on board for us. We were a little early so opted to go back to town for a look around. When we returned, even though our room was not ready, there was afternoon food available for the passengers. The food each day was beyond fresh and so good. We never had any complaints. If you didn't have a taste for something on the menu there was always a choice of items, such as steak, salmon, chicken, that you could choose from as options. The morning pastries for us early risers was always a treat. The ship was so quite and relaxing. The excursions were well planned and organized. Some days we had 2 excursions and one day we had an option of 4 to choose from. ALL INCLUDED in the price. The staff aboard were always friendly towards us. The ship provided flavored tea and hand clothes when we arrived back from excursions. Our room was always kept clean. We have nothing to say negative about our AMASonata Waterways experience. Thank you for making us want to go again. Also want to add, we have done large cruises before and probably won't go back to them. The smaller guest cruises is so much more friendlier. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary aboard the AmaSonata and the whole cruise couldn't have been better! The room was small but well appointed. Breakfast and lunch buffets were excellent and at dinner there were many options ... Read More
We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary aboard the AmaSonata and the whole cruise couldn't have been better! The room was small but well appointed. Breakfast and lunch buffets were excellent and at dinner there were many options off the menu. I had told them prior to the cruise that I had an allergy to cheese, and all the waiters were aware of this and they accommodated me. For our anniversary night, we ate at the elegant Chef's Table, a separate small restaurant apart from the main dining room. It was elegant and they feted us with a cake and song. The off-ship tours were very well arranged. There was something for all ability levels. Whenever we had the option, we took one of the guided bicycle tours offered. This was one of the reasons why we chose AmaWaterways over others. It was a fairly small group of bicyclists, no more than 20 persons. The entire staff went out of their way to make you feel welcome. We especially enjoyed our cruise director Raul. There was entertainment both on and off ship, usually very high quality, especially the classical music concert offered in the evening in Vienna. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My husband and I are in our mid to late fifties. We have been on several ocean cruises. We enjoy the aspect of unpacking once on cruises plus having all your meals arranged. After two successful cruises on a moderate priced line, we ... Read More
My husband and I are in our mid to late fifties. We have been on several ocean cruises. We enjoy the aspect of unpacking once on cruises plus having all your meals arranged. After two successful cruises on a moderate priced line, we wanted to try Amawaterways because we heard many good things about them, especially that their food was high quality. Even though Amawaterways was more than a few hundred dollars more than the other brand, we were pleased with our choice. Would I use the other moderate line again? Yes, because for us, the quality of the tours is most important and we didn't find any difference between the two lines. The food was better on Amawaterways, but food is not the most important thing to us, the food on the other line was average, and Amawaterways was above average. The only time the food on Amawaterways was exceptional was our one meal at the "Chef's Table". We loved the itinerary of the Budapest with Munich extension. Others on the sailing chose the Prague extension. You can't go wrong with either. For us, Munich was on our bucket list and having the ease of the transfer plus the high quality guides that Ama provides was the reason we chose to do the post cruise with Ama instead of DIY. I do think that the staff on the Amasonata were trained very well. The Cruise Manager, Viktoria was outstanding. She was very detailed oriented and I watched her noticing little details that could be improved on the ship and mentioning it to the person responsible in a very diplomatic way. I am a "big picture person" versus a "detailed oriented" person. Some folks might be impressed with the red rose given to each woman at the welcome party, or the gifted scarf at the end. For me, it doesn't matter. . . the rose, I gave it to them to put it in a group vase because what was I supposed to do with it? The scarf was a nice gesture but I really don't wear scarves. . . Our last two cruises we went Aquarium Class. We saved at least $1,000 by going this way. We were very pleased especially because the square footage was exactly the same as the French Balcony cabins on Avalon. This time, I decided to try a French Balcony cabin because I wanted to know if there was any big difference, enjoyment wise, or if the cabin was less noisy going through the locks. By the time I booked, there were no French Balcony cabins available, only dual balconies which is a french and an actual balcony combined. What the hay, we went for it. We were Cabin 216 mid ship. We were able to use our balcony several times in port because we got lucky. If you are not aware, because of the popularity of river cruising, the ships double dock and even triple dock while in port. This is termed "rafting". There were some occasions when we looked out our balcony, all we saw was another ship's balcony. (Read more about rafting on the CC River Cruise boards about this before deciding if you want to spend extra on the balcony) Bottom line, the balcony was a lovely extra, but I'm on the fence if it is worth the at least $1,000 extra in fare. The excursions of Amawaterways were excellent. There was always many different choices as to activity level. Amawaterways took extra special care to those in the gentle walkers group. I am not a gentle walker myself, but I can heartily recommend that you consider Ama if you need a little tlc. If you are an active person, Ama is also perfect for you. There was always a hike, which near the Danube involved walking up hundreds of steps to a castle lol, and a bike ride. The guides on the "regular" tours were very informative and interesting. The service was very good on the Amasonata. We met some new friends who have cruised on the Regent ocean cruise line, and they were a little disappointed with the service, just throwing that in as a reference point. Most of the staff was very friendly and work hard to make you happy. The only negative aspect of our trip was the selection by Ama of the post cruise extension hotel in Munich. The location of this hotel was a very poor choice and one would think that Ama with all of their detail oriented customer service would have better quality control. Not going into detail here, but I'm certain Ama knew about the changing neighborhood surrounding LeMeridien Hotel and should have been proactive in changing the hotel even if it meant that they would lose money. . . In summary, Amasonata is a beautiful ship with a friendly, hardworking staff. They work together to give you a wonderful vacation. Amawaterways might cost a little more than other lines, but the extra cost is worth it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We had the most incredible experience aboard the AmaSonata, and would highly Ama Waterways to anyone interested in river cruising. This is especially the cruise for you if you have any special dietary needs. My husband and I are both ... Read More
We had the most incredible experience aboard the AmaSonata, and would highly Ama Waterways to anyone interested in river cruising. This is especially the cruise for you if you have any special dietary needs. My husband and I are both vegan, and were blown away by the delicious, healthy food we encountered at every meal. We've travelled on quite a few ocean liners, and were used to only getting sub-par tofu or soy protein dishes, which often lacked flavor and nutrients. But, we were delighted to have an entirely new experience aboard the Ama Sonata. The chefs aboard took such great care of us, giving us new and unique dishes every day with a variety of healthy proteins ( lentils, quinoa, polenta, beans, etc.). The chefs even made us a delicious raw wrap ( with almond cheeze) one evening. The waitstaff always made sure we were taken care of and we never felt like we were a bother. We've never had such great food or service on a vacation and were so grateful! The staff on the ship really went above and beyond to make our stay special. They were always so kind, fun, and helpful. And the ship itself is gorgeous with wonderful rooms. We especially appreciated the variety of tours offered, including bike tours! And, if you're lucky enough to get Dejan as your cruise manager, you will be very taken care of. His delightful, positive energy and hard work really made our cruise special. If you want to river cruise, Ama Waterways is the only way to go, you will not regret it! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We just Cruised the Melodies of the Danube cruise on the AmaSonata in April for our Honeymoon. This was my first cruise and first time in Europe. From the moment we met our AmaWaterways rep at the airport, our trip was fantastic. Once ... Read More
We just Cruised the Melodies of the Danube cruise on the AmaSonata in April for our Honeymoon. This was my first cruise and first time in Europe. From the moment we met our AmaWaterways rep at the airport, our trip was fantastic. Once we got to the ship the crew acted as if we were old friends. From the personal escort to our room and our luggage arriving only a few minutes later. Our Cruise Director, Matyas, was knowledgeable and funny and always available to offer any assistance. The rooms were small as expected on a ship this size, but after comparing some other lines, the mid grade rooms on AMA are larger than almost everything but a suite on other lines. Everything fell into place all week everything was well organized. With the small number of guests, there were no "cattle calls" getting on and off the ship as I have heard with the large ocean cruises. We enjoyed the balcony a few times but mostly sat on the sundeck if we were cruising so we saw the sites on both shores. The meals were fantastic. So many options at breakfast from the buffet or menu. Lunch was a salad bar and apps and then soup, entrée and desert from the menu. Dinner was always a 5 course meal catering to local sites. Goulash and Hungarian wines in Budapest, Weiner schnitzel and Austrian wines in Vienna and sausages and local beers in Germany. The excursions were varied so you had your choice of a hike, bus tour or bike ride at almost every stop. The guides were knowledgeable and usually very personable and funny. We took in the Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna and the Folklore dinner in Prague. Both well worth the extra money. Everything else was included. The staff, especially Mariuz, Ivo, Alex, Arun, Janos and Matyas were all phenomenal. This cruise exceeded every expectation and we are already looking to plan our next cruise with AMA. Either the Douro or the Danube again from Budapest East towards Bucharest. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My husband and I were a little apprehensive to book any cruise, as my husband gets a little green with the rocking of a boat. There was no rocking whatsoever and we spent some of our time on the top deck enjoying the scenery. We booked on ... Read More
My husband and I were a little apprehensive to book any cruise, as my husband gets a little green with the rocking of a boat. There was no rocking whatsoever and we spent some of our time on the top deck enjoying the scenery. We booked on the AmaSonata... the "Romantic Danube"-Wine Theme Voyage and had a vacation of a lifetime. We spent our first 3 nights in Prague. The hotel was nice and the beds were very comfortable. We went on a city tour of Prague....beautiful and so much history. Ama had optional tours to choose from. We went on the Terezin Fortress tour, which we would recommend to anyone. We spent a wonderful week on board. The ship had everything we needed and more. The food was delicious, as was the wine (which there was an never ending flow). The service was awesome. The staff and crew incredible and all had a great sense of humour. The crew let us know when we would be entering a lock, as this was an interest of a few in our group. Very interesting. The whole experience from when we arrived to our extension in Budapest, left nothing to be desired. A warm thank you to all the staff and crew. We didn't meet a staff member we didn't like. Awesome sense of humour. There were a variety of excursions to choose from, all of which were interesting and informative. There wasn't a town which was too big or too small. There was amazing history in each and every one. I would recommend this cruise Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was our first River cruise. We had always wanted to see the tulips in Holland so we chose the Tulip Time itinerary. We embarked in Amsterdam and our ports of call were Hoorn, Arnhem, Nijmegen, Antwerp, Ghent, Wilemstad, Kinderdijk ... Read More
This was our first River cruise. We had always wanted to see the tulips in Holland so we chose the Tulip Time itinerary. We embarked in Amsterdam and our ports of call were Hoorn, Arnhem, Nijmegen, Antwerp, Ghent, Wilemstad, Kinderdijk and Schoonhoven. Upon arrival our cabin was ready and our luggage was taken to our room and we received a quick orientation of our cabin features. Our cabin was 212 and we had a french balcony/ balcony combination. The French balcony would be a huge asset on this cruise due to the weather. The cabin was spacious and had a queen bed. The bathroom had a great rain shower head with great water pressure. The Apple entertainment system and tv were state of the art in each cabin. Our Cruise Manager, Uwe was absolutely fantastic. His organization skills were stellar and were evident in all activities. He had such a great personality and was so enjoyable to speak with. Even though our weather was rainy the entire trip with high winds as well, he always remained up beat and helped assure everyone's comfort. The Staff are a huge asset to the ship and all worked extremely hard to assure customer satisfaction. No request was ignored and all were accommodated. You were always greeted with a smile. We enjoyed the smaller ship size and the personal touches that AMA works so hard to provide. We would certainly consider taking another river cruise with AMA. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We flew into Munich Germany and took the train on our own to the nearby port of Vilshoven, Took a cheap cab ride to the AmaSonata. AmaWaterways was wonderful about telling us exactly where the ship was docked by e-mail. Since we spoke no ... Read More
We flew into Munich Germany and took the train on our own to the nearby port of Vilshoven, Took a cheap cab ride to the AmaSonata. AmaWaterways was wonderful about telling us exactly where the ship was docked by e-mail. Since we spoke no German we were a little uneasy but all went exceedingly well and was a fun adventure for US citizens not familiar with Europe's trains or languages. The AMaSonata was absolutely pristine, the staff was fantastic, and the food and wine far exceeded ordinary cruise ship fare. For the first time ever, We had what was classified as an inside cabin on the lower level which did not turn out to be a problem at all due to the great technology on the ship. We could see the forward view from the bridge on our television and could see out of a high side window which put us at water level on the port side. The windows were so clean that I actually took some great pictures by holding my iPad to the window for shots of beautiful castles or small villages going by. A few short steps would take us to the deck above for a more complete view. We enjoyed the captains specialty restaurant dinner on the second night on the cruise, which was lovely. We never used the pool or the workout room because we were far too busy with the included tours. We only took one optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace for $39 per person, which was a great price for a wonderful tour. The included tours usually picked us up in a bus, took us to the site with a guide and included admission and wireless earphones in order to hear the guide. Buses were extraordinarily clean and guides were great. Onboard entertainment was wonderful starting with an Oktoberfest in July at dockside and including topical musical performances such as costumed Sound of Music presentations. All in all, one of our best Cruises ever including the fantastic fellow passengers we met along the way.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
AmaSonata Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.6
Dining 4.5 4.7
Entertainment 3.5 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 2.5 4.3
Family 1.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.9
Value For Money 4.5 4.6

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