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By the time my husband and I thought of a river cruise for a wedding anniversary we already had enough of ocean liners gigantomania and clearly knew each drawback of a sea voyage. Though, we find it very exciting to see different places at ... Read More
By the time my husband and I thought of a river cruise for a wedding anniversary we already had enough of ocean liners gigantomania and clearly knew each drawback of a sea voyage. Though, we find it very exciting to see different places at one go - that’s a huge advantage of any water travel. Applying value for money approach to the desired dates (12.11-19.11) and destination (Basel-Amsterdam) we made our choice - Amawaterways. The ship meant to carry us along the route was AmaStella, if not the low water level on the Rhine, due to which we later moved to AmaKristina. Getting ready for our maiden river voyage was full of doubt - will a small ship be comfortable enough? shall we need to share a table with some fellow passengers during meals? what if we in our early 40s feel a bit too young for such cruise? In fact, there were dozens of people younger than we, including passengers and staff members - thus, we are not too young. Never we had to share a table with anybody else. Surprisingly, I had much more private space onboard AmaWaterways ships than I ever had on any ocean cruise liner, - needless to say that sun deck in November is a paradise for misanthropes.) Food onboard Amawaterways was of rather good 4* quality. I cannot share negative opinions - with rare exceptions it was perfectly acceptable. I wonder how can one expect to have a truly high-end cuisine onboard a cruise ship, if presumably all fish and meats are defrosted? We did not seek Michelin stars experience and were completely satisfied. Dress code issue. Misled by the popular messages about the very casual style of clothing on river cruises, I witnessed quite the contrary. Many passengers elegantly dressed up for dinner. Compared to them we personally felt a bit underdressed. Obviously, this is a wrong place for a floor length evening gown. But I do recommend to bring with you some semi-formal pieces to be well dressed. And, a pair of high heels;-) Our stateroom (309 on both ships) with French and outside balcony is very rationally designed, very clean and comfortable, even though it doesn’t have much space. All public places are also very well maintained. In general, with regard to the small size of the ship onboard living conditions and facilities are perfect. And a few words about the “relocation”. When you get to know your cruise will go wrong... you feel frustrated. But later on you accept it - what else can you do? And when you arrive there appears the most thrilling thing - you do not know what exactly is going to happen to you just in a few days - it really enhances the sense of adventure, doesn’t it? They say: “Every problem has a gift in its hand”. The one for us was Luxembourg! We for sure would not go there, unless it was right on the relocation way. And it was a short but truly great impression, rated #2 on the whole trip. An extra surprise was to see Kristin Кarst on our bus - she herself expressed apologies for itinerary changes before we moved on to Antwerp - honourable. Busing? Well, it was inevitable... Probably tiresome for the elderly people, but for us - not at all. On the contrary, the scenic ride through Belgian pastoral countryside on a strikingly beautiful day was nothing but fabulous. In Antwerp there was the other ship, AmaKristina. Even though it is a bit newer copy of AmaStella, I still found the latter one more appealing. The team? May be. A prototypical what-he-should-look captain, a highly hospitable hotel manager, very attentive head waiter, excellent barman, as well as the rest of the staff - they all deserve special thanks. Which certainly does not diminish the value of AmaKristina’s team - they too did a great job! Pau, the cruise manager, such a nice guy - easy going, smart and tolerant - accompanied both parts of the cruise and left the best impression possible. The only thing our cruise seriously lacked was, of course, daytime sailing! This is the main reason to choose river cruise for. Taking a look at the Enchanting Rhine cruise map we clearly see how little we have sailed - hardly a third part of the route length. Was it really a cruise? Rather a very good travel... Well, AmaWaterways could treat the issue as a force majeure and bypass any responsibility. Instead they have voluntarily offered a generous compensation - a big discount for a future cruise which I can’t help but already dream about. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Sailed with AMA before, loved it! Their attention to detail is superb. This time we experienced a drought that altered our course and experience. AMA took us to 2 extra countries not on our original itinerary, made everything pleasant and ... Read More
Sailed with AMA before, loved it! Their attention to detail is superb. This time we experienced a drought that altered our course and experience. AMA took us to 2 extra countries not on our original itinerary, made everything pleasant and seamless, remained positive and upbeat, and gave us a 100% credit for a future cruise of our choosing! We were on two ships, identical accommodations. Cabins great, ships great, dining excellent, service great, entertainment and activities great, excursions fabulous, staff attentive and wonderful, embarkation, disembarkation and ship transfer went smoothly and perfectly! AMA is an outstanding company, a class act, and I will most certainly travel with them again! They outperform all of the others and are far superior! The Captain gives each lady a rose upon arrival, and by the time you get back from dinner, the rose is in a vase. The crew knows your food likes and dislikes, allergies, and every detail to make you feel comfortable. They make special occasions unforgettable and treat you with the utmost respect! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
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
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
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
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
It was our 40th. wedding anniversary and we wanted to celebrate with a memorable trip and AMAWaterways did not disappoint! Our ship, the Amastella, was a floating boutique hotel, with every imaginable ammenity; an outstanding crew and ... Read More
It was our 40th. wedding anniversary and we wanted to celebrate with a memorable trip and AMAWaterways did not disappoint! Our ship, the Amastella, was a floating boutique hotel, with every imaginable ammenity; an outstanding crew and beautiful ambiance. The guest rooms are very comfortable and well appointed; we had an outside balcony that we enjoyed every night, while sipping a glass of wine and watching the sights along the Danube glide past. The daily shore excursions were great. We had terrific guides through each city or town that we visited and lots of fun at the folk festivals and beer gardens along the trip. The onboard amenities are topnotch, along with the staff. Our meals were sumptuous and plentiful, as my scales have shown, since our return home! Our cruise director, Kris was terrific. She seemed to be able to clone herself, because she was everywhere at once! We didn't hear a single word of complaint, other than "it's over, already!" We are already researching our next river cruise destination! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
AmaStella Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 5.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.5 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 3.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.8
Enrichment 5.0 4.6
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 5.0 4.7

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