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18 Amadeus Cruise Reviews

Just returned from the Danube river cruise on the Amadeus Queen and couldn’t fault a single thing. Genuinely cannot understand anyone who could criticise any part of the cruise ship. The only drawback may have been the drinks package ... Read More
Just returned from the Danube river cruise on the Amadeus Queen and couldn’t fault a single thing. Genuinely cannot understand anyone who could criticise any part of the cruise ship. The only drawback may have been the drinks package as it was a bit restrictive with choice and availability only at mealtimes, but that in itself may have been a good thing so as not to get people too rowdy! The facilities on the ship were second to none and the cleanliness was fantastic. The rooms were cleaned during the day and again in the evening when the beds were turned down. All members of the crew couldn’t have been more courteous and helpful and the food was superb. There was always a great choice on the menu and at lunchtimes you could opt for a lighter lunch for those not wanting to have a large 4 course lunch as well as the 5 course dinner. At the end of the holiday we didn’t want to leave. In fact we are determined to do another very soon and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Amadeus Queen. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Mine was a large group tour. With the drought on the Danube, many of the other River Boat companies could not sail due to the draft required for their boats. The Amadeus Queen is a new boat and constructed with a shallower draft, so ... Read More
Mine was a large group tour. With the drought on the Danube, many of the other River Boat companies could not sail due to the draft required for their boats. The Amadeus Queen is a new boat and constructed with a shallower draft, so we were able to sail, but had to empty the pool when the shallow-ness was iffy. The cabins on the Strauss deck are spacious and the food, service, entertainment, and morning stretch classes were great. The wines were lovely from the various countries along the way and our glasses were bottomless. Desserts were great and you could also opt for ice cream sundaes. Spectacular views from the sun deck and wonderful ground tours. A special treat was the evening cruise of the lit up Budapest buildings and watching our captain maneuver through many of the locks as we proceeded from Hungary to Germany. * Highly recommend this company and the Amadeus Queen. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I recently returned from a week long voyage on the Rhine and the Moselle, from Amsterdam to Basel on board the Amadeus Silver III. A new ship. Build: 2016. 168 passenger (84 cabins) and 46 crew members. It was a fantastic experience in ... Read More
I recently returned from a week long voyage on the Rhine and the Moselle, from Amsterdam to Basel on board the Amadeus Silver III. A new ship. Build: 2016. 168 passenger (84 cabins) and 46 crew members. It was a fantastic experience in every way. We had a wonderfully sunny days and breathtaking scenery. The ship boasts a modern elegant décor. The multilingual crew members are friendly and helpful. They are exceptional, and seemed very committed to ensuring everyone to be happy and enjoying the experience. Fellow passengers are multinational. This makes for a really interesting and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Food was exceptional, presentation was exotic. Service was impeccable. The fare includes free-flowing red and white wine with dinner. Complimentary tea and coffee is served after dinner. There is a 24-hour self-service tea and coffee machine in the Amadeus Club at the aft of the ship. Cruises begin with a welcome cocktail, and complimentary cocktails are also served at the captain's gala night. A few details about the ship: The ship is clean and polished. It's nice to sit on the deck and see the view around. An interesting attraction is the passage through the locks. Very interesting. Another interesting experience was to see how the command bridge (on board) sinks into the ship under a bridge (to avoid hitting the bridge.) The onboard currency is the euro. Gratuities are not included in the fare and the recommended guideline is €7 per person, per day. Amazing experience. It is recommended that everyone take a break and take a cruise on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I was looking for a short cruise but wanted to visit a variety of countries. This cruise stopped at 6 ports. Regensburg, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest to name a few. Excursions were informative and interesting. Local guides who were ... Read More
I was looking for a short cruise but wanted to visit a variety of countries. This cruise stopped at 6 ports. Regensburg, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest to name a few. Excursions were informative and interesting. Local guides who were excellent. Trips partly by coach and followed by short walking experiences. Consideration given to mobility impaired customers. Early starts for the morning tours and always an opportunity for further afternoon excursions or your own free time to explore at leisure. On board service was terrific. Friendly and very helpful crew. Delicious food and all served immaculately. Presentation and variety excellent. The cabin was compact but perfectly proportioned. Had an issue with the air conditioning system but it was quickly remedied. Weather remained perfect except for one rainstorm. Umbrellas were supplied on board. All the crew were well trained, courteous and very helpful. I would recommend this cruise for the retired brigade as all on board were well taken care of. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Wanted to see specific towns on river rhine and we were not dissapointed The staff and the food was absolutely marvellous . I dont usually write reviews but this is a way of apology to all of amadeus Briliant crew for the non stop ... Read More
Wanted to see specific towns on river rhine and we were not dissapointed The staff and the food was absolutely marvellous . I dont usually write reviews but this is a way of apology to all of amadeus Briliant crew for the non stop complaints of some of the passengers ranging from petty comments about the food to blagging some extra drinks just to keep them quiet .One person on the first day even said she paid more for her cabin than her friend the ship doesnt need to recompense anyone if someone got a better deal I felt ashamed to be English Rant over Once again all of you on that ship were fantastic and i would recommend anyone to try amadeus river cruises All the towns visited including Speyer Rudesheim Mannheim Koblenz Cologne were very easy access to get off the ship and quality time in the towns Also the walking tours of Speyer and Cologne were very informative...My next trip is going to be the Danube and i wont hesitate to check out Amadeus first in the hope of meeting up with the same staff Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The cruise was sponsored by my university. There were many colleges represented - Ohio State was number 1. University of Texas was second. Canadian ones also. 130 persons. This was my only experience river cruising. There are many ... Read More
The cruise was sponsored by my university. There were many colleges represented - Ohio State was number 1. University of Texas was second. Canadian ones also. 130 persons. This was my only experience river cruising. There are many locks. We has some snow but we were very comfortable on board in Suite 304 on the Mozart deck. Our suite had good closet space, a decent bathroom (shower only); mini-bar, no ice machine or microwave oven, a shallow veranda and quiet seating area. Cabin staff are excellent. The Panorama Bar is on deck 3, for port lectures and a light dinner menu. The Panorama Restaurant on Deck 2 offers full breakfast, lunch and dinner. The quality and quantity of drink and food is generous. At the stern of Deck 3 is the Amadeus Club. Coffee is available 24/7 and there is a small library and TV. Shore excursion are good with hearing devices so that your can hear the tour guide from any distance. Transfers are well executed. We enjoyed a 3 night extension in Munich before flying home. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Booked 21 day tour of Balkans through Trip A Deal Australia which included 9 day cruise on Amadeus Royal. From the time we stepped on board crew were very welcoming & friendly from then until the end. Food & service were 5 star ... Read More
Booked 21 day tour of Balkans through Trip A Deal Australia which included 9 day cruise on Amadeus Royal. From the time we stepped on board crew were very welcoming & friendly from then until the end. Food & service were 5 star and amenities in the ship were fantastic. We visited some great countries and optional excursions were great and very reasonably priced. All the crew were extremely, helpful and a lot of fun to share holiday with. All had a good sense of humour and kept the passengers entertained. Wines were high quality and servings at both lunch & dinner were very generous. Drink prices at bar were reasonably priced. Public amenities were very clean , spacious and never felt overcrowded. This was my first time on a European river cruise and I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. Would thoroughly recommend Amadeus Royal for any cruise holiday. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose Amadeus Silver II by luck. We just saw a river cruise with a Grand Prix at the end of it and thought "why not?". It was our first river cruise but we've done dozens of sea cruises before. It turned out to be a ... Read More
We chose Amadeus Silver II by luck. We just saw a river cruise with a Grand Prix at the end of it and thought "why not?". It was our first river cruise but we've done dozens of sea cruises before. It turned out to be a great decision in fact! The staff could not be more helpful, the food was outstanding, the ship was immaculate, our room (a suite with a small balcony) was just perfect. Everything went like clockwork and everyone I spoke to onboard were impressed with the quality and service. We certainly plan to do another river cruise next year and we will be choosing Amadeus once again - this time by design rather than luck! We enjoyed all the stops and we did a couple of excursions (which were quite inexpensive). We had a few issues with various transfers but that was the agent we used not th cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My wife and I started cruise in Basel and stayed a couple days and took in that wonderful city. Check in could not have been more smooth. 132 passengers and 42 Pampering crew members. Destination was Amsterdam, which was not on my ... Read More
My wife and I started cruise in Basel and stayed a couple days and took in that wonderful city. Check in could not have been more smooth. 132 passengers and 42 Pampering crew members. Destination was Amsterdam, which was not on my bucket list but I would put it there. We stayed for a couple days in Amsterdam. Room without a balcony was wonderful. The window powered down 1/2 way to allow plenty of air in and good viewing. Bathroom was just the right size with walk in shower. Plenty of closet/storage space Food was exceptional, presentation was exotic. Service was impeccable. Kamong and Edy from Bali were our two servers and they could not have been more detailed oriented. Off boat activities were great and well arranged. there were about 10 young people some as young as 10 that were all well behaved,. I would take this tour again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My wife and I have travelled extensively throughout Europe and have experienced other river cruises, and this was with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The service, food and ambience aboard the Amadeus Silver II were ... Read More
My wife and I have travelled extensively throughout Europe and have experienced other river cruises, and this was with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The service, food and ambience aboard the Amadeus Silver II were excellent. We highly recommend the line. Our every expectation was fulfilled and the ships staff was superlative, and highly professional. Dining was a real treat with the upscale service and staff capability totally professional. The wine list was very satisfactory and the food was carefully prepared and of highest quality. We enjoyed the bar and the nightly entertainment was not overly intrusive and was very processional. Breakfast buffet was much more extensive and carefully prepared than in many cruise lines we have experienced in the past. It is a delight to find such service and quality. The cleanliness and both the stateroom and the public areas of the ship were very satisfactory. We would repeat the experience of sailing with this fine company. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The trip from Budapest to Amsterdam was extraordinary for the cultural richness of the places visited, the beautiful, comfortable ship and the highest level of service. The whole ship was chartered by AHI Travel. There were 50 crew ... Read More
The trip from Budapest to Amsterdam was extraordinary for the cultural richness of the places visited, the beautiful, comfortable ship and the highest level of service. The whole ship was chartered by AHI Travel. There were 50 crew looking after 120 passengers. The food alone was worth the price of admission. Our chef produced works of art worthy of a Michelin star. There was a printed menu for lunch and dinner. Just a sample: honey and peppercorn glazed quail with pumpkin puree, pearl vegetables and a balsamic sour cherry reduction. For dessert: a rich German chocolate bombe with marzipan and mandarin sauce. Delicious! Quiche Lorraine with ham, goat cheese and fresh asparagus; oven roasted pumpkin cream soup with ginger and honey; veal roulade with bread dumplings, sautéed asparagus and mushroom cream sauce. For dessert: Viennese Check Mate - a buttered sponge cake with strawberry mousse and passion fruit jelly. Wonderful. A quiche-like Franconian onion and bacon cake; oven roasted tomato cream soup; barbecued glazed North Atlantic salmon with polenta spring rolls, Asian cucumber salad and sweet chili sauce. For dessert: Dornfelder poached pear filled with creamy Ricotta and topped with crushed pistachio. Mouth watering. Another amazing dinner was beef carpaccio with shaved Parmesan, micro greens, capers and balsamic reduction. I really liked the Ossobucco with creamy Parmesan risotto, lemon herb gremolata and shallot red wine au jus. Dessert was a duo of chocolate mousse with wild berry ragout. Those were just a few dinners. And then there were the lunches. The size of the servings was kept moderate so I could enjoy eating it all without worry. The crew looked after ever need. I have never been so pampered in my life. I particularly liked the bicycles to explore Vienna, Nuremburg, Cologne and lots of other stops. There were guided excursions at every stop. There were historical lectures by experts and by the charming director Lorelay, waltz lessons, strudel making lessons, a bicycle excursion along the vineyards. I took advantage of the exercise room, enjoyed a Fruhschopper on the sundeck and simply relaxed and watched the castles go by on the scenic stretch of the Rhine. The two captains did a great job day and night guiding us through the 68 locks between Budapest and Amsterdam. The ship seemed to brand new. It was kept in immaculate condition. This must be one of the finest and one of the culturally richest of cruises one could take anywhere in the world. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise because we needed a place we had never been and had used the same college to arrange one for us in the past. We embarked in Fiteste, Romania, and disembarked in Vienna for a 9 day, 1200 mile Danube trip in October ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we needed a place we had never been and had used the same college to arrange one for us in the past. We embarked in Fiteste, Romania, and disembarked in Vienna for a 9 day, 1200 mile Danube trip in October 2016. The staff was superb. The rooms comfortable, large, and perfectly maintained. The bathrooms were much larger and easier to use than any boat I had been on. Every day housekeeping cleaned our room between when we started and finished breakfast, leaving darling towel animals on the beds. The balcony doors opened smoothly however it was too cold to leave it open much. The food was well prepared and the service was amazing. The food always looked beautiful, every plate well designed. The food variety seemed to change slightly at different ports. As far as food selection, there was always a choice of meat, fish, or vegetarian. Most fish dishes were pan fried no matter what they called in on the menu. Wine was abundant, no need to bring your own. Breakfast always had fruit, muesli, and yogurt, as well as many cooked dishes and nearly anything custom made. I suspect that each cruise will supply different entertainment, lectures, excursions based on who is organizing it, but as far as the ship goes, it was perfect. I especially liked the staff and the exercise class given by Ileana every morning. I loved the walking deck and walked what seems like several hundred miles during our 9 day trip, each day meeting new people. The deck was comfortable and easy to walk on. I believe the ship was full with 115 passengers but at dinner at least 2 or 3 tables were unused. The lounge could get crowded during a good lecture so go early to get a good seat. The seating was comfortable. There is a little pool on top but never got warmer than 60 degrees so no one used it. Don't expect to get much out of the exercise room either - there are 3 ergometers, old style, one did not work. There is massage and hair dressing on the ship as well as a full bar and small gift shop. At one point we had to walk through two other boats to get to shore, and ours seemed the cleanest. My only advice would be to go downstream not upstream as we did, the trip would be shorter between destinations. There is a lot of emptiness in Eastern Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary) but beautiful port cities when you find them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Excellent river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Ship very comfortable, food and staff Excellent. All destinations well worth the visits. Shore guides very knowledgeable. We were very fortunate to have fab weather, which makes all ... Read More
Excellent river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Ship very comfortable, food and staff Excellent. All destinations well worth the visits. Shore guides very knowledgeable. We were very fortunate to have fab weather, which makes all the difference to any holiday. The Gym was very small, but the majority of use were over 60 and not looking for that kind of exercise ! The sun deck had plenty of seating for all passengers, unfortunately we were unable to use this deck foe 3 days, due to low bridges. Service in the restaurant was very good, as was the food. Lunch time was a choice of a snack in the Panorama Bar or 4 courses in the Restaurant - you didn't have to have all the courses. Our only grouse, was the service in the Panorama Bar - very slow indeed. We really enjoyed our trip and would recommend this ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My friend and I were asked to be joint "faculty hosts" for one of the universities sponsoring this very elegant and educational tour of Europe, via the Danube and Rhine rivers. This was a great opportunity, and we enjoyed ... Read More
My friend and I were asked to be joint "faculty hosts" for one of the universities sponsoring this very elegant and educational tour of Europe, via the Danube and Rhine rivers. This was a great opportunity, and we enjoyed "hosting" and cruising with the people of our university, as well as many of the other travelers. We arrived in Budapest two days before the cruise began, and thoroughly enjoyed touring this beautiful, friendly city. Most of the passengers arrived on Friday, and were brought straight from the airport to the ship. The instant the first bus load arrived, the dining room doors swung open, and lunch was served. We had arrived a couple hours earlier than the others, to confer with the travel directors on board. Even though we arrived early, there were ship staff members waiting on the dock, taking charge of our luggage, and seeing to our every question or request. They were entirely professional, warm, welcoming, and efficient. The ship was still in the process of being cleaned, so we waited in the lobby, and were treated most graciously. At the end of the cruise, the leave-taking was quite smooth and efficient, as well, with staff helping with luggage, and announcing the various taxis and rides as they arrived. Our stateroom was beautiful and designed with every comfort, and every inch put to excellent use. The bathroom was small, of course, but I am a Large Person, and I was completely comfortable with it. There were upper and lower shelves, with plenty of space for all our "stuff." There is space for one suitcase under each bed (standard for cruises), but I had brought a third, bringing gifts for family, and consumables for us. We stowed it between the beds, and gave it away to an appreciative nephew when we got to Vienna three days later!! Very Important Point: Each stateroom had its own thermostat, and could be adjusted to suit the occupants. This is a most proFOUND boon for middle-aged women!!!! :~) The ship was beautifully decorated, and very clean. Very comfortable. The bar was pretty much always open, so far as I could tell. Morning, well into the night, certainly. The dining room was elegant, the service was smooth as glass, and the food was phenomenal. Not only was it beautiful, and professionally served, it was nutritionally balanced. And the portions were well-defined. This was, by and large, an older group of travelers (primarily 60s, 70s 80s, and folks our ages predictably eat less than younger crowds, perhaps. There was always plenty, and there was always somewhere on board to get coffee and a small snack if you wanted it. At mealtimes, there were always choices, including a vegetarian choice, and usually two meat-inclusive entrees. The dessert choices always included a small fruit plate with a bit of cheese. Very Continental, and very delicious. Others have noted the breakfast buffet, the choice of lunch in the dining room or in the lounge, and the single seating for dinner. These were all presented graciously and with ease. There was a separate person serving drinks, and the beer and wine flowed freely at mealtimes. Constantly. Without charge. :~) I do not drink alcohol, and I am all-too-familiar with the state of inebriation of those around me. (There's a reason it is sometimes called "getting stupid".., but I digress....Nobody got stupid on this cruise!) After the second or third day, it occurred to me that, even though the bar staff was constantly refilling all the glasses before anyone even noticed how much they had consumed, no one EVER even appeared to be drunk. A bit of sleuthing revealed that they were serving European wines, often from the areas through which we were passing, and the alcohol content is generally lower than wines here in the States. Everyone enjoyed the wines and beers greatly, and no one complained about them not being potent enough! They were most complimentary, as a matter of fact. And no one had a hangover, either! A remarkable feat!! What this cruise does NOT have, is the flagrant abuse and waste of food, piling it on buffets and serving great gobs of it at all hours. (I can't STAND that!!) There were cookie snacks at the little tea area, and snacks in the bar area, but we were so well-fed, that I didn't ever see anyone eating extra. Not saying that someone DIDN'T, but they didn't do it in front of me. The Kitchen staff prepared special treats for birthdays, anniversaries, and, on this trip, a national holiday. On the Fourth of July, we were treated to an enormous and delicious cake in honor of American Independence. I have enjoyed three previous cruises: Disney, out of Cape Canaveral, Viking, on the Yangtze in China, and Holland America on the Inside Passage in Alaska. The Amadeus cruise handled the food service more to my liking than any of the others. Portions, nutrition, presentation, variety - - all, the very best. Each afternoon, just before dinner, the travelers gathered in the lounge to hear about the activities and plans for the following day. Members of the staff reviewed the goings-on of the day and the morrow, and any questions were answered. Upon occasion, this was the point of locating people who had not, apparently, returned to the ship. You had to turn in your room key as you left, for the purposes of letting the staff know when you returned, and not losing the beautiful, tasseled key. If your key was still at the front desk, a call went out, and scouts were dispatched, to try to locate the missing persons before the ship sailed. Most days there was no call, but a couple of times, people were missing. Since the next boat in is pretty much waiting for the dock space, there is considerable pressure to leave on time!! When the travelers were gathering in the lounge for the "port talks," the ship's musicians would perform to entertain the waiting crowd. I am a professional musician myself (Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano), and I enjoyed visiting with the pianist and vocalist there. Any time there was "dead air" where travelers gathered, they would not hesitate to provide background music, although they kept an analytical eye as to how well their efforts were being received - - too loud? Too soft? Too Rock? Too old? They enjoyed performing, and were very well trained and capable. They used their best judgment as to music that would be appreciated by the audience, and, I believe, did a very good job of that. Also, in the lounge, after dinner, there would be a few games to enjoy as a group. I actually only went for those one night, but was sorry I had not gone more often. It was HILARIOUS!! As I mentioned earlier, we were, for the most part, OLD, so we went to bed fairly early. In my opinion, the staff - - tour directors, musicians, all, did a fine job of judging what would be well-received by the group. How to describe the "service." ....... Embarkation, disembarkation, luggage, food, all just excellent. Laundry? There was no do-it-yourself, and there were no irons in the rooms. My clothing came out of the suitcase in bad need of ironing. There was a note that said to put things that needed pressing into "this" plastic bag, and leave it on your bed; that the staff would try to have it back to you within 24 hours. I saw this about the time we were to go to the dining room, so I just grabbed all my dresses, skirts, tops, ALL, and crammed them into the plastic bag. Then we went to dinner. Then we came back from dinner. ALL MY CLOTHES were hanging, beautifully pressed, on the door of the closet!!! It was MAGIC!!! The first night, I rinsed out my undies in the bathroom and hung them in the shower to dry. It was fine, but just aggravating to have to do. After the good result with the pressing, I decided to try the laundry. BINGO!!! Dirties OUT! Cleanies IN! In such a brief period of time. I couldn't believe it!!!! I DO love to have things done for me!!! (I wasn't RAISED lazy; I've had to learn it on my own!!!) Which brings us to the subject of the hair salon. The young woman who staffed the small gift shop in the lobby, was also the hair dresser. I decided I just didn't want to mess with doing my own hair, so I inquired and made an appointment with her. The little room containing the "salon" was at one far end of the boat, near the "library." I dragged off down there at the appointed time, and what a surprise!!! The washing basin was exactly like the washing basins in typical US shops, EXCEPT THAT you could sit straight up and just rest your neck and head on the rim of the basin. No scrunching down in a chair while water (and shampoo!!) run everywhere!! And she (the hair dresser) could stand up straight, as well. No ruining her back, either. Her English was excellent (I think she was Hungarian, but I may be wrong about that), she was charming, and her work was superb. I had a total of three appointments on the trip, and consider it the best money I spent!!! Shore excursions were a major plus with this company. They were all included in the price of the trip (as was airfare), so people did not get fleeced by "bargains" at the port. Almost always, there were three choices for excursions. Sometimes only two, but mostly three. Most choices of excursions were made before the trip started, but the tour directors did everything in their power to change your enrollment if you had decided you wanted to do something different. These excursions were tremendous bargains, when you did the math. About the only thing I heard that someone did not get to do, was the tour of the galley kitchen, and perhaps a tour of the bridge. Those were much in demand, and very limited in number of participants. One point worth contemplating. Most of these excursions require a great deal of walking. I am not able to walk very vigorously or far. It would have been a tremendous boon if the ship had had a golf cart or something similar, to get from the boat to the city streets. In many towns there are taxis, or the pedi-cabs, or just walking and resting on benches, as best one can. But even those are difficult if you wear yourself out, getting up off the dock to the historical areas. DO NOT BE DISTRACTED!!! I LOVED this cruise, even if I had to miss a few things. I saw LOTS and LOTS of things. And I thoroughly enjoyed staying on the boat, resting, reading, or just contemplating the shore, where people were camping or picnicking. The "French balcony" was a great pleasure, especially lowering the big window and listening to the beautiful song birds, and watching the water birds - - ducks, geese, swans - - enjoying the water. That was a real vacation!! Such a pleasure!!! Never too much of that!!! A word about "enrichment activities." There were four major universities that had "hosts" on board for their contingent. (Several other universities were represented, but had only one or two couples in the group. No hosts from them!!) Each Faculty Host was responsible for giving two "academic" type talks. On this ship, each of the four presenters was well-prepared, thoroughly knowledgeable, and very effective. Virtually the entire tourist group attended each of the talks. I was impressed. One more item under the subject of "service." Like a lot of other 70-year-olds, I have a few medical prescriptions that keep me going. Skipping unnecessary detail, I arrived on the boat missing one prescription that helps keep my chronic atrial fibrillation under control. When I realized this loss, I had four days' supply remaining. No time to panic, but also, no time to waste! A futile several hours attempting to locate someone in the medical practice in North Carolina, was a big waste of time. I went to our (Russian) tour director, Sergei. I am told that the meaning of this Russian name is, "shepherd," or "protector." Well, he certainly was!!! He assured me this was no problem, they have a connection with an English-speaking medical clinic that is open on Saturday mornings. He would have a taxi waiting for me the next morning, to go to that clinic. AHA!!! I said - - This needs to be a taxi large enough to accommodate ME (Large Person) comfortably!!! (Cabs in NYC have gotten so small it's ridiculous, but I have gotten familiar with Uber!!!) No problem, according to Sergei!!! It will be a good size! AHA!!! I said - - it needs to have AIR CONDITIONING!!! GOOD air conditioning!! Ambient heat makes me nauseous!! (The weather in Budapest was blistering hot at that point...) NOT TO WORRY, says Sergei!! It will be fine!!!! I was still having little "dreads" the next morning, but when the taxi arrived, it was a Mercedes Benz SUV!!!! The lengthy drive over into Buda (the port is in Pest), gave us another good look at this beautiful city, and a visit with a charming and knowledgeable driver. The clinic staff was totally reassuring. The physician and nurse did a thorough "new patient" intake on me. Totally professional, and totally darling, all at the same time. I left with a prescription in my hand, and a smile on my face. This clinic was in a "shopping center." Rather than the strip malls or boundless covered malls we know, this "shopping center" was in one building, straight up. Different stores on different levels. My companion was able to acquire several items we needed to get for our room, and I was able to have the prescription filled at the small pharmacy on another level. WIN-WIN-WIN!! Our driver had waited for us, and was right outside the door when we emerged. We heard of a couple other medical situations on the cruise, and that the staff handled them ably and immediately. There was only one young person on the trip, a young man who turned 16 during the cruise. He was everyone's favorite, loved to play shuffleboard and got most people to play with him. There were no small children, nor were there any accommodations for them, such as play areas, or special activities. I'm pretty sure Amadeus does not advertise for children. Would I go again? Yes, Yes, and Yes. I was delighted with each of the towns and cities we visited, with Amsterdam crowning the experience as the final port. However, what I am more interested in, rather than to repeat this cruise, would be to find another Amadeus cruise and enjoy different places. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This is our second cruise on an Amadeus by Lueftner Cruise ship. This time we did the full Amsterdam to Budapest trip on the Rhine, Main, Main-Danube Canal and finally on the Danube. As background, my wife and I have done about 15 ocean ... Read More
This is our second cruise on an Amadeus by Lueftner Cruise ship. This time we did the full Amsterdam to Budapest trip on the Rhine, Main, Main-Danube Canal and finally on the Danube. As background, my wife and I have done about 15 ocean cruises and are in our 60's. We went with a group of about 50. Most of the other passengers were affiliated with some group. The ship was beautiful with a more modern, clean look. Our cabin was on the second (middle) deck and was well appointed. It was not large but was quite functional with all the storage we needed and a cleverly designed, modern bathroom. The suitcases fit under the comfortable bed. The full length window had a motor that dropped the top halfway down. This made an ideal place to stand and watch the river go by. I much preferred it to the usual sliding glass doors in the absence of a balcony. Given that you only see one side of the river and that the public areas are so nice, I wouldn't upgrade to a true balcony. The staff was made of the hardest working, friendliest people we have experienced on a cruise with the exception of one bartender who could have learned from his colleagues. The hotel director was a most pleasant American who went above and beyond in making sure we were well taken care of. Most of the other staff were Romanian with some waiters from the Philipines. All had good English skills. By the end of the cruise, it all felt like one big family. The wife of one of our waiters, Bradford, gave birth back in the Philipines while we were on the cruise. He was so well liked by our group that we collected a significant contribution for them. The food was, for the most part, very good to excellent. Breakfast was a large buffet with all of the usual items and with eggs and omlets cooked to order. I especially appreciated the smoked salmon and marinated herring. Lunch was either sit-down in the dining room or more informal buffet in the lounge. Dinner was five to six courses with usually a choice of two salads, appetizer, soup, dessert and a meat, fish and vegetarian entree. Regional items were frequent (how can you go to Hungary and not have goulash?). There was always chicken and something else for plain eaters, but why go to Europe if you are not going to try European cuisine? Individual portions were not large, but in sum the meals were quite satisfying. The included regional wines were both good and free flowing. Most of the excursions were included; we went on three optional ones. The use of the audiovox system is a real plus. You don't have to crowd around the guide. American excursions should adopt it. All of the guides were local; most were really good and even outstanding. One needed work on her tour skills, but the tour was still fun. For the most part, there was enough time to explore on our own and have a glass of local beer or wine. Thankfully we had no forced stops at gift shops as happens on so many cruise tours. This was port intensive with stops in cities including Cologne, Vienna, and Budapest, but our favorite stops were in the smaller towns like Bamberg, Rudesheim, Wertheim and Rothenberg. We will admit, though, that we became a little Baroque church and castle fatigued. But the best part was cruising on the river, watching the vineyards, castles and hamlets unfold around the bend. I was surprised at how pastoral the scenery was. I was expecting more industrial development along the rivers, but there wasn't much. June proved to be a good time to go. Temperatures were in the 60's with occassional 70's. Some rain but not enough to stop anything. And plenty of water in the rivers thus avoiding the problems that all of the cruise lines experienced later in the season. Our favorite ocean cruise has been on Celebrity to the Norwegian fjords. This trip would rank right up there with that. We would chose this line again for our next river cruise for its food, service, ship and value. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We took two river cruises (back to back), the first week was with Amadeus Diamond and the second week with Amadeus Symphony. Upon disembarked from Diamond, we took a train from Paris to Lyon and noticed our IPAD was missing. Luckily we ... Read More
We took two river cruises (back to back), the first week was with Amadeus Diamond and the second week with Amadeus Symphony. Upon disembarked from Diamond, we took a train from Paris to Lyon and noticed our IPAD was missing. Luckily we had email contact and informed them that it's likely we left the IPAD in the Cabin. Check-in with Symphony was efficient and organized. While unpacking in Symphony, the cruise staff told us that they found our IPAD and had made arrangement sending to Lyon. This demonstrates their top-notch customer services. All in all we had a wonderful time throughout, the foods and services are second to none. Lyon old town is very beautiful - 2000-year-old city, designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Beanune and Burguny wine regions were the highlight of this trip. Avignon in Provence, is a historic Old Town. We strolled through the historic center and Palais des Papes. We also joined the excursion to Pont du Gard - very impressive architectural structure built sometime in the 1st century by Romans. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was a very pleasant week cruising up and down-river from Lyon on a riverboat which could hold 140 passengers but carried only about 50 during the week. This made the public areas such as the lounge and the dining room less than ... Read More
This was a very pleasant week cruising up and down-river from Lyon on a riverboat which could hold 140 passengers but carried only about 50 during the week. This made the public areas such as the lounge and the dining room less than half-full, resulting in better service and more enjoyable surroundings, and allowing getting on and off the boat and shore excursions to be less crowded and hectic. The boat is not as fancy as some I have seen, nor does it need to be. The cabin was very comfortable and everything worked fine. I should note that I was on the bottom deck, and one could notice the noise going through the water, and at night going through the many locks there were a number of bumps and thumps. I was sorry that I could not lie on my bed and watch the world go by through my large window as it was at a higher level. There was a sun deck where one could sit and enjoy the passing scenery, but it was often closed as the boat went under so many low bridges; in fact, during the week there was only one afternoon where I was able to take advantage of the sun deck. The food on the boat was much better than I had expected, mainly French cuisine, but with some other options, especially pasta options. Dinner was a leisurely 5-6 course served affair with complimentary wine and beer (the same house wine all week) served at one sitting at 7:30 or so. The menu, while slightly limited, was quite sufficient with the exception of usually no dinner salad offered. Lunch was served either in the dining room or in the lounge. In the dining room there was a buffet with soup and a great selection of salads and a couple of beginners and desserts, and then you ordered and they brought the main course. In the lounge (with luncheon piano playing) there was a buffet with a limited selection of salad makings, soup, and a couple of hot dishes. Wine at lunch was not complimentary. The ship had one Provincial Buffet lunch in the lounge that was superb with free wine. It included local specialties of mussels, sausage, cheese, and French desserts. They also served a nightly snack every night. There were two receptions with champagne and snacks. Entertainment on the boat consisted of a musical couple. He played piano, flute and accordion; she sang and played the violin. They were really quite good and very entertaining and there was nightly dancing and a couple of trivia-type contests. If you told the piano player you liked a particular song (in my case "Lily Marlene" that became your theme song and you heard it every time you came into the lounge. There were some great shore excursions, usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon, timed so that you were on the boat for lunch, which was never included in the excursions. Trips included scenic rides in the countryside and to quaint villages or historic chateaux or wine tastings as well as guided city walks. Private radio listening devices were provided. Transportation by comfortable bus was provided. I felt that the excursions were good, but slightly overpriced by perhaps 20%, especially since usually no food or drink was provided except at one wine tasting. The city walking tours were not really necessary as the ship provided a local map for personal touring. The ship did have a workout room with two machines and a hair-dresser salon and a small shop selling souvenir items. Everything on the boat was great until the final day. I do not fault the boat for arriving back to Lyon delayed by a number of hours due to lock traffic, and they took action to offload most of the passengers earlier in the morning along the way so they could take a bus to the airport for their flights. However, when we arrived at the dock in Lyon there were nine persons with baggage waiting in the entryway to get off via the one narrow brow (gangway). For some reason, the hotel manager went on the dock and started loading on the baggage of, and two dozen embarking passengers, causing confusion and overcrowding in the small entryway. When I suggested that they should let people off first, he brusquely said, "well come on then." Nobody helped me with my bag, so as I trundled it off the boat and went by him he studiously ignored me. Perhaps this is another example of when you leave a cruise they ignore you as they are too busy getting ready for new guests who have not already tipped them. Except for this one sour note, the service and friendliness of the crew and staff was outstanding the entire week. I booked this particular boat/line primarily due to the excellent rate and low single supplement and was completely satisfied with everything. The other similar cruises I had looked at charged a much higher single supplement on a base fare some 30-40% higher.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We booked this trip and it included three nights in Paris and a train ticket to Lyon to board the ship. We have taken 15+ ocean cruises, but this was only our second river cruise. Cabin assignments were not made until we were on the ship! ... Read More
We booked this trip and it included three nights in Paris and a train ticket to Lyon to board the ship. We have taken 15+ ocean cruises, but this was only our second river cruise. Cabin assignments were not made until we were on the ship! Everyone was welcomed and then assigned a cabin. The crew were great! The cabin was satisfactory, a little "dated" and sparse, but very clean. We were on the middle deck and had a large window that opened. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of storage space. Meals were fine; there was lots of variety at breakfast and they would make eggs to order if you asked. There was not much of a selection at lunch, but you could order a hamburger and fries if you did not like the daily offering. At dinner, there were just two choices of entree. The soups were excellent, and the salads and desserts were good. Red and white wines were served with lunch and dinner, but if you wanted a soft drink, you had to buy one. The ship docked quite near town so it was an easy walk. We took an optional excusion everyday. They were all interesting EXCEPT for the Carmague Nature Preserve. That was a waste of time and money! If you want to see the Carmague wild animals, you need to walk the paths, not ride by in a bus on the highway! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
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