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6 AmaLotus (APT) Cruise Reviews

My wife and I choose this cruise as it had long been on our holiday list. The ship was clean and comfortable. The cabins were spacious with all required conveniences. The house staff kept the cabin very clean. The ship's crew ... Read More
My wife and I choose this cruise as it had long been on our holiday list. The ship was clean and comfortable. The cabins were spacious with all required conveniences. The house staff kept the cabin very clean. The ship's crew were very friendly and attentive, quickly remembering our names and preferences for drinks and meals. The selection of meals was excellent and care was taken in the preparation and presentation. When I asked for a special ingredient the head chef went ashore in Phnom Penh to buy the ingredient then invited me to the galley to make sure it was incorporated to my liking. My wife needs special attention to the way the food is prepared and the degree the staff went to to ensure this was done was amazing. The hotel manager, Darren, was helpful and very entertaining. Nothing was too much trouble for him. The entertainment on board was very good with cooking classes to crew talent quests. They kept us laughing. Overall, it was an excellent cruise and I have no hesitation in recommending it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This cruise was average. If you want to spend 21-22 hours a day on a river cruiser and you're mid eighties on a walking frame then it will be great. The only time we were allowed off the boat was in Phnom Penh. It was advertised as ... Read More
This cruise was average. If you want to spend 21-22 hours a day on a river cruiser and you're mid eighties on a walking frame then it will be great. The only time we were allowed off the boat was in Phnom Penh. It was advertised as for people with a reasonable level of fitness but none was required as walking was limited to on average 20 mins a day. Thank god for the walking machine. The boat was good with excellent staff, tour guides and food. Rooms were excellent. The beer was great but the wine was average. On day 6 we were off the boat for 1 and 1/2 hours with a cruise and then 20 min walk through a village. Day 7 was an absolute disaster. It was supposed to be short boat ride to Siem Riep and then bus to hotel. It turned out to be a 6 hr bus ride over some of the worst roads I have ever been on. No food or drinks, only water supplied and two 15 min toilet breaks. Then when we get to Siem Riep we were virtually left to ourselves as we weren't continuining with the tour. We were not offered any food or drinks as were all others who we're continuing on the tour. After complaining about the horrendous bus ride we were offered lunch with other guests. I believe that this bus ride happens on all APT cruises as they say the water level is too low for boat to continue. This possibility is never advertised but it happens all the time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
From the moment we got on board to the moment we left I found no fault with the cabin, the tours and the marvellous guids, the crew - all were absolutely fabulous. The food (and I was once a Cordon Bleu cook!) was outstanding. Portion ... Read More
From the moment we got on board to the moment we left I found no fault with the cabin, the tours and the marvellous guids, the crew - all were absolutely fabulous. The food (and I was once a Cordon Bleu cook!) was outstanding. Portion sizes perfect, buffets with everything you could want - wine flowed. Air conditioning was marvellous; the Wi-Fi was, not surprisingly, sporadic but usually available when we docked. On board entertainment was nice, casual but pleasant. No children on board, you had to be over 18 so that was pleasant for us over 60's as most people were. Beauty rooms, the gym & swimming pool were added bonuses. I can't recommend APT and this cruise enough - I absolutely LOVED it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Recently we participated in what was advertised as an 8 day river cruise, for people with a "good level of fitness", up the Mekong from Saigon to Siem Reap. It promised active excursions that required a good level of fitness. ... Read More
Recently we participated in what was advertised as an 8 day river cruise, for people with a "good level of fitness", up the Mekong from Saigon to Siem Reap. It promised active excursions that required a good level of fitness. It was the promise of the days spent on the river on the luxurious AmaLotus, along with the opportunity to enjoy active excursions, that sold us on the trip. We arrived at the given time at the Sheraton Hotel in Saigon to register. As we watched other participants gather, we wondered if we were in the right place, as very few of the people gathering looked to be of a "good level of fitness". A number needed canes and walking sticks to aid in their mobility. It turns out that this was the right group and the right cruise. Our excursions were limited by the lowest common denominator, where our guides were apologizing if the distance we needed to walk was longer than 15 minutes. This could hardly be called "active". The cruise was billed as an "8 day river cruise", with fine print stating that the itinerary would be subject to change depending on weather and conditions. That's fair enough. What was not made clear is the fact that it is only for a scant 2 months out of the year that the ship is actually able to navigate up the Tonle Sap all the way to the port nearest to Siem Reap. The fact is that the trip really was a 7 day river cruise and one day on the bus, having back-tracked to Phnom Phen. The bus trip was over 6 hours long and all the was provided was the cost for the use of the toilets on the two toilet stops along the way. On arrival to Siem Reap, those of us who were not continuing with APT, were basically ushered off the bus and left to fend for ourselves, without even refreshments or a basic lunch provided after a less than comfortable bus ride. On the positive side, the ship was beautifully appointed and the crew were helpful and friendly. The food was abundant and deliciously prepared. Sadly the wines were questionable. The saving features of the cruise were the local guides. While the excursions were disappointing overall, the guides made up for it with their generous sharing of their passion for their respective countries and their perspective on both historical events and how they continue to impact and influence the current social and political climate. Tim in Vietnam and Wanti in Cambodia in particular deserve a special mention. Thanks to them a trip that would have been a major disappointment, was redeemed to a great degree. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We also did only the river cruise as part of a broader package that APT travel provides. The trip was advertised as requiring a "good level of fitness" to participate in the excursions. "Good level of fitness" ... Read More
We also did only the river cruise as part of a broader package that APT travel provides. The trip was advertised as requiring a "good level of fitness" to participate in the excursions. "Good level of fitness" included passengers who required a good level of assistance simply to get on and off the boat. We were expecting an active holiday. It was definitely more sedentary than what we expected from the advertising. The trip was advertised as an "8 day river cruise". In small print it did say that the itinerary would be subject to change dependent on conditions and weather. The truth of the matter is that the conditions for cruising all the way up the Mekong and Tonle Sap waterways from Saigon to Siem Reap are right for a short two months of the year, during the rainy season. For the rest of the year the water levels are too low, to allow for the passage of the ship. Instead we had to endure a 6 1/2 hour bus ride from Phnom Phen to Siem Riep, with two rest stops where APT generously covered the cost for the use of the toilets. On arrival to Siem Reap, those of us who were not part of the ongoing land tour, were basically ignored and left to our own devices. Not even refreshments were provided. On the plus side, the ship, the AmaLotus, was beautifully appointed, with highly capable and professional staff. The food was outstanding, though the wines served with the meals were pretty mediocre. The saving feature on the cruise were the guides. We were provided with local guides both in Vietnam and then in Cambodia. They shared freely of their abundant knowledge about their countries, both from an historical perspective, as well as the a forward-looking cultural perspective. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
In October 2011 we went on a 23 day Vietnam-Cambodia tour with APT. [We had previously been with APT Paris to Prague in 2010 & found it to be very good]. It was the 3rd. time we had been to Vietnam, 2nd. to Cambodia so we chose this ... Read More
In October 2011 we went on a 23 day Vietnam-Cambodia tour with APT. [We had previously been with APT Paris to Prague in 2010 & found it to be very good]. It was the 3rd. time we had been to Vietnam, 2nd. to Cambodia so we chose this tour because it included: Sapa and Angkor Wat. The 7 days on the Amalotus began from My Tho on the Mekong Delta and was meant to go to Siem Reap, Cambodia.The Mekong was flooding badly so we missed Tonle Sap. We had a 4 1/2 hour bus ride to Siem Reap instead of the 1/2 hr. one. We realize the flood was beyond anyone's control. Our comments are directly to do with the Amalotus. The staff were very friendly, courteous and efficient. But! The food was very ordinary. We love Vietnamese & Cambodian food so were very disappointed. There was little or no cheese selection. What was available at lunchtime was bland and boring. The local beer was good and local wine acceptable. Our summary of the catering on the Amalotus : APT, pick up your act. Many passengers on board complained to each other. When we booked this tour in October 2010, we were appalled to hear the "voiceover" pronounce Hue as "Huey".... APT have not been operating in Vietnam for very long, and it shows! The local guides were good with 2 irritating exceptions. Amalotus is a nice ship; good cabins; good staff. Time should improve the cuisine,hopefully.Also APT made no acknowledgement of a birthday or our anniversary, even though they asked about special occasions when we booked. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
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