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I did not select this cruise but joined a friend and discovered this excellent cruise line. We travelled up the Rhône River from Arles to Lyon in Provence and saw storybook views and villages. The tour guides in each location were the ... Read More
I did not select this cruise but joined a friend and discovered this excellent cruise line. We travelled up the Rhône River from Arles to Lyon in Provence and saw storybook views and villages. The tour guides in each location were the best I have ever seen and heard - we got in depth information delivered with delightful humor. My favorites were visiting the Provençal olive grower and his family run processing “plant”, the truffle farmer, Amy, the truffle dog, and the family, and Dominique, the winemaker and his vineyard. There were lots of options for excursions, all inclusive, and for whatever activity level we desired. Best of all was Heloise, the Cruise Manager, but everyone on the ship provided top quality service! Spotlessly clean, many personal touches like flowers in our room upon arrival from our AmaWaterways booking agent in the states, Louise. I was very pleased and I WILL join them again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We selected this cruise based on recommendations from Cruise Managers from our prior cruises who highly recommend the Colors of Provence cruise. In addition we booked the pre cruise visit to Barcelona and the post cruise to Paris which I ... Read More
We selected this cruise based on recommendations from Cruise Managers from our prior cruises who highly recommend the Colors of Provence cruise. In addition we booked the pre cruise visit to Barcelona and the post cruise to Paris which I would highly recommend. The Ama Waterways staff was excellent notably the Cruise Manager Rachel Coutro who was with us for the entire two week and did a marvelous job. The Ama Cello is referred to as the Grand Dame of the fleet and is well appointed and comfortable. The food was very good and presented in a delightful way. They blended the food with Provence, the morning we visited a Truffle Farm when we returned to the ship for lunch the chef served pasta with truffe oil which was out of this world. The cabins are smaller than ocean going ships but are very comfortable. I am 6 foot 4 inch's and I fit in the shower without a problem. I would highly recommend Ama Waterways and will sail with them in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We did a cruise on AMA starting on July 31 with a trip to Barcelona for a cruise up the Rhone, with add on for a trip to Barcelona and Paris. This was our first river cruise after several ocean cruises. This a five star cruise and we ... Read More
We did a cruise on AMA starting on July 31 with a trip to Barcelona for a cruise up the Rhone, with add on for a trip to Barcelona and Paris. This was our first river cruise after several ocean cruises. This a five star cruise and we had a great time. AMA met us at the airport in Barcelona and took excellent care of us every step of the way until dropping us off at Delta check-in at Paris. Our cruise manager, Sebastian, was excellent and was very attentive to details and made sure we were all well cared for. The shore excursions were excellent and the local tours guides were too. AMA does a nice job of vetting their guides. The optional tours were very good as well; Montserrat and the cabaret in Paris. Most days had choices of tours and they were well-paced and started around 9:00 each day. We thought the food on board was very well done, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and beautifully presented. This was a wine-focused cruise, and included some wine excursions that aren't part of the regular itinerary. We did a hike to the M. Chapoutier vineyards, a tasting at Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and a tour of another old family vineyard. The wine events on board were a little disappointing since they focused on Virginia wines from the US instead of French wines. Service on board was very good. Since there was only about 125 passengers the crew got to know our preferences. The Maitre D even got us one of the chef’s recipes! The captain also invited us into the bridge on the spur of the movement one day. A couple areas weren't great. The on board entertainment was mediocre, especially the ship’s singer. The guest performers were better. Also, the bar drinks were bad. We ordered them once and didn't finish them. These were minor areas though. Our stateroom was small, smaller than most ocean cruise ship cabins, but worked fine and the bathroom and shower were good too. Plenty of hot water and good shower heads and water pressure. The ship’s top deck was nice too, with plenty of seating. The hot tub wasn't very hot and was hardly used. The ship (AMA Cello) isn't new and it shows a little when compared to newer ships. Overall, this was an excellent vacation. We’d definitely look at AMA for another river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We started three days before in Barcelona and then took a high speed train to Nimes, FR and settled in for various excursions off boat to olive farms, city tours, roman ruins, wine tasting and walks in vineyards and a visit to a truffle ... Read More
We started three days before in Barcelona and then took a high speed train to Nimes, FR and settled in for various excursions off boat to olive farms, city tours, roman ruins, wine tasting and walks in vineyards and a visit to a truffle farm. We liked the tours because they had one for active walkers so we were able to cover a lot of ground and see many more parts to the villages and cities. The truffle farm experience was neat to see a dog find a truffle and then the tasting with wine and crackers was perfect. We also were allowed onto the Pont Du Gard aqueduct and actually had access and walked across inside the aqueduct. The cruise director "Camille" was so great and seemed to handle everything with hardly a hiccup. She recommended several additional sites and restaurants to stop and visit and especially gave us great info on our extended trips to Barcelona and Paris all thru AMA. The 130 passengers were a perfect size for this ship and dining was busy but not crowded, they had tables for 2/4/6 so dining was easy for talking and meeting new people. Also, our table always was perfect with wine and food because Elana and Damir were such h good and fun hosts...AMA is lucky to have them for their service excellence!!!! AMA was a perfect fit for our trip. R/A Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
AmaCello Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 3.0 4.5
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness & Recreation 2.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursions 3.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 3.0 4.8
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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