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71 AmaWaterways Basel Cruise Reviews

This is something my husband and myself have talked about doing for sometime but have always felt it was a little expensive , however, having had a recent bereavement in the family and deciding life is too short we booked our trip just a ... Read More
This is something my husband and myself have talked about doing for sometime but have always felt it was a little expensive , however, having had a recent bereavement in the family and deciding life is too short we booked our trip just a few weeks before sailing . We have no regrets , the trip was wonderful . We were made to feel at ease as soon as we boarded , the ship was gorgeous and the staff so welcoming , nothing was too much trouble . Our Cruise Manager ( Rachel) superb x but all the crew have to be complimented . Everything was so well organised , the catering and various options for dining were superb . We have met some lovely people on board , the Rhine is stunning and we were blessed with beautiful weather . As for value for money that is provided on this cruise , you certainly get a lot for your money and believe me that’s something coming from. Yorkshire girl !! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We took a Rhine River cruise on the AmaWaterways AmaKristina in September 2019. The staff, accommodations, food and excursions were excellent. We chose AmaWaterways for their more active excursions and their higher level of service. ... Read More
We took a Rhine River cruise on the AmaWaterways AmaKristina in September 2019. The staff, accommodations, food and excursions were excellent. We chose AmaWaterways for their more active excursions and their higher level of service. They did not disappoint. We really liked that there were several excursions offered. Also, each excursion had different levels from gentle to active. We loved that there was a nice variety of excursions as well. One of our favorite was a bike tour through Strausberg, France. We also hiked and had some other fun excursions like beer, wine and coffee tasting. The boat itself was beautiful. All passengers fit in the public areas very comfortably. All the staff were wonderful. Everyone was always helpful and had wonderful attitudes. Many learned our names after the first day. The Cruise Manager, Dragan Reljic, was very good. If you needed suggestions or help on anything, he was very helpful. We will definitely use AmaWaterways again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because AMA made us an offer we could not refuse after they had to change an itinerary due to bridge construction. With discounts and credits available, we chose this trip despite it's stopping in two ports we had ... Read More
We chose this cruise because AMA made us an offer we could not refuse after they had to change an itinerary due to bridge construction. With discounts and credits available, we chose this trip despite it's stopping in two ports we had earlier visited. We had been on AmaPrima during its inaugural season and I found myself looking for signs of wear and tear after I noticed how pristine the ship looked. Other than some chairs which looked a bit tired, the ship was immaculate. The cabin was so clean and well maintained that we could have been the first cruisers to occupy it. Because it was a river cruise, the cabin was not large, but we had no problem with storage or getting around. The crew was as professional and courteous as we had come to expect from AMA and Rolf, the cruise director, was professional, helpful and consistently good humored. The shore excursions were well organized and informative. Also, the excursions were not over scheduled, leaving us some good downtime and making daylight cruising along the beautiful Moselle river a regular part to the cruise. The food was up to the usual AMA high standards except for the chef's special slow cooked lamb; that was the best meal I have ever had on a river cruise ship and among the best I have ever had on any ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Wanted to sail on the Rhine River. Great ship, service and scenery! Food was delicious and service impeccable! Cabin was so nice, small but great balcony and a place for everything. Our Cruise Manager, Marcus, was the best! He took great ... Read More
Wanted to sail on the Rhine River. Great ship, service and scenery! Food was delicious and service impeccable! Cabin was so nice, small but great balcony and a place for everything. Our Cruise Manager, Marcus, was the best! He took great care of our group and made sure we were all where we were supposed to be. Entertainment was super as well as lectures about our destinations! Will certainly look to go with AMA again! The pre-cruise days in Zurich and Lucerne were great even though there was a heat wave in Europe. Especially loved Lucerne-beautiful and the hotel was great-right on the lake. Only negative of the whole trip was day of embarking in Basel. Got to HOT Basel and everything was closed -nothing to see or do. Had to walk to the boat in 100degree sun. Very difficult. Perhaps, in the future, don’t get to Basel until time to board. Other than that, everything was great! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We sailed on the AmaKristina from Basel to Amsterdam. The cruise line was recommended by a long-time friend and travel agent. We had sailed with Ama last October, but low river levels prevented us from sailing north of Strasbourg (we ... Read More
We sailed on the AmaKristina from Basel to Amsterdam. The cruise line was recommended by a long-time friend and travel agent. We had sailed with Ama last October, but low river levels prevented us from sailing north of Strasbourg (we were bussed from there via Luxembourg to Antwerp where we met the ship sailing from Amsterdam). Ama took good care of us and gave us a cruise credit for what wa had paid. Wanting to experience the same great service and the same itinerary we had previously missed, we returned to basel this May for the same trip. The service was top notch and we loved getting to know the Cruise manager David and the Hotel Manager Eduard. The only down side I can think of was the firmness of the mattresses was a bit too hard for our comfort. Eduard indicated that could be fixed, but we were already halfway into the trip before we asked so kept it unchanged. Next time, we will ask about this as quickly as we can. We loved the new excursion at Breisach, a hike in the Black Forest. Because we had experienced Strasbourg just the year before, a different tour option would have been nice. But Strasbourg has so much to offer we were content to do this walk again. Bonus was tickets at the end of the walk to experience the Strasbourg Cathedral Clock in action (limited number of tickets are made available each day, and Ama landed these for their passengers). We would gladly do Ama again, and have made the deposit for a future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was our second cruise with AMA and we cannoy imagine a river cruise with any other line. The service and amenities are top-notch. The quality of food surpassed even our previous cruise. Unfortunately we had terrible weather ... Read More
This was our second cruise with AMA and we cannoy imagine a river cruise with any other line. The service and amenities are top-notch. The quality of food surpassed even our previous cruise. Unfortunately we had terrible weather throughout our 10 day holiday, but AMA still made the cruise very enjoyable. The daily walking tours, though hampered by the weather, were interesting and informative. The local guides' knowledge of the cities and castles was extensive and most of them had their own unique experiences to share. The new quiet vox devices were very helpful. On board, everything is spotless and attention to detail is obvious throughout the ship. Our cabins were serviced twice per day and hallways and other common areas are kept neat and tidy at all times. The small complement of guests and crew allows for great interaction. It was wonderful to meet so many people from various parts of the world and to converse at meals, on tours, in the lounge, etc. The wait staff in the dining room is very attentive. We found them willing to respond to any request, and even to anticipate needs before they were expressed. We often sat in a section served by Mile, who greeted us and served us in a friendly and positive manner. Our cruise manager Jeanette kept us informed and active throughout. She demonstrated an amazing ability to remember names and often engaged passengers in pleasant conversation. She accompanied many day tours as well and did an excellent job looking after any special needs that arose. She also saw each group of passengers away at disembarkation. The "wellness coach" Marcelo did a great job motivating passengers to stretch and exercise and be a little more active considering how many calories we were consuming through the week. This was a new feature for us, and though we didn't participate as much as we should have, it is very beneficial. Thanks to AMA for making this option available. The captain and other crew, though focused on their responsibilities, were friendly and good-humoured in their interactions with passengers. We found the overall atmosphere of this ship and cruise to be friendly and warm. While we had thought that this might be our last river cruise, our great experience on this one has left us wanting more. We will probably sail with AMA again in the not-too-distant furture. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We just returned from our first European river cruise. Having only been on ocean cruises in the past, we weren’t sure how this vacation would compare. We absolutely loved it! Our cabin was small, but extremely efficient and clean! ... Read More
We just returned from our first European river cruise. Having only been on ocean cruises in the past, we weren’t sure how this vacation would compare. We absolutely loved it! Our cabin was small, but extremely efficient and clean! Our housekeeper, Gigel (George) was amazing and did an awesome job of keeping our cabin spotless every day. Martina, the cruise manager, was exceptional-bright, witty, entertaining, kind, compassionate, and full of boundless energy! She greeted us with enthusiasm on our first day of our pre-cruise land package in Switzerland and seemed to effortlessly take care of us from that point on. Honestly, the trip wouldn’t have been near as fun without her-she is absolutely amazing-so personable and what a gift she has for history! Our group all agreed that she made the trip so wonderful for all the passengers. Martina was so good with those that needed extra assistance and related to the thirty somethings and everyone in between just as easily. She was always available and we started to wonder, when does this girl sleep?! Overall the ship was in great shape. I think it is one of AMA’s older vessels, but it didn’t show it. Our cabin’s bathroom was small, but pristine and very up to date. The water pressure was amazing and the shower had nice fixtures. Our cruise was a wine cruise so we had additional wine tastings on and off the ship which were fun, interesting, entertaining, and very enjoyable. We also had an amazing beer tasting in Cologne. We enjoyed all the ports and shore excursions. We were wishing we could have spent more time in Strasbourg along with most of the ports because the villages and cities were lovely. We were very satisfied with the onboard entertainment. A couple of nights they brought in local entertainment. (Musicians) Everyone always seemed to be enjoying themselves in the evening whether just listening to the music, dancing, visiting with newly made friends, or playing cards. There was music and dancing every night in the lounge. But, if you are looking for ocean cruise type entertainment, you will probably be disappointed. We were pleased with the food. A couple of nights we chose the fish entree and compared to the meat entree, the portion size seemed rather small. That was our only complaint about the food. Breakfast is a huge buffet with a made to order omelette station OR you can order off a menu. I had the eggs Benedict for breakfast from the menu one day. Lunch is also buffet, but you can order pizza or a burger from the menu. I had a burger and fries several times and it was very good. Dinner was delightful as well aside from the fish portions I alluded to earlier. And you can always order a steak or salmon if you don’t like the main offerings. I had the salmon one night and it was wonderful. One evening the appetizer was duck and it was amazing. Another night the entree was veal cheeks and they were so tender and delicious. Our group also dined at the Chef’s Table on the last night and it was such a fun and satisfying experience!l For those passengers who want to workout while on the cruise, the ship has its own personal trainer who was great, but not pushy! I would definitely recommend this cruise. We boarded the ship in Basel and went north on the Rhine to Amsterdam. The day we went through the Rhine River gorge,where many castles are located near the banks, Martina provided amazing historical commentary over the ship’s speaker system. We learned so much from Martina and our expert guides on the shore excursions! Overall, the entire staff on the AmaDante is amazing. They work tirelessly and long hours to ensure that everyone has an awesome cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
As experienced ocean cruisers we had been curious about river cruising for sometime. Since this year was our 35th wedding anniversary that seemed to be a good excuse and we decided to take the plunge. We did pre and post cruise on our ... Read More
As experienced ocean cruisers we had been curious about river cruising for sometime. Since this year was our 35th wedding anniversary that seemed to be a good excuse and we decided to take the plunge. We did pre and post cruise on our own-our fabulous travel agent set some great things up for us. We sailed from Basel to Amsterdam to enjoy the Christmas markets and the Rhine gorge. We were blessed in that, after a period of prolonged drought in Europe it Rained and rained and rained and the Rhine rose. Our cruise was the first northbound cruise in 12 weeks with out busing or ship swaps. Embarkation was so easy-an AMA baggage handler took our bags from the taxi and we saw them again at the room. Check in took a couple of minutes-no line-and we were good to go. Explored the ship, got the lay of things and then checked out our room. We had opted for a fixed window room since I didn't think that having a balcony in Germany in the winter was a huge need. It was a good choice but a lesson learned-the fixed window rooms lie below the water line and you can be subject to some noise in locks and when passing other ships on the river. Next time I will get a French Balcony room. The room was small but efficiently designed and once were unpacked and had the luggage stowed away it worked just fine for us. The food was fabulous at every meal. Between the wonderful food in the markets and the wonderful food on board it is a very good thing we opted for active tours with lots of walking! I loved the regional wines poured in unlimited quantities at dinner. It gave one a great opportunity to learn about different wines from that area. The Chefs Table is a do not miss experience as well. We enjoyed all of the tours we went on as well. There were even a couple of things that I had thought we would skip that we wound up doing at the last minute that turned out to be fabulous. Evening entertainment especially the classical music group on the last night was wonderful. Our one, no so much complaint because we understood it, but disappointment is that we would have like longer to spend in some of the places we visited. Cruising the Rhine gorge was part of the reason we choose this cruise and it did not disappoint. Huge kudos to AMA and our marvelous Cruise Director Sonja for handling a difficult and scary situation with aplomb. On Tuesday December 11th we had docked at Strasbourg around 8 in the evening. Shortly after that a shooting occurred in the main Christmas Market that left 3 dead and 13 wounded. While we enjoyed our Christmas tree decorating Sonja and the LA office were making decisions on how to handle the situation. We woke up on the 12th docked across the river in Kehl. Sonja apologized for our missing Strasbourg but due to the traffic and activity of the French anti terror police it had been determined that we should not go there-so we went instead to Baden-Baden which was wonderful. I was sorry to miss the Strasbourg catherdral but not sorry to miss dealing with the French police. Service was outstanding-Patricia in the dining room, Marina our cabin steward, the bar staff and of course Sonja and her staff delivered an amazing experience, right down to Sonja arranging a taxi to our privately booked hotel in Amsterdam. Overall a first class experience far and above what we have had on any ocean cruise line. We will be cruising with AMA again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We wanted to see the Christmas markets in Germany and were not disappointed. The staff aboard the AmaStella were outstanding, from cruise director Sonja Lodewijkx to our "personal" waiter, Dragos, and I say personal because ... Read More
We wanted to see the Christmas markets in Germany and were not disappointed. The staff aboard the AmaStella were outstanding, from cruise director Sonja Lodewijkx to our "personal" waiter, Dragos, and I say personal because that's the way he treated us, was just excellent. With the incident that occurred in Strasbourg, captain Rene decided to move the ship from the French side to the German side for the safety of everyone. Cruise director Sonja did an excellent job of find new excursions for the entire ship and did so with very little time, considering the circumstances. Thank to you all the staff aboard the AmaStella for ensuring the safety of it's passengers. The Christmas party on the next to last evening was fantastic. It was so much fun, no one wanted it to stop. Each meal was a culinary delight but I blame head chef Tomi for making me buy larger waist pants. All in all, and excellent experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Wanted to take a Christmas Market Cruise through central Europe, stopping at various cities and markets along the way. We weren't aware until a couple weeks before sailing that many major rivers in Europe were experiencing RECORD ... Read More
Wanted to take a Christmas Market Cruise through central Europe, stopping at various cities and markets along the way. We weren't aware until a couple weeks before sailing that many major rivers in Europe were experiencing RECORD drought and thus very low water levels in rivers. This almost meant our itin. would be severely changed or curtailed for obvious reasons. The previous 3 months of cruising on the Rhine did experience altered cruising. However, just 4 days before sailing and after some much needed rainfall, it was announced that we Would be able to sail the originally booked itinerary! Crew couldn't have been nicer! Food was very good, portions slightly small, but the cruise was a huge success. Great cabin as well. Unfortunately about 1/3 of the originally booked psgrs had cancelled after the possible changes to itin. were announced. So, the other 2/3 had a wonderful time, certainly not overcrowded. Ports were all excellent between Basel, Switz. and Amsterdam. Weather cooperated and no problems navigating the Rhine. We were so lucky! Loved the Christmas Markets, we had done similar before in central Europe, but never from a ship. The markets are so fun - if you tolerate the cold. It's not an experience that most tourists can identify with and the markets there are all similar and still unique. Small gym, and unfortunately most psgrs went to bed right after dinner. Evening entertainment was very good, most psgrs didn't get to enjoy it. Of course, no casino on most river cruises. Love the AMAPrima and the Christmas Markets! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Due to insufficient water, cruise operator purposely misleading and not informing us of the conditions, I would not recommend this company! We have enjoyed 25 luxury cruises and never had this experience. It turned out to one big bus ride ... Read More
Due to insufficient water, cruise operator purposely misleading and not informing us of the conditions, I would not recommend this company! We have enjoyed 25 luxury cruises and never had this experience. It turned out to one big bus ride through Europe. We were in Switzerland when they notified us by email that there might not be sufficient water in the river. We were not given any options. We subsequently found out that they had this problem for over a month. Even upon boarding the ship they continued to mislead us. Ultimately, they bused us through three countries to another ship, the AmaKristina. We never saw the charming towns or castles that were part of the cruise. Most of the ports and excursions that we were scheduled for never materialized. Dining was difficult because there is insufficient seating capacity for the number of passengers. The captain refused to allow us to sit at his table when we could not find seats. In fact, he was quite rude. We did not bother to unpack our suitcases as we were going to be bused to another ship. The cabin was extremely crowded as a result. Entertainment is mostly non existent. The crew works hard but that can not compensate the amount of money we spent for deceptive business practices engaged by the company. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
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
After cruising on the Danube with AMA (chosen based on specific itinerary), we went with Avalon for a cruise in Holland/Belgium (also based on specific itinerary). In comparing the two, we realized that we enjoyed AMA much better and ... Read More
After cruising on the Danube with AMA (chosen based on specific itinerary), we went with Avalon for a cruise in Holland/Belgium (also based on specific itinerary). In comparing the two, we realized that we enjoyed AMA much better and after thinking about why we decided AMA had a much wider range of everything - more varied excursions, more varied food (such as local receipes) and more active options for younger folks, particularly bicycling which is what we like. This time we were not the youngest guests and the on deck fitness classes with Andre were wonderful. It is quite a treat to do yoga in the sun on the top deck while cruising past lovely scenery. AMA pays attention to every detail and each staff member is on top of their game. It is a week of no hassles and being pampered. The local guides were excellent as well. Marc Coll, the Cruise Manager on our trip even took the effort to arrange for a second bike tour in the afternoon of one day when the morning one was full. The excursion ended up being one of our favorites. We were affected only slightly be low water but since there are so many excursion options when one is not available there are many other interesting ones to choose from. It is a nice option for families (adult children and parents) because people can choose different excursions during the day and then come back together at meals to converse. There are different levels of activities for different walking speeds or people who were like a slower pace to take more photographs. The QuietVox systems allow everyone in a walking tour to hear the guide easily. There are many places on the ship to view the scenery - the top deck, the front, the lounge - and all the windows are very clean. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I was looking for a really special cruise for my husband's 60th birthday and Ama Waterways was recommended to me by a small ship specialist. My travel agent understood that my husband and I are not "get on the bus and tour" ... Read More
I was looking for a really special cruise for my husband's 60th birthday and Ama Waterways was recommended to me by a small ship specialist. My travel agent understood that my husband and I are not "get on the bus and tour" type of people (even though Ama does provide riding tours). We wanted walking, hiking, and biking opportunities and Ama provided that. We also wanted to be in ports in the evening to explore the towns after hours. Ama's ship, staff, food, itineraries, service, was excellent. The ports were amazing. We walked over 25,000 steps each day and loved every step. The food was delicious and local and we never found a need to eat off of the ship. The wines at dinner were outstanding and the wine stewards kept our glasses filled. The Bitburger beer was great and a must with lunch once I discovered it! The room was extremely comfortable - we slept like babies. The water pressure in the shower was great (one minor complaint - the water pooled on the bathroom floor after taking a shower so the bath mat had to be replaced daily). We had a TV that was also a computer in our room but we never used it. Did I mention the refreshing cool washcloths and flavoured tea when we returned from excursions? I could go on and on and on about this fabulous cruise. If we had to find a "negative" the only thing I can say is that it was disappointing that the upper deck of the ship was closed for part of the cruise but that is not Ama's fault and could not be helped. The bridges are low in certain areas and the railings have to be taken down to allow clearance under the bridges. We also weren't expecting to sometimes have our cabin windows blocked by another ship when in port (they dock next to each other). But, seriously, those were the only negatives. My husband would add that he would like more educational lectures. I also have to mention the staff. The purser was always ready to solve any problem and answer any question. The cruise manager organized the itineraries and excursions, and even debarkation in the most professional manner. On debarkation day, she arranged for transportation for every guest to wherever we were heading (airport, train station, bus station, local hotel, etc.) and it all happened timely and seemingly with ease. It was amazing! We will definitely sail with Ama again. AMA-ZING! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Where do we start, Amazing trip/experience with AMA? Using our travel agent /AMA we added 1 night in Zurich, 2 nights in Basel at the beginning and 2 more nights in Amsterdam at the end of our cruise. The experience on the AMA Prima was ... Read More
Where do we start, Amazing trip/experience with AMA? Using our travel agent /AMA we added 1 night in Zurich, 2 nights in Basel at the beginning and 2 more nights in Amsterdam at the end of our cruise. The experience on the AMA Prima was 2nd to none, from receiving our ‘Booking Summary” and reviewing it, we felt this trip was going to be special. Then checking into our 1st hotel, seeing/experiencing “Basel” and seeing the docking of River Cruise Ships from our room, we loved it. The hotel provided us with a short transfer to the dock to board/check in on the AMA Prima & there we knew we were in for a very special cruise/vacation. The food was amazing all 3 sittings, the “Chef Table “gave us an experience to remember. The main Lounge/bar was an excellent meeting place, entertainment in the evening, snacks & cold/hot beverages most of the day. The staff was attentive to guest details, tours, dining, safety on board and made the less than 150 guests on board have what they required to make their trip a lasting experience. The daily tours were included with attention to detail for the visitor and the area. My only negative comment is not to do with the Staff on the AMA Prima but with AMA vacation operations. AMA’s selection of hotels for the pre/post cruise were only at one budget level (highest). I found that insensitive & arrogant not fitting with what we experienced on the “AMA Prima” Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Family recommended the Amawaterways cruise company . We couldn’t of had a better trip. The ship was in excellent condition from brass bell down to the on board bikes to take ashore . We were wowed by the crew especially the cruise ... Read More
Family recommended the Amawaterways cruise company . We couldn’t of had a better trip. The ship was in excellent condition from brass bell down to the on board bikes to take ashore . We were wowed by the crew especially the cruise manager “Marcia”. The food was excellent and suited all types of tastes and appetites along with the abundant poured wines paired with all the meals .(except breakfast Thank God)! We saw lots of other cruise companies as we traveled up the Rhine and our ship always looked the best and had active guests and crews having fun on deck all the time . Others cruise ships seemed to not have the same energy . Our on shore activities were great especially the hired by ama tour guides in each port , turely amazing and so knowledgeable and fun to follow through village listening to all the history and amusing details of our visit . Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Started cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Side trip to Lucerne Switzerland the day before by taking a one hour train ride from city center, easy and further the time. Took a cruise across the lake and then a tram to top of Mt Pilatus, great ... Read More
Started cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Side trip to Lucerne Switzerland the day before by taking a one hour train ride from city center, easy and further the time. Took a cruise across the lake and then a tram to top of Mt Pilatus, great experience. Both citiies fun to explore. The market areas in Basel are very nice. The staff of the Amadante very welcoming and always smiling. They all appear to enjoy people and their jobs. The crew manager Edward fantastic. He planned so much and took care of everyone’s questions or needs. The chef and dining room staff was amazing. Great history lessons about the towns and Germany from friendly tour guides on every excursion. Visited beautiful towns and tasted delicious things on culinary excursions and on our own. Met great people from around the world. We appreciated the smaller intimate number of cruisers on this size ship. It makes it inviting to create friendships. This was our first river cruise and it exceeded expectations. Interested in doing another river cruise on a future vacation. Ken and Cathy Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Our first river cruise experience was with AmaWaterways on the AmaViola in June 2017 on the Danube River and because of the great experience on that cruise we booked with AmaWaterways for a Rhine River cruise. AmaWaterways lived up to all ... Read More
Our first river cruise experience was with AmaWaterways on the AmaViola in June 2017 on the Danube River and because of the great experience on that cruise we booked with AmaWaterways for a Rhine River cruise. AmaWaterways lived up to all our expectations on the Enchanting Rhine cruise on the AmaKristina ( sister ship to the AmaViola ) September 6th-17th with four days pre-cruise in Switzerland ( two days in Zürich and two days in Lucerne ) and seven days on the Rhine River embarking in Basel, Switzerland with stops for Riquewihr, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Rüdesheim, castle viewing on the Rhine River Gorge, Cologne and disembarking in Amsterdam, Holland. Cruise Manager Colin Batch was outstanding in his relations with our fellow cruisers and headed up a great staff/crew. The guides for all our shore excursions were great with good English language skills. Food was always good with a very enjoyable Chef's Table dinner. It has been a dry summer in Europe so Rhine River water levels were low but we did not have any difficulties in sailing, navigation, dock passage or port docking. We have been VERY, VERY pleased with AmaWaterways and hope to do future cruises with them....job well done!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Good experience with inconvenience of record hot summer, and drought across Central Europe. Captain did the best one could, "Everyone talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it"-Mark Twain. Some minor ... Read More
Good experience with inconvenience of record hot summer, and drought across Central Europe. Captain did the best one could, "Everyone talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it"-Mark Twain. Some minor itinerary shifts, and less convenient docking, due to low water. Small staff, morale and attitude very good, professional. Open seating 3 meals a day made connecting with specific waiters, though certainly seamless hand-offs. Occasional coordination slight delays at breakfast for coffee. I missed the Ocean Cruise relationship w a single waiter throughout. The ship offered Sip and Sail, an unadvertised feature of cocktails, beer, wine, complimentary for one hour prior to dinner, along with complimentary, beer- Stella on tap- wines with lunch and dinner. One red one white the meal, the same unoaked French Chardonnay every day, some variation in reds. Generous pours- the inexperienced be careful! Food quite good, compared to experiences with Holland America and Cunard. I ordered entercôte very rare, ie 'bleu', twice and, both perfect, NOT overcooked both times. (I have been told water hate the order 'rare', as it id cooked to order, then complaints and returns, 'ugh, this is raw'." I have learned to assure, "I will not send it back for under cooking". Variations, request all provided w/o hint of protest or inconvenience. I only undertook 2 excursions, the trip to the Amsterdam flower auction, massive facility, was great, as it is impossible to describe, scale, scope, and complexity of the system. walk across the building and back, 1 mile. The final day excursion to Riquwehr FR, was fun. Alsatian village from 15500-1600's, lot of tourists, but no pizza or MaDonalds. Sat in café, watched it flow by. Cabin snug, public areas laid out well, so cabin for sleep and naps. Ship was impeccably clean Dress casual, well heeled group of mostly retired Southern professionals, dressed same as if home. PROS- All-inclusive approach means the feeling of nickeled and died to death was blessedly missing CONS Not really. Close quarters of boat. Its a boat on a river, so it's a big as possible Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our second cruise with AMA. The first was the Danube and now the Rhine River. From the very beginning of each of these cruises.. every detail was noted to make sure all passengers were delighted. The cruise manager, Marcia and ... Read More
This was our second cruise with AMA. The first was the Danube and now the Rhine River. From the very beginning of each of these cruises.. every detail was noted to make sure all passengers were delighted. The cruise manager, Marcia and hotel manager Eduord were the best of the best. Also we had a very hands on captain. The staterooms were roomy enough and very efficient. The meals and entertainment were top of the line. What sets AMA cruises apart from others are the programs/guides/sites along the way to experiencing Europe’s famous cities and small villages. We never remotely had a concern/problem along the way. If we had, we were always assured anything could be fixed. The guides were extremely knowledgeable about the areas of the country they came from. There was extraordinarily history and experiences shared with us. We highly recommend any river cruise with AMA. They are a family owned company and want each of us to have a valuable travel experience. The Grants Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Loved our second cruise on AMAwaterways. Attentive crew, lovely room and wonderful tours daily and food. Did wish we had more evening entertainment. Not floor shows but lectures etc. Loved the trip and will do again in 2020. Everything ... Read More
Loved our second cruise on AMAwaterways. Attentive crew, lovely room and wonderful tours daily and food. Did wish we had more evening entertainment. Not floor shows but lectures etc. Loved the trip and will do again in 2020. Everything went smoothly and staff could not do enough to make the trip enjoyable. We would def go again and have booked another trip in advance.A wonderful excursion for those interested. I think all on board had a most wonderful time. I would recommend this line to anyone who wants a really lovely trip and one with great attention to detail, nice and varied wines and interesting people also on board. The tour guides were knowledgeable but I do think all the river cruises rotate and use same tour guides and whomever is available. The nice thing about AMA is that they have numerous levels of walking tours for all stages of peoples activity level. In addition bikes on board for those as well as numerous private tours and hikes. As I mentioned attention to detail is very evident. The room service is exceptional and linens are changed off and freshened up twice daily with little treat at evening left in the room as well as souvenirs for travels near during the travel time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We started our journey two days prior to our 10 night cruise on the AMAPrima by acclimating to the time change (9 hour time difference from CA) in Zurich, something we highly recommend regardless of your starting disembarkation point. Get ... Read More
We started our journey two days prior to our 10 night cruise on the AMAPrima by acclimating to the time change (9 hour time difference from CA) in Zurich, something we highly recommend regardless of your starting disembarkation point. Get acclimated to the time change then hit the cruise. The train from Zurich to Basel took us through the heart of Zurich to the pastoral countryside on the way to Basel which was a short one hour ride. Upon arriving to our disembarkation point in Basel we were warmly greeted by the crew who took our luggage to be delivered on board for us to our cabin. Our cabin was located on the upper level with a balcony and french balcony. We sat outside everyday on the balcony as our preferred morning ritual that was quiet and scenic and very fun when going through the various locks. The cabin was spacious with a European Queen bed (King size bed in U.S) that was perfectly soft yet firm with great pillows for us side sleepers. You can spend time in your room and it is perfectly acceptable, but the ship offers so much more with the sun deck, rear private dining room (open for day use and a perfect place for a game of cards. Because of the incredible weather, we spent most of our time on the front bow in the shade, or on the Sun deck (which had to close on a number of days due to low bridges and locks) or the upper deck in front of the wheel house which was an ideal spot for our cruise through the middle Rhine gorge where dozens of castles dot the hillsides Each night we were greeted with happy hour and signature cocktails in advance of dinner and made the most of it each night with free cocktails expertly crafted by our new friend Namenia, and Sebastian who were great bartenders and hosts each night. We chose AMA because of their culinary rating above many of the competitive cruise lines, and we were not disappointed. Each night there was a Chef's Recommended Menu along with standard offerings served tableside by excellent waitstaff. When it comes to the wine and beer, you never have to ask for it because it just shows up and keeps flowing. Two days in and the staff knew our likes and dislikes and anticipated our desires. Truly a great dining experience each day. Breakfast and lunch offer similar offerings with extraordinary items and standard fare. The chef’s table dining room provides an intimate experience and not to be missed with an expert five course prix fixe menu delivered to perfection each night (same menu assures that all passengers have a chance to dine here). Onshore excursions were expertly guided by local historians and enthusiasts who all spoke English and told insightful stories with details of history, origin and thinking of the time. The guided tours were fun, but we also chose on more than one occasion to make our own way and to experience the local color more directly. Something to note is that of all of the shore excursions there are only three that require you to bus to the tour location; Riquewihr, Strasbourg and Heidelberg. Otherwise you can walk off the ship and you are in the heart of your destination. Each day allows for some form of excursion off ship, as much of the cruising is at night. We are already looking forward to our next cruise with AMA on the Danube. Nest time we plan to go with one or two other couples as this first trip was just my wife and me. We want to share the experiance with others. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Amawaterways was recommended by a travel agent friend and I am so thankful to her. While I've traveled on ocean cruises and several land trips, this was my first river cruise and I wasn't sure what to expect. A friend had heard ... Read More
Amawaterways was recommended by a travel agent friend and I am so thankful to her. While I've traveled on ocean cruises and several land trips, this was my first river cruise and I wasn't sure what to expect. A friend had heard me talking about this trip and joined me in the adventure - two 70 yr. old women off on an adventure! We planned to arrive in Basel the morning prior to our sailing date but due to flight problems didn't arrive until late the night before sailing so weren't able to explore Basel as much as we'd hoped. We did make it to the Dreiländereck - the point where Switzerland, France, and Germany meet. It's in a working dock area- certainly not lovely but it is a cool photo op spot. We boarded and boy, lots easier than the ocean cruise ships. We were personally escorted to our room (room 311) which was properly set up with twin beds. The room was spacious enough to allow 2 women to get themselves ready for the day without too much bumping into each other.The was ample storage and the sliding glass doors opened to the french balcony. The food far exceeded any expectations. Keep in mind, beverages at meals - both alcoholic and non - are included in the cruise price. That means mimosas for breakfast, wine and/or beer for lunch & dinner. Every night you receive the ship's scheduled events for the following day and that includes the cocktail of the day - there's also a daily cocktail hour. There is also the Chef's Table that you can sign up for once a cruise(also included). We went the first night & it was truly a special evening. The dining area is in the rear of the ship so the view is lovely. And this brings me to one of my favorite aspects of the cruise - the people. Both guests and crew became so familiar to us. With less than 200 people including guests and crew you quickly make acquaintances and even friends. While there is a set time for meals in the dining area, you are free to come and go, sit where you want, when you want, and with whom you wish. Delightful! Breakfast and lunch offer both menu and buffet items while dinner has a menu with Chef's Recommendations and a la carte. There was always enough variety that vegetarians, meat lovers, seafood lovers - we all found ample choices. My friend missed the big entertainment venues provided on the ocean cruises but since that was never my thing, I didn't miss it. She would have liked more & varied entertainment. Bristra entertained us each night on the piano and there was a delightful entertainer, Lindsay Hamilton, one night. Spectacular! A glass blower came on for a demonstration, a speaker, and, of course, the constantly changing scenery and going thru the locks was fun. The excursions (most included in the cruise price) were geared to all abilities. There were walking tours for the "gentle walkers", active, hiking, and biking. I took several of the active walking tours and 2 of the bike tours. My travel buddy did walking tours and also some of the culinary/tasting tours. There were also wine tasting tours that I really enjoyed as well. There are a couple of optional tours available at additional cost. And remember, staying on the ship is totally OK! And the crew? So interactive and helpful. On the ocean cruises we never saw the captain, much less interacted with him. Not the case here! The crew all spoke English and were all a joy to be around. It's not hard to know when you're around people who enjoy what they do and these people are fun. This ship also offered a Wellness Program. Viktor, the Wellness Director, led classes daily and also accompanied the bike tours. Great chance to keep up with my workouts and get to know even more people. Plus Viktor was nice to look at! Because the ship is smaller and there are fewer people, the opportunities to mingle, converse, and get to know each other is wonderful. After the water portion of the cruise, we continued on the land portion for 3 days in Prague. Again, choice of excursions and a super hotel. Wish there was more time - but isn't that always the case? Would I go with Amawaterways again? In a heartbeat. I'm already looking for my next cruise with them. Sorry to be so wordy, but I really found this cruise to be a delight & want to share. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose to cruise with AmaWaterways based on our Travel Agent’s recommendation. Right from the time we embarked in Basel to our departure in Amsterdam, we had a wonderful time. Everything on the AmaKristina (commisioned in 2017) was ... Read More
We chose to cruise with AmaWaterways based on our Travel Agent’s recommendation. Right from the time we embarked in Basel to our departure in Amsterdam, we had a wonderful time. Everything on the AmaKristina (commisioned in 2017) was great, from the on-board staff and entertainment, to the food and the well organized off ship excursions! Our stateroom had a French balcony and a small balcony with a couple of chairs and a small table-very useful for sitting and watching the Rhine castles and vineyards as we steamed downstream towards Amsterdam! At each stop along the way during our seven night journey, the excurdions were well planned and organized. Alghough we were encouraged to sign up for the events well in advance of our trip, we discovered that we could make changes while on-board. Most excursions had options for gentle, normal and active walkers and this were well received by the guests. We will definitely sail with AmaWaterways again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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