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Suggested by travel agent. supposed to be top of the line experience, which it was not. Overpriced for what they provide. Highs: Service and staff. Salamance. Porto. Medium: Rooms were OK. They were small because ship has to be lower ... Read More
Suggested by travel agent. supposed to be top of the line experience, which it was not. Overpriced for what they provide. Highs: Service and staff. Salamance. Porto. Medium: Rooms were OK. They were small because ship has to be lower and narrower than other Ama boats because the locks on the Douro are small. Some noise from other rooms. We had a balcony and floor to ceiling sliding glass windows, which were nice but not necessary. Some of the shore excursions were excellent, some were mediocre fillers. Lows: Food, singer/piano player, tastings. Fitness facility was the size of a walk-in closet with two machines and some free weights. As other reviews pointed out, breakfast and lunch were fine but dinners were not. dinner items ranged from mediocre to inedible. I was looking forward to the local meals and tastings and very disappointed. The tastings were not tastings. we werent being offered multiple types of similar wines or ports. Typically, one red and one white wine were served and that was it. same with Port. There was one food "tasting" that consisted of small shop keepers offering us samples in hopes we would then buy. That was a tasting but not what i expected. My overall impression was that we were stuck with the type of local meals and tastings that i would expect from a cheaper cruise. Ama could have provided a better experience (for instance, an actual wine tasting) if they were willing to pay for it. One of the lunches was at a facility built to feed people from cruise ships. The singer/piano player was really, really bad. Laughingly bad. I was also left wondering whether the Douro is worth a 7 day cruise. 4 or 5 seems sufficient. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have just returned from a holiday of a life time thanks to AmaWaterways. We travelled on the AmaDara a beautiful ship. We sailed the Mekong through Vietnam and Cambodia, a most beautiful part of the world with such friendly people. This ... Read More
We have just returned from a holiday of a life time thanks to AmaWaterways. We travelled on the AmaDara a beautiful ship. We sailed the Mekong through Vietnam and Cambodia, a most beautiful part of the world with such friendly people. This was our first river cruise so we were not sure what to expect, but we were made to feel special throughout. The welcome we had at Saigon airport when we first landed was amazing. Tuan, one of the brilliant guides met us and taught us our first words of Vietnamese. This friendliness was to continue throughout the holiday. We had a land tour either end of the cruise, 2 days in Saigon pre cruise and 2 days in Siem Reap post cruise. The level of service was top notch throughout. The hotels were amazing nothing was too much trouble. AK our tour manager met us at our hotel in Saigon and was with us right through the holiday until our last day in Siem Reap. He briefed us every day on the upcoming excursions and was very professional in all aspects of his job. The excursions were well planned, and pitched at levels that all could enjoy. The guides were local and very knowledgeable and even showed us where to get the best photographs. Every need was provided for from water to drink to rainproof ponchos to wear. What we really enjoyed about the excursions was getting a feel of how local people lived and worked along the Mekong. We did also see the well known land marks such as Angkor Wat which was amazing, but it was places like Evergreen Island and Sa Dec Market that will stay with us. The Amadara and her crew made our cruise unforgettable. Thuy,in the Spa provided a wonderful pedicure, Vy provided great support and encouragement to help me make the 500 steps to the Stupa at Oudong. I am so grateful because the views at the top were spectacular. Clarice on reception always greeted us with a smile and was always interested in our day. Phallin in the restaurant made us feel so welcome with her friendly manner. The food on board was delicious with so much choice of both western and Asian cuisines. They even baked a birthday cake for my husband on his birthday! The waiters and waitresses in the restaurant were so friendly but professional. After dinner it was nice to have a drink in the Saigon lounge where there would be game shows which were fun. We particularly enjoyed the traditional dancers in Cambodia. We cannot recommend AmaWaterways and this cruise in particular enough. We were called “Family” throughout the cruise and that is exactly how we felt, like part of a lovely family. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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
Unbelievable trip of a lifetime. We did the pre-cruise trip in Lisbon for three days, the Intercontinental Lisbon was a fabulous hotel. The tours were amazing, the tour guides spoke great English and were so informative about the ... Read More
Unbelievable trip of a lifetime. We did the pre-cruise trip in Lisbon for three days, the Intercontinental Lisbon was a fabulous hotel. The tours were amazing, the tour guides spoke great English and were so informative about the history, culture, food and drinks of Portugal. We had just the right mix of tours and then free time do go explore on our own. Embarkation and disembarkation were both without a problem. The ship was beautiful and clean. Our cabin was clean and just what we needed. I loved cruising during the day to see the beautiful countryside of Portugal. We went through five locks which were fascinating! Food, wine and our servers for meals were spectacular. I loved the fact that they offer cuisine from the region of our travels! Our server gave us lots of history on the food and was so attentive. By the second day, he was anticipating our needs. We loved the entertainment which included local cultural artists, including Fado. Our shore excursions were so much fun. We learned so much about the history each excursion. They even had a cooking demonstration and gave us recipes to take home. The whole staff was upbeat and positive the whole time!! I would use AmaWaterways again in a heartbeat!!! 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
Ama Waterways came highly recommended. It bit more pricey than others (including Viking). The was one of the newest ships, small number of passengers. We had such a wonderful experience, met great people, crew, captain, and cruise ... Read More
Ama Waterways came highly recommended. It bit more pricey than others (including Viking). The was one of the newest ships, small number of passengers. We had such a wonderful experience, met great people, crew, captain, and cruise director were so friendly and helpful. We enjoyed all of our excursion, well planned and timed. When we did use a bus for transportation or for a tour, excellent bus lines. Tour guides for all of the excursions were very knowledgeable, many were locals! Modifications were made for those with mobility limitations. For those more active, bikes and hikes were offered. On board life was excellent! Food never stopped with great menus. Lunch time homemade ice cream was offered every day, at least 3 or more flavors, many that never repeated! You can eat as light and health or as heavy and unhealthy as you like! There is a special dining room in the back of the ship with a fixed menu. All guests were offered to make a reservation - Chef's dinner! Really enjoyed that evening! Most evenings there was some entertainment, although after a full day we didn't always have the energy to participate! If you like to work out, there is a gym, track up top on the deck, and a fitness director with classes. I personally didn't participate but my husband did most days, attempt to offset the eating and drinking calories! River cruises seem more expensive then ocean cruises but that is because it is all inclusive, all of your excursion (sort of prepaid). Every day their was cocktail hour, hosted. Not the best cocktails but I think we are used to our crafty local places with amazing drinks! Wine and beer is included with meals. Sparking wine with breakfast. Most of the wines for us were just okay. We live in California with many wine clubs and are a bit picky when it comes to wine. That is the one thing I would do differently next time, buy wine at the various stops and enjoy on our own. But many seemed to drink the wines and enjoy. Beer was the better staple over all! We definitely plan to do another river cruise with Ama in the future! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Our second cruise with AMA Waterways. We enjoyed our first cruise so much we decided to try a second. And, it met our expectations. Beautiful venue on the Danube, great stops and tours of the area. We also enjoyed the great service and ... Read More
Our second cruise with AMA Waterways. We enjoyed our first cruise so much we decided to try a second. And, it met our expectations. Beautiful venue on the Danube, great stops and tours of the area. We also enjoyed the great service and crew and our cruise manager made sure everything met everyone’s expectations and that everything went off without a hitch. Our start in Budapest gave us ample time to experience Hungary and its rich history. We very much enjoyed walking through the area along the Danube and into town for shopping and experiencing the local atmosphere. Our stop in Bratislava was very enjoyable and gave us the opportunity to experience a taste of Slovakia. Vienna and our other stops in Austria were very enjoyable, getting to experience the countryside and local crafts, food, wine and the opportunity to lean more of certain European history of the region. Our final stops in Germany and Ama’s Octoberfest was a great ending to our trip.We are looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It was my first cruise with the AmaWaterways, but it will not be the last. I chose it because it was the only cruise that offered exactly the tour I wanted to take, including the possibility of spending three days in Paris partly on my ... Read More
It was my first cruise with the AmaWaterways, but it will not be the last. I chose it because it was the only cruise that offered exactly the tour I wanted to take, including the possibility of spending three days in Paris partly on my own, but always backed up by the AmaWaterways personnel in case of need; and talking of that, Sonja always kept me under her wings, whether I was a few meters or a few kilometers from her. Sure of that, I always felt safe and ready to explore. Everybody on the ship was a dream, including the Captain, who is an excellent dancer. Everybody had a smile and help to offer, including the other cruisers; in fact, I noticed that this company attracts a nice and knowledgeable crowd. Mr. Peter van Straaten, the Executive Chef, had no limits on how to provide excellent and exclusive repasts on a river cruise ship that, after all, must have some restrictions on how large a kitchen can possibly be. The choice of land excursions and guides was also excellent. When it seemed impossible to find a taxi in Lyon, the guide said that if the second taxi she called would also not show up, she would take me to the Musee de Tissues with our bus; fortunately, the second taxy arrived. Thank you for everything. Maria Villarreal 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
My husband and I spent a couple of days in Lisbon a few years ago, and were eager to see more of the country. This was our third AMA Cruise, and it did not disappoint. We included the pre and post extensions in Lisbon and Madrid. Ship ... Read More
My husband and I spent a couple of days in Lisbon a few years ago, and were eager to see more of the country. This was our third AMA Cruise, and it did not disappoint. We included the pre and post extensions in Lisbon and Madrid. Ship and Cabin Due to the lock sizes on the Douro, the ship is smaller than those on the Rhine and Danube, carrying 96 passengers on this cruise—but all was scaled down appropriately, and we did not feel pinched in the public spaces. The cabin was efficient, the beds high enough to store away the large suitcases of chronic over-packers, the balcony small but enjoyable (Category B, Lisbon deck). We left a note for our cabin attendant asking for an extra layer of cushion on the bed, and it was taken care of by the time we returned from dinner. TIP: I had read on a previous review that even numbered cabins were less likely to dock right next to another ship, and we found that to be the case (happened in only one docking location). We booked this cruise along with friends we met in our first AMA Cruise, and enjoyed making more friends along the way. The sense of community on river cruises is a big plus for us. Food The food on this ship was excellent. Lots of variety, including local dishes, and incredible Portuguese breads, pastries, and cheeses. We discovered a love for Portuguese wines, and enjoyed the included glass of port at the end of each dinner. The cruise included three meals off-ship: - Dinner at Quinta de Aveleda—beautiful gardens and dinner venue overlooking the vineyard. Thoroughly enjoyed this event, food, and wine. - Lunch at Quinta da Avessada—fun excursion, food good but not great. - Lunch at a hotel in Salamanca on disembarkation day—excellent buffet, including both a seafood and vegetarian paella. One ship dinner was advertised as a “barbecue.” That word set an expectation for many of us that turned into disappointment. Perhaps this would have been more appropriately described as simply a “buffet.” Service To a person, every AMA staff person was warm, friendly, helpful, and smiling. Shout out to Filipa, who helped us arrange a port tasting in the lounge during the US Open telecast, and to Machado, who took excellent care of ten of us who managed to grab the private dining room on the last night onboard. My husband mentioned to the Hotel Manager, Ricardo, that we enjoyed the wine selections, and he presented us with a list and description of each offering. Outstanding! We also witnessed special care and attention given to passengers with mobility issues—on the ship, during excursions, and during land extensions. Cruise Portugal is a beautiful country. We fell in love with Porto, and really enjoyed the illumination cruise on the first night. Remaining docked overnight gave us ample time to explore this beautiful city, along with Vila Nova de Gaia, on our own. What we discovered along the Douro was incredible landscapes—hills and vineyard terraces unlike others we’ve seen in Europe. The 30-45 minute bus rides from docks to excursion venues were actually enjoyable, as we were winding our way high into the mountains with breathtaking views along the way. We were on the same bus with the same guide and driver most days. Diogo, tour guide on the “yellow submarine” was awesome! Local entertainment was enjoyable, especially the Tuna band, and local dancers. The weather was great the entire trip, so made good us of top deck for daytime cruising on river and through locks, and evening wine sipping with friends. Ports and Excursions - During Cruise Porto - just beautiful with a unique charm. Really enjoyed docking there overnight. The Douro is small and navigable only during the day. This resulted in some leisurely mornings or afternoons sailing from port to port, where the docking locations were small, and the excursion the treat. We particularly enjoyed: - previously mentioned Quinta de Aveleda - the Lamego Museum (surprising collection for this small city) - Mateus gardens and palace - walking around Pinhao - charm of Castelo Rodrigo - beauty of Salamanca - topography/landscape along the river and roads of the Douro and valley Pre and Post Our Lisbon hotel, the Sofitel Liberdade, was perfectly located—close to restaurants, shopping, the Baixa and Alfama districts. Of the tours, we especially enjoyed the Monastery (and Pastis de Belem tasting) and Pena Palace. Our local guide, Christina, was excellent. The Madrid Westin Palace was also well located—a 15 minute walk to Plaza Mayor, and near the museums and Botanical Garden. We added the optional Flamenco show and dinner, and were very glad we did. One of Spain’s best dancers was performing while we were there. It was well worth the price, although the food was a bit disappointing.Toledo is a must see, and Madrid is a beautiful city. Our local guide, Mercedes, was terrific. Both locations offer affordable, excellent dining opportunities, and getting around on your own is easy. As always, AMA takes great care of you—from the first greeting at the airport, to the attention and care of the Cruise Manager (Christian!) throughout the entire journey, to the AmaVida officers and staff, to the AMA representative waiting for us at our departure airport. We feel valued and cared for with AMA, and are already researching options for our next AMA adventure! We recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for something a bit different from other Central Europe river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have just returned from the most amazing holiday on the Amawaterways AmaDara, Charms of the Mekong river cruise. We have been lucky and have been on many cruise ships to all parts of the world but have never really fancied a river ... Read More
We have just returned from the most amazing holiday on the Amawaterways AmaDara, Charms of the Mekong river cruise. We have been lucky and have been on many cruise ships to all parts of the world but have never really fancied a river cruise. However we were due to go on an Indian tour which regrettably was cancelled and booked this as an alternative and we were certainly not disappointed. We had 2 days in Ho Chi Ming in a first class hotel prior to embarkation and had booked an on/off bus tour not realising that Amawaterways had arranged a couple of tours so did not utilise the bus and instead did their tour around the city in the morning and the chu chu tunnels in the afternoon. Both excellent with English speaking guides. Our first impression of the AmaDara was wow, what a delightful boat with wood panelling everywhere. Our cabin was beautiful with a Juliet balcony and another balcony with table and chairs to watch the fascinating scenery of Vietnam and Cambodia float past. The bed was huge and the bathroom was big with a lovely large shower cubicle. The whole experience was exceptional, the food was delicious with both western and Vietnamese, plenty of free wine and beers with lunch and dinner and the waiters and all the staff could not do enough to ensure the whole holiday came up our expectations knowing all names and likes and dislikes. The excursions which were all included were very interesting and the guides both in Vietnam and Cambodia were very knowledgeable and made every tour enjoyable and educational. Evening entertainment was varied some good, some not quite so good. On the whole one of the best holidays we have ever undertaken and although we loved the river cruise, we tend to go on long haul holidays and so will therefore not take another river cruise.but can certainly recommend this one. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My husband and I along with 10 other friends just returned from sailing 7 days on this ship. It was excellent in all ways. The food was great - especially the Chef's Table which was no additional charge for each of the guests to ... Read More
My husband and I along with 10 other friends just returned from sailing 7 days on this ship. It was excellent in all ways. The food was great - especially the Chef's Table which was no additional charge for each of the guests to enjoy one ight onboard. The Cruise Director, Radostina (Radi) Markovic was fun, knowledgeable and tireless in ensuring that all the passengers had a good time and the entire staff was wonderful - including Victor, our tireless exercise guru. We started in Amsterdam with a pre-cruise 3 day adventure and loved every minute of this wonderful city. Embarkation was easy and we were allowed to go right to our rooms with luggage delivered within minutes. The stateroom/cabin was well appointed and roomy. We loved the outdoor veranda as well as the one that was glass from ceiling to floor in case the weather didn't encourage being outside. Bathrooms were roomier than usual and housekeeping did a great job two times a day. The ports were interesting and different and the shore excursions were available for all sorts of needs: gentle walkers, regular and high activity level. Most of the guides were excellent and in all the ports, we had enough time to enjoy the destination on our town. The only thing that could have been improved is that it would have been great to have some lunches on sunny days on the deck and also drinks service. There was a bar but I never saw anyone tending it. We could have used more lectures about ports and issues. Our small group got special attention which we loved and even had our own farewell reception on the last night with the help of Radi and the amazing F&B team. The entertainment after dinner we wonderful and high quality and we all had great fun each evening. We will definitely sail AMA again in another part of the world. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Excellent cruise line, The ship was small with 97 passengers. Average age in the 60s from various countries. mostly Canada. The ship was well designed and comfortable. The cabin #217 was well planned. The bathroom and shower were ... Read More
Excellent cruise line, The ship was small with 97 passengers. Average age in the 60s from various countries. mostly Canada. The ship was well designed and comfortable. The cabin #217 was well planned. The bathroom and shower were bigger than expected for a small ship. The balcony was small but room enough for 2 small chairs and table. Coffee, tea and snack was down the hall (2nd deck) No coffee maker in the cabin. The service was excellent in every category. The staff was polite and informative. Best cruise director we have ever had - Luis Ribeiro. The Douro river was very scenic with mostly vineyards So, the emphasis is on wine. 1st week in Sept was best time to go, no rain and 75 for 15 days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was served in the dining area. A later buffet is also available. The quality was excellent. The ports were all good. All the excursions were worth going on. (One required a 2 hr bus trip there and back. The excursions had 3 levels from easy to more difficult. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We wanted to go to Vietnam for a long time and we had traveled with Amawaterways before. We knew the quality of the product. After a few days on our own in Hanoi we joined a group of 19 for the pre-cruise, cruise and post-cruise with ... Read More
We wanted to go to Vietnam for a long time and we had traveled with Amawaterways before. We knew the quality of the product. After a few days on our own in Hanoi we joined a group of 19 for the pre-cruise, cruise and post-cruise with wonderful cruise manager Mr Thoai. From the minute we met him, he was totally dedicated and on top of everything because of his continuous hard work. The 3 Sofitel hôtels (Hanoi, Angor Wat,Saigon were 5 stars all the way. The cities were overwelming and we were glad to be with a group, no respect for pedestrians, tourists or not but they were worth visiting . We also had an overnight cruise on Halong Bay and did not expect so many excursions. We especially enjoyed the visit of the caverns. On that ship the food was ok but the room and venues were fabulous. Finally we got to the Amadara : what a beautiful ship ! Hotel manager Markus is in a class of his own. Everything runs smoothly, the food is fabulous (asian or standard), improvement is needed in the dessert section in my opinion. We had free drinks of the day at cocktail time and the free specialty restaurant, la table du chef, is not to be missed ( no complaint about desset there !) Every guide we met spoke English very well and represented Amawaterways with pride. A word of warning : the excursions are not for older people, they are quite active and demand a level of fitness exiting and entering the ship although there is plenty of help. It is a cruise not to be missed and should be on everyone's list! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our trip on AmaStella’s 14 day River cruise of Europe was our first river cruise. We arrived early morning on day one and waited 45 minutes at the airport for our transfer to the ship. We were told that room check in was in the ... Read More
Our trip on AmaStella’s 14 day River cruise of Europe was our first river cruise. We arrived early morning on day one and waited 45 minutes at the airport for our transfer to the ship. We were told that room check in was in the afternoon so we did not expect a reception…..but it took some time before we were acknowledged by a few men in Ama uniforms who approached us, took our luggage, and led us onto the ship. Since we had plans to meet a private tour guide in Amsterdam that afternoon, we picked up our key cards and left to enjoy the rest of the day in the city. Our room was small but comfortable. Luggage storage under the bed and enough hangers (there was very little shelf space) kept our clothing organized. On a river cruise the humidity in the room is a bit higher and the air conditioning in the room didn’t dehumidify, thus hand- washed clothing stayed damp and the room had a slight dampness that I didn’t like. Erika, our housekeeper was fantastic. Always greeted us with a smile and was quick to put the room in order, keeping it clean for the entire trip. She was very fast at helping us resolve an air conditioning problem. The TV services were only available on an Apple computer screen: streaming television shows were inconsistent; various shows would stop for 20-30 minutes at a time making it frustrating to watch. In addition, show availability was limited to mostly reality TV reruns. Excursion offerings were divided into regular pace, active pace, and biking. Every guide on each excursion we took was excellent. Kata, the cruise director, was available to help guide excursion choices. In some cities we participated in two excursions because of the time allowed; in others we had time to explore museums and sites on our own. We chose this cruise, in part, to see a variety of cities of Europe and we were not disappointed. Food and dining were a huge disappointment because of the lack of service in the dining room, a lack of variety of vegetarian options for dinner, and generally tasteless entrees. Vegetarian options had to be suggested by us, fish dishes had no flavor, and one night’s meat entrée tasted “gamey”. Rarely did the dining room manager make his way to our table to ask about our experience. Often refills on beverages (tea and coffee) had to be requested along with replenishing the butter on the table. There were 149 passengers, one dinner seating at 7:00 or sometimes 7:30 pm (which was not to our liking) and yet attention to customer service fell short. Finally, this river cruise had some unpleasant surprises. The sun deck, one of only two public places on the ship, was closed for 4 days because of low bridges along the river. Locks on the Rhine and Main plunge the ship into a damp darkness, one misses daylight as the ship slowly passes through each one. As many of the locks were traversed during daylight hours, one’s ability to sit and enjoy cruising on deck was impossible. The locks also prevented opening of the room’s door wall, sitting on the sundeck, or seeing anything out a window from the interior of the ship. The second public room, the lounge, was the location of a daily light lunch, afternoon entertainment (an electronic piano keyboard player), and drinks at 5:00 to “lubricate” readiness for dinner and after dinner entertainment. It was neither a comfortable nor quiet place to sit and reflect on the days sightseeing. Several staff members were quick to point out that this is a “5 star” cruise line but we found the trip inferior, especially given the high price. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise for my husband's 50th birthday. We started in Prague which was on his bucket list & extended in Budapest. We arrived on ship to be whisked promptly to our room. We headed to make our dinner reservations for ... Read More
We chose this cruise for my husband's 50th birthday. We started in Prague which was on his bucket list & extended in Budapest. We arrived on ship to be whisked promptly to our room. We headed to make our dinner reservations for the week which went super smoothly also and it was perfect we unpacked and then headed to our welcoming entertainment outside of the boat. The river boat is outstanding, the furniture throughout the interior is beautiful, as in the restaurants. There is a shaded area on the upper deck to enjoy sail outs. Comfy sofas at the front of the ship. I never felt like the boat was busy we always walked right in for breakfast and lunch to have a table waiting for us. Don't hesitate if you don't find something on the buffet you can always order something or ask if there is anything else prepared that day you may not realize you can have. A river cruise is busy so be prepared, every port we loved for different reasons & we sometimes left our tour group and did our own thing. Explore, enjoy and make the most of your river cruise. Trip of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I close this as a contrast to the huge ocean-going ships I had been used to. This was a new riverboat with a maximum of about 100 passengers. My cabin - hardly a stateroom - was on the lowest deck, and not large, but perfect for one, ... Read More
I close this as a contrast to the huge ocean-going ships I had been used to. This was a new riverboat with a maximum of about 100 passengers. My cabin - hardly a stateroom - was on the lowest deck, and not large, but perfect for one, although a bit cramped for two. Nonetheless, it was well designed, with a small but excellent bathroom. The window was certainly not panoramic, but I spent time in the spacious public areas. The cabin lighting and air conditioning were fine, and I have any need of the good-sized television. The excursions were very well-chosen and the transportation extremely comfortable, passing through some beautiful scenery. Alcoholic drinks were limitless during meals, and the daily happy hour for cocktails. Breakfast and lunch were mainly buffet style, and dinner was a little more formal with a well-varied menu, the offerings on which were of variable quality. The evening entertainment was generally good. I really enjoyed me trip up the Douro, and hope to travel again with same company. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This is our 9th time river cruising with Ama Waterways and once again tour experience was exceptional. Our cruise included a pre-stay in Paris and the a seven day cruise to the Normandy coast and back. Timing of all departures and ... Read More
This is our 9th time river cruising with Ama Waterways and once again tour experience was exceptional. Our cruise included a pre-stay in Paris and the a seven day cruise to the Normandy coast and back. Timing of all departures and excursions was outstanding and transportation, when required, was with Ama Waterways own buses which were clean and comfortable. The ship (AmaLyra) is not one of there newest ships but has been kept up remarkably well. Our cabin had a French balcony which we consider the best for river crising where your room is your balcony giving you that extra room with picture perfect views. Our cruise director was Maddy and this is our third experience with her - we consider her one of the best we have ever had. As usual, the staff were excellent and always there to help when needed and have great interaction with the guests. Dining was excellent and representative of the areas where we travelled with some special twists. Entertainment is restricted due to the nature of river cruising but local entertainment, some of which we have seen before, was brought on board a few evenings and did a wonderful job. With all the activity during the day, late evenings ae a premium. Ports were beyond expectation and selection of optional cruises made it even more so. There was a good blend of excursions mixed with daytime sailing that made it very enjoyable. The presentation given by the cruise director the day prior made selections so much easier when there was some confusion on our part as to which one to cruise. We have now been on all the rivers that Ama Waterways travel including a reapeat of the Douro river but would not hesitate to go again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Two year old beautiful ship, the food was excellent and the cabins had plenty of room. The ship was very easy to navigate for all ages, with the exception of the sundeck. The elevator did not go up. The off-shore excursions had enough ... Read More
Two year old beautiful ship, the food was excellent and the cabins had plenty of room. The ship was very easy to navigate for all ages, with the exception of the sundeck. The elevator did not go up. The off-shore excursions had enough options to meet interests and physical capabilities for all on-board. Staying on the boat always being one of the options. The staff and cruise manager were exceptional. You would not have known they have been on-board since March 1st only a couple of weeks vacation by their enthusiasm. The entertainment was a little different each evening and met our personal tastes a few of the times. Was still talented and good even though it may have not been our cup of tea. I am a person that has been on multiple ocean cruises and always battles motion sickness. No issues at all during the 7 days on the river. Would do it again if the opportunity arises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our first river cruise but will definitely not be our last. The AMA cruise line is 1st class from the beginning to the end. The crew is so very well trained, the food is delicious and the ship is beautiful. The chef and ... Read More
This was our first river cruise but will definitely not be our last. The AMA cruise line is 1st class from the beginning to the end. The crew is so very well trained, the food is delicious and the ship is beautiful. The chef and kitchen crew never disappointed us. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We ate at the chefs table one night, one word, DELICIOUS. The lounge was big and comfortable. The ship was spotless, someone was always cleaning something. The rooms always had fresh towels, the bed was comfortable and the bedding was clean. The rooms were nicely appointed with WiFi, computer and tv. We had the BEST crew. From the minute we said hello to the hugs and tears when we left, they felt like family. Bojan was our cruise director and Victoria was our cruise manager and they were always happy to help. THE BEST CRUISE LINE!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had the best time on our Danube cruise with AMA. The AMALea is a beautiful ship, but more importantly, the staff was just awesome. The service was so special, and everyone seemed to know what you wanted or remembered what you had ... Read More
We had the best time on our Danube cruise with AMA. The AMALea is a beautiful ship, but more importantly, the staff was just awesome. The service was so special, and everyone seemed to know what you wanted or remembered what you had before you even asked. We had just about perfect weather and no water issues. Our cruise director, Stephanie, was so much fun, always available and seemed to be everywhere. The captain was out and about as well, and the ship was immaculately maintained. Our room was category CA 325. with a French balcony. It was perfect for us. I did not feel we missed out by not having a full balcony, but I’m very happy we had the French one. The sliding window opened fully and it was nice to be able to see the countryside while sailing. We were rafted several times, but it really wasn’t an issue. The bathroom and amenities were very nice. The iPad that controlled the lighting and temperature wasn’t too difficult to figure out. The room temperature was very comfortable. The room is located near the rear of the ship, nearby the Chef’s Table restaurant. This turned out to be a really good location. There is a coffee machine in the Chef’s Table, so in the morning it was just a short walk for a cup of coffee or tea. You could also sit in the restaurant and enjoy your coffee usually alone as most people didn’t take advantage of this coffee maker. There is also stairs from the Chef’s Table to the sun deck, which we did not discover to the end of the cruise. It would have been a nice short cut to get on the upper deck. The food was outstanding. The pastries and bread were to die for. Wonderful fresh fruits, salads, hot, delicious soups. Lots of choices. The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant was a fun delicious experience. My only complaint about that is the acoustics in the room. It was a bit noisy, but everyone was just having so much fun. We also enjoyed light lunch in the lounge on occasion with soups, small sandwiches, salads and usually a hot entree as well. There was an ice cream social on the sun deck one afternoon. They make the ice cream and it was outstanding. Their wine selection was usually just delicious, local Austrian or German wines. There also was a California selection available. It was free flowing through lunch and dinner and you could top off before leaving the dining area to enjoy on deck, your cabin or lounge. Sip and Sail was a big hit with a cocktail of the day available along with wine or other listed cocktails. Bitburger beer on tap. Local entertainers were brought on board and there was a pianist who played and also dj’d In the evenings. The most fun was the Oktoberfest at the end of the cruise with an oomph band, dancers, singing and lots of beer and pretzels. It was a great end to a great cruise. Shore excursions ran smoothly and all of our tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. Our evening in Grein at the castle was very nice but be warned. The walk up to the castle is a hike. Uphill, lots of steps. They did supply a van for people with issues, but most walked. It is a workout. There were lots of fitness classes handled by a very fit trainer. People were enjoying working with him. The swimming pool was heated and getting good attendance after touring days. It was an enjoyable amenity to use. Sitting on the sun deck enjoying the scenery along the Danube was also a relaxing end to the day. So overall, we very much enjoyed our AMA experience, and would not hesitate to book a cruise with them again. It was a first rate experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This 17-day trip centered on a 7 day AmaWaterways "Melodies of the Danube" River cruise from Budapest to Prague on the AmaLea ship. This was our second AmaWaterways cruise in Europe the first being a Douro River cruise in ... Read More
This 17-day trip centered on a 7 day AmaWaterways "Melodies of the Danube" River cruise from Budapest to Prague on the AmaLea ship. This was our second AmaWaterways cruise in Europe the first being a Douro River cruise in Portugal. We added both the 2 day Budapest and the 3 day Prague extension to the river cruise through AMA and thenadded one additional day in each city using cash an Marriott points. Although the capacity for this tour was 156, there were only 111passengers aboard mostly from North America. The hotels for the land portion in Budapest (Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge) and in Prague (Marriott) were excellently located and first class inevery other respect. In summary, AMA did an superb job providing a comfortable environment on the ship, keeping us well fed, showing us interesting things and beautiful scenery along the way, and giving us a good value for our money. The AmaLea was new in 2018 and gleamed in every respect. Our cabin, (C211) was compact but well designed. The queen bed was flanked by nightstands on either side. There were two small easy chairs and a round table in the alcove near the french balcony. There was a desk with drawer storage at the foot of the bed. A slider opened to the balcony that held two patio type chairs between a square table. It was comfortable to sit on the balcony and watch the scenery along the river as we sailed down the Danube. The closet held terry bathrobes, hangers for our clothes, and a combination safe. The food was notable for its creative preparation and flavor. The dining room was always set with cloth tablecloths and the wait staff was always friendly and super efficient. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had first river cruise in Europe, and we fell in love with it! The food was outstanding, our ship is beautiful and comfortable. Cabin is very clean with the best service ever. The food is absolutely delicious, everyone enjoyed it, and ... Read More
We had first river cruise in Europe, and we fell in love with it! The food was outstanding, our ship is beautiful and comfortable. Cabin is very clean with the best service ever. The food is absolutely delicious, everyone enjoyed it, and appreciate it. There are a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits served daily and creative menu, which is also variety of wonderful food. The service is awesome, they are polite, kind, welcoming, friendly. Entertainment and activities were very nice with different musicians on board. We would like to see some shows in the future. Service was excellent, very organized, detailed. Ports and Shore excursions overall were very good, only first one in Amsterdam was very short and less informative, also the last one in Freiburg was very short. We traveled with a 10 year old child and she really enjoyed it, we would do it again and again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
wanted to Cruise on Danube to revisit Vienna and Budapest- AMA LEA answered my call- wonderful food, excellent service gleaming new ship- flew intoMunich met by AMA ground service- seamless transfer by Mercedes van to port Vilshofen- ... Read More
wanted to Cruise on Danube to revisit Vienna and Budapest- AMA LEA answered my call- wonderful food, excellent service gleaming new ship- flew intoMunich met by AMA ground service- seamless transfer by Mercedes van to port Vilshofen- greeted by a mini October fest around 6PM- arrivedat ship, around lunch time - offered a lovely light buffet luncheon in beautiful Lounge- talented piano player entertained us -about 1PM we were informed our cabins ready- - welcome cocktail party- then opted for dinner in specialty Restaurant, THE CHEF S TABLE- amazing experience could have happily dined there again- food is beautifully and artfully prepared- breakfast and lunch are buffet, with menu service also- dinner is full waiter service- am a solo woman traveller and was included and embraced by my fellow guests-who watched out for me on all our excursions ,which offered so many choices- scenic and cultural highlight was MELK ABBEY SINGLE SPECIAL EXCURSION WAS THE CONCERT AT OPERA HOUSE IN VIENNA- it is an optional extra charge well worth it- easy an well handled disembarkation Mikki F Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I always had a fascination for Vietnam and Cambodia and wanted to cruise the Mekong river,as I have been very ill my husband treated me for our anniversary. From the minute we left home the whole holiday experience was amazing,the ... Read More
I always had a fascination for Vietnam and Cambodia and wanted to cruise the Mekong river,as I have been very ill my husband treated me for our anniversary. From the minute we left home the whole holiday experience was amazing,the boat,food and the best cabin we have ever had. The excursions were very different from what we normally do and I enjoyed every one,I loved going around Evergreen village and meeting the locals who were very welcoming. The ox cart ride was very different,and the tut tut ride a little scary with all the traffic. I have a special diet and they always made sure I was well catered for. They have an alternative restaurant called The Captains Table for no extra cost, we had a beautiful meal there for our anniversary,and they made it very special. All the staff treated you like family and couldn’t do enough for you. The tour guides were very knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. I love Tai Chi and even that was available. I vote this cruise the best I have ever had. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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