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17 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

17 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Budapest
  • Day 2
    Budapest
  • Day 3
    Budapest
  • Day 3
    Vienna
  • Day 4
    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Durnstein (Krems)
  • Day 6
    Durnstein (Krems)
  • Day 6
    Passau
  • Day 7
    Passau
  • Day 7
    Regensburg
  • Day 8
    Regensburg
  • Day 8
    Nuremberg
  • Day 9
    Nuremberg
  • Day 9
    Bamberg
  • Day 10
    Bamberg
  • Day 10
    Wurzburg
  • Day 11
    Wurzburg
  • Day 11
    Miltenberg
  • Day 12
    Miltenberg
  • Day 12
    Rudesheim
  • Day 13
    Rudesheim
  • Day 13
    Cologne
  • Day 14
    Cologne
  • Day 14
    Amsterdam
  • Day 15
    Amsterdam
  • Day 16
    Paris
  • Day 17
    Paris
  • Day 18
    Paris

AmaBella (APT)

AmaBella (APT) - APT

Pros

All-inclusive cruising and majority of cabins have two balconies

Cons

Lack of a quiet second lounge area

Bottom Line

Quality cruising with three dining venues and many inclusions in the fare


Cruise Reviews

We have done several river cruises up and down the Danube with different providers and APT was by far the least luxurious. A pleasant experience but not the luxury cruise we were expecting for the price charged and from our prior ... Read More
We have done several river cruises up and down the Danube with different providers and APT was by far the least luxurious. A pleasant experience but not the luxury cruise we were expecting for the price charged and from our prior experience. AmaBella is badly in need of refurbishment, some of the upholstery in the lounge is dirty and the dining room and lounge are dingy, with poorly placed seating. The “silver butler” we were expecting wasn’t actually a person, in order to get the silver butler service we had to call reception and they then sent the housekeeper to see what we wanted. We got the impression we were being annoying when we used the service so stopped. Many times the drink mixers were flat because the bar uses large plastic bottles of fizzy drinks rather than having a proper soda mixer and once opened they went flat fast, and don’t expect to have an Aperol Spritz on board, the whole of Europe might be drinking them but not on the AmaBella. There is only one coffee machine for the whole ship and it serves mediocre coffee. There was often a queue. Whilst our cabin was large and the double balconies excellent, the TV in the cabin was the smallest I have seen since in accommodation for years, you could barely see it from the bed and there were no on-demand movies. Bathroom toiletries, shampoo etc were only replaced once the empty container was put in the bin – I have never come across this before and it felt very penny pinching, if the body wash was in the shower you had to retrieve it to use at the basin. The bed was very small and hard and there was a lot of rattling and shaking when sailing at night. Take ear plugs. Tours are scheduled to suit the ship not the passengers. We found that often we were dropped off at one port and then bussed to the tour and onwards to the next port. This meant that there were too many long coach trips, for example when visiting Bucharest we were put ashore and taken on a 4 hour coach ride to the city while the ship continued to sail. The return ride to pick up the ship was only an hour because it was then at the closest port. The guests who were disembarking and being taken to the Bucharest airport or onwards also had to endure the 4 hour coach ride. This was completely unnecessary and made for a tedious and unpleasant day. On this same tour lunch was provided at a tourist restaurant and the food was absolutely dreadful, a most disgusting budget meal and not the fare we were paying a substantial amount of money for. One tour was advertised a “wine tour” but failed to mention the ¾ hour we would spend in a museum and the 20 minutes we would spend in a church before one session of wine tasting. When crossing the border at Mohacs the entire ship was woken at 6am for a passport check where we were forced to queue up in a long line in our pyjamas. I’m sorry but this is not luxury, and it did not happen with the other carrier we used on the same route. On arrival back in Budapest at the end of the tour we were told that the AmaBella would not be cruising up and down the Danube through the city to show us the city lights, but instead we were to be taken on a tourist boat along with the guests from the Ama ship parked alongside us (a much nicer, newer ship incidentally). So 2 shiploads of guests were crammed onto a tacky tourist boat with little outside viewing, a very inferior tour indeed. The best thing about the cruise was the staff who were exceptional. The food ranged from fabulous to dreadful but was on the whole pretty good. So to sum up I think APT are relying on repeat custom from prior APT guests (with an average age of “very old”) who do not realise that there are far better river cruising options available. If APT want to compete they need to lift their game significantly and stop the penny pinching, when people pay for luxury they expect to receive luxury. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had to change from the AmaVerde to the AmaBella on this APT cruise half way through our cruise because of low water on the Danube. This involved a four hour coach journey. This transfer was only revealed to us two days beforehand even ... Read More
We had to change from the AmaVerde to the AmaBella on this APT cruise half way through our cruise because of low water on the Danube. This involved a four hour coach journey. This transfer was only revealed to us two days beforehand even though the company knew about it months ago; apparently they have had to do this transfer since June 2018. Rather deceitful in my opinion not to tell us from the start. The two ships are virtually identical, but it's the crews that make the difference. On the Amaverde they were all very pleasant, accessible and helpful from the Captain down. It was very different on the Amabella. We found that quite a few of the waiters were cheeky, rude and ignorant. One in particular thought he was a comedian but he was nothing more than an irritating clown. For the thousands of pounds you pay for this cruise the least you expect is to be treated with respect. The reception staff were rather sullen and not very helpful, the head barman was rather lackadaisical, the senior staff were notable for their absence; we hardly ever saw them. The cruise itself was very pleasant, with plenty to do and very good shore excursions. It was helped along by our fellow pasengers, the majority of whom were Australian. All were very friendly but it has to be admitted that some were rather loud although they were the exception. The dining room was very noisy. The Cruise Director was not very impressive, often giving wrong information, and at other times being less than communicative when asked questions. Food was sometimes good, sometimes less so. Presentation was over the top with considerable time obviously having been spent on making it look good. But often there was very little food on the plate so there was plenty of space left for decoration. Vegetables were thin on the ground; half a fleuret of brocolli, a quarter of a carrot for example. Cutlery must have been in short supply too; there were no soup spoons, just dessert spoons. We found the waiter who took charge of the Chef's Table events to be rude, loud and awkward, not the sort of atmosphere for what was supposedly a special event. Cooked breakfast fare was invariably luke warm at best, with no hot plates for your food, only cold. And getting tea or coffee from a waiter was sometimes like looking for an invisible man. Overall a mixed bag. We would not go on AmaBella again, whereas we would go on AmaVerde. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The trip was fantastic and the organisation by ATP beyond the call of duty. Everything was taken care of. We had to swap ships from Ama Bella to Ama Verde between Passau and Nuremberg because the water level in the Danube. As the 2 ... Read More
The trip was fantastic and the organisation by ATP beyond the call of duty. Everything was taken care of. We had to swap ships from Ama Bella to Ama Verde between Passau and Nuremberg because the water level in the Danube. As the 2 ships are identical we got the same cabins and the organisation to achieve this was fantastic. They even had a staff member with 50 cent coins at the turnstile to the toilets to let us use the toilets free of charge during the transfer. We had a balcony cabin on deck 2 which was spacious with lots of storage under the beds and in wardrobes. The only problem was on the Ama verde, where the bathroom had a funny sewage smell. They put down lots of cleaner but it was still noticeable. Food was generally good with ample portions and seconds for those with big appetites. As drinks were included with the meals we expected cheap wines but that was not the case. Prosecco flowed freely and the local wines were generally very good. Excursions were very interesting and well organised. A concert in Vienna in the Palais Liechtenstein and Dinner and concert hosted by a german Princess in her castle were the highlights. The cruise director was excellent and took care of any problems as they arose. All the staff were helpful and except for a couple of the waiters in the restaurant who became a bit over-familiar I could not fault them. As it was an APT cruise many of the passengers were Australian who on the whole are much more fun and interesting than some of the brits on board. I would certainly recommend this company and will book with them for my next river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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