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Having cruised with APT in Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia we were thrilled to be able to cruise in Europe and in perhaps one of the best ships doing so. The AmaVerde was a fantastic experience from the moment we boarded up to the ... Read More
Having cruised with APT in Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia we were thrilled to be able to cruise in Europe and in perhaps one of the best ships doing so. The AmaVerde was a fantastic experience from the moment we boarded up to the disembarkation. The crew and staff were as professional as they were friendly. There was not one crew member who did not try their best and nothing was too much to request. It was fantastic service on a beautiful ship. Everything went to plan and any changes made for weather etc. were seamless and handled very well. Everyone of the crew went out of their way to make you feel welcome, special and relaxed. The food in all areas was fabulous. Every meal was a banquet, beautifully presented and served. The Chefs Table dinners are a must and we enjoyed two wonderful five course meals with matched wines with our new friends. Day or night, there was always something good to snack on too! The schedule of the cruise is just right, not too busy with time to relax and simply do your own thing. The shore trips were generally great with not too much walking but always well conducted and the shore briefs were very useful to decide or prepare. And the scenery, wow! We had noted other reviews where people were critical of going through the locks and walking on cobble stones; c'mon people! You're traversing most of Europe, what do you expect. And anyway, most of the locks were passed at night and rarely did we notice. We treated ourselves to an Owners suite which, if you can, you should request. The extra space and butler service was the icing on the cake. We can't wait to do this again but we have already signed up for another APT adventure in Africa first! To all you prospective river cruisers, don't delay! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This has been on our bucket list for some time. It was very enjoyable with a good mix of relaxation and activity. Some of the APT specials are not to be missed - the Grand Imperatore train (albeit some of the air con failed on a very hot ... Read More
This has been on our bucket list for some time. It was very enjoyable with a good mix of relaxation and activity. Some of the APT specials are not to be missed - the Grand Imperatore train (albeit some of the air con failed on a very hot day) and the Vienna Concert in the Lichtenstein Palace. Food was always excellent with many choices and the staff very willing to keep you pleased with a smile. Entertainment was limited to the space available, but overall enjoyable. Our room was in the lowest level and well maintained, comfortable and with no noise issues. Given it was nearly the cheapest cabin there was nothing to complain about. There was sometimes a smell, which we worked out was only while in major ports, so probably unavoidable. Wasn't an issue on any night we slept on the boat. Cruise operator could make it plain that low bridges will mean top deck is unavailable for 5-6 days while on the Rhine/Danube canal. I know this is mentioned but perhaps made a little clearer. The dining experiences at the special tables in the stern were a highlight, for both food and service. Apart from these small issues (to us at least) you could not fault the whole experience. This is our third APT/TravelMarvel trip and we plan another. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our favourite cruise ever. We have sailed on numerous ocean cruises but this was our first River Cruise and we could not fault it. Staff, Excellent and nothing was too much trouble. Food, delicious and so much choice. Drinks, ... Read More
This was our favourite cruise ever. We have sailed on numerous ocean cruises but this was our first River Cruise and we could not fault it. Staff, Excellent and nothing was too much trouble. Food, delicious and so much choice. Drinks, always available and very generously dispenced. No watering down of drinks on our cruise. The only thing you had to decide each day was the clothes that you wore, everything else was decided for you. Stewart our cruise director was alway available and so helpful. Could not find one negative comment for the whole journey. As we have been on a number of cruises we have learnt to choose the most inexpensive room. The only time spent in your room is for sleeping so why pay extra for a picture window when the best veiw is from the top deck or lounge room. Can't see much from your balcony when you are in one of the 64 locks or tied up in port next to another ship. Save the added expence and put it towards your next APT river Cruise, thats what we are doing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We have just returned from an APT Cruise -Budapest to Amsterdam and wholeheartedly give this company 5 stars. From our airport welcome (our plane was over an hour and a half late) to our disembarkation I give this company the thumbs up. ... Read More
We have just returned from an APT Cruise -Budapest to Amsterdam and wholeheartedly give this company 5 stars. From our airport welcome (our plane was over an hour and a half late) to our disembarkation I give this company the thumbs up. The ship itself was spacious (there were 129 on board but it accommodates 160) with our balcony cabin well set out and a small but adequate bathroom. Our cabin crew were most obliging as were all the crew. The dining room and staff were first class. Most people sat at a selected table from day one so we did get to know our waiters and they likewise. The food was excellent with a wide variety to choose from, with formal dining downstairs and casual dining upstairs. The entertaining area was large enough to seat everyone and this also was where the bar was, hence passengers socialised in this area. The variety of drinks were amazing as well as coffee and nibbles. The entertainment was low key but we didn't choose this cruise for entertainment; that is left to the bigger cruise liners. The ports we called into (apart fro Nuremburg) breathtaking as was the countryside we sailed through, the castles we passed and the towns we glimpsed at. Our cruise director was very informative and helpful as was the guides in each port we had. The only small criticism I had of this cruise was I would like to have seen the sanitisation of hands in the public areas enforced to stave off infections. Otherwise a wonderful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My wife & I had discussed going on a European river cruise off & on over the previous two years. APT were offering return airfares cheap when we passed a travel agent. So in we went & booked. The cruise was wonderful. ... Read More
My wife & I had discussed going on a European river cruise off & on over the previous two years. APT were offering return airfares cheap when we passed a travel agent. So in we went & booked. The cruise was wonderful. Travelling from Australia to Amsterdam then London to Australia were not. We arrived at Amsterdam in a Airbus A380 as another Airbus A380 arrived on a parallel runway. So it took a very long time to get through passport control. We were meant to be greeted by an APT representative and taken to the ship. No one was there. They thought we were a 'no-show'. It was pure luck that one representative decided to take one last quick look and spotted our APT backpacks. From there things went pretty smoothly. Food was plentiful, perhaps a little too plentiful. You could partake an early light breakfast or a fuller later breakfast in the lounge. Or even more for breakfast in the restaurant. There was a light lunch in the lounge or more in the restaurant. Dinner with a number of courses was in the restaurant. On top of this it was possible to have snacks for morning and afternoon tea. Service for meals was generally prompt. The young lady who serviced our suite did a great job. The tour director was absolutely fantastic. Especially as she had to quickly rearrange bus pickup points many mornings. The rivers are surprisingly busy and the ship was held up at locks many times as it waited its turn. The city tours were varied and informative. We walked a lot. We wished that we had taken the opportunity for a night in Amsterdam before the cruise. We holidayed in London after the cruise. This did not affect the airfare deal. Some people on this cruise has been on European river cruises before. All bar three or four people were aged over fifty. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The short cruise appealed to us, since it was first river cruise and we saw cities and places we had not been before (maybe 50 yrs ago) The crew was mostly Bulgarian and Rumania and Hungarian and spoke excellent english and were very ... Read More
The short cruise appealed to us, since it was first river cruise and we saw cities and places we had not been before (maybe 50 yrs ago) The crew was mostly Bulgarian and Rumania and Hungarian and spoke excellent english and were very attentive to every need. The excursions were done well w drivers explaining the cities w history etc. The cruise director Rachel Couto (or whatever the title was) was funny enough to look forward to her talks about excursions coming up. Dining was wonderful w small portion not the supersized american portion. Presentation of food was a sight to behold. Entertainment was a piano player almost nightly who was very good and played also in the afternoons. We had a bus tour of Amsterdam on departure day and last day in port we went to Keukenhof and had a canal tour. Spent an extra day in Amsterdam for more sightseeing but I became ill and spent it in hotelroom waiting for flight home next morning. Would definitly do another river cruise.... Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
RV Samatha review We went on our Irrawaddy cruise, plus a 3 day stay at Inle Lake 15 Feb 2017 to 6 March. I have done a longer than usual review as we found it very difficult to get any information before we went. The Boat The ... Read More
RV Samatha review We went on our Irrawaddy cruise, plus a 3 day stay at Inle Lake 15 Feb 2017 to 6 March. I have done a longer than usual review as we found it very difficult to get any information before we went. The Boat The boat is new to APT refurbished not new. It is well appointed and there is plenty of space. You enter on the Main Deck where the dining room is situated. There are tables down two sides, the inner ones are booths seating 4, and there are tables along the floor to ceiling windows. In the centre is a server area, used for self service items at breakfast & lunch and for the "action station" presided over by the irrepressible Muppet who cooked eggs in the morning and stir fry type items at lunchtime. There is also the private dining room Thuzar seating 12 guests where a special menu designed by Australian chef Luke Nguyen, is served and each guest can book at least twice per voyage. In the foyer area is the reception desk and a shoe rack with numbered baskets one per cabin. On return from a trip you left your shoes here and changed into supplied flip flops or your own "indoor" shoes so we didn't tread dirt over the teak floors. The shoes were then cleaned for us ready for the next jaunt. Also available here was insect repellent for a quick squirt before heading out. There is also a small selection of souvenirs and necessities , toothbrush, Strepsils etc for sale all under the watchful eye of Hotel Manager Darren and the ever smiling receptionist Zin Mar. On this deck are the window cabins, from what I could see they were the same as the balcony bar the balcony itself, I don't know if they had the armchair area. Up a set of teak stairs were the balcony cabins and suites, then up a deck to the sun deck. There was an area under a canopy with seating for at least 60 so plenty of room, in comfy cushioned mock rattan furniture, some throne type seats that were much more comfortable than they looked. A few table and chairs were set out on one side with ashtrays if there were any smokers. Down both sides in the sun were loungers and a few sun beds overlooking the stern. Also in this area is a large whirlpool jacuzzi/ plunge pool. At the front of this deck is the bar/ lounge where early morning pastries and tea and coffee were available, drinks all day and this is where we met each evening for the cocktail hour and briefing. On a few nights there was live entertainment and on a couple of nights films were shown. At the very front was a very popular spa, and a less frequented bijou gym. Food Well how many superlatives can I use. It really was 5 star. The buffet breakfast had fresh fruits, melon, papaya etc, yogurts, cereals and the pastries and breads ( all made from scratch on board) were the best we have had outside France! There was a Burmese hot soup type dish, eggs freshly made any way you liked, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, beans, potatoes, tomato we wanted for nothing. Lunch and dinner were equally sumptuous. There was always two soup and a selection of cold starters. Mains always had a fish dish, a meat dish and a vegetarian option plus at lunch time an action station of freshly cooked things, like stir fry, wontons, pasta etc. The choices also had a European style dish and an Asian style dish. There was also always available steak, chicken breast, salmon and fries. Drinks were all included and were good. Australian, Chilean wines mainly, cocktails each evening at the daily briefing. Beer, spirits and soft drinks and coffees available all day. Water was freely available with at least two bottles in the room at any one time. Staff Superb. There is no other way to describe them. We were almost full, 57 passengers, as we had a number of singletons and 47 staff including the two guides. All without exception were amazing, friendly, helpful, polite and attentive. They all helped out all over the place and went above and beyond on many occasions to ensure everyone was happy. One evening we had a crew show with the RV Samatha band and if enthusiasm and joy won awards there would have been Oscars all round! Our cruise director Thomas was great, we had a briefing each evening about the next day's activities and he was super well organised, everything was thought of. HIs colleague Clement was extremely knowledgeable and so keen to pass on his love of his country and its history. The whole team on the ship turned out at times to help us disembark up bankings and steps and were there with cold cloths and drinks to welcome us back. Weather We went at the end of the dry season, no rain since November. This plus was low humidity the big minus lots of dust added to the woodsmoke and general pollution most people got a hacking chest cough. A saline nasal spray would be useful and some throat sweets. The afternoon temperatures were high 30C Clothes I had bought Craghoppers anti insect/sunblock long sleeved shirts and long trousers which drip dry and dry quickly. these were fine for off the ship. Others though seemed fine with linen sun dresses and sandals! I wished I had brought crops or shorts and something a wee bit smarter for lounging about on the sun deck. Skechers Go Walk slip ons were great to wear without socks and easy to get on and off at the pagodas (they have needed two goes in the washer since we got home!) Cruise We did the Yangon to Mandalay 14 day cruse with a 3 day extension at Inle lake. Before we left home we had a letter from APT a telling us that due to low water levels we would not be able to sail up to Mandalay but would moor 3 days away, still using the boat as a base but continuing our excursions by coach. This was a disappointment but beyond anyone's control. The information we had pre cruise whilst not misleading gave me at least a false impression of what daily life would be like. We had a booklet before we left saying what sights we would be going to see each day, and tips on what to wear off the boat, walking shoes, cool long sleeved long trousered type clothing to avoid bites and the sun, and also for visiting pagodas where you had to take off socks and shoes and cover shoulders and knees. What I hadn't appreciated is that we would actually spend a lot of time on the ship, particularly for the first 4/5 days after leaving Yangon we had one or at the most two 1 or 2 hour trips off the ship. So clothing wise I wish I had taken more smarter daywear for sitting around on deck. Our first day after reaching the ship we had a trip back into Yangon to see the Shwedagon Pagoda but after that the next few days were in the delta area and the trips ashore were mainly to see the old colonial towns from the time of British rule. We visited local markets, saw how local people lived, even on a couple of occasions being invited in to see inside their homes. We found the trips interesting but probably because of the time of year and the low water levels it was often a real climb off the ship up an embankment. Members of the crew from all departments came to help us up and most of us managed it most days, but some landings were very challenging. Our average age I would guess was 65 ish but we had a fair few 80 plus who put some of us to shame. We found everywhere was very dusty, with lots of woodsmoke from cooking fires, or where farmers were clearing their fields. This could be because of the time of year, no rain had fallen since November. Plenty of bottled water was available, and we were given a bottle in a carrier as we got off the ship. But some hard sweets to keep your mouth hydrated might be good idea. A "listening" device was used for trips, with the tour guide using a mike and everyone had an earpiece. A lot of the time we spent on deck watching rural life go by, farmers tending crops, people doing their washing, boats plying their way up and down the river. We have done trips on the Amazon & Orinoco previously and honestly found the sailing down the river quite boring as the rivers are so vast there is little to see, but the Irrawaddy is narrower with much more life on the riverbanks. Higher up the river it was pagodas and stupas that were the attractions, some more interesting than others and we did maybe become a little "stupafied" by the end! We rode trishaws, horse carts and one day even did the vegetable shopping all on our own. In Bagan we took the option of the balloon trip which was stunning despite the early start. The other highlight for us was the U Bien bridge where we watched the sunset from our sampan whilst sipping champagne, much to the envy of less pampered tourists. The last few days of having to go on coaches to Mandalay, Sagaing etc were an eye opener as to what town life was like and how poor the roads were. It was quite tiring, but unavoidable and everything possible was done to make it easy for us. Inle Lake was a beautiful, tranquil place. Still lots to see a little cooler and the air a lot clearer. We had a fabulous time zipping about on boats. A Blog of our trip is here http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/jobloor/26/tpod.html& photos of the boat https://flic.kr/s/aHskVHsRfb Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
APT "small ship" cruise, initially going from Venice to Istanbul - owing to the political situation in Turkey the cruise finished in Athens rather than Istanbul. The ship was the Island Sky with a passenger capacity of only ... Read More
APT "small ship" cruise, initially going from Venice to Istanbul - owing to the political situation in Turkey the cruise finished in Athens rather than Istanbul. The ship was the Island Sky with a passenger capacity of only 114 plus some 70 crew. The ship's officers were a multi-national collection with most of the crew coming from The Philippines. First class crew and service. Nothing was too much trouble. Most spoke very good English and the whole operation ran like like clockwork. Safety drills were well organised with clear guidance. The ship's hygiene was also first class. Our cabin was on the 4th deck, nicely furnished with a large window. Relatively small bathroom but perfectly adequate for one at a time. Large very comfortable bed. Spotlessly clean. Dining was also first class. Wide choice of excellently prepared food. All inclusive meals/drinks - you could eat and drink virtually all day if you wanted! Entertainment was perhaps somewhat limited. Excellent pianist played every evening. A "disco" evening and a "film" evening. Don't expect all the bells & whistles entertainment you find larger ships. The stops included Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Hvar, Korcula & Dubrovnik (all Croatia), Ortranto (Italy), Kotor (Montenegro), Itea, Mykonos, Lesbos & Delos (all Greece) and Kudadasi & Gallipoli (Turkey). The itinerary was changed shortly before the cruise started owing to the political unrest in Istanbul. The APT Tour Director and her team and all the crew coped extremely well with the changes. Excursions well organised and interesting. Only the trip to Delphi could have been improved - it really needed more time. Overall a 5 star trip. Yes, APT prices are towards the top end but the old adage you get what you pay for springs to mind. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
It was a 50th wedding anniversary celebration for my husband' parents, they had always wanted to do a European River cruise. We could not have been happier with the service provided by APT and the crew aboard the AmaReina. Prior ... Read More
It was a 50th wedding anniversary celebration for my husband' parents, they had always wanted to do a European River cruise. We could not have been happier with the service provided by APT and the crew aboard the AmaReina. Prior to departure APt were a breeze to deal with, and we were able to purchase drastically discounted Business Class fares because of the cabins we booked. The travel documentation and travel packs from APT were great. Despite high waters we were able to make all our scheduled destinations by boat. The food was of good quality and it was a nice touch that the wines at lunch and dinner were always from the country we were travelling through. The tours and freedom of choice activities were also well planned and designed to make the most of your trip. Some drawbacks were that for the more independent travellers there was not enough free time in some of the ports. Also these cruises can become a breeding ground for germs. I think most of the guests came down with colds and flu. One more advantage was that even though we had a late flight on the last day we were able to stay on board until 2pm and APT had arranged airport transfers for us. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Am single & never entertained the idea of cruising as I didn't want to be stuck on a huge boat for days on end but friends were going on this 8-day (small ship) Grand Bordeaux River Cruise with APT and needed even numbers (twin ... Read More
Am single & never entertained the idea of cruising as I didn't want to be stuck on a huge boat for days on end but friends were going on this 8-day (small ship) Grand Bordeaux River Cruise with APT and needed even numbers (twin share keeps costs down). It was amazing! I imagined I would be able to relax, read and generally have a real holiday. Not so, the itinerary of onshore sightseeing trips at every stopover was not what I expected. These excursions (included in the cost of the cruise) were daily, geared to those who had difficulty walking and those who didn't. I got to see so much and experience so much of the old French history in places such as Blaye, Libourne, St. Emilion, Libourne, Cadillac and Bergerac with wonderful local guides. And being in the region of Bordeaux, the visits to wineries, the tasting of amazing wines was wonderful. The highlight for me was the visit to a Caviar Farm and actually getting into waders and being in a pond with the male sturgeon..wow! APT is an Australian company so by far the majority of people on this cruise were Australian. Average age would have been in the 60s to 70s - my group was the youngest and we did our bit to get others on the dance floor for some fun most evenings. There were no children thank god but there probably wasn't much for kids anyhow (none I know enjoy traipsing around ancient ruins and the like). There were a number of single ladies who were invited to sit at the Captain's Table on our last night on board - that was a nice touch. The food, the service, the crew were phenomenal. The crew were so good and fun and the food, all meals, to a gourmet standard I have never experienced before and plenty of choices. One could get very used to champagne for lunch and dinner every day and all the chosen wines were local.. fabulous! The cabins were compact but perfectly adequate. WIFI was hit and miss but that seems to be the norm from reviews I have read. I loved the fact that APT charge an all inclusive rate which is great, there are no extras to pay like some cruise companies where you pay extra for alcohol and tips. The onboard shop had some lovely jewellery at affordable prices. I hope I can travel with APT on their small ship cruise in the Balkans in a year or two, but that may depend on what they can do for me as a single 'solo' traveler. Outside of Australia and the UK, I don't think APT is that well known, but the quality of the whole experience for me was just so incredibly impressive. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I am a first time poster and I owe a great deal of gratitude to those who have posted before me. We, two well travelled couples, joined the APT cruise on the AmaBella after a stint in Madrid, Cordoba and Barcelona. We travelled with ... Read More
I am a first time poster and I owe a great deal of gratitude to those who have posted before me. We, two well travelled couples, joined the APT cruise on the AmaBella after a stint in Madrid, Cordoba and Barcelona. We travelled with good friends,which contributed greatly to our enjoyment. We left Australia on 17th of October and after our stay in Spain made our own way to the AmaBella on the 31st of October. Names tags provided by APT meant we soon learnt fellow travellers names. From the time we joined the AmaBella to the last day when we left the AmaPrima we were cosseted and cared for. Both ladies had minor mobility issues and were worried initially about having booked the “aquarium” cabins but it turned out not to be a problem. We were two among several with knee and mobility problems.. Several times two of us went on the gentle walkers excursions and found it was just a bit too fast and once or twice perhaps it was a bit too slow but no matter, we were able to change our mobility status on the tours daily as and when needed. Our fabulous waiters Aleksander and Yani often admonished us for carrying our own plates from the buffet and made sure to intercept us and carry our plates back to our table. We were happy with our cabins and even although one couple could not fit suitcases under the bed (Very Large suitcases) it was easy to stand the suitcases in the corner for the duration of the trip and they were not in the way. Excursions,tipping, all meals and alcohol were included in the cost of the APT cruise. Wine flowed freely and inclusive alcohol was available from the time you embarked on the boat until we left it. Whilst not big drinkers it was nice not to have your hand in your pocket or be nickel and dimed throughout the trip. The only money spent by us during the two weeks were for an odd souvenir or coffee or beer whilst in towns and then only to try different flavoured beers. Several times we went on the same excursions as our friends but with different tour guides and it was entertaining to impart additional information re the tour to each other when we met, and often we chose different tours to each other and learnt about the alternative when next we met. On our return from our excursions the staff welcomed us back to the boat each time with cups of hot flavoured teas and local treats. Breakfast was buffet, My husband had the made to order omelettes each day and we all enjoyed the daily specials,fruit smoothies and pastries. Lunch also a had a buffet starter component with main course and soup courses ordered from our waiter. Different flavoured ice creams (3) each day and a selection of cheese completed leisurely lunches. Dinner was served by the waiters. Wine flowed freely. Going through the locks never paled, and Kristen's descriptions of the European Union, Wachau Valley and the Castles were informative and interesting. Our sightseeing on the top deck was enhanced by little titbits, cookies, onion tarts etc and interesting alcoholic drinks. Blankets were provided by the solicitous staff for those who feel the cold and I can't think of a more enjoyable way to spend an afternoon than sailing through the Wachau Valley sitting on a comfortable chair on AmaBella's top deck with a shawl around my shoulders drinking white wine spritzers and eating onion tart whilst listening to Kristen's commentary. Having watched the water level conversations on cruise critic forums over the previous few months, thank you Notamermaid and co,we were aware that perhaps we may have to be bused for part of the trip as water levels were ridiculously low that summer/autumn. Our Kristen kept us informed of the possibility of a ship change and although at one time we were advised we would be able to stay on the AmaBella for the entire journey, it was not to be and we had a ship change for the final night in Budapest .Those who were going home from Budapest were grateful not to be trying to adjust travel arrangements,it also meant we were able to enjoy the Budapest evening golden buildings sail past, albeit on the Amaprima. I have read all the time about making lemonade out of lemons and thought we were lucky to be sailing on two ships. I have to express a preference for the AmaBella over the AmaPrima. To my mind it is by far more waiter friendly. Our waiter on the AmaBella had a space to organise himself well away from the diners, not so on the AmaPrima, the small table area for the waiter is right next to the window and right behind the passengers back, not ideal to my way of thinking. The Buffet area on the AmaBella is better laid out,the food varied slightly between ships, but if you had been on the AmaPrima and changed to the AmaBella perhaps you would have different preferences. We were extremely lucky with the weather, it only drizzled once or twice and the temperatures were almost balmy at times. Of course that meant low water but the ship change went smoothly and apart from a few passengers who did not know how to make lemonade from lemons the four hour bus trip and the brief stop at the petrol station did not detract from the trip. Our crew and Cruise director Kristen were fabulous, our Captain Arjen worked tirelessly to get the AmaBella as far as we did. All in all we had a once in a lifetime experience, one my husband has said just can't be improved upon, so I guess we will have to look for another APT trip, perhaps to Antarctica? Several people were sick on our trip, must have bought the bug on board as the use of hand sanitisers were enforced when re embarking the ship and there were sanitisers in the entrance way to the main lounge and dining room, It is hard to watch those who pick up food in the buffet area with their hands but staff we always ready to catch those people out and whisk away those trays contaminated. Several times i watched staff gently admonish culprits. We learnt of the Paris attack on disembarkation morning and the Russian fighter plane was shot out of the sky on the morning we left Istanbul, we live in frightening times, we wish all of our fellow travellers safe journeys. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our third time on AMA and the best cruise we have had with them. The crew was friendly and attentive to our every need. The cabin was standard but adequate for our clothing and normal traveling requirements. Thankfully the draft ... Read More
This was our third time on AMA and the best cruise we have had with them. The crew was friendly and attentive to our every need. The cabin was standard but adequate for our clothing and normal traveling requirements. Thankfully the draft on this vessel allowed us to go all the way on the Danube with the low water levels. We heard of several other ships that had to stop and bus their passengers. Ornulf was a knowledgeable, personable and fun person who was our cruise director including the pre stay in Budapest and the post stay in Prague. Adrian was the chef and provided excellent food for us. We rate it the best we have had in all our River and large ship cruises. David was the hotel manager and although new to AMA, he was very social and had all the groups humming along at peak efficiency. He was having his first performance review while we were sailing and hopefully he got the excellent rating that he deserves. We understand that next year this ship will be doing the new Bordeaux itinerary. I am not sure how much of the crew will go with the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This holiday started in Berlin and concluded in Amsterdam. My wife and I joined the AmaBella in Budapest after 7 days in Berlin and Prague (bus trip with APT as part of the 21 day tour). We had a cabin on Deck 3 which was a good size ... Read More
This holiday started in Berlin and concluded in Amsterdam. My wife and I joined the AmaBella in Budapest after 7 days in Berlin and Prague (bus trip with APT as part of the 21 day tour). We had a cabin on Deck 3 which was a good size and included a double bed, 2 chairs in the inside balcony + 2 chairs and small table on outside balcony. Bathroom was a little narrow but the shower and facilities were excellent. Cupboard space excellent. Laundry service was excellent. Food faultless for a river cruise catering for 161 people. Crew were always happy, helpful and experienced in meeting our every need. Cruise Director was very competent and helpful, organising things with care and precision and keeping us well informed. We really benefited from her experience. Shore excursions were interesting, especially the APT exclusives, Vienna Concert, Linz to Salsburg APT Train Journey and the visit to Namedy Castle on Day 18. Boarding and disembarkation were well orgainised and handled with care. This was our third European river cruise, the previous two were on Avalon Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our second cruise with AmaWaterways. The food was outstanding, the ship was immaculate, all staff ( for example: the maintenance man, chamber maids, waiters, guides) were friendly, efficient and helpful. The excursions were ... Read More
This was our second cruise with AmaWaterways. The food was outstanding, the ship was immaculate, all staff ( for example: the maintenance man, chamber maids, waiters, guides) were friendly, efficient and helpful. The excursions were very well organised with some excellent guides, although one or two were rather verbose. Another day in Vienna would have improved the experience but overall excellent. We will cruise with AMaWaterways again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
CRICKET was not exactly top of the agenda on APT’s “Magnificent Tour of Europe” river cruise from July 28 to August 11. From a passenger list of 150, more than a hundred were Australians and their heroes were getting bashed ... Read More
CRICKET was not exactly top of the agenda on APT’s “Magnificent Tour of Europe” river cruise from July 28 to August 11. From a passenger list of 150, more than a hundred were Australians and their heroes were getting bashed unmercifully by the Poms at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston. Another thirty were New Zealanders, who nodded in complete approval, and the rest the were British who knew when to keep relatively quiet. This was our trial attempt at a river adventure … from Amsterdam to Budapest in 15 days … after more than a dozen sea cruises. And it was spectacular, if not completely magnificent. The weather helped, of course, improving dramatically once we were well into the Rhine from temperate to sizzling. APT’s splendid package was also a bonus. Absolutely everything incorporated in the initial price, including drinks (all day, if you wanted, and one or two did), gratuities and a huge itinerary of mouthwatering, if occasionally exhausting, excursions. Both the MS Amalyra ship and its cabins on the were surprisingly spacious and well designed with exceptional facilities, good air conditioning and storage. Ours also had a French balcony which was very useful in a variety of conditions. And the ship’s comparative lightness meant that it completed the full course where some of the heavier vessels had to call a halt because of the low water levels. Unfortunately, our naivety meant that we missed the Amsterdam excursions. We thought that the verbal assurance that they were all starting at 9am was sufficient. Unfortunately, it was changed to 8.30am and we didn’t check in the “Daily Cruiser”. Cruise Director Arno Primig said he would wait for us as we emerged from breakfast with a minute to spare. But we didn’t think his generosity would be reciprocated by the other passengers. Otherwise, it was basically plain sailing and good to see Cologne again after a gap of too many years, with a luxurious evening banquet and piano recital at Namedy Castle in Andernach. The Loreley rock didn’t manage to snare us in the Rhine Gorge in the morning but we had an exciting afternoon in Rudesheim where an unexploded Second World War bomb poked its head above the ever-lowering river water depth, delaying everyone for three hours while it was disarmed. We heard the sirens wailing and vehicles screeching from high above on the gondola ride. I must confess to falling asleep during the following day’s glass-blowing demonstration and we also gave the treasure hunt in Miltenberg a miss. Otherwise most of the excursions we opted for (there was usually a choice) turned out to be winners. We were not allowed to film Tiepolo’s amazing ceiling frescos in Wurzburg which survived the allied bombing. Bamberg the next day was a delightful medieval town and Nuremberg, particularly the former Nazi areas, was well worth the early start. The Amalyra parked a very short distance from Regensburg centre but, sadly, the ancient stonebridge, the town’s main attraction, was undergoing a massive refurbishment, so it was a no-go area. The full-day excursion to Salzburg aboard the Orient Express-style Majestic Imperator train was an intriguing date with the past for us. The city surrounds had changed so much since we last saw it and, despite its links with “The Sound of Music” which, we were informed, flopped in Austria and Germany. Surprise, surprise! We gave Melk a miss, apart from watching our intrepid cyclists (all eight of them) set off to pedal the 36 kilometres to Durnstein while the ship and everyone else was cruising there. Four made it, two fell off and required treatment, two didn’t make it and were forced to call a taxi to complete the journey at a cost of 80 Euros. They are still trying to get their money back. Durnstein was hectically charming, but the two highlights (for us) were Vienna and Budapest, both amazing cities, full of history and stunning architecture. Vivid Vienna memory was a classical concert (an hour was just right) at the Palace of Liechtenstein. No prizes for guessing that the closing piece was Johan Strauss’s “The Blue Danube”, and, of course, a little Mozart. In Budapest, we visited the Opera House (among many other buildings) where a lady in red suddenly appeared and gave us a few arias. A cruise up and down the river there at night between the brilliantly-illuminated buildings of Buda and Pest was a good way to finish. To answer a few of the questions we have answered since our return to Blighty. Food: First class and plenty of it, and always steak and other favourites available. Special restaurant at rear of ship at no extra cost. Entertainment: OK and just about what you would expect on a small ship. Resident pianist Peter was competent with a huge repertoire. Cabin service: First class. Hotel Manager Viktoria Tuboly and reception staff: Never made anyone feel they were a nuisance. Guest communications: Very good. Locks: They were a little tedious at first but vaguely amusing and educational when you got used to them. Black spot: Walking tours were graduated but some of the guides were still far too fast and became separated from their parties. Passenger relations: The Aussies helped to make the cruise, with their naturally cheerful, friendly nature. Occasionally a little boisterous, but, hey? we’ve all seen Brits thrashing their way across the dance floor. Cruise director: Arno Primig. Excellent, knowledgeable, friendly and always available. Bonus: Flat screen computer, which also doubled as a TV, with full Internet service in every cabin Overall: Good value for money. River versus Ocean cruising: The jury is still out on that one. Ocean plusses: More time (days at sea) to recuperate between excursions. River plusses: Everything is right there outside your cabin. And you can choose whether or not to go. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Just got back off the Amareina after a lovely relaxing week on the Danube, ship is new and very clean, staff are very friendly, nothing was a problem and they were always smiling, what a good bunch, Kate the Manager was lovely too. The ... Read More
Just got back off the Amareina after a lovely relaxing week on the Danube, ship is new and very clean, staff are very friendly, nothing was a problem and they were always smiling, what a good bunch, Kate the Manager was lovely too. The food was amazing, seen some fascinating places, met some lovely people, cabins spacious, we were #306 and it was a great location, never got disturbed, bed so comfy and bathroom great size, brill shower. The meals well what can I say ....... Beautifully presented, always hot and very tasty, plenty of choice, couldn't fault! No problem embarking or disembarkation, very well organised. 5 star from start to finish, I would recommend this cruise in a flash. Now for the down side, NOT a criticism at all, just how we felt, We would of liked to have cruised in the day time a bit more, we liked seeing all the cities, but the day we did Melk and Durnstein and cruised in the middle was the best, so relaxing....... I guess next trip we should check out the itinerary more! A bit too much coach trips for us Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and I just returned from a Xmas Market cruise on the Rhine River on the AMAReina. It was our first river cruise after 20 ocean liner cruises (the last one - Celebrity from Venice to Barcelona). We loved everything about the ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a Xmas Market cruise on the Rhine River on the AMAReina. It was our first river cruise after 20 ocean liner cruises (the last one - Celebrity from Venice to Barcelona). We loved everything about the cruise, AMA and the ship. It was a wonderful time. The Cruise Manager John Riley was thorough, accessible and witty, handling all of our needs with follow-through and good spirit. The ship was magnificent with large cabins and the largest shower we've ever had. The schedule was relaxing with plenty of options for shopping the markets on our own coupled with tours meeting the needs of different pace-levels of passengers. I had read how excellent the food and wines were on AMA and was not at all disappointed. The special dining restaurant was icing on the cake. I especially loved the view from the cabins, always seeing the shoreline and the smoothness of passage. We had plenty of time to visit the markets but also tours were planned as another option. We really liked how many other passengers we met since interesting folks always seemed to be in the lounge. The whole trip was a very special treat and I would never consider another river cruise line to try - AMA was perfection. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
APT have a good reputation plus we had been to Alaska with APT, Egypt and Turkey, they always had us in the best hotels when travelling on land and very close to the city hum, therefore we did not lose time travelling into the hub which ... Read More
APT have a good reputation plus we had been to Alaska with APT, Egypt and Turkey, they always had us in the best hotels when travelling on land and very close to the city hum, therefore we did not lose time travelling into the hub which other companies do. They also allowed plenty of time for walk abouts whereas other companies just drove by areas and points of interest we wanted to stop at. Sure we payed a bit more but well worth it. The on board experience was great, very impressed with the food and variations to choose from. The free drinks, alcohol, was top shelf and late into the night. We had local entertainers which was great. I would take the same cruise again but something different, probably the French Rivers. Plenty to choose from in regards to the land excursions, we had four choices at each stop, how good is that. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Just came back from a brilliant river cruise on the APT AmaVerde. We were on the ship from 19 July 2014 for 13 days sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest. One of the locks broke down on the way to Budapest so sadly missed out on sailing into ... Read More
Just came back from a brilliant river cruise on the APT AmaVerde. We were on the ship from 19 July 2014 for 13 days sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest. One of the locks broke down on the way to Budapest so sadly missed out on sailing into Budapest and had to get there by bus. Apart from that, this was one of best holidays we had ever had. We paid a bit more to get a twin balcony suite which was a bonus especially when trying to get our washing dry. It was also great to have for the few days we were cruising on the Main River as, due to the low bridges, most of the top sundeck was closed. We would like to thank Vlad, Marion and all the wonderful crew who did everything within their power to make this holiday the best it could be. The local guides who we met up with in each town were just fantastic. They were passionate about their jobs, spoke excellent English and were more than willing to answer whatever questions we had. We were surprised at how much free time we usually had after the guided walking tours which usually lasted about an hour. APT gave us maps and info sheets on every town we stopped at but we had a GPS which made our lives a lot easier. We were probably walking up to 8 kms a day depending on how much time we had at each stop. At times, lunch was scheduled on-shore in local restaurants but generally it was local cuisine. So we went off on our own and generally found pizza or pork schnitzel for lunch - normally at very reasonable prices and we were served a lot quicker than if we ate with the rest of the passengers. We also got to eat outside where we could watch the world go by, instead of being stuck indoors in restaurants which, in Europe, don't seem to have air conditioning, and it was very hot when we were over there. In Amsterdam, it reached 35C on the first day we were there. This meant we had more time to do sight seeing and got to try out our very limited German and non-existent Hungarian. We learnt to look for menus with lots of pictures so that we could just point to what we wanted. For most of the trip we did not really have to worry about other cruise ships - certainly not on the Rhine River - there seemed to be more ships around once we sailed into the Danube. The etiquette, when having another ship moored alongside is to have all the curtains on that side of the boat drawn, both in our rooms and in the dining room. It happened to us in Vienna and, apart from not being able to use our outside balcony, we also could not see the city of Vienna unless we went up on the sundeck. This would have been fine except that it was bucketing down with rain while we were there. In the Czech Republic, we met up with our guide, Adele whose nickname was Bubbles. She was wonderful and really looked after us, right up to phoning to check that a car was on its way to take us to the airport to get our plane home. Just a tip here, the meal options at Prague airport aren't that great or numerous so have a meal in Prague before heading to the airport. Would thoroughly recommend this trip except that it can be a big risk when it comes to bad weather and/or locks breaking down. I don't know what the deal is with lock maintenance but, other than holding up cruise ships, cargo boats were also unable to get through. Maybe more regular maintenance needs to be carried out on the locks? Other than that, it is the best way to travel. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We have recently returned from a 15 day cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Amabella. It was an APT (Australian Pacific Touring) cruise and was absolutely everything and more than we expected. Although the cabin was quite small, it ... Read More
We have recently returned from a 15 day cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Amabella. It was an APT (Australian Pacific Touring) cruise and was absolutely everything and more than we expected. Although the cabin was quite small, it was well fitted out and spotless. As we did not spend a lot of time in the cabin so it was quite sufficient. The bed was rather hard and the computer was very very slow and impossible at times to send emails. But it was very quiet and nice and bright, and nice to relax in and watch the world go by. The bathroom was quite roomy and once again spotless and checked every day. It was a nice touch to have a chocolate left for us on our pillow each evening whilst we were at dinner. We were very satisfied with our cabin overall. The food was fantastic and plenty of it, the nightly entertainment was very good and all the staff were very friendly. Our on shore tours were well organized and our guides very friendly and easy to understand. Our tour director was so professional and friendly and very helpful that it made the cruise so much more enjoyable. Because everything was included, tours, meals, drinks tips etc, it made managing your money much easier as all you needed was spending money. We really could not fault this cruise in any way, and we would most certainly travel again with APT. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We booked the 'Magnificent Europe' Cruise as part of a 6 week holiday. Amaverde is used by APT Cruises, in conjunction with AMA Waterways, for the Australian market. Most of our sailing companions were Aussies, with a sprinkling ... Read More
We booked the 'Magnificent Europe' Cruise as part of a 6 week holiday. Amaverde is used by APT Cruises, in conjunction with AMA Waterways, for the Australian market. Most of our sailing companions were Aussies, with a sprinkling of Kiwis. The best things about the cruise were the wonderful staff who we all came to know on a first name basis, and our fellow cruisers. Because there were only 180 people on board, by the end of the cruise we were good friends with a core group of people, and had talked with most of the other cruisers. There is enough space to avoid people if required, but we didn't need to! We booked 2 nights independently in Budapest prior to the cruise, allowing us to unwind and enjoy the many delights of that city. We chose the Bohem Art Hotel on Molnar Street, that was 5 mins walk from where the ship docked. Embarkation was quick and easy, and the cabin was ready on time. Our cabin was 210 sq feet, on the middle, or Cello deck. It was situated toward the rear of the boat. There was no noise from above us, or from cabins next to us. Engine vibration was limited to a low 'thrum" that did not interfere with sleep. We had a balcony with 2 chairs and a table, which was very pleasant to relax on. Storage space was sufficient. The bathroom was well organised, and the shower amazing!! You have both waterfall and a standard shower - wonderful. The cabins were attended to twice a day. Often the cabin steward would make origami out of the towels, which caused great delight. The staff were always cheerful and very polite. We saw a couple of friends' cabins. One was a twin balcony like ours, but slightly bigger. These made up the majority of cabins on the ship. The other cabin had no outdoor balcony, just sliding doors, and their bathroom was a bit pokey. Our first night's dining was not a success, with the food looking and tasting stodgy, and service was a bit rushed. I felt very apprehensive about the meals to come. However, that was a fluke, and every other meal was fine. Don't expect fancy molecular gastronomy, or Michelin star quality food. Dishes often had a regional influence, and there were always choices. Food was always fresh and well presented. All food on the ship is made from scratch, including the bread. Lunch and Dinner were at set times, and we were expected to arrive within 15 minutes of mealtime being announced. This also made sure you got your favourite table and waiter, and sat with friends. Breakfast time was flexible to cater for early, usual and late risers. Breakfast was mixed buffet style, and a la carte for items such as eggs Benedict and omelettes. Portions at dinner were not huge, but given there were 4-5 food courses, this was plenty. Complimentary Wine, Beer and soft drinks flowed freely at dinner, while lunchtime saw most people limit their intake to one or two glasses. Our wait staff were attentive, and tailored their sense of humour and manner to suit each person. I think they enjoyed looking after Australians with our relaxed sense of humour! Everyone had the opportunity to dine at the 24 seat fine dining 'Erlebis' restaurant twice. We enjoyed the experience with friends we'd made, and both nights were very enjoyable. All the tours are included in the cost of the cruise. Standouts for me were the Audi Factory, Bamberg Bike ride, Vienna, and Wertheim. I spent a couple of afternoons relaxing on the ship instead of touring, and enjoyed the magnificent scenery. The small pool on the ship was warm, and a great spot from which to watch the world go by. The Sun deck was closed for 4 days while passing through the Danube - Main canal. Everyone was warned about this, so there were no grumbles. Our Cruise Director, Nick, was always helpful, and gave some informative talks. All the staff worked incredibly hard. Tipping is included in the price, but we chose to tip several staff who we felt were outstanding. Evening entertainment was variable, and a bit sedate for the younger members of the cruise. Ages seemed to range from 45 - 80, with most people being young at heart 65 year olds. The oldies partied hardest!! The classical trio 'La Strada', were excellent. We had a 60s themed night, where everyone danced. Most people were in bed by 11pm, as the days were usually busy. There was a small gym and sauna, and massage and hairdresser services. Laundry is done by the crew, and is very cheap in comparison to hotels. Most items were between 1 and 4 euros to have cleaned. Small items could be washed and dried in the bathroom on the line provided. Dress code was casual by day, and smart casual at night. My husband wore a jacket and tie to the Captains dinner, and Erlebnis restaurant, but most men were more casual. Ladies were a bit smarter, but again, no long dresses or cocktail dresses were worn. Disembarking was also stress free. Suitcases didn't have to go out until the morning of departure. Reading other reviews, I think it depends on which crew you have, rather than which ship. Also, people need to do there research carefully. The people on the ship that grumbled (and it was only a couple) were the ones that didn't pay attention to announcements, or who hadn't read their travel brochure properly. I would definitely recommend a river cruise with APT - we had a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
After quite a bit of research, I concluded that Amawaterways/APT provided the best in European river cruising - beautiful boats, excellent reputation for customer service, great on board dining, interesting ports of call and very good ... Read More
After quite a bit of research, I concluded that Amawaterways/APT provided the best in European river cruising - beautiful boats, excellent reputation for customer service, great on board dining, interesting ports of call and very good included and optional tours. These cruises are advertised in Australia and New Zealand by APT which is a significant part owner of AmaWaterways. AmaWaterways is the brand known in the USA and Europe. So, last Christmas we set off for Europe looking forward to the much anticipated Europe Christmas time cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. We were not disappointed - we were delighted with the whole thing! I'll start with customer service, because THE defining customer service we experienced with Amawaterways really showed us the wisdom of our decision to travel with them. As you may know, Europe experienced an extremely cold winter last year and the Main-Danube Canal froze over around December 25th. Whilst another company with a boat preceding us by one day tried - and failed - to get through the Canal, damaging the boat, our Captain was not going to try that approach. Obviously there had been much talk in the background during the previous 24 hours about "plan B", so on December 26th we and 11 others going on to Amsterdam were briefed by the Captain and the Cruise Director about what was to happen on the following day. In short, the company had taken the decision to transport us by coach around the Main Danube Canal, stopping at Nuremberg as per the itinerary, to join their newest and most luxurious boat, MS Amabella, at Bamberg and continue to Amsterdam. You're probably thinking, "Well yes, a bit of a hassle for them, but makes sense". But when I tell you that Amabella was in dry dock, several hours away from the Rhine river, and by "dry dock" meaning totally stripped down - no curtains, furniture, glass ware, crockery, linen ... the list goes on, you perhaps begin to see the extraordinary work they went to in around 24 hours to "get the show back on the road" as they say. By contrast some of the other tour operators sent people to Munich for 10 days (fabulous when you thought you were going up the Rhine!) others had to make the return journey back to Budapest in one of the returning boats. Rudi Schreiner, the Amawaterways President, who had been in Egypt when the possibility of not getting through the Main-Danube Canal arose, returned to Germany and helped plan the detailed logistics of who was going where and stayed with us on the Amabella until Amsterdam. The logistics must have been a nightmare, as it wasn't a simple case of everyone getting on in Budapest and going to Amsterdam. No, they had different tour groups joining and leaving the boat at several points along the way so it was, no doubt, a great moment for lots of spreadsheets! The boats: Amalyra - We started out from Budapest on Amalyra. Built in 2009 it is a lovely boat and the staff excellent. Very friendly and helpful. It had a comforting "homey" feel. Our Captain Henk was very funny and very visible always. I don't mean his figure, rather he definitely lead by example. Rooms on this boat have French balconies and the most amazingly appointed bathrooms with 3 different types of shower, so you could choose "rain", side-pointing massage or hand shower, depending on how you were feeling. We thought they were great once we got the hang of the different control buttons, but they are a challenge for some people. Amabella - Amabella, launched in 2010, is a larger boat (in length not width) and represents another leap in the standard of accommodation (not that there was anything wrong with Amalyra). So we had a larger room with double balconies, a French balcony and an outside one, both furnished with two chairs and a small table. The furnishings and appointments are stylish and comfortable. We were a bit thrown by the seeming chaotic atmosphere the first night, not knowing at that point what had transpired to get the boat "ship shape" as it were. Also, we did not realise until the next day, that the entire crew of MA Amadolce (which had left Budapest one day ahead of us and of course could not get through the Canal either) had grabbed a few clothes and were bussed to meet the Amabella only a few hours before we got on board. From the following day, all returned to the normal air of tranquillity. On board dining: The breakfasts, served in the main restaurant, are very good - lots of choice in everything, including for those who prefer a continental breakfast or those who want a full, cooked meal. In addition there was a range of bakery items and all day tea and coffee served in the lounge, for those who took a late breakfast. Lighter option lunches plus morning and afternoon teas were also available in the lounge. Dinner has a very good "restaurant" feel, with 4 or 5 choices in each of the four courses, and wines (included) from the area visited each day. A nice touch. The there are special snacks as well - foods typical of the area you are passing through, such as "Fruhschoppen". This is a German breakfast containing all imaginable kinds of sausages - bratwurst, weiswurst etc - along with the correct epicurean accompaniments, including a delicious potato salad. I opted for a weiswurst with potato, and the very helpful chef told me how to eat the weiswurst. There were also special dinners for Christmas Eve and Christmas night and for New Year's Eve in Cologne, where the team of chefs and wait staff did a great job of decorating and preparing a wonderful dinner for us. People decked themselves out in appropriate finery for the occasion and the atmosphere was on of festive happiness. After dinner ... well, of course there was a New Year's Eve buffet served in the lounge, just in case your clothes were still too loose!! Ports of call and tours: I should mention that most of the sailing occurs overnight so you arrive in each port for the day, except where there is scenic cruising for the day, such as in the Rhine Gorge. So your chance to get out and about is maximised - but it's up to you what you want to do. Of course there are daily excursions which you can take at no extra cost, in the form of walking tours, around the various towns. We did a couple of these, but largely explored by ourselves. With information available on the internet, you can find out what you are curious about in advance and structure your own time anyway. There are optional tours too, which involve an extra cost, but I found the one I did to a concert in Vienna totally worthwhile and good value. All tours include a local and knowledgeable guide. Ports and scenic cruising: Budapest Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria, Melk, Washau, Durnstein, and Linz, Austria; Passau and Salzburg, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg and Wurzburg, cruising from Wertheim, Miltenberg, through the Rhine Gorge to Koblenz, Cologne, Germany; and Amsterdam, Holland. Scenery from boat: Whether you're in the lounge, on deck or beside your own private balcony, the scenery is absolutely stunning for the entire trip. We enjoyed the white winter, fairytale look of the Christmas time cruise, and obviously the other seasons too offer wonderful views. Locks: The number of locks is quite staggering - 34 on the Main River and 17 on the Danube. The navigable stretch of the Main River from Bamberg to Mainz is 384km or 240 miles. The Danube is navigable some 2415km or 1767 miles and crosses 10 countries from Germany to the Black Sea. APT provides some very handy statistics regarding rivers and the number of locks on each. An interesting thing which we don't automatically think of when talking about water is the that you go uphill (upstream) and downhill (downstream) when cruising these rivers. Cool Traveller Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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