6 Amsterdam AmaWaterways AmaLea Cruise Reviews

It was on a river , my wife has a motion sickness problem. The itinerary looked interesting. My wife uses an electric trike to travel any distance but it is not needed on board. The excursions all had a gentle options so we assumed ... Read More
It was on a river , my wife has a motion sickness problem. The itinerary looked interesting. My wife uses an electric trike to travel any distance but it is not needed on board. The excursions all had a gentle options so we assumed we could cope. Unfortunately mainland Europe has not progress as far the UK and north america in disability access. Another problem was the boat was frequently double or triple parked so we had to get to the top deck, no lift to that and then go up and down over one or two other boats. The crew helped as much as they could but it was still a problem. No idea why they did that there seemed to be unused berths in places. My biggest problem was the quality of the shore excursions the guides seemed to pitch the talks at a very superficial level. The only ones I enjoyed were the tasting options when the guide or subject expert had the time to talk to us as adults. Of the other guests two thirds had booked as a group this appeared to limit social interaction. Given the price I ticked the luxury box and marked accordingly. Enrichment activities not sure any were offered. They had a resident pianist, bland, inoffensive and quiet. Fitness room had a treadmill, 2 bikes and a high tech multi-gym with virtually no instructions, I would have preferred an elliptical machine instead of the second bike. Never saw any of the machines in use. One guide I found really irritating referred repeatedly to the visit the Royal Air Force made to her town on 16/4/1945 and yes we did flatten most of it but we were at war. Very difficult to avoid asking what here parents did in the war years. Another tour the guide sent most time talking about basket ball (ex pro 7ft 2inch) of no interest to me and not what I paid for. We found the almost total absence of both bird life and fishermen along the rivers interesting makes you wounder what is in the water. In-spite of the crew and the food being excellent we would not repeat this or try another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was our second cruise with AMA and the brand new sparkling AMALea was pure delight! We arrived in Amsterdam on Friday, 4/27, which is “King’s Day” - the Netherlands national holiday - think Mardi Gras combined with St. ... Read More
This was our second cruise with AMA and the brand new sparkling AMALea was pure delight! We arrived in Amsterdam on Friday, 4/27, which is “King’s Day” - the Netherlands national holiday - think Mardi Gras combined with St. Patty’s Day except all in orange! The city center is shut down to all vehicular traffic so cab could only get us 1/2 mile from our hotel -with lots of baggage we had to roll over cobblestones! Our hotel, The Banks Mansion Hotel took us to our rooms right away and was a fantastic boutique hotel that felt very cozy and homey - highly recommended. Embarking for the cruise could not have been easier - cab pulls up to dock, bags disappear and your standing beneath a crystal chandelier with champagne in hand. This was the final week of the Tulip cruises and the flowers were going to be at their height of beauty. The cabin was spacious and modern with a full and French balcony. There is plenty of storage - more than we needed - and we always overpack! There’s a mini iPad that controls the lights and temperature for the cabin and a huge Mac monitor for tv, movies, music, info & navigation. The bathroom design was so beautiful! The dual headed shower was large with gorgeous tile inlay and again, plenty of storage beneath sink. We were in cabin #309 and never heard a sound from anywhere outside our room. “Anja” was our cabin attendant and she was awesome! From our previous cruise with AMA, (Paris to Normandy), we knew the food, excursions and service would be five star - except I would add at least one more star for our cruise director, “Sonja” on AMALea. I think she’s actually Super Woman just hiding her cape under that blazer! Each daily excursion was interesting and well executed - but getting 150 passengers off and back on the ship in a timely matter cannot be easy! Throughout the week we visited Hoorn, Middleberg, Antwerp, Bruge, Kinderkork, the Kukenhoff Gardens then back to Amsterdam. There were a couple special new treats we enjoyed on board: 1) the “Sip n’ Sail” complimentary happy hour offered a selected cocktail or a list to choose from each evening and 2) our entertainer “David Onka” - an enormously talented musician and vocalist who was 2nd runner up in “ Gernany’s Got Talent”! I have never seen so many “mature” cruisers up late and on the dance floor! David would keep things mellow for “tea time & sip n’ sail” but it was Motown and any crowd favorite after dinner!! So much fun! We had other spectacular music on board by a Broadway singer and the “La Strada” trio. We “Baby Boomers” are not old fogies - we just need the right motivation! ;) This is a long review but it’s also a love letter... We may not remember every entre but we remember those on board who made our trip so special: Anja, Julien, Dada, Daniel, Milos, Marina, David and Sonja. We will be back and hope to see you again soon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
It was recommended by our travel company. So glad we went on AMA. The entire staff was amazing and the cruise director Peter was the best. I know he was stressed at times but he handled it all. I know he had 5 days off after we left ... Read More
It was recommended by our travel company. So glad we went on AMA. The entire staff was amazing and the cruise director Peter was the best. I know he was stressed at times but he handled it all. I know he had 5 days off after we left Amsterdam so he could go see his family in Austria. Hope he had a great and relaxing time . They say it rains about 225 days a year there but we had no rain. All the cities we visited were great. Love the old architecture. It was allot of walking but worth it. We went to see the tulips and boy did we ever. Keukenhof gardens the last day was absolutely beautiful. The cruise director had everything set up just so. We enjoyed all of the options that we were given. We had not picked the activities before arriving on the ship but that was no problem. We were given a sheet to make our choices and each day they gave us the option of a regular walk or a slower walk. My husband had a pacemaker placed a few weeks before the trip and the slower walks helped allot. The Tulip cruise was just amazing Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My husband and I planned our spring trip to Holland to see the fields of tulips with another couple. In doing our research we learned that the AmaLea was a new ship and that the cruise we were interested in was departing on April 1st and ... Read More
My husband and I planned our spring trip to Holland to see the fields of tulips with another couple. In doing our research we learned that the AmaLea was a new ship and that the cruise we were interested in was departing on April 1st and it was to be the second cruise for this new ship. The AmaLea was a great choice although in hindsight we should have left a week or two later because the bulbs were late bloomers this year...although if we had waited for a later date we would have missed out on the big Easter basket filled with chocolates that was in our cabin! We have been on several cruises and found the crew on the AmaLea to be outstanding--they accommodated every request and I believe that if they could have, they would have even encouraged Mother Nature to work harder and prepare the fields of yellow, pink, and red tulips that we had been hoping to see. Of course Keukenhof did not disappoint and we also enjoyed visiting a tulip farm, one of the optional shore excursions. We presented some challenges--one of us was in a wheelchair and needed a doctor at one of the ports. The crew was very helpful in setting up an appointment and a taxi. (If someone is dependent upon a wheelchair port excursions are sometimes challenging, especially having to cross through-- and sometimes over-- other ships during disembarkation at the various ports.) I am a vegan and Chef Daniel Tanase prepared every meal I ate to those specifications. I can honestly say that I have never eaten better and I believe that several of my dining partners may be seriously considering "converting" after seeing the wonderful meals he prepared for me. Our cabin was always clean and comfortable -- my husband was given his choice of 8 pillows to choose from after he said his pillow the first night was a little hard! The service could not have been better nor the staff friendlier. Would we go again? I can't say. We usually travel on our own and enjoy meeting the locals. Our ship was predominately Americans so other than the local guides we had limited opportunity to do that. However, it is certainly a conversation we would have and I would recommend it to anyone who prefers the ease and convenience of cruise travel. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We went on the Tulip Time Cruise, seeing the tulips was a bucket list item for me. This was the first sailing of the Amalea. The staff was amazing. Everyone was an experienced professional. Especially Anja, who cleaned our room, and ... Read More
We went on the Tulip Time Cruise, seeing the tulips was a bucket list item for me. This was the first sailing of the Amalea. The staff was amazing. Everyone was an experienced professional. Especially Anja, who cleaned our room, and waiters Coco and Milos(2). The ship is beautiful and very modern. They only glitches were with the ipad on the wall that controls the climate and the lights. It would only go dark for a minute and then back on. At night this was a problem. They attempted to do a fix mid-trip but it did not take. I found if I went into the setup of the ipad and brought the brightness down to as low as it would go it was ok. The room was great. There was a full size Mac that could access the internet, movies and tv. This was very helpful. The bathroom had nice touches, magnifying makeup mirror, blue lights at night and warm tiles on the floor. Two different shower heads, lots of warm water. The beds were very comfortable and we slept well when the ipad was dimmed. Rachel the Cruise Director was very attentive and made a wonderful trip even better. She is a gem and I believe she has a degree in Diplomacy, if she doesn't she should. The shore excursions enhanced the experience. There were options for Gentle, and Regular walking tours. The best part of the shore excursions were the guides, they were all local for their area and provided personal insight. The food options were just enough, the quality of the food was excellent. I arrived home feeling I had one of the best vacations of my life. Oh, the tulips at Keurkenhof gardens were not at their peak but still breathtaking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first river cruise, and we chose AMA Waterways based on the reviews and the available trips for our spring break. We have no reason to ever try a different company! This was the Amalea's maiden voyage, so the ship was ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and we chose AMA Waterways based on the reviews and the available trips for our spring break. We have no reason to ever try a different company! This was the Amalea's maiden voyage, so the ship was sparkling perfection. Our standard room was comfortable and roomy enough; the bathroom was designed well and had space for storage. Comfort: the bed, shower, in-room monitor/computer and cabin controls were all high-end. The food was AMAZING - high end gourmet, fresh ingredients, way too much at all times, and standards like pizza, chicken and steak were always available. We really liked that they picked up fresh regional specialties, like cheese and chocolate, along the way, to make each dinner relevant and special. The wine selection for dinner was good quality. The lounge was very comfortable for having a drink or enjoying the entertainment. The entertainment was okay, but we would have liked to have danced more. The service, across the board, was IMPECCABLE. From the waitstaff to the cleaning staff, everyone was efficient, pleasant, and sincerely interested in making our vacation the best experience it could be. Our cruise manager, Rachel, was the best. Our shore excursions went off without a hitch, and the tours were well planned, varied and very interesting. We got only one mediocre guide out of 5, and the staff was attentive to our feedback about that. Otherwise, the local guides were knowledgeable, entertaining, and well vetted. We have already booked our next cruise with AMA on the Danube for July, 2019. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
AmaLea Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.9
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.5 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.0
Family 3.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 4.5
Enrichment 4.0 4.4
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 4.5 4.7

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