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My expectations were high having heard many good things about this cruise, but what I experienced was an exceptional quality of service, with great attention to details as I have never experienced before. The dining room is somewhat ... Read More
My expectations were high having heard many good things about this cruise, but what I experienced was an exceptional quality of service, with great attention to details as I have never experienced before. The dining room is somewhat noisy especially when you have a few "loud voices" about, but in comparaison to the choices available, the quality of the food and service, it did not spoil my experiences. The excursions were of much greater value than those I experienced on Ocean cruise ships, especially when you consider that everything on the boat/ship is included ... you don't have to spend one cent on the ship unless you want french champagne, cognac etc ... All the tour guides I had spoke english beautifully and were obvously highly educated and mostl refined young people. One negative for me was the quality of the hair conditionner supplied in the bathroom, I should have brought my own ... a small detail indeed and no clock ! Another negative, was that some people have absolutely no idea about dress code ... shorts and thongs are not suitable for the dining room and in the lounge in the evening; just a couple of men, but still. I was not aware that there was an extension to Paris, so I had not booked it, and disembarked in Amsterdam. I would do another cruise with APT anytime. Thank you to all concerned on the ship for making this trip a memorable one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This is a very special ship and a very special company. Our 4th trip with them. The whole experience is a delight and the staff and crew are outstanding. Please ignore any previous adverse comments which completely jar with our experience. ... Read More
This is a very special ship and a very special company. Our 4th trip with them. The whole experience is a delight and the staff and crew are outstanding. Please ignore any previous adverse comments which completely jar with our experience. All the cabins are of high quality and about the same size. The premium cabin have a balcony and larger windows but the actual cabin space is the same. Open seating for all meals and a casual dress code. Most men wore a jacket for the Captain’s dinner and some wore a tie but that was as smart as it got. However the food was definitely not a casual affair. High quality and plenty of choice. Everything is included in the price the the exception of drinks from the bar. Lunch and dinner drinks are included and the are very attentive. The operate an open Bridge which appeals to the sailors. Enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I am normally not excited about travelling especially long flights to get where you want to go. From the moment we boarded the AmaReina however in Amsterdam I knew this would be a trip of a lifetime ....and it was. The Ship ,Dining ... Read More
I am normally not excited about travelling especially long flights to get where you want to go. From the moment we boarded the AmaReina however in Amsterdam I knew this would be a trip of a lifetime ....and it was. The Ship ,Dining ,Service ,Staff ,Excursions & overall organisation of the cruise each day was exceptional. So much so that every day on return to Australia I recall just how good this experience was. Everyday we were treated to Excursions and / or onboard activities . Those of us with walking difficulties were sympathetically catered for with on shore options able to return to even more superb "snacks" and drinks before yet another 5 star dining experience . Intially it looked expensive but EVERYTHING was included from the magnificent dining as mentioned including the Chef"s table ,superb wines fabulous day outings . EVERYTHING. There was not one negative complaint from anyone as sadly we all left the last morning Congratulations APT Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My husband and I have traveled all over the world and wanted to go to Slovakia and Hungary and found AMA Waterways on line. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the cruise. The people were so helpful and the food superb. The itinerary ... Read More
My husband and I have traveled all over the world and wanted to go to Slovakia and Hungary and found AMA Waterways on line. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the cruise. The people were so helpful and the food superb. The itinerary was excellent. We enjoyed Austria and Slovakia. The Cruise Manager, Camille Dermis, made the trip one of the best we have ever been on with her organisational skills. She was knowledgeable about all of the places that we went to, was concerned for our safely and comfort. We found the food exceptional and the wait staff helped each and every person on the cruise. I have heard from other friends that they have gone on other river cruise lines and felt there were better ones but we disagree. We thought AMA Waterways was the best and will probably go on another cruise in the future maybe with our extended family. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose APT as it was all inclusive. Emma our director was professional and organised. She was attentive when you needed her. My husband after 4 days said “I haven’t put my hand in my pocket yet” The food was superb. Chef table ... Read More
We chose APT as it was all inclusive. Emma our director was professional and organised. She was attentive when you needed her. My husband after 4 days said “I haven’t put my hand in my pocket yet” The food was superb. Chef table dinners 2x on trip were magnificent. Bread made on board everyday and home made ice cream! The tours were so well thought out. I was travelling with my dad and hubbie and we took the slow walkers tours each day.They were great. There was plenty of time to see things and you didn’t feel like you missed anything. There was a wide age range and many “older” people out did us on the dance floor! The staff were attentive and had a sense of fun but were very respectful. We had a lower cabin and didn’t feel we needed a balcony as we were up on deck most of the time. It was the 1st time they had permanent entertainers on board who also did exercise classes dance lesson and much more.I thought it was a great addition to the experience. We love it so much we are addicted to river cruises now. We would go at this time as it was the 2nd tour of the season so the staff were fresh and the river levels good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This experience was our first cruise and it was brilliant for a huge variety of reasons. All staff on board did an excellent job. It goes without saying that the ship was clean and the food on board was the finest I've ever had ... Read More
This experience was our first cruise and it was brilliant for a huge variety of reasons. All staff on board did an excellent job. It goes without saying that the ship was clean and the food on board was the finest I've ever had although for me, it was not the most important aspect of the trip because that's just how I am. To single out anyone would almost seem unfair on everyone else but I was the type of person who really appreciated the dedication that the cruise manager gave, it's like he was available 24/7. (Did he ever have time to sleep?) The fitness guy was fantastic but for all sorts of different reasons. His daily classes and his conversations with me have inspired me to help change my lifestyle and here I am, almost 3 months after the cruise, continuing to live a more healthy life. I have taken time to send this review so that I could find a moment to choose my words carefully and I didn't want to leave anyone out. The guides and entertainment professionals were all great characters and all had their charm and enthusiasm for what they were doing. They all had their own style and managed to convey a love for what they were doing which in turn helped me and my family to love the fun-packed, informative holiday through a number of interesting European places finishing in Amsterdam. Before travelling the overall cost sounded a lot to me. However, when you consider what we did and how there was such attention to detail by the staff, I am sure this represented excellent value for money. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The Magical Christmas Markets cruise in the Ama Certo was the perfect choice for our occasion, one of a kind. Although it was the last week open for Christmas Markets, the dates were the ones accomodating us after 12/16...we had at least ... Read More
The Magical Christmas Markets cruise in the Ama Certo was the perfect choice for our occasion, one of a kind. Although it was the last week open for Christmas Markets, the dates were the ones accomodating us after 12/16...we had at least 8 Markets to enjoy in 3 days. The rest were amazing local and historic visits. This was my daughter's collegue graduation gift and was a gift for good memories. First, thanks to CD Kris S. worked 24/7 to offer us a hassle-free cruise, she was successful in that, but I am sure it came with hard work and vast knowledge of her field. Thank you! Cabin stewardesses Mery and Rumana amazing and you could always see them happy greeting you and working exactly 3-4 ties a day...our rooms were cozy. Vesi P. our head waitress. We liked her from day one due to her bubbly personality, experience and...she spoke Spanish fluently. She made every meal a nice time we looked forward to .... The rest of the crew, all too many to mention but not to ignore, were great. Nico and Nem at reception as well. The service was spotless on and off board. My aunt was a visiting from South America and many of the eastern European crew spoke fluent Spanish, a wonderful surprise and a big plus for us. Every stop of the tour was full of charm and history. The guides were locals who shared with us not only their knowledge but the love for their cities and countries. We enjoyed plenty of time and sightseeing. The Melk Abbey tour was precious and each city visited has a place in our hearts: Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Melk, Regenburg, Passau and Nuremberg. Ama's idea to offer gentle, regular and active level activities on each port is great. Even if only 3 people preferred gentle pace, we would get our own tour guide. They gave you clear and exactl instructions on where to meet after tour time was up and time allowed for your own touring around. Being toured by our own AMA people made a big difference, you feel so cared for and protected. They also offered talks about places and history. Informative talks about what to expect on debarcation morning which was all color coded and a breeze. We asked for an airport transfer during the cruise.....spotless service even though it was snowing and was early in the morning. Another agent was waiting at airport and walked each of us to our airline counters... I left food cooments to as my last section, because it is my favorite topic. Food was excellent, sensible portions were served with option to change or add as you pleased. Every meal was paired with local wines.. Food was from all distinct cuisines such as Bavarian, German, Philipino, Thai, Italian, American, Indian, etc.,Vegetarian options were available, Mexican appetizers, bread to die for. My favorite main courses were Veal Osso Buco, Thai Curry Prawns, roasted Suckling Pig, Spinach and Chesse Ravioli, but none of the rest were less than great dishes. I would recommend the AmaCerto ship without reservations and the memories made will last a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
After listening to some friends bragging of their prior Budapest cruise and seeing some photos my wife and I decided it to be a great way to enjoy time away together cruising Amsterdam to Budapest and seeing Germany, a place for years on ... Read More
After listening to some friends bragging of their prior Budapest cruise and seeing some photos my wife and I decided it to be a great way to enjoy time away together cruising Amsterdam to Budapest and seeing Germany, a place for years on both our bucket list of places to see. We booked the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise some 18 months prior making for a long but exciting wait, you can imagine the disappointed when weeks prior we received a call from APT advising of the low river water levels and the possibility of cancelation but thankfully a week prior to departure a second call confirmed of a slightly changed itinerary to our cruise was a go ahead. To start of from the minute we boarded the riverboat APT made us feel so welcome and gave us 5 star service all the way, the unpredictable dropping in of the Danube river water levels made for a day to day mystery tour with but two nights spent on the river boat rest in a 5 star motel. The port to shore excursions were plentiful and breathtaking along with so many great moments making for future memories, in short we had such a fantastic time. Thank you so much APT every minute of every day made so special, meeting with such great people on board sharing the cruise and becoming one big family in no time. Fantastic entertainment along with the 5 star food in the on board restaurants, wow! stacked on the kilos, great at the time Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was the third cruise we have done with AMA. We love the service, quality and professionalism shown by all its employees. This year our cruise couldn't complete the journey to Basel due to low water. Instead they took us to ... Read More
This was the third cruise we have done with AMA. We love the service, quality and professionalism shown by all its employees. This year our cruise couldn't complete the journey to Basel due to low water. Instead they took us to various cities usually done on their April/May Tulip time cruise which was absolutely fine with us since we hadn't seen any of those countries. On top of that AMA has offered us credit for 100% of the cost of the cruise and we have 3 years to take another cruise. We cant say enough about how great this company is to deal with. They went out of their way to keep everyone happy and it was an absolute pleasure to travel with them. Our Cruise director Elia was superb, held up well under very difficult circumstances , was always gracious, pleasant and accommodating. We highly recommend travelling with AMA if you want to river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I chose this cruise because I heard they cater to gluten free needs. They also catered to my dairy free needs. Much of the menus had foods I shouldn't eat, so they altered the food and made it special for me. Daily, they had gluten ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I heard they cater to gluten free needs. They also catered to my dairy free needs. Much of the menus had foods I shouldn't eat, so they altered the food and made it special for me. Daily, they had gluten and dairy free deserts that were yummy and good looking. I had cookies, cakes, sorbet, and more. I feasted! They also had gluten and dairy free bread as well as afternoon cookies. They were very nice and accommodating. Also, I had a medical problem where I had to be taken to the hospital due to a contact lens getting stuck in my eye. Jeannette took me to the University hospital and stayed with me to translate. She was very helpful and nice. I would definitely choose to go with Ama again. My room was very nice, even though it was on the bottom floor. I had two big windows and could see out plenty well. I didn't feel claustrophobic at all. The tours had small groups from 4 to 15 each, rather than large groups of 40, which made it really nice and the tour leaders were great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The trip was fantastic and the organisation by ATP beyond the call of duty. Everything was taken care of. We had to swap ships from Ama Bella to Ama Verde between Passau and Nuremberg because the water level in the Danube. As the 2 ... Read More
The trip was fantastic and the organisation by ATP beyond the call of duty. Everything was taken care of. We had to swap ships from Ama Bella to Ama Verde between Passau and Nuremberg because the water level in the Danube. As the 2 ships are identical we got the same cabins and the organisation to achieve this was fantastic. They even had a staff member with 50 cent coins at the turnstile to the toilets to let us use the toilets free of charge during the transfer. We had a balcony cabin on deck 2 which was spacious with lots of storage under the beds and in wardrobes. The only problem was on the Ama verde, where the bathroom had a funny sewage smell. They put down lots of cleaner but it was still noticeable. Food was generally good with ample portions and seconds for those with big appetites. As drinks were included with the meals we expected cheap wines but that was not the case. Prosecco flowed freely and the local wines were generally very good. Excursions were very interesting and well organised. A concert in Vienna in the Palais Liechtenstein and Dinner and concert hosted by a german Princess in her castle were the highlights. The cruise director was excellent and took care of any problems as they arose. All the staff were helpful and except for a couple of the waiters in the restaurant who became a bit over-familiar I could not fault them. As it was an APT cruise many of the passengers were Australian who on the whole are much more fun and interesting than some of the brits on board. I would certainly recommend this company and will book with them for my next river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Saw it advertised on TV, it looked amazing and it was. We could not believe how organised and professional the staff, crew and Tour Director were.We loved every minute of our 15 days on board. We also made some good friends in that short ... Read More
Saw it advertised on TV, it looked amazing and it was. We could not believe how organised and professional the staff, crew and Tour Director were.We loved every minute of our 15 days on board. We also made some good friends in that short time. The tours were great and very informative. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and in some cases very entertaining, they all obviously loved their job. they were articulate and their information on the history of places was first class. My wife and I enjoyed the relaxed feeling that applied either on board our ship or touring the many stops that we visited along the way from Budapest to Amsterdam. The onboard entertainment was first class with the resident pianist and then various artists who came aboard the ship to delight both my wife and myself and the other 154 passengers that were on our cruise. Well done APT. We will certainly recommend this cruise to our family and friends. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a dream holiday where every possible thing was covered. From the first moment to the last, we saw some wonderful places and the local guides shared so much of the history and legends of each place visited. The staff on board were ... Read More
This was a dream holiday where every possible thing was covered. From the first moment to the last, we saw some wonderful places and the local guides shared so much of the history and legends of each place visited. The staff on board were all lovely - our tour director Gudrum was charming and such an efficient operator to make everything run so smoothly; the reception staff always happy to help; the restaurant staff were unbelievable and the food excellent in both taste and presentation; cabin was kept beautifully. There was a great choice of activities each day to suit different intrrests. Change of ship partway through cruise due to low river water levels was handled seamlessly with no negative impact on guests. The entertainment on board was great and we also met some lovely people during our time on board. Well done APT - certainly would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing, carefree, luxury holiday!!!!! Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Normally we are independent travellers and this was the first trip organised by someone else . We chose APT because of the rave reviews from others who had chosen this way to travel. It exceeded our expectations. From the chocolate on the ... Read More
Normally we are independent travellers and this was the first trip organised by someone else . We chose APT because of the rave reviews from others who had chosen this way to travel. It exceeded our expectations. From the chocolate on the pillow each night, the rose for each female at the captain's welcome, the fantastic train trip to Salzburg, etc it was the most incredible experience experience. APT thought of everything - umbrellas in the wardrobe, more coat hangers than you could want (eat your heart out most luxury hotels!), all dietary tastes catered for, a variety of onboard activities and entertainment, a pool with a swim up bar etc etc. I think we were especially fortunate to have Roland Noordermeer as our cruise director as he was professional. knowledgeable, approachable, thoughtful, efficient and seemed to work 24/7. In fact, he really made the trip. After 7 days we had to change ships to the Ama Venita as there was a problem with a barge stuck upriver. That day went seamlessly. We had our luggage in the hallway at 7am. After breakfast we went by bus to Nuremberg where we spent the day, and on arrival back to our new ship, there was our luggage in our new cabin and the only difference seemed to be the different décor! All the staff we dealt with were friendly and helpful. They spoke English well and with 146 passengers and 52 crew, there was a great ratio to cater for our needs. Apart from Roland, the main highlights were Salzburg and the train trip, Namedy Castle, The Strauss evening in Vienna and the glassblower. Would recommend to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Never done river cruise before. Can only compare to ocean cruise . Was first class . The staff could not have done any more for anyone at any time . Mixed ages and fitness level. They accommodated everyone. Hedleigh our tour director ... Read More
Never done river cruise before. Can only compare to ocean cruise . Was first class . The staff could not have done any more for anyone at any time . Mixed ages and fitness level. They accommodated everyone. Hedleigh our tour director was outstanding. His cool ,calm and very easy manner meant everyone was informed well and catered for at every level . Port excursions. Great choices or choice your own . Dining first class . Drinks abundant and great service . Ship was clean tidy and well maintained . People got cold / flu but I am not sure what more the crew could have done to prevent. People just don’t do the right thing. Use the handwash Use the tongs at meals etc. stay in cabin if sick - some have disregard for all this . Could not have been more done. Only thing I would add is. If they ask for dress code ie long pants for men and women at night Stick to it . Thongs and shorts and t shirts without collars are not night attire . Dress that little bit better Aussie men. You let the side down ! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This cruise exceeded our expectations. Staff courteous and friendly yet we all had lots of fun and laughs with them. Food 5 Star and service 5 Star. From 5 course dinners to dancing to ABBA all on board enjoyed their cruise. Due to to ... Read More
This cruise exceeded our expectations. Staff courteous and friendly yet we all had lots of fun and laughs with them. Food 5 Star and service 5 Star. From 5 course dinners to dancing to ABBA all on board enjoyed their cruise. Due to to the organisational skills of our Cruise Director Daniela there was no waiting times in our off board experiences and all enjoyed her daily updates and her fantastic sense of humour. Our ports of call were interesting and varied cruising passing through beautifully amazing scenery. We were a group of 8 who enjoyed the company of everyone on board. A special mention to our Captain Janos, Charles, George, Cristian, George , Ivan, Danang and Daniela who is just amazing and works tirelessly to ensure a great trip for all. The staff on the Amareina are the reason why this cruise a lifetime memory. And a big thank you to all. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My husband and I travelled on the AmaBella on the Amsterdam/Budapest route on the 11 May. With respect, I vehemently disagree with some earlier comments (but I acknowledge that everyone’s entitled to their opinions). This was the first ... Read More
My husband and I travelled on the AmaBella on the Amsterdam/Budapest route on the 11 May. With respect, I vehemently disagree with some earlier comments (but I acknowledge that everyone’s entitled to their opinions). This was the first river cruise for us and won’t be the last. We felt this cruise was seamless with absolutely nothing to complain about. Our Tour Director, Emese, was competent, affable and accommodating. I don’t think she ever slept. She was always at the whim of the passengers organising their on shore tours with the utmost efficiency, and appeasing those passengers who consistently whinge; this woman was the ultimate professional. All tours were very well co-ordinated with great guides, full of enthusiasm and wit. Entertainment was organised on most nights which we found enjoyable. We even got the opportunity to dance on most occasions. The food was always tasty and well presented, in particular the Chef’s Table, in which each passenger had the opportunity to attend on two occasions, for a 5-course dinner in a gorgeous room at the aft of the ship. I am gluten intolerant and all my needs were attended to and catered for. There was a “Gluten Free Corner” set up in the dining room as well as the lounge upstairs, and all restaurant and bar staff were acquainted with all the needs of those passengers with dietary requirements. Hand sanitising was enforced at all times before and after dinner and on the return of onshore excursions. The restaurant was divided into two areas. My husband and myself sat on the so called NOISY side, whereas others elected to dine on the “quiet” side. We loved the jokes, the antics, the high 5’s etc from the happy waiters. We are Aussies and we loved every minute of this camaraderie between the crew and passengers and hence, applaud APT for allowing this. Most of our Australian cohorts on board couldn’t get over how happy the crew were; their enthusiasm was infectious. Cabin details are outlined below. Some reviews mentioned noise emanating from the upper deck and while sailing through the lochs during the night, we never heard a sound or felt any impact......maybe we were just lucky. We were entitled to Butler Service but we didn’t need it as we used to go to the lounge for tea/coffe which was available 24/7. Although he did bring us hor d’oeuvres (gluten free of course) each afternoon. The one bag of free laundry per week was a bonus. Most of the passengers were Australian, a few New Zealanders and a hand full of British. We became friendly with an English couple who had the time of their lives; they couldn’t get over how much fun the Australians were. The three Gold Signature Experiences are not to be missed, namely, the visit to Namedy Castle in Andernach, Germany, a private concert at the Lichtenstein Palace, Vienna and a ride on the Majestic Imperator train from Passau to Salzburg for the day and then onto Linz, to join up with the ship. The age of the passengers varied, mostly 55-75, but I should mention there were some super fit people in this age group who did the 34km bike ride from Melk to Durnstein and two other excursions that required the use of bicycles. In relation to the onshore tours, there was a fast paced group (red group). My husband and I always joined the regular group (green, yellow or blue) as we are photo-taking junkies with cameras. Lots of passengers were using their IPhone and IPad cameras. Those that had mobility issues were catered for and well looked after (pink group). We also had a young couple on their honeymoon who appeared to be having fun with us oldies. In conclusion, I would happily go on another river cruise just to take in the magnificent sights I missed. We were kept busy (by choice) the whole time, we never missed a tour, we never stopped but we loved it. If you go with an open mind, go with the flow, and embrace anything and everything that is on offer, you will have a ball, just like my husband and I did. Congratulations APT, you never disappoint. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I found this river cruise fantastic, I cannot understand one of the reviews on this cruise, there was absolutely nothing to complain about. Food wonderful, staff so helpful, the people on the cruise very friendly, the tour director Emese ... Read More
I found this river cruise fantastic, I cannot understand one of the reviews on this cruise, there was absolutely nothing to complain about. Food wonderful, staff so helpful, the people on the cruise very friendly, the tour director Emese (spelling) could not do enough for everybody. I have a mobility problem and she went out of her way to make sure I was comfortable, travelling with Australians was fun, friendly and enjoyable. Cabin beautiful, tours fantastic no complaints from start to finish. The dining room staff were second to none, helpful,friendly and could not do enough for you. The Reception desk helpful, staff in the lounge wonderful, people who cleaned the cabins courteous and very friendly and cabins always so nice and clean. The food to die for, fresh and lovely every day. The tours that Emese organized were brilliant all and all a wonderful holiday, a trip of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Just returned from the Mekong River Cruise including the AMA Land package and enjoyed every bit of it. The ship is a lovely intimate experience, 108 were on board, the majority 50+ seasoned cruisers, various fitness levels, and everyone ... Read More
Just returned from the Mekong River Cruise including the AMA Land package and enjoyed every bit of it. The ship is a lovely intimate experience, 108 were on board, the majority 50+ seasoned cruisers, various fitness levels, and everyone appeared to have a great time. The cabins are very spacious, plenty of storage space, large bathroom for cruising, and enjoyed the small deck to sit out on and watch the countryside go by some days. The shore excursions were optional, and with at least 2 offered every day we did pass on a couple, but sunrise at Angkor Wat and the Buddhist blessing should not be missed. Food on the ship was plentiful, lunch buffets were sometimes a little limited in options, we hit a couple dinner choices that didn't really hit the mark, but a strong 4 for the food and all that they do to try and make you happy. What we most have to commend them for is the Service. The Ship crew all went out of their way to make you welcome and meet your every need, the AMA tour manager (Long) and the Guides we had (Dara/Tek/Jack) shared such a joy for their countries and sharing the history with us that you wanted to spend more time with them. This is not a trip I would take with children as there are no real "activities' for them, but for the 50+ wanting to see these beautiful countries and their heartwarming people, I definitely would recommend this trip. Each day showed a new landscape and a new adventure! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We have only experienced ocean cruises previously so river cruising was all new to us. We decided to combine this with a cruise to places we had not seen previously as well and we were not disappointed (although there are vast differences ... Read More
We have only experienced ocean cruises previously so river cruising was all new to us. We decided to combine this with a cruise to places we had not seen previously as well and we were not disappointed (although there are vast differences between river and ocean cruising). The organisation was perfect - we were collected at the airport, driven to the ship and made welcome, even though we were early. We had the option of staying in the lounge until we could officially board or explore the city (map and brief explanation provided). At cruise end, we were transported back to the airport. The time taken to embark and disembark was minimal and well conducted, even to the stage of personally being introduced to our cabin attendant. River ships seem to be consistent in size, due to the width of the locks, the available height under bridges and the legislated length. All meals were served in the dining area with a speciality restaurant (Chef's table) and small snacks always as an alternative in the lounge. The quality of the meals was excellent although there is always one person who thinks the meals on some other ship were better (and this was on day 1) so I put this down to a case of someone trying to prove they have been on other ships/cruises. With the meals, there is always some consistency of items but the main courses change daily as do the soups and starters. There is also a consistent standard always available main course for both lunch and dinner. One could not go hungry as there was heaps to eat. River cruising does not offer the opportunity of stage shows nor does it allow for large groups of artists. Because of this, the nightly entertainment is usually one to four people performing for a single show - the quality improved as the cruise went on, the final performers being of very good quality. The resident pianist was average but certainly tried to include everyone. Service was personable and always of an excellent level - could not fault anyone of the staff. Met the captain in the wheelhouse and he explained the workings to us all - a very personable man who took the time to be pleasant whenever he met with anyone. Cruise director did a very good job as did most guides on the excursions. The shore excursions were mostly good, the concert at the palace in Vienna being exceptional. Laundry was prompt and efficient. My only criticism is that on occasions the excursion guides and the cruise director do not have English as a first language and, as a result, some of their presentations tend to be monotonous. Some of the guides also tried to provide too much information. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We cruised on the RV Samatha in Nov 17 from Yangon to Mandalay. The cruise was a delight or at least the onboard component. Burma itself is third-world and poor but the people seem friendly - “seem” because you don’t have much ... Read More
We cruised on the RV Samatha in Nov 17 from Yangon to Mandalay. The cruise was a delight or at least the onboard component. Burma itself is third-world and poor but the people seem friendly - “seem” because you don’t have much interaction with them. The food on the boat is superb, the best we’ve tasted on a cruise. I heard no complaints and the APT company seem to have a reputation for good food and service. You cruise in a first-world fairly luxurious hermetically-sealed bubble. You disembark for your daily one or two hour excursion guided by the boar’s tour guides who do a fairly decent job. But realistically there is not a lot to see in Burma apart from pagodas, temples, monasteries etc. An hour or two is all that’s needed to see the local sites. The passengers demographics also suggest this time frame. Age ranges were in the 60s to 80s, mostly married but groups of women and the odd single passenger were onboard. Passengers were mainly Australian, with sizeable minorities of Kiwis and Brits. They all impressed as well-heeled, i.e., financially comfortably. Passengers on our boat were generally friendly but you soon group up with like-minded souls, or avoid NOTs (not our types). The cabins were large and comfortable. Internet (free) is available in the lounge and was “OK”; you'll get your email and facebook in and out but speed is slowish. Clothes-wise, for men, bring shorts that cover the knee which are required for religious sites. They're cooler than long pants but some wore them long for the excursions. Also, slip-on shoes are best as shoes and socks cannot be worn in religious sites. Sandals, casual slip-on are best. Some walking is required but not to the extent that hiking boots or running shoes are needed. Dress onboard was casual; jackets are not required for dining. Women, tended to “dress” for dinner. Light cotton, seersucker or similar are best in the hot climate. Once onboard you don’t have to put your hand in your pocket. Food, standard drinks (pay for flasher drinks though), excursions are included in the fare. All meals are taken on board. I’d not chance eating locally or drinking the water anyway. Third-world hygiene standards prevailed on shore. There were some large hotels, probably hygienic but we flew in, cruised and flew out immediately so can’t comment. We had a great time. The food was a highlight, as was cruising the ocherous Irrawaddy River. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first river cruise so first for other novices I was surprised to find: The wall aren't metal so my magnetic clips and hooks went back in the suitcase There is no movement - even at full tilt it was impossible to ... Read More
This was our first river cruise so first for other novices I was surprised to find: The wall aren't metal so my magnetic clips and hooks went back in the suitcase There is no movement - even at full tilt it was impossible to tell that we were on the water. In total DH and I travel about 3 months a year, DIY tours, luxury tours, Ocean Cruises, short breaks …. this was the best vacation experience we have ever had - we thoroughly enjoyed just about every aspect of the trip. Cabin We had a cabin on the lower deck with a super comfy bed, plenty of space (though lacking in draws) and a great shower, our view was pretty special too Attention to detail seemed to be real priority for APT so though there was only one European, one Aussie and one UK socket in the room - it came with 3 way European extension cable and assurances that adapters were available from reception. The AC worked in a way that many 5 star hotels could learn from - set the temperature and that is what you got. Bottled water was replaced in the fridge and on the dresser daily, robes, slippers and night time chocolates all standard. Food Breakfast was served in the dining room for two hours each morning. Fruit, cereal, cold meat, cheese, yogurt, smoked salmon, bread, pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon, beans, were from the buffet, fried eggs and omelettes from the egg guy and poached egg, oatmeal and eggs Benedict ordered at the table. The variety and quality of the fresh fruit especially was outstanding. Lunch you had the choice of either a variety of heavy snacks (sandwiches, cheese, soup) in the lounge or a up to four course meal in the dining room. We usually went to the dining room and enjoyed every meal, though did learn to stay away from the freely flowing wine and decadent dessert so early in the day. Dinner Each meal in the dining room consisted of a choice of two or three appetisers, two soups, a meat, fish and vegetarian selection for main courses and three desserts. There were also the always available options of chicken breast, salmon and a couple of others. The wine served at dinner was excellent (especially the whites as were were traveling through a region which specialised in white wine) The wine from the bar and at lunch was fine but not great. Over the 14 days we had maybe one meal in the main dining room which was OK - all the rest were outstanding. The food was much better than on the last luxury ocean cruise line we sailed with. The Chef was one of the highlights of the trip when I complimented him on the quality of the cheese he made me a special dish of Stilton (may favourite) cheese, covered in chocolate - which sounds odd but was amazing. There was a specialty restaurant which was free of charge but needed reservations. This had a single menu for the first week and another for the second week. Some guests were very impressed but our experience was the room was crowded and lacked atmosphere, the welcome drink was some horrid water melon concoction, the sorbet was warm, the meat was cold and the service poor. All the food looked really impressive but we felt we had missed a great meal in the MDR so cancelled our second booking. There was also afternoon tea and late night snacks served in the lounge but really we did not feel the need. Public Spaces In the dining room is a mix of two, four and six seat tables there were always seats available though a little shuffling was needed to manoeuvre around as there was not a great deal of space between tables. Likewise in the lounge there were enough seats but it was sometimes hard to get a good view of what was going on when a lecture or demonstration was going on. Outside the top deck was closed for 4 days as we navigated the locks and low bridges between Rudesheim and Regensburg. There was still outside seats in front of the wheelhouse but the pool and walking track were off limits. In October most of the Australians on board decided that it was to chilly to be out for long so there was plenty of space, I can imagine in warm weather the limited open air space could be a negative. Experiences: Three Experiences were included on this trip and each was truly a memorable occasion. Dinner at the private home of Princess Heide von Hohenzollern was much more than a lovely meal in a stunning location were were encouraged to tour the castle, look at the books and sit on the sofas. Rather than a coach to transport us to Salzburg a copy of the Austrian Imperial family train was ours for the journey. Champagne was served as we wandered amongst the luxurious furniture and polished wood. On the return journey, singers moved from coach to coach with music from the Magic Flute and Sound of Music. Finally we were treated to a Champagne reception at the stunning privately owned Liechtenstein City Palace in Vienna followed by a stunning concert. We were told we would have three royal experiences but actually we had three experiences where we were treated like royalty. Tours At each stop there was included excursions often a walking tour with excellent local guides using Quitevoxes. This was the first time we had encountered these devices and they are truly wonderful. A party of 25 suddenly become just you and the guide as every word they say is clear even when you have wondered off across the street to take pictures or are separated by Amsterdam’s traffic. Some times a bus and walking tour were combined and on six days there was a choice of two or three excursions to choose from. CD Bartel had clearly mastered the art of cloning as he appeared to accompany each of the, up to, six different groups each day. Bicycles were also available to explore the area. The information provided at the end of each day was much more than a schedule of the next days arrangements. It included wonderful information on the history, politics, agriculture, wines and food of the regions we passed through. Included Bartel, our Cruise Director, told us at the beginning of the trip that the only money we needed for the next two weeks was a few 50c coins for the public toilets and he was basically right. Tips - included; excursions - included; sparkling wine at breakfast - included; wine and beer with lunch and dinner - included; drinks from the bar 9am till late - included; tour of the wheelhouse by the captain - included. Before and after Before the cruise I was like a three year old at Christmas as I unpacked the goody bag from APT. Two really sturdy rucksacks with clever small bags which unzipped from them. Quality luggage tags, a document folder for our passports, laundry bags and magnetic name tags. Having been forced to wear ID for work I was at first sceptical about wearing a name tag (first name only) but most people chose to wear them through out the trip and they added to the experience, if you see someone’s name written down you remember it far better - by the end we were so used to them that we almost travelled home in ours. At the end of the cruise you are not kicked of the ship at 8.30 like on cruise ships - at 9am, cabins have to be vacated but you can stay on the ship until 2.30pm have some soup, and leave when you wish. We had arranged our own post cruise extension but still APT arranged a taxi for us at the time we requested and helped us with our luggage - really A Personal Touch. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Departure Day minus one: Packed – one huge ( approx. 23Kg) case, plus 2 small wheelie hand luggage cases Sunday October 15 - Day 1 Up at 6.25am. Taxi to Heathrow arrived 7.25. Driver ignored the warning gantries about probs on ... Read More
Departure Day minus one: Packed – one huge ( approx. 23Kg) case, plus 2 small wheelie hand luggage cases Sunday October 15 - Day 1 Up at 6.25am. Taxi to Heathrow arrived 7.25. Driver ignored the warning gantries about probs on the M4.....so we sat for 20 mins thereon. Driver very stressed – “anxiety makes me nauseous.” Arrived terminal 5 at pam. Checked. Decided not to buy Hungarian Florints, but to wait and see how many we need. By 9.30 all complete, then sit and sit people watching – til 10.55 gate announced. 11.05 board. 11.45 leave.20 mins taxiing, 40 mins flight, 20 mins taxiing at Schipol. Long walk to baggage hall. Why is our luggage always last? Coach to ship - the Amaverde – including another road closure ( Amsterdam Marathon). Cabin miles along the corridor. Folder of info about itinerary, tours’ booking forms etc. unpacked. Also contains dressing gowns and slippers, lanyard for doorkey. Magnetic name badges came with tickets… Walls only magnetic on corners unlike Ocean ships Went to lounge for cuppa ( no kettles in cabins) explored ship. Door key took some persuading to work (operator error). Safety talk/ general info / meet the team/ port talk before dinner. 151passengers 99 x Oz 45 x UK 4 x NZ 1 x Malaysian, 1 x Canadian, 1 x US Dinner – full order taken (starter, soup, main and dessert) at start. All drinks included Dinner with 2 NZs Coffee in lounge Was asked, “Do the crew sleep on board? I know they do on Sea cruises, but this is a river….” Monday October 16 – Day 2 Up at silly o’clock for 8.30 departure of tours. Chris to canals, M to supervise the movement of the ship to a new dock. Sailed to Wijk bij Duurstede where the tour rejoined the ship. A shame there was no option for independent exploration of Amsterdam From there thro’ lock into the Rhine canal Captain’s welcome reception before dinner. Dinner with Italian Aussies Today’s quote: “It’ll be good to go to Bonn now the wall is down” “Sorry, that’s Berlin…” M was up all night in the loo every 20 mins from 2am…. (either the change of diet, last night’s crab cake, or ( most likely, the soft cheese) Tuesday October 17 – Day 3 Cologne – either walking tour of Cologne and bus to Bonn, or bus to Bonn, then walking tour. OH to Bonn. M stayed onboard nursing dodgy tum. Trips back by lunch. Had minute lunch, then watched the Rhine valley float by. Docked for night at Andernach - Dinner at Namedy Castle. M didn’t go, had dinner in the lounge with 3 others (plus one had room service dinner). OH had good time Wednesday October 18 – Day 4 A quiet night – the engines didn’t start until 5.30ish. Sailed thro’ Rhine Gorge – past the Lorelei to Rudesheim Foggy first thing, but cleared as the sun came out mid-morning. Chilly on top deck which was best vantage point. Ship provides blankets with sleeves for the less hardy. Also Rudesheim coffee – a bit like a brandy floater Arrived Rudesheim at 1.30pm. Took land train to the Music Museum. Loads of mechanical instruments – pianos, organs, organs, violins, music boxes etc. Could have taken train back, but preferred to walk. Stuck at level crossing as 3 trains went thro’ – one passenger, plus 2 l-o-ong goods trains. Others could go to the Gondola ride to above the town. Thursday October 19 – Day 5 The day started with a glass blowing demo in the lounge – while we cruised to Miltenberg. There was a ‘treasure hunt’ – a list of questions to find out the answers from the tour guides…. \we did our own thing. Fave thing? The ‘pissing men’ statue outside the public loos! We had 1.5 hours before had to be back onboard- treasure hunters were bussed to Freundenberg. After dinner we teamed up with the Italian Aussies to form the Britalianoz music quiz team Friday October 20 – Day 6 Wurzburg. OH went on trip to the Residenz (Prince Bishops). M explored town. After lunch both did more exploring including a bridge full of bishop/saint/prince statues Saturday October 21 – Day 7 Bamberg. Watched, and videoed the lock operations (68 in total on trip). ln afternoon OH did bus trip to town. M decided to keep an elderly lady company onboard Singer entertainer in evening Sunday October 22 – Day 8 Nuremburg. OH took the day off from tours – and the town was too far to walk, so we ambled along the river bank Lecture about locks on the Main Danube canal in afternoon. Mega deep locks – 82ft! At 5pm we crossed the European watershed….. downhill from here on! After dinner entertainment – an ‘oompah‘ band Monday October 23 – Day 9 Regensburg. We set off with map to diy the town. Including find a department store for some shopping. After lunch we did the ‘wheelhouse tour’ Fascinating Tuesday October 24 – Day 10 Passau, Salzburg/ Linz OH went off on the 8am coach for the Imperator train to Salzburg, and on the Linz while M stayed onboard to sail all the way. Were late sailing cos the german police were onboard checking passports and visas. The scenery was wonderful – Autumn colours exquisite. Lunch in state in the lounge – with 2 others. Arrived Linz 5.15, OH back at 6.45 Wednesday October 25 – Day 11 Melk/Durnstein OH did the Abbey tour (unimpressed at the wealth of the community – very glitzy), M did the town. Still haven’t found out who Barwig Bear is (other than a sculpture in the park). After lunch we waved off the brave 30 or so people who were cycling to Durnstein. We sailed. Durnstein Castle was where Blondin found Richard the Lionheart imprisoned. Had time to explore the town Thursday October 26 – Day 12 Vienna day1. OH on walking tour – difficult cos it was a public holiday and many roads/ sights shut ( including RingStrasse). M to Prater and the Ferris wheel. After lunch we crossed the bridge to the Danube Island. Very hot day. Early dinner at 5.30. Desserts after the concert! Concert at Lichtenstein Palace – Chamber Orchestra plus girls’ choir Friday October 27 – Day 13 Vienna Day 2 OH to Schonnbrunn. M declined cos not enough time allowed for the bits she wanted to see (the gardens). In the event it poured with rain at that point , so very little garden seen at all as everyone ran for the bus! M explored on foot - after watching the Lippizaner introductory talk – keeping an eye on the grey skies. Had intended to metro into town in the afternoon, but still teeming, so played scrabble instead! Disembarkation briefing Captain’s farewell dinner (M avoided the soft cheese canapes this time….) Sailed through Bratislava during dinner. Crew entertainment – seemed mainly the hotel manager on electric guitar, so we didn’t stay til the end Saturday October 28 – Day 14 Budapest Day 1. Arrived mid-morning. Announcement that you can go to the market this morning, then after lunch there’s a coach/walking tour. OH decided he’d done enough tours/ castle/palaces/burgs and he was coming with me and the map. Did market in the morning, then walked to Parliament in afternoon. Past the Shoe memorial. Said memorial wasn’t included in the organised trip much to the annoyance those I told about it…. Hungarian folkloric music/dancing before dinner, then lighted sail-by after dinner Sunday October 29– Day 15 Budapest Day 2 Raining heavily. We were off ship by 10 on way to airport. Flight an hour late taking off cos too windy to load luggage. In the end we left it behind. It arrived home via a courier 2 days later. Hadn’t booked a taxi from Heathrow. Initially were going to get the X 26 bus, but cos now only hand luggage, decided to go by tube ( rejected initially cos too many steps in the stations. Bad move – the bus would have been better – less crowded APT pros and cons Name badges for all – a brilliant idea Lanyards for all on which we could hang our door keys. Many tucked their trip tickets in it too Excellent maps in all ports BUT………Very few diy possibilities Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and because of the reports we had read from previous travelers about the quality of the ship, the food and the tours. We did an 8 day cruise on the Danube plus three additional days in Prague, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and because of the reports we had read from previous travelers about the quality of the ship, the food and the tours. We did an 8 day cruise on the Danube plus three additional days in Prague, and were completely satisfied with the meals, the selection of daily tour excursions, cabin layout, and onboard entertainment. We were greeted every afternoon upon returning to the ship with a beverage and a warm welcome Service in the dining room was friendly, food selection and quantity was perfect, cleanliness and quality of ship furnishings met our expectations, and the staff always did above and beyond to meet our needs. There were multiple options each day of activities/tours to engage in that involved walking and buses, and always with well informed/educated tour guides from the local area. I would consider AMA Waterways on my next river cruise, without a doubt. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We took a Grand European Tour with Ama last year and enjoyed it so much we wanted to experience another trip. We picked Paris to Normandy for personal reasons since our Dad landed on Omaha Beach. The food is fabulous as well as the wine ... Read More
We took a Grand European Tour with Ama last year and enjoyed it so much we wanted to experience another trip. We picked Paris to Normandy for personal reasons since our Dad landed on Omaha Beach. The food is fabulous as well as the wine on this ship. All the staff made sure we were happy with their service. We would take another Ama cruise because we know the quality of the food and the service will be first rate. We really loved the way they had a special ceremony for us at the U.S. cemetery in Normandy. It was truly moving and a memory that will last forever. We would have liked a little more time in Honfleur - I wonderful seaside festival was going on and we only had a short time to visit this lovely seaside town. Overall - we enjoyed our cruise and would recommend it to anyone. Thank you to the entire crew for making our vacation so wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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