21 Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

We were celebrating our honeymoon, the moment we set foot on the ship, we were transported into a world of utter luxury. We were doted upon and treated like royalty. George, the cruise manager, always greeted everyone with a friendly smile ... Read More
We were celebrating our honeymoon, the moment we set foot on the ship, we were transported into a world of utter luxury. We were doted upon and treated like royalty. George, the cruise manager, always greeted everyone with a friendly smile and answered all our questions. I am sure he would have also been quick to solve any issues but there were none. He was on top of everything. Everything was done effortlessly, or so it seemed, from my perspective. The staff was friendly, upbeat and Costi our restaurant server made me laugh, a discreet comedian, suggested food and drink, made me a toddy in the evening. He was a true delight. Vlad our attentive and intuitive butler knew or seemed to know what we wanted before we even expressed our thoughts. We was extremely professional and incredibly helpful. The food was stupendous! The chef came around and wanted our feedback. No wonder! The baked goods are to die for. The lamb, wow. The soups yummy. We loved everything about our trip! What a grand adventure. Sylvia the tour organizers took very good care of us. She took great pains to explain and plan the wonderful outings we enjoyed. Our suite was wonderful, ours was the Royal Panorama. It was spacious, kept spotless and generously supplied with anything one could possibly need. Our laundry was taken care of and returned promptly. The salt room felt wonderful after our massage. I could go on, but will stop here before I write a book. I am still suffering from Vlad ( our butler) withdrawal. If you enjoy a phenomenal adventure and want to feel coddled in luxury, then sign up. You will love it! Guaranteed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
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
We wanted something more interactive and small. Meeting almost everyone was one of the more surprising positives. The food was high quality, local style cuisines for each area and standard foods if you chose. On a 14 day cruise, we were ... Read More
We wanted something more interactive and small. Meeting almost everyone was one of the more surprising positives. The food was high quality, local style cuisines for each area and standard foods if you chose. On a 14 day cruise, we were able to do 17 different excursions. All but two of these were included. Having everything included was burden free. Flights, transfers, tips - even for the excursions. The ship was beautiful, the room spacious with surprising space for all our clothes and a great bathroom/ shower. We especially loved the floor to ceiling windows that opened for a balcony feel that was perfection while keeping added space in the room. Staff and crew were informative courteous and hardworking. The guides in the excursions were very informative and knowledgeable about the areas. Even though we lost two nights in the ship because of river (no rain) all in Amsterdam at beginning and Avalon handle it with perfection. We WILL be going again Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Can not say enough GREAT things about the crew on this ship & trip. Especially Loreley, our fabulous Cruise Director ! It was our 1st river cruise and we booked through Brand G Vacations. Some of the categories below, Entertainment, ... Read More
Can not say enough GREAT things about the crew on this ship & trip. Especially Loreley, our fabulous Cruise Director ! It was our 1st river cruise and we booked through Brand G Vacations. Some of the categories below, Entertainment, Shore Excursions, Enrichment Activities, Value for Money ( all inclusive ) & portions of the Onboard Experience were to Brand G's credit. The staterooms surprised us, being accustomed to ocean cruises, for their spaciousness. Showers you can turn around inside, and walk in closets. Love the option of opening the cabin window. That said, the 'pushed together' beds left a small ravine in the middle, where you could have lost a small child. And the duvets are SO SMALL, no one 6 ft or taller can cover your feet and your upper torso at the same time. The dining room and bar staff were also wonderful. There was SO MUCH food, and many, many choices at breakfast & lunch. Unfortuneately, most choices were super salty, and the 4 course dinner took 2 1/2, sometimes 3 hours to complete. Sadly, most of the desserts were unappealing and Good Lord forbid if you asked to try the ice cream instead. The staff "had to ask permission" We noticed the breakfast selection became smaller and smaller as the trip went on. This was all coupled with the entire ship's AC going out, as well as the Hot Water for the entire ship. Repaired the same day, but makes you wonder as it seemed understaffed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I love the Scenic river cruise line. This was my 4th trip with them. I particularly like having everything included such as: all tips even for shore excursions, mini bar, cocktails, coffee & tea anytime, special shore Enrichment ... Read More
I love the Scenic river cruise line. This was my 4th trip with them. I particularly like having everything included such as: all tips even for shore excursions, mini bar, cocktails, coffee & tea anytime, special shore Enrichment events like a concert or Medieval dinner in a castle just for us. You can have an early or late breakfast and there is always something to eat between meals. There is a gentle walk excursion for those that have some mobility issues. This was great for those with walkers, canes etc. I also loved the opportunity to have a laundry bag stuffed full of dirty clothes laundered free of charge once during the trip as it was very hot and we changed clothes a few times a day. A waiter even remembered me and my first name from a cruise I took 2 years ago. Pretty impressive!! The crew on the Jade went out of their way to make our cruise a true hassle free excursion. In short, "What you pay before you start is all you pay". Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This cruise was amazing. We had a two bedroom suite + another room for our parents. Both were fully appointed. The butler, and service on the room fantastic...particularly found the daily personal laundry helpful. In our group of 5, ... Read More
This cruise was amazing. We had a two bedroom suite + another room for our parents. Both were fully appointed. The butler, and service on the room fantastic...particularly found the daily personal laundry helpful. In our group of 5, there were 3 gluten-free vegans. The chef went out of his way to prepare excellent meals daily with freshly made gluten-free bread! We usually have low expectations with our limited dietary choices, but in this case, the ship exceeded what we expected. The daily lunch buffet was amazing and fresh. Outstanding! The crew and service fantastic. Really, nothing to complain about at all. The ship manager appropriately handled a concern we had about an eBike tour. Very professional and extraordinary personnel on this ship. We had a handful of nights with entertainment (although we realized we were not on a "big" ocean ship). Wow, we were surprised, all were outstanding! Loved the bartending course..big plus. This ship is very clean, precisely managed, and has great service and food. Loved all of the tours and the lap pool in the back of ship. Relaxation areas are fantastic. From one picky person to another...you cannot go wrong on this one! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Koningsdam is the newest and largest ship of the HA fleet. We were aboard 31 nights sailing from Amsterdam to Ft Lauderdale. I greatly enjoyed Koningsdam. HA has kept much of its traditional wood trim but decor features colorful, ... Read More
Koningsdam is the newest and largest ship of the HA fleet. We were aboard 31 nights sailing from Amsterdam to Ft Lauderdale. I greatly enjoyed Koningsdam. HA has kept much of its traditional wood trim but decor features colorful, attractive and somewhat eclectic furnishings throughout. The bright, modern and airy appearance of the Dining Room was a most welcome change for me. Our verandah stateroom was comfortable and very well organized. The bathroom features a large, wonderful shower. Our first cabin on Deck 4 was above/adjacent to the BB King venue. Thumping base noise and loud vocals were evident until after midnight on nights when the venue is active (most of them--it's popular). Cabins on Deck 4, midship should be avoided if noise is a problem for you. Isobel, of the Front Office, was very responsive to our situation and relocated us to Deck 5 for the second second segment of the cruise when another stateroom was available. The noise issue was completely resolved! Koningsdam provides an excellent variety of entertainment venues. There's something for everyone's taste. We were very impressed with the young, extremely talented musicians at the Lincoln Center Stage. They were wonderful! We liked the World Stage venue which is spacious and well designed. We greatly enjoyed the classic pianists; the opera singers were good but their performance is diminished by the required use of synthesized music. The musicians are talented but this type music doesn't accompany opera voices well. I enjoyed the dance show--my husband didn't. We avoided the comedians and stage productions. We don't enjoy this type entertainment but appreciate that others do. Sel de Mer and Tamarind are outstanding specialty-dining venues. Food quality was excellent, service was friendly and professional. Pinnacle Grille appears to be more spacious than on other HA ships. Pinnacle is attractive and very comfortable. Pinnacle food and service were excellent and matched or exceeded our experience on other HA ships. The Culinary Arts Center experience was interesting, the food was very good. We purchased the dining package. It was an excellent value! Service was generally excellent throughout the ship. Staff is well trained, responsive and friendly. Smiles and a willingness to be helpful were clearly evident by the hard-working crew. Our cabin stewards (Ketut & Putu on second segment; forgot names of first two) did a wonderful job keeping things neat and clean. The towel animals were a creative surprise each evening. Andy & Ady were friendly, professional and provided excellent service in the Dining Room. Things are a bit rushed in the Lido during peak periods. It takes a while to ascertain where different food items are offered. The assortment is excellent and food quality is very good to excellent. The food-line staff were always smiling and responded quickly to requests. The wait staff seem a bit overwhelmed at peak times. Most are friendly, smiling and do their best to keep up in spite of their hard work and long hours. Furnishings are bright, attractive and comfortable. However, the beautiful carpeting shows some stains/spotting, especially in light-colored areas. There were a large number of LGBT people aboard both segments of the cruise. After some initial confusion, we got cruise management to relocate our meeting venue from the Panorama Bar to the Crow's Nest Lounge. The Crow's Nest provided a much more comfortable, quieter venue that permitted us to rearrange furnishings to promote conversation among the large group; we averaged 20 to 30 people each night. Surabh (the beverage manager) willingly authorized a happy hour for our group which was greatly appreciated. Ryan & Phoebe provided outstanding service and assured we had a more than ample supply of hors d'oeuvres every night. I appreciated duplicate bridge games offered during the transatlantic portion of the cruise. Ellen did an excellent job running games of 11 to 15 tables every afternoon at sea. She held beginner and intermediate lessons each sea-day morning. Feedback from people attending the lessons and bridge games was very positive! Cruisers who enjoy walking or relaxing on the Promenade Deck will be a bit disappointed. Placement of lifeboats and equipment make for a narrower deck area which doesn't permit use of the comfortable wood deck chairs available on other HA ships. The deck narrows to a one-person passage on aft port/starboard sides. People trying to maintain an aerobic pace need to slow down in these areas because it's not easy or safe to pass others here. Signs say "no jogging," which is appropriate, considering constrictions on certain areas of the deck. However, a few passengers insisted on jogging and sometimes jostled people in the narrow spaces or startled slower walkers by coming up from behind too fast. People: be courteous, be safe!! Another note: people, please don't occupy a table for an hour or more in the Lido during peak hours while you read books, knit, work on your tablet, etc. There are many lounges which are nearly empty at meal times. You can read or work there, or return to your cabin. This will assure others have an easier time getting seated in the Lido when its very busy. Again, be courteous! A hallmark of HA ships is ongoing maintenance. Koningsdam is new but crew members are constantly touching up paint, refinishing varnished surfaces, scrubbing, rinsing and a host of activity that reflect a well-maintained ship! All interior areas are in immaculate condition through constant cleaning and maintenance. Captain Derek can be very proud of his hard-working, dedicated crew. HA customers who enjoy smaller ships may find Koningsdam a bit daunting. I was very impressed! Koningsdam signals a change in direction for HA which I support. We've sailed on Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam. I believe Koningsdam provided the best overall experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We love Celebrity and we love Atlantis. Last year we tried Oceania Marina, loved the food and the cabin but she's not as impressive as the Solstice Class. This was our first time Silhouette. 10 Day Cruise from Amsterdam to ... Read More
We love Celebrity and we love Atlantis. Last year we tried Oceania Marina, loved the food and the cabin but she's not as impressive as the Solstice Class. This was our first time Silhouette. 10 Day Cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona. Celebrity has definitely upped their game with the food. We found the food to be noticeably improved from our Equinox sailing 2 years ago. We especially loved the Lawn Club (the cookie is a must!). We've always booked Aqua class and this was no exception. We were in cabin 1529, forward, port side. We love the location and it's under the changing rooms so no gym noise. It's also easy to come and go from the pool area. We are staples of the Martini bar and we found all of the wait staff were truly wonderful. We noticed our cabin steward didn't have an assistant. According to her, they no longer have assistance. I felt she did a great job but was slightly overworked. I hope they bring assistants back. We tipped her heavily for always being spot on with fresh towels and keeping our room in ship shape. This was an Atlantis Charter so no drink packages, but we do get extra entertainment, Deborah Cox among many others. The crows was fun and extremely friendly. This was our 4th cruise with Atlantis and would definitely do another. We don't go to the parties much, we are in bed by 10pm usually. We loved Oceania for the cabin and food and slighly higher quality service, but overall we prefer Celebrity. Next May we are doing our first Civilian (Non Atlantis) Cruise on the Solstice, May 11, 2017. Looking forward to great sites, meeting new people, most of all a drink package! Take away. If you're thinking of cruising on the Silhouette, she's wonderful, with great improvements from the Equinox with Lawn Club. If you're thinking of cruising with Atlantis, you won't regret it! With Atlantis the ship has a wonderful energy and the crew really love it (they get tipped 4x from a normal sailing). Everyone is kind and it's whatever you make of it. If you want scandal you can find scandal, but if you're like us and just want to have a pleasant time in all gay setting (no kids), it's awesome but you pay a premium for it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a 14 day charter cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona. Embarkation: Embarkation at Amsterdam was remarkably efficient and a master class in organisation. From memory, the time from arriving at the kerb to cabin door was about ... Read More
This was a 14 day charter cruise from Amsterdam to Barcelona. Embarkation: Embarkation at Amsterdam was remarkably efficient and a master class in organisation. From memory, the time from arriving at the kerb to cabin door was about 40 minutes. The cuisine: We tried three of the specialty restaurants and rated the French restaurant - Murano very highly. The service was impeccable, the food and wine superb. The Tuscan Grille and the Lawn Club had that frozen food experience. The steak at the Tuscan Grille had a strange texture, however the location at the rear of the ship is spectacular. The main dining room was the star of the show and how they maintain such fast service for so many people is a source of constant amazement. For every day dining the main dining room is really very, very good indeed. The service: Our cabin attendant was excellent as are all the crew. The constant up sell is a bit boring. Entertainment: We were a bit spoiled as the charter company brought their own entertainment on board alongside the Celebrity team. On the whole it was absolutely excellent. The ship: Although newer than The Summit, The Silhouette somehow lacks the grandeur in part because it tries to be too contemporary and ends up looking flashy. The lawn deck is just great and overall it is an awesome ship Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We celebrated our 40th anniversary on this trip. We only went on 7 days of this 14 day cruise from Amsterdam to four cities in Norway. Several of our group did, however, take the full 14 days. We spent a week in Amsterdam before and loved ... Read More
We celebrated our 40th anniversary on this trip. We only went on 7 days of this 14 day cruise from Amsterdam to four cities in Norway. Several of our group did, however, take the full 14 days. We spent a week in Amsterdam before and loved that city! We traveled with a group of 40+ people and found it extremely frustrating to communicate with each other. We wasted a lot of time looking for each other. Bring stick up notes so you can post messages on each others doors or better yet, bring walkies! Their internet service is expensive and spotty so that was not really an option for communicating. The ship is their newest, built in 2016 but the decor is cheap and dated looking compared to other ships we've traveled on. We were surprised to learn that this ship was so new. There is no beautiful focal point on the ship. Very minimal and European. The fine dining restaurants are worth every bit of their extra costs. We visited 4 differents restaurants (Culinary, Tamarind, Canalettos, Pinnacle). They cost about $15-$20 more each. Worth it! I especially loved Culinary. It was like watching a cooking show on TV and then getting to taste the food. Everyone in our group loved them. Make reservations if you have a large group! The Lido dining (buffet) is ridiculously disappointing. We thought because this was a higher end cruise line, we might expect their food service to be better. It was not. Altho, i did appreciate that the staff served us rather than watching other guests dig around in a dish, leaving it unappetizing. It was always crowded and there was no organization as to ordering food. People stepped in front of you as there's no clear lines which turns your dining experience into a competition. Finding an available seat was next to impossible so most of the time we had to bring our food back to our room and eat it on the bed as there's no table or chairs in the staterooms unless you have a suite. The dining room was fair but crowded as the food here is free (included) and you can eat as much as you'd like. We ate here once. The shore excursions are an expensive joke. They basically herd you into a boat or bus and drive you around. They're both overly crowded and restrooms or refreshments are not available. It was a waste of time and money. Don't be fooled by the fancy names of their excursions. I wish i could've read my review before we traveled on this trip. Flam - We loved this city. It was small and quaint with the most stunning views. What a fun way to wake up in the morning! The shore excursion we took in Flam was called "The Naeroyfjord Cruise & Scenic Drive - $130.@) you will spend half the time driving from Flam to Gudvangen going thru many tunnels (which is a nice place for a nap). Then in Gudvangen, you'll hop on a boat and take a slow ride around the Naeroyfjord & Aurlandsfjorden back to Flam. Very beautiful but if you don't board the boat first, you may end up like us, without a seat during the entire ride. People leave their things on the seats to claim them then go up top to look around so you never get an opportunity to have a seat in the lower deck unless you were lucky enough to get one at the beginning. They do have a few decent restrooms and our tour guide here was somewhat informative. Some of the folks in our group took the train tour and pretty much said it was a good long nap. It was a lovely sunny day, which i know you cannot plan for but if we would've known, there was a kayaking company, a fjordsafari.com, a fun fast boat tour, as well as a small electric car rental company right there that would've been waaaay more fun and less costly. There's several shops, a few restaurants, a cafe, a bakery and some street vendors that were fun. We were able to taste Reindeer meat balls and fish soup prepared by the locals. We also loved the little pub there: Ægir Bryggeri where they brewed their own beer and had coffee at Bakkastova Cafe up on the hill. Stavanger - Lysefjord: Pulpit Rock Cruise - $135@ was interesting as we had a wonderfully personable tour guide who told us interesting facts and even legend about the Fjords, Trolls and the area. Had we known then what we know now, we'd only have done this excursion. The town on Stavanger is big so you'd have to cab to get there unless you felt like a 15-30 minute walk uphill to get in town. We were there the shortest time so when we returned from the excursion, we didn't have time to tour further. The Lillesand: The Jewel of Sorlandet ($170@) was the worse. We were jammed on a boat, 8 people squished into a booth. Some folks had so place to sit and ended up standing along the wall or sitting on a step. They slowly drove around showing us the homes of unsuspecting locals for 2.5 of the 3 hour trip. They stopped in Lillesand for 40 minutes which gave you only enough time to use the restroom (another line) and grab a bottle of water. That excursion cost the most and was the worse. In Oslo, there is Sooooooo Much to see and Sooooooo little time. There's a "Hop On & Off Bus" that will take you to all the touristy places you might want to see. We met friends who live in Oslo there and they took us on a personal guided tour and then back to their house for lunch and Norwegian specialties. Other folks in our group complained that we needed to stay longer. We would've liked to have stayed there for a couple days but the cruise line pays a hefty fee to dock there so they cannot stay too long. There were two stage entertainers on the ship. #1. A lady that sang and played the harp and #2. a magician. Both were not entertaining but maybe to some? We didn't manage to sit thru an entire show. It seems like they mostly just try to sell you more things, spa sessions, their Elemis line, another cruise, Jewelry, Art work, your own photos.... Because we didn't already spend enough money on the cruise? We had a couples massage which was lovely and i had a facial while my husband had a shave at the Greenhouse Spa. 15% gratuities are included but we still tipped them $20@ They try to sell you the Elemis product in a matter of fact way. You need to be good at saying no if you're not interested. It can ruin your relaxing massage at the end, if you let it. We didn't but others in our group did. We didn't buy the drink packages and we did drink about 4-5 cocktails each day (bloody marys, wine, beer) and we didn't spend the $900. we would've spent if we had bought one of the drink packages as both members in room need to buy the full package. Drinks were $7.50 up. Finer wines ranged from $24 to $99 per bottle. Different bars on the ship had different liquors. I love Aperol and was able to find it in the Pinnacle bar. Norway was beautiful and we're happy that we went. We would probably not go back as you need to go in August in order for it not to be too cold. I believe our cruise was one of the last ones for the season. We live in Michigan so leaving in August is difficult for us as we only have summer weather here ourselves for a few months. Holland America - Compared to other cruise lines was not as nice as we had expected it to be but 1000x better than a Carnival cruise but not as nice as Viking or Royal Caribbean. We won't go on another Holland Cruise. 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Sail Date August 2017
WE just returned home from our first river cruise: 2 weeks Grand European Cruise with Viking was outstanding. We loved every minute. Relaxing, yet lots of history to see and learn about. I cannot say enough about the crew: they were the ... Read More
WE just returned home from our first river cruise: 2 weeks Grand European Cruise with Viking was outstanding. We loved every minute. Relaxing, yet lots of history to see and learn about. I cannot say enough about the crew: they were the best we have ever cruised with (previously 5 ocean cruises). 186 people are taken care of by 50 crew. That does not count the numbers of Viking employees or associates on land that made our land excursions so seamless and interesting. They definitely have the logistics down pat!! The cruise director was terrific and I would go anywhere with him again. The food was not fabulous, and I only gained 1 pound, but we chose to do as much walking as we could which was the only exercise we could get. Longships are limited in size by the lock systems on the European rivers, and by the shallow rivers we traveled on. Hence the lack of an exercise room. Since we booked air through Viking, we had greeters at our arrival airport, at the hotel of our pre-extension in Amsterdam, at the Budapest airport. WE felt special that Viking was able to make our vacation worry free. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My husband and I have nothing but praise for this ship and her crew and Scenic in general. From the moment we boarded our 'spaceship' we were treated like royalty. We had a balcony cabin port side on the Amsterdam to Budapest ... Read More
My husband and I have nothing but praise for this ship and her crew and Scenic in general. From the moment we boarded our 'spaceship' we were treated like royalty. We had a balcony cabin port side on the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise that was spacious and comfortable, with a bed you melted into at the end of an adventure filled day. The bathroom was very roomy and the water pressure and temperature were wonderful. All tours, drinks, food and entertainment were included so you didn't have to put your hand in your pocket - unless you wanted to buy something to take home. It was great to know that everything was paid for before we left Australia. The food was plentiful, delicious and varied, it changed from region to region - as we did, along with the wines. Wonderful new wines every day. So much food! "It must be time to eat." The staff were exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble. Very friendly and funny - even at midnight when my husband wanted a cheeseburger and a glass of red. The ports of call were wonderful for someone who hasn't been to that part of Europe before. Easy to do, lots of walking on cobly streets but flat. Such history! It was magnificent. There were many shore excursions to choose from or you could just stay on board and do nothing in a quiet corner. Something for everyone. We made some wonderful new friends that we will keep in touch with. The age group was extremely varied from 20 somethings to 80 somethings. NOT full of old people. We were on the first tour of the season and I must admit it was better than going in high summer or later. No leaves on the trees meant you could see a lot more as you cruised the river. Another couple of weeks and all you will see is trees! Less people, no queues or crowds at any of the venues. Bliss. We have already booked our next Scenic trip. If you've been thinking about it - just do it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was my first rivercruise which I enjoyed very much the service was impeccable the staff very polite and well trained and so professional. A rivercruise is a very relaxing cruise I enjoyed the scenic view all through the cruise ... Read More
This was my first rivercruise which I enjoyed very much the service was impeccable the staff very polite and well trained and so professional. A rivercruise is a very relaxing cruise I enjoyed the scenic view all through the cruise beautiful scenery and the locks were wonderful my whole trip was fantastic I strongly recommend this to people 50 and over not for family. I will go back and do another one with a different country and itin. The food was amazing also the intertainment was fantastic. Everything is looked after in details and the itin was wonderful all the walking tours Tours excursions was wonderful and well planned the guides were very informative and was very well knowledge about their city they live in. The Coaches were also wonderful as there were some small town that we need to take coaches the drivers was nice and friendly and the coaches was very clean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My wife and I travelled with Scenic for a fortnight from mid-September 2016 between Amsterdam and Budapest. We paid for a balcony suite in the middle of the Sapphire deck (deck 2) and found it to be very comfortable and relatively quiet. ... Read More
My wife and I travelled with Scenic for a fortnight from mid-September 2016 between Amsterdam and Budapest. We paid for a balcony suite in the middle of the Sapphire deck (deck 2) and found it to be very comfortable and relatively quiet. The bed was excellent and a pillow menu was available if required. From time to time we could hear some noise as we moved through locks, but it caused us no concern and was just part of the experience. There was plenty of storage space, including under the bed where we stored our empty baggage. The crew of the Scenic Amber was outstanding, without exception. Their customer service skills are tremendous and they consistently made us feel welcome and assisted where needed. In particular, my wife and I would like to thank our tour director Andreea, together with Radmila, George, Ion, Elod, Sandy, Jelena and Margi for helping to make this the cruise of a lifetime. If we were ever take another river cruise, the ship and its crew will have to be of a very high standard to come close to our experience with the Scenic Amber. The tour guides and bus drivers were also of a high calibre and we very much enjoyed our tour at Wertheim with Marie-Noelle and her delightful sense of humour. The standard of food was very high throughout the cruise and there was something for everybody. We were very lucky with the weather for almost the entire fortnight with sunny and unseasonably warm conditions, plus the water levels in the rivers and canals were sufficient to allow the ship to travel through without any problems. The cabins had wi-fi, but sometimes the service was weak or intermittent or a connection could not be made, especially when we were away from the larger towns or while in locks. You cannot download material such as books, so you need to attend to that before travelling. The ship’s sun deck was lovely, especially when travelling through picturesque regions such as the Middle Rhine and the Wachau Valleys. The sun deck was closed for about five days during the middle of the cruise because of low bridges over the River Main. The rooms have almost everything you need, including hairdryers for the ladies, but there are no irons and none are permitted for safety reasons. That was the only minor criticism, because the only way to have washing and pressing done was by the crew and the costs can add up. Overall though, the entire river cruise was thoroughly enjoyable and we would certainly recommend Scenic and the Scenic Amber to anyone wishing to have a memorable and quite luxurious journey with magnificent scenery and beautiful towns and villages. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
From the beginning to the end, everything turned out to be amazing -- activities, shows, dinners, on-shore tours, ballerinas, attendants, guest colleagues... We had a lot of fun and met a flock of new friends. In one of those days Mother ... Read More
From the beginning to the end, everything turned out to be amazing -- activities, shows, dinners, on-shore tours, ballerinas, attendants, guest colleagues... We had a lot of fun and met a flock of new friends. In one of those days Mother Nature didn't help much (when it got to visiting St Petersburg) but, nonetheless, and under a cold mild rain, it was great to be there even so. Got to get back there someday though! A special and very important (huge) "detail" was that the whole crew personnel who took care of us -- room attendants, chefs, waiters, helpers and sommeliers, not forgetting the house musicians and other people servicing around -- was incredibly nice and actually treated us like kings and queens. Thanks to them our cruise was increased with tender care and all of those small little daily amenities that added up to a feeling of safety and tranquility: exactly what we needed to soothe our hectic life of "workers enjoying a period of rest". Well, after all that, we hope to see them on our next vacation, already programmed for 2017 with Celebrity Cruises. Thank you too! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My husband and I sailed on the Viking Skadi Longship from 24 June to 9 July, 2016. Here are major observations and comments: - It was the BEST TRIP we have ever taken in our lives! - The Viking longship, Skadi, was spotless and the ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Viking Skadi Longship from 24 June to 9 July, 2016. Here are major observations and comments: - It was the BEST TRIP we have ever taken in our lives! - The Viking longship, Skadi, was spotless and the crew took meticulous care to keep the entire ship clean and shining. On two separate occasions, I saw room attendants literally cleaning the grout of the shower with toothbrushes. They visited us 3 times a day to prepare our room for the day or evening. Their housekeeping staff is exceptional. - Everything was superbly organized from start to finish. We were given clear instructions on each stop's disembarkation and embarkation procedures. - Our local tour guides in all the cities were just great. With English as a second language, they were easy to understand and the use of the QuietVoxes allowed you to hear and not have to strain to listen. - The Veranda Stateroom we had, had more than ample room with a hanging closet and several drawers in a dresser like cabinet. Bedside tables could hold magazines, books, etc.The bed was comfy with high quality duvet, bedding and pillows. Lots of space on which to place toiletries, makeup, etc. It came furnished with a hairdryer and high quality shampoos, conditioners, body lotion and body wash. It also had a safe for storage of extra money, passports, etc. The bathroom had a wonderful shower and overall provided the needed room to prepare in the morning without wasting space. -The FOOD!!! Oh my gosh, I could write pages about this aspect alone. We ate primarily in the dining room for breakfast and dinner. Sometimes we would visit the Aquavit Terrace where they had a light meal buffet going during the same meal hours. The choices we had in the dining room always included a meat and/or fish and vegetarian dishes. We found the meals to be well prepared in terms of flavor, 'doneness" and portion size. If for any reason you wanted more of something, they were happy to provide it. Our wait staff was not only incredibly knowledgeable about the menu/food choices, but happy to try to accommodate alterations. Both wine and beer was provided at no extra charge and some of the wine was from local sources along the river. Dress on the cruise -- i brought a couple of fancy tops to wear at dinner with slacks or skirts I wore during the day and felt completely comfortable. There was no formality to this cruise unless you wanted to dress up which was perfectly fine. During the day, wear comfortable clothes and most importantly, shoes. You will be walking a fair amount on most of the tours and many times on cobblestones in the older sections of towns. Anything that gives your feet good support and base to walk on should be fine. Mix and match as much as you can to make good use of your packing space. No one pays attention to what you wear every day so wear things multiple times just like you might at home. On board laundry services are available but we never felt we needed them. - Viking Staff --- I cannot emphasize this enough. The Viking Staff were outstanding and truly exceptional at taking care of you. Our program director, Gary, was friendly, knowledgeable and was very precise in giving you instructions each day about boarding tour buses, getting back to the ship, etc. That and he was also just hilarious. Our cabin attendant was friendly, unobtrusive and a hard worker. She kept our room sparkling every day no matter how messy we were. Our wait staff...well, we fell in love with them. Courteous, fun, efficient, and their eyes were constantly on what they could do to make our dining experience even better. Reception and concierge staff -- Friendly, accommodating and available to help you with any unforeseen circumstance. Chef and Staff -- Executed and delivered every dish to perfection. On the 4th of July, the Pastry Chef even made a special USA Flag cake for us to celebrate our holiday with at dinner. Entertainment - We didn't participate in a lot of the on-board entertainment as we were usually interested in just sitting outside on top of the boat when possible and having a drink. However, we did enjoy some local German opera singers that came on board to sing, watched a very interesting glass blowing demonstration, learned how to make apple strudel (perhaps enough to feed 150 people), and listened to one of the most fascinating lectures on the history of Austria. You can participate as much or as little as you choose. No one judges! Shore Excursions - There were several people that had visited some of the ports before so they opted for additional excursions. We stuck to the ones included in the price of the trip and were not disappointed. In each port, we got to see significant places of interest, whether it was a castle, a cathedral, a quaint historic district, or a historic place like Hitler's Rally grounds in Nuremberg. Some were definitely more interesting than others, but all were done incredibly well. The visit to the Windmills at Kinderdijk was fascinating. If you've made it this far in the review you can tell our experience was fantastic. The one area I haven't mentioned is the opportunity to meet some incredible fellow travelers. After about a week, we found ourselves being a part of a core group of 10 of us. We would have dinner together or tour together or just generally hang out on the boat together. These friendships have continued since we've been home even though we are spread out all over the U.S. We have even talked about trying to plan a trip together again. How better can you speak to an experience than to feel you have made unexpected friendships forced by the bond of a truly remarkable experience of traveling together on a Viking River Boat Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
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The ship is beautiful and our cabin was lovely and comfortable. We had delightful stewards, but that was where the fun ended. The Internet fees were ridiculous and excessive. We spent HUNDREDS of dollars just to have basic and sketchy ... Read More
The ship is beautiful and our cabin was lovely and comfortable. We had delightful stewards, but that was where the fun ended. The Internet fees were ridiculous and excessive. We spent HUNDREDS of dollars just to have basic and sketchy Internet to keep the business afloat. This is very much a nickle and dime cruise. Every time we turned around we were being charged for something else. We could not even get a bottle of water without spending $4. I delineated my dietary needs in advance but the ship failed to accommodate me. I am celiac (gluten intolerant) and no one was able to get it right. Every time I turned around there was wheat added to my dish. I because very sick. which then led to contracting a bacterial infection, partly because I was imunosuppressed because of the wheat I was served, and partly because of the lack of hygiene on the ship. The ship's doctor gave me DayQuil for my bacterial infection. Go figure. My husband, who is a doctor, had me go on my emergency stash of antibiotics, which saved me. Everyone on the ship was coughing and hacking and sneezing. People did not cover their mouths or covered with their hands then handled serving spoons and banisters. It was a disaster. I actually had a lady at my table double dip into a dip we were all sharing at our table. Two passengers died on the cruise. even though my friend/cabinmate presented her credit card at the start of the cruise for her personal charges, the ship chose to place all of her charges on my chard. It was a mess. The entertainment was so-so, old fashioned and rather boring. We never, ever saw the cruise director until the final night. He was all but absent, not a mingler. What? No ice sculptures?!! The food was pretty uncreative and became boring very quickly. At the salad maker station they did not even have any vinegar other than balsamic. Every ship event we tied to attend was crammed into tiny rooms with standing room only. There were hardly any on-ship activities that were worthwhile. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We took the Grand European Tour and stayed in the Explorer Suite (a special occasion at great expense). This is a senior cruise, with the majority of guests over 65. Disabuse yourself of the idea that a river cruise is charming small ... Read More
We took the Grand European Tour and stayed in the Explorer Suite (a special occasion at great expense). This is a senior cruise, with the majority of guests over 65. Disabuse yourself of the idea that a river cruise is charming small ships sailing right into town. With the exception of Krems and Bamberg, all ships dock very far from the towns and a Viking shuttle bus takes you to the town center, often miles away; the docks are sometimes just cement landings in an industrial port area. This is an all English-speaking cruise, with 95% being Americans, with a few Canadians, Brits, and Australians. Also be prepared for the huge crowds of tours--river cruising has boomed tremendously. There were sometimes four Viking vessels docked, each with 200 people, along with a dozen other cruise boats from other companies. The tours groups are about 50 people each, so imagine how crowded that gets with all the tours going in the same places simultaneously. If you are thinking of getting the Explorer Suite, think again: these rooms (only two on each ship) are located directly over the ships' engines, and the balconies are basically unusable unless the ship is docked (and who wants to sit out there and look at cement?). The vibration from the engines is so loud and so severe that at one point I watched a glass vibrate its way across the glass table and fall off. This is especially true of an up-river cruise (Amsterdam to Budapest) as the engines are always working full-blast. Save your money and get a regular suite up toward the front of the ship where it's quiet. I think Mr. Hagen, Viking's founder, ought to spend two weeks in one of his Explorer Suites to see what it's like. The food is good, not great, but good. I have food allergies and the Maitre d' met with me each morning to go over the entire menu to make sure I wouldn't get sick, and I didn't. The service overall is beyond anything we've ever experienced--kind, helpful, friendly beyond belief, and the Viking crew seems to absolutely love their jobs. Very well done. We added the Prague Extension. Beware--the "transfer to Prague," which our sales agent told us was a few hours by bus, is an EIGHT hour drive via Slovakia (with a rest stop for lunch in what had to be the worst cafeteria food I've ever had), in essence losing an entire day (advertised as three days in Prague). Then, the only other complaint was the Soviet-era hotel called the Corinthia; Viking says "Hilton hotel or equivalent," supposedly a five-star hotel which is nothing of the sort. It's miles away from town in an industrial park, and there are shuttle buses--very nice ones--which take you to and from the old town square every half hour. The hotel's air conditioning did not work, and they "fixed" it by giving us a fan. The windows don't open. Many of us were miserable. If I were to do it all over again, I'd book a flight from Budapest to Prague and get a hotel in town--it would also save time and money. We are a gay couple in our 60s, and luckily found another couple to hang out with, because otherwise the clientele was frosty towards us at best and on at least two occasions people did not allow us to sit with them--always Americans, almost always from the South. My favorite moment at breakfast was when a woman from Alabama ended up sitting across from us--her husband had sat there first leaving only the chair across from me free for her--and under her breath muttered to him "why did you have to sit HERE?" She wouldn't speak to me and stared off into the distance acting as if there were a bad smell in the room. Variations on this occurred several times. Obviously this is a cruise for straight couples. Fortunately there were also some very decent couples, wonderful people, who were happy to sit with us. Sometimes, though, it was awkward. This is no fault of Viking's of course, just something to be aware of if you're a gay couple--bring friends along or be prepared to be shunned, not ever by Viking staff, but by your fellow travelers. On the plus side, the included tours are wonderful, though whirlwind fast, sometimes with a bit of time on your own (never more than a half hour though).. There are rechargeable "Quiet Vox" boxes in each room with an earpiece which one brings along. The highlights of the trip included an organ concert in Passau's cathedral, truly excellent; and when the captain took the ship out for a 90 minute cruise at night in Budapest--we've never seen anything like it in our lives, with all the big buildings in Pest and Buda (opposite sides of the Danube) all lit up. Absolutely mind-blowingly gorgeous. The other highlights were the small towns of Bamberg, Rothenburg, Miltenburg, and Krems. We quickly realized we liked the charm of the small towns more than the crowds and bustle of the big cities like Amsterdam and Vienna (also having been to both before). All in all a wonderful trip--Viking is possibly the best-managed cruise company we've ever seen and they really take care of you--with a few weird hiccups. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
From the moment we were greeted at Amsterdam airport by a Scenic tour director, we knew we had made a great choice. We had done numerous ocean cruises in the past and had decided that a river cruise taking in the Christmas markets was a ... Read More
From the moment we were greeted at Amsterdam airport by a Scenic tour director, we knew we had made a great choice. We had done numerous ocean cruises in the past and had decided that a river cruise taking in the Christmas markets was a great way to see parts on Europe that we had missed on previous adventures. The cabin, while at first looking smaller than expected was a lot larger once he curtains opened up onto our balcony which included a versatile window that could be raised or lowered at the flick of a switch. The ship (Scenic Crystal) was excellent as was the staff throughout with a very special mention to Yvonne out cruise director who was a sensation and loads of fun. The tours to all of the small towns and cities were extremely well run and informative with no problems at all along the way and the scenery as the ship sailed down the Rhine Gorge had to be seen to be believed. Do not worry about getting bored on this cruise as there is no time for bordom! This is a cruise that I would totally recommend and a company that stands by their word. Scenic deliver! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Out Viking Tor cruise along the Rhine, from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland, was filled with beautiful sights (and sites), wonderful food, and terrific people. From the windmills of Kinderdijk and cafes of Cologne to the ... Read More
Out Viking Tor cruise along the Rhine, from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland, was filled with beautiful sights (and sites), wonderful food, and terrific people. From the windmills of Kinderdijk and cafes of Cologne to the castles of Heidelburg, the beautiful streets of Strasbourg, this trip had something for everyone. Learning how to construct a Black Forest cake or simply catching the glorious view floating up the middle Rhine presented only two aspects of the trip. On board, the crew and staff were thoughtful, helpful, and fun to be around. The food was delicious and not like the overpowering piles found on those huge vessels. The intimacy of the Viking ship makde for a friendly, accessible atmosphere. Having gone as part of the Pied Piper group enhanced the atmosphere in which we could get to know our fellow travelers well enough to create some lifetime friendships. I highly recommend this cruise (and the Seine River cruise) to anyone. If you are queasy about being on the rough sea, there's no need. The rivers are smooth and steady. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We were looking for a cruise catering to adults sailing to Saint Petersburg. Cruise Critic helped us choose Celebrity Century.  I have to say it was a very pleasurable experience from start to finish. We arrived in Amsterdam 3 days ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise catering to adults sailing to Saint Petersburg. Cruise Critic helped us choose Celebrity Century.  I have to say it was a very pleasurable experience from start to finish. We arrived in Amsterdam 3 days early.That gave us enough time to recover from jet lag and see a bit of Amsterdam. It must be one of the friendliest cities in the world.  We took advantage of the hotel shuttle arranged by Celebrity to get to the port. That made lugage handling and check-in easier. Our cabin class entitled us to VIP check-in and it was the fastest easiest boarding we have ever done. We immediately went to our Sky Suite to drop of our carry-on luggage. Our suite had a horrible odor. Our attendant Hector apologized and said there had been a leak from the bathroom on the previous cruise and he was drying the carpet. When the odor was still there the next morning he had our entire carpet shampooed. That solved the problem. A bottle of wine was sent to our room along with an apology for any inconvenience. Our butler John was pleasant but not as available as our travel mates butler. We were more than pleased with our cabin and its many amenities. The Century is a well designed ship. It was very easy to get around and everything was easy to locate.During the course of the cruise I think we took advantage of everything they had to offer. The Islands Buffet had a great selection of food choices. The food was well prepared and was organized into American, European, and Asian sections. There was always so much to choose from. On formal nights you can reserve a table there for casual dining or just select from the buffet. My only complaint was there was no dress code and some people came to breakfast in bathrobes and slippers I thought that was really tacky on a cruise of this class. The outdoor grill room was always available for burgers nachos etc. The grand dining room is truely beautiful. We were unhappy with our origional table assignment that was too close to the violinists. They immediately reassined us to table of our liking. Its nice you can get tables for two or four and not have to set with strangers. We had a very friendly waiter Francisco and his assistant was great too. They remembered our prevences and we had to ask for nothing. Our wine srewart Tina was also a true pleasure to work with. There were good menu choices every night including some sugar free fesserts. Do not miss the special brunch buffet. It was fantastic.The Spa Cafe offered healthy eating choices but we found enough in the other restaurants and only stopped there once.The specialty dining room Murano was a phenominal.The service was exceptional and the menu choices were varied, beauiful, well executed and most of all delicious. They offer several tableside presentations that are fun. The cheese souflet was the best I ever had. I wish we had booked more nights there. The food was that good. Chef Joselito gave us a tour of the kitchen and even prepared a special Philopino dish for us. We had a major problem with a reservation cancellation on the night of our friends anniversary. They gave our table to large party of Dutch passengers. They didn't tell us it was cancelled. They just booked us another night. They later apologized and prepared a special dinner for us. They even brought in violinists for our friends anniversary.There are several bars and lounges throughout the ship. They all present a different atmosphere to fit your mood. We loved the MartinI bar with its friendly waitress Visjna. Also Vic in the Cova Cafe. The drinks are well prepared with good liqour.Rich Cleesen heading the activities was a true asset to the cruise.He was both friendly and funny. He led a great crew but I have to say the girls far outshined the guys. We really enjoyed Anna and Katie who ran a lot of the activities. The Spa is beautiful and offered everything from massage to botox. I had a great but rather expensive massage from Pedro. My friend got a great hair cut and color. They ran a lot of specials that made it more reasonable.The ship has a shopping boulevard for gifts and items you might have forgot to pack. The Russian Bazarre was a good bargain.We booked shore excursions in every port. They had a lot to choose from. They were well organized and fun. If I repeated the trip I think I would book private tours at some of the locales.Unfortuately we booked tour that had no shopping time. We saw a lot but missed out on some great shopping buys.We were a group of four older gay men. We were well treated on this cruise.Lastly I want to comment on the crew. I think their staff is their greatest asset. Every single employee from the engineroom attendant to the captain went out of their way to make your stay pleasant. This has to be one of the friendliest staff on seas. There was not even one employee who was not smiling and friendly.They came from 52 diferent countries and certainly represented their homeland and Celebrity well. If I travel with Celebrity again it will be because of the crew. The enrichment seies was ok. Could have been way better.Entertainment was pretty good. I especially enjoyed the acapella singers, the violin quartet, and the show Liverpool nights.  The juggler was just OK for me although he did have a few phenominal tricks. I missed the comic. The headliner Lindsy Hamilton was really good but the show was too short. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009

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