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47 AmaLegro Cruise Reviews

We literally booked a week before the cruise as we suddenly found ourselves with a free week. We had previously done a Christmas market cruise on this line (departing Amsterdam) and had enjoyed it tremendously. However, this one ... Read More
We literally booked a week before the cruise as we suddenly found ourselves with a free week. We had previously done a Christmas market cruise on this line (departing Amsterdam) and had enjoyed it tremendously. However, this one surpassed the other cruise: the cabin was amazing (nothing better than lying down after a busy day, opening the balcony door and watch the gorgeous scenery float by); the food was excellent; the excursions were very enlightening; and, we did some great shopping in our free time. However, the most unforgettable aspect about the cruise for my daughter and I were the staff: from the lady who cleaned our cabin... to the friendly waiters in the dining room... to the professional reception staff ...to Natalya (guest relations) who always went beyond the call of duty... to the gentleman who played such beautiful music in the lounge ...to the kitchen staff who prepared the gorgeous food... to the captain who kindly showed us how the ship operated...a big thank you from my daughter and I. It was totally unforgettable and we look forward to seeing you again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We selected the Paris roundtrip cruise on the Seine for the ports to include the Normandy and D-Day history. This was our second river cruise, first on AMA. We had an excellent experience and we enjoyed everything about this cruise ... Read More
We selected the Paris roundtrip cruise on the Seine for the ports to include the Normandy and D-Day history. This was our second river cruise, first on AMA. We had an excellent experience and we enjoyed everything about this cruise experience. We left Paris after dinner and sailed up the Seine toward the Eiffel Tower starting the cruise off viewing the Eiffel Tower at night with the spectacular sparkling lights, a special memory to start the cruise. The captain and crew provided excellent customer service and always went above and beyond to make you feel like a special guest on their ship. The captain and second in charge were always at the door as we left for excursions and returned, even standing out in the rain to greet us. We were provided many extra special small perks that were much appreciated and it showed that they value their guests. The excursions were excellent, especially Giverny and our day in Normandy. All guides were professional and provided great narratives and the perfect amount of historical information about the port and area. With the "vox box" and ear piece you could hear the guides throughout the excursion. The room was comfortable and well kept. Limited storage space in the bathroom but it was manageable for the week. Overall room had enough storage space and there was enough room under the bed so large suitcases could be stored underneath and out of the way. The food was excellent, always plenty of selections and variety for each meal. Snacks always available in the lounge with a hot drink self-serve machine as well as water and iced tea. There were several nights with a captain's event prior to dinner for nice social time prior to dinner. The lounge entertainment was enjoyable and added to the enjoyment of the time in the lounge.There was no assigned seating in the dining room and this allowed us to meet a variety of guests. One slight negative on our cruise was there were two groups, each appeared to be 10- 20 people and they did not mingle with other guests, the larger group frequently taking over sections of the lounge which created a cliche atmosphere for some gatherings, this is no fault of the cruise line but just an observation of groups being on board. We had an outstanding time thanks to the great efforts of the cruise, from the captain to those behind the scene crew members. We recommend AMA and we hope to do another cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Every detail was taken care of. Food and service were outstanding. The excursions were well planned, the guides were very good, and the entertainment was extremely enjoyable. The Captain, Cruise Manager, Chef, Maitre d, the waiters, and ... Read More
Every detail was taken care of. Food and service were outstanding. The excursions were well planned, the guides were very good, and the entertainment was extremely enjoyable. The Captain, Cruise Manager, Chef, Maitre d, the waiters, and the entire crew were exceptional in every way. The ship's decor was attractive, common areas were comfortable, and every area was very clean. The shore excursions were well planned and included in the price of the cruise. Adequate options were offered including different activity levels. Bicycles were available for those who desired them Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and airport transfers were very efficient. Information on board was helpful and always timely. This was my second river cruise with AmaWaterways. The previous one was the Tulip Cruise from Amsterdam and it was equally as enjoyable as this one. I look forward to many more. I highly recommend this cruise and this cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chose this cruise to be able to visit the Normandy beaches. Other ports were equally as interesting. All the tour guides were very knowledgeable and it was nice to be able to pick the pace of the tour you wanted to do. Food was ... Read More
Chose this cruise to be able to visit the Normandy beaches. Other ports were equally as interesting. All the tour guides were very knowledgeable and it was nice to be able to pick the pace of the tour you wanted to do. Food was outstanding, loved the smaller portions with the option to get more if you asked for it. This allowed me to enjoy a four course meal without being overly stuffed! Our wait staff was great, very attentive and after one sitting knew our likes and dislikes.This was especially noticeable at the bar. Cabins were clean and serviced twice a day. Several nice touches included a rose for the woman at the first dinner, warm towels to wash your hands and a cup of tea or cider after each tour. Also all tours were included in the initial price of the cruise so there were no additional costs. I would definitely choose Amawaterways for another trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Our cruise on AMA was great. It was Paris roundtrip, up the Seine and back. We visited the Normandy Beaches and several stops before and after. I have some negative observations below but none that would stop me from using AMA again. ... Read More
Our cruise on AMA was great. It was Paris roundtrip, up the Seine and back. We visited the Normandy Beaches and several stops before and after. I have some negative observations below but none that would stop me from using AMA again. This was our first European river cruise (we did the Mississippi several years ago, and we've done several ocean cruises). We did not pay for AMA transfers. They had free shuttle service from their preferred hotel (Pullman Montparnasse) to the ship so we just showed up there and did not have to worry about a taxi driver finding the ships dock. (It seems the docking locations vary a lot). At the end of the cruise we took a taxi from the ship to the airport, arranged by the cruise director. So both ends worked perfectly. Taxi to or from CDG and the city was 55 Euros, a flat fare, plus a couple more for bags. The cabin was just as described. (I would not book a cabin on the lower deck with just a porthole - the French balcony is perfect). The bathroom and bedroom were fine but could have been better using the same space. Nowhere to put things down, just narrow little counters. There is plenty of potential using the same footprint. The shower controls are poorly placed - you can't set the temperature without getting wet with the initial blast of cold water. And it's hard to get in the shower without wetting the bathroom floor. OK, enough of that. Food - very good. Not like Regent Seven Seas, but very good. Dinner at 7 usually. (Didn't try the small second restaurant.) Breakfast and lunch very good buffets with some choices served by the waiter. Drinks - free beer and wine with lunch and dinner. At the bar drinks are good and quite reasonably priced. $5.50 for wine, $6.50 for cocktails. Laundry - by the staff only but also very fair prices. Staff - very friendly and efficient. I can't think of one complaint. Shore excursions - excellent. The tour guides were all great. Many tours required bus transportation and the busses and drivers were all great. Each guest gets a receiver and earphone to hear the guide. They worked great. I brought and used my own ear buds and I would encourage anyone to do that. Good for the airplane, too, better quality than the throw-away stuff. My only gripe - we would walk off the ship and no one was there directing us to the proper bus. Entertainment - We didn't use the lounge much after dinner. What I saw was fine for a lounge. One afternoon we had a great expert talk about WWII. October weather was chilly for the most part, but nice. All for now - I hope this is helpful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
For our first European river cruise, we wanted to have a good cultural and gourmand experience while sight seeing the Normandy countryside of France. We chose AMA Waterways due to very high ratings on world wide river cruises. We were NOT ... Read More
For our first European river cruise, we wanted to have a good cultural and gourmand experience while sight seeing the Normandy countryside of France. We chose AMA Waterways due to very high ratings on world wide river cruises. We were NOT disappointed. From the very first interaction upon embarkation, the whole experience with staff and crew was first rate and first class. The ships are immaculate and well kept. The cabins are well equipped, even as well as some 5 star hotels we've experienced. Everyone was friendly and helpful at all times. The food and wine were exceptional, and there was flexibility and good choice on the shore excursions. Every local guide did a great job on the tours. The cruise manager really was terrific, and went out of his way to make everyone comfortable and see to it that all needs were met throughout the cruise. We will definitely be cruising in the future with AMA. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We spent 5 days in an apartment in Paris prior to our riverboat trip and this co-ordinated with our dates. We were so VERY pleased with our selection having not river cruised before. Ama was so good about keeping us informed before, ... Read More
We spent 5 days in an apartment in Paris prior to our riverboat trip and this co-ordinated with our dates. We were so VERY pleased with our selection having not river cruised before. Ama was so good about keeping us informed before, during and after the cruise. The service and crew were SPECTACULAR. They were all so friendly, fun and accommodating in every way. Elia, the cruise director, was great and very involved with all passengers. Can't praise Captain Erno and his crew enough........all very professional and friendly, and informative. This greatly positive experience will be sure to lure me back and I hope soon. Also, the food and wines were excellent , and the cabins and entire ship were spotless. The ports and shore excursions were very enjoyable, and the guides very knowledgeable. The audio devices were a really nice feature on the tours. I can' t wait to return on another Ama Waterways riverboat cruise. Thank you for a wonderful but not long enough cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The was an outstanding theme cruise. The concept was learning how to paint. We had a wonderful artist/instructor that taught us in three separate sessions how to construct a reasonable painting of scenes from the region of the cruise. It ... Read More
The was an outstanding theme cruise. The concept was learning how to paint. We had a wonderful artist/instructor that taught us in three separate sessions how to construct a reasonable painting of scenes from the region of the cruise. It was good therapy for us and gave us an appreciation of the wonderful things we saw during our land excursions. Mark Grice was the instructor and he did a wonderful job with over 50 of us passengers on the cruise. Our crew was the best ever and we have been on six other cruises. The cruise manager, Helene, was one of the best on our river cruising experiences. She was great fun during our evening entertainments. She also helped us from beginning to end with all the excursions and our transfers to our second cruise. The food and wine again was exceptional. The selections of wines is first class. We had a great variety for all days of the cruise. The entertainment onboard was very good also. We had a good time dancing on several nights. Everyone had a great time. Our cabin upgrade was perfect for the times we were cruising the river and seeing the scenery. The cabin is very spacious and they keep it so clean. All the cabins on all the decks are the same square feet except for four suites. We have had cabins on all decks and all are extremely quiet. The top deck is great for walking and enjoying the scenery. The lounge is very comfortable. There is always coffee, snacks, and sandwiches if you ever need. AMAWaterways is the best ever. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We've done many river cruises, and this one was selected to suit our group of eight, so picking an area that everyone wanted to see with a start/end in Paris to enable individual pre-cruise and post-cruise travel plans. We've ... Read More
We've done many river cruises, and this one was selected to suit our group of eight, so picking an area that everyone wanted to see with a start/end in Paris to enable individual pre-cruise and post-cruise travel plans. We've been with AMA before and had been quite impressed with how they handled our Danube cruise a couple of years ago when the Danube flooded and we couldn't get to Budapest, our end point, on the river. No way could we have anticipated another flooding, this time of the Seine, but AMA and the entire AmaLegro team rose to the occasion magnificently. Everyone had to be rerouted to join the boat at Rouen and then again to leave the boat at Rouen. Many of the places we had planned to visit were much harder to get to because of the limited docking options on the river and because some of the tourist sights were themselves under water. But here too AMA and the AmaLegro team rearranged things to ensure that we had good, if sometimes different, touring options each day, that the critical tour to the Normandy Beaches on DDay went as planned, and that we were all kept as well-informed as possible given how quickly things were changing. Our whole group were really impressed with how well AMA handled everything, and we're looking forward to our next cruise with them. There's an old sailor's expression: anyone can man the helm when the seas are calm. Since all travel is adventure travel, you need a cruise line and team which can handle all the vagaries of travel while keeping to the high standards of accommodation, catering and touring which their guests expect. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first river cruise with AMA Waterways and our third river cruise overall in addition to six ocean cruises. Like the other two river cruises, AMA Waterways did an outstanding job of providing a great itinerary, extensive ... Read More
This was our first river cruise with AMA Waterways and our third river cruise overall in addition to six ocean cruises. Like the other two river cruises, AMA Waterways did an outstanding job of providing a great itinerary, extensive service, a wonderful boat and crew, and gourmet dining. We enjoyed the floor to ceiling sliding glass door on our room's French balcony. WiFi was available throughout the boat. Our ride was the most quiet of the three river cruises we have taken. The upbeat crew of 42 (Vinny, Jullien, Alex, Boyan and Dragon, to name a few) seemed to have as good a time as we were having. Our fellow (119) travelers were mostly American with a few from places like Canada, England, and New Zealand. Most people dressed as advised in "country club casual." There was a variety of attire. AMA Waterways provides free beer and wine at lunch and dinner. There was also a special Chef's Table made available for 24 each night that served a five or six course gourmet dinner in a glass enclosed room with a view at the rear of the boat. There were about 20 bikes available for excursions, umbrellas for everyone, a jacuzzi, outdoor lounge chairs, and a fitness center. Twice we were entertained by female vocalists singing French songs. The electrical outlets are the typical two prong European plugs, but adaptors and converters are available. The excursions were exceptional. AMA Waterways showed their class and flexibility when we encountered a rising Seine River forcing us to stay in one town several nights. They brought in buses to complete the excursions (always with headsets to facilitate hearing). To us, it looked effortless. But, there must be quite a support group within AMA Waterways. At the end of our trip, four of us had a late flight departure. We were driven in a private car to CDG airport and met at the curb by an AMA Waterway representative (Mustafa) who escorted us through the entire check-in procedure up to security. Another example of outstanding AMA Waterway detailed service. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This review is way overdue but I really wanted to let travelers considering a river cruise line,to know the great level of professionalism and care they will encounter with AMA. Elia, the cruise director, went above and beyond to help ... Read More
This review is way overdue but I really wanted to let travelers considering a river cruise line,to know the great level of professionalism and care they will encounter with AMA. Elia, the cruise director, went above and beyond to help my sister when she faced a medical emergency at midnight in France and not speaking the language.The rest of the crew were so helpful getting her around and bringing her meals to the cabin(thanks Juliann). The ship is very clean at all times and rooms ,bathrooms and common areas are comfortable for the limitations a river cruise represents. The food is also very good and the selection varied. The lamb served on one of the nights has been one of the best ever! Our only complaint is that they should have a better quality wine list for those interested. We have been on another river cruise line and they also have the same situation. The entertainment is limited,but again remember "river cruise"but the musician played all kinds of music and was so nice with requests. Our fellow passengers were friendly and open for a good time ( the dance floor was full most of the time).The guest musicians were also great. Excursions were well planned and the guides were excellent.Normandy beaches and the American cemetery were even more moving than what I was prepared for.I would have loved more time in Honfleur. For me ,Cleanliness, Excellent service and Food are our parameters and AMA filled each one of them.Going back next year, new route! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Family had sailed with another river boat company & AMA and enjoyed AMA best. This was our first European river cruise. Upon arrival at pier there was staff to greet us & took our luggage to our cabin. The 2nd Captain was there ... Read More
Family had sailed with another river boat company & AMA and enjoyed AMA best. This was our first European river cruise. Upon arrival at pier there was staff to greet us & took our luggage to our cabin. The 2nd Captain was there handling luggage just like it was his job. Our cabin was nice size& wonderful view from french balcony. Dinning room staff was friendly and eager to please and kept wine glasses full & food was great. During the week rain came unexpectedly & cruise director was wet herself but came back aboard & got umbrellas & extra crew & took umbrellas to guest still shore. That's fantastic customer service. The whole crew went above & beyond providing excellent service. Ports & shore excursions were well planned & local guides knew their subject. AMA provided transfer back to airport very nice bus & had representative meet us at bus & took us all the way to check in counter. Service, Service, Service First Class the whole week. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
i will avoid subjective comments like how good the food was and try to stick with facts tWhat made my feel disappointed. First, AMA decided to use a port of embarkation and debarkation that was different from the one that was scheduled ... Read More
i will avoid subjective comments like how good the food was and try to stick with facts tWhat made my feel disappointed. First, AMA decided to use a port of embarkation and debarkation that was different from the one that was scheduled when I made the reservation. There are two primary ports used by the river boat companies home porting in Paris. AMA decided on using a differeent one that was very inconvenient to local transport and to sights. The nromal ones would have been about a 15 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. Not wo with this choice. There was no explanation for why AMA was using the port except management made the decision. Further, although they sent notices to the passengers about the change, the notices let you know that cab drivers would have a problem finding this place. The notice did not tell us that they changed the debarkation port, so the next surprise was that when the ship came in at 8 pm for its one overnight in Pris at the end of the trip, you were, again at this inconvenient location. Sorry, but it looked like they were saving money by using the out of the way port. Menu at lunch requires flagging down one of the waiters and asking for one. There is much emphasis on using the buffet. Give your guests a break if they want a menu. Wine, you get to choose red or white from the bottles carried by the steward and the wines change each day. What if I'd like a nice simple, cheap rhine wine .... forget it. I'm not a wine snob ... far from it. i just don't go for the idea that I have to choose from one of the two bottles they are offering that night. Tipping. The suggested level is 15 Euros per person per day. I've done well over a hundred cruises and every time a cruise line wants the have the passengers tip all staff including those you have no contact with the passengers and management positions, I get teeth grinding problems. I do tip, and I tip generously, as a former New Yorker. But as I fill the envelope for the "crew" and the separate one for the cruise director, I am absolutely sure that most people on that boat did not pay reverence to the guidelines. I really do believe that a cruise line like Emerald that says they don't expect you to tip deserves attention and perhaps a positive nod. Asking 120 or so people to pay the cruise director 3 Euros per day seems to disregard the rather high cost of these river cruises and the fact that the company has an obligation to pay their employees even if they are contract employees. Entertainment on the Normandy cruise is pretty limited. An excellent piano player using an electronic piano was supplemented with a guest singer on a couple of nights. The siner just didn't seem to catch on with her audience. The Chef's table was a nice treat and done as a sampling opportunity for things one might not otherwise try. But this is the same thing every night so doing it one time is enough. The food in general did not disappoint and only one main dish was disappointing during the week ...... seemed like the chef forgot to add spices ti tomato sauce.Acatually a pretty good overall impression. I did think some whether forecasting should have been factored in a bit better at one excursion where they left people to walk down from King Richard's castle ruins and tey wer drenched by the time they got back to the ship. They could have come back with the bus but they didn't know it was. Lastly, the nice Mercedes buses used seem to bne built to a speck that befits a cheap cruise company. The space between seats is simply too small for people above average height. If you have experience with tour companies you will appreciate the fact that some make it clear that their standard for buses is comfort. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Our Paris to Normandy cruise was a five star experience from meeting us at the airport to getting us into the correct line upon departure. We had excellent food ,good wine, and a caring crew. The shore excursions were well planned ... Read More
Our Paris to Normandy cruise was a five star experience from meeting us at the airport to getting us into the correct line upon departure. We had excellent food ,good wine, and a caring crew. The shore excursions were well planned and interesting and geared to the activity level of the individual. Local guides had a good grasp of the history of the area involved and their English was outstanding. The cruise manager went above and beyond what was expected,seeing that everything went smoothly and that no detail was overlooked. Particularly outstanding was the all day trip to the Normandy beaches of D-Day and the emotional tribute to our servicemen at the American Cemetery We opted for a French balcony cabin, The storage space was adequate and the beds comfortable. The bathroom was nice with a good shower. Overall, the entire experience was wonderful. I have taken five river cruises prior to this one, and now I cannot imagine ever cruising with any other river cruise company. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
For our first river cruise we chose Ama Waterways, Paris-Normandy 7-night. My wife and I have taken a bunch of ocean cruises (most recently 25 nights back-to-back, Mexican Riviera and Hawaii on Princess) and the attractive river cruise TV ... Read More
For our first river cruise we chose Ama Waterways, Paris-Normandy 7-night. My wife and I have taken a bunch of ocean cruises (most recently 25 nights back-to-back, Mexican Riviera and Hawaii on Princess) and the attractive river cruise TV advertising finally got to us. The Legro ship, dining and crew is well described by others, so I'll mostly focus on other aspects. We considered a lot of destination options and finally decided on the Paris-Normandy cruise for a couple reasons. We wanted to do a 7-night for our first river cruise. We're both history buffs and have wanted to visit the Normandy D-Day beaches and American Cemetery, and a previous trip to Paris in the 80's was just way too short. We added four full Paris touring days and a travel day on the front-end of othe cruise. We opted to skip the Ama package and do it outselves. We flew to Paris non-stop from Detriot, moved quickly through French Customs, retrieved luggage, hit the bathroom and grabbed a cab from the line in less than 30 minutes. E60 cabfare plus a E5 tip, and 45 minutes later we were dropped off at our hotel. The cab driver was not familiar with our hotel, but we had been advised to print and bring Mapquest directions. Good idea. We stayed at the Holiday Inn St. Germain on the reccomendation of a friend and were not disappointed. It was clean, nicely located and we took advantage of a good breakfast package that saved us a lot of time in the mornings. The rooms are small, and our street-facing room had some traffic noise, but it didn't cause a problem. We did all the standard Paris tourist stuff capped off with a dinner show at the Moulin Rouge. We used the Paris subway system (safe, clean and easy to navigate) and cabs when we got too tired to walk to a station. Cab fares seemed to all run about E17. with tip, no matter where we came from or where our destination was. Paris cab drivers are courteous but not chatty. Prices in Paris are like New York or San Francisco. We ate dinners in cafe's and found great food and service. Most places had menu's with English subtitles and offered them up front. A couple made us ask for them. Tips for meals are built into most but not all meal prices. The AmaLegro was docked a reasonably short E17 cab ride from the Holiday Inn. Again, a printed map and directions came in handy. We got there about noon and were greeted by friendly Legro crew people who grabbed our luggage and directed us to the ship lounge where they had a soup and sandwich lunch, beverages and some desserts laid out. We read for a while but were very shortly joined by friendly fellow guests. The average passenger age was north of 50 years old. Most were couples around our age (mid-60's and retired) and older with a few in their late 40's or 50's. No children. There were a number of single women traveling alone or in pairs (or more) and one single guy (70'ish) by himself. Apparently Ama doesn't charge a single-passenger supplement fee on some rooms. Our cabin was small and very clean. My wife thought the bed was too firm. I loved it. We brought five electric adapter plugs along and used four of them. I found a handy 6-outlet power strip in a drawer with French 2-prong 240V electric sockets, that we made good use of with our adapters. We brought an "Edison" power strip for our chargers and plugged it into an adapter, so we had six US outlets for our dual voltage chargers and hair dryer. There are no spare electric outlets on the desk. We unplugged a radio charger from the wall, plugged in the provided power strip and plugged the radio charger back into that. There are also spare electric outlets behind the night-stand tables on either side of the bed where you could use an adapter, but they're slightly difficult to get to and the tables are small. There's a power outlet in the bathroom inside of a handy medicine cabinet. The food is good, but not as great as many reviews say it is. I thought the lunch menu was better than the dinner menu most days. We did the Chef's Table dinner one night, and again, it was good but not great. Entree portions are small by cruise ship standards, but they will provide "seconds" if you ask. They don't offer. I'm not a wine or beer drinker. Other drinks are inexpensive by other cruise ship standards. Four to six Euro's for a really good pour. The bar staff is great, friendly and attentive. the dining room staff is friendly but business-like. There is almost always some food and beverages available in the Lounge area. Mostly sandwiches, soup and desserts. The ship lounge is a nice spot. They have a "house" musician who starts playing an hour before dinner begins most days. He's actually pretty good and well worth a listen. His song selections are all over the place but are generally meant to be enjoyed for the more mature cruiser. Other entertainment was sparse, but the two nights they did offer different entertainers, they were excellent. Keep in mind, this is not a large showroom, so two or three performers is all there's room for. The lounge has a good-sized dance floor that got some use. The ship tours were all super, with excellent local guides. All spoke great English. Ama provides radio devices in each cabin to take on the tours. These work very well and keeps your tour guide's voice right in your ear even in noisy backgrounds. The D-Day beaches and Cemetery were the highlight for me. Monet's house and Napoleon & Josephine's house were also great. Ama doesn't do cheezy, rip-off shopping stops, but in most places you get some free time to wander around and visit shopping places. I heard a few complaints that there wasn't enough shopping opportunities, but there was more than enough for me. We followed the tipping guidelines from Ama for both shore excursions and for the ship crew/staff. They were all great and I thought the recommendations were fair. A communications glitch left us without a ride to the airport following the cruise. The Cruise Director kindly arranged for an Ama-affiliated car service (he called it a limo) that met us at the dock, loaded our stuff and took us to the Airport in a nearly-new BMW 5-Series sedan for E70 (plus a E5 tip). We were surprised to be met at the airport by an Ama representative with a luggage cart, who accompanied us and got us line cuts, luggage tags and access through the airport system right up to passport control. He probably saved us a minimum of a half hour and a lot of headaches. It was include in the price of the ride (I did tip him). It was a great VIP style service we didn't expect. At the airport, we got the full TSA-like shakedown (shoes, belt, laptop, etc) at the gate but it was quick and courteous. The Paris Airport has a nice, clean, shopping arcade with all the high-end stores and of course duty-free shops heavy on perfume, high-end booze and Havana cigars. Prices were pretty good compared ot others I've been in. One final annoyance at the airport. The waiting areas are great, but you don't walk immediately from the waiting area on to the aircraft. We had to haul our carry-on stuff down two flights of concrete stairs, walk outdoors and catch a very, very, crowded bus (few seats, mostly standing) and take a short, jerky ride to our aircraft, then walk outdoors again and climb old-fashioned portable airline stairs to the plane. It felt like a 60's time warp. We would definitely do an Ama river cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
From the minute we were met at the airport by an AmaWaterways representative until the time we were delivered back to airport by a representative, everything was perfect. This was our third cruise with Ama and we can't wait for the ... Read More
From the minute we were met at the airport by an AmaWaterways representative until the time we were delivered back to airport by a representative, everything was perfect. This was our third cruise with Ama and we can't wait for the next one. The crew is impeccably trained-without exception they are friendly, cheerful, competent, and eager to please. The shore excursions were informative and interesting and our local guides could not have been better. The buses used for the excursions are clean and comfortable and the drivers are very good. The food is awesome, from the buffet + menu service breakfast and lunch to the dinner selections. The Chef's Table restaurant gives one a taste of true elegance. The rooms are comfortable and the bathrooms well equipped-my only complaint is the lighting in the bathroom which is so bad I had to sit by the window to apply makeup. Our cruise manager (Helene) was funny and nice and so good at her job that we never had a minute of wondering what we were supposed to do or where we should be. The morning we left the hotel, after our 2 day extension in Paris, she was there at 5AM to see that we had a breakfast to take with us and put us into the car with our driver and Ama rep. A very telling statistic was the 40+ passengers (out of 132) who had taken previous cruises with AmaWaterways. We were all VERY satisfied customers. They have numerous itineraries to choose from so we plan on taking several more cruises with them. You won't be sorry if you book with AmaWaterways! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first cruise of any kind. Decided to try a river cruise since the boats are smaller and there are fewer people. Really enjoyed our time on the boat. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Meals were wonderful; it was fun to ... Read More
This was our first cruise of any kind. Decided to try a river cruise since the boats are smaller and there are fewer people. Really enjoyed our time on the boat. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Meals were wonderful; it was fun to try out some new foods. Side excursions were educational. We liked looking out our windows and seeing barges and other vessels sailing by us. Also loved seeing the houses along the Seine. Our cabin was great. Such a luxury to have our bed made and turned down each day. Evening entertainment was enjoyable. Some negative stuff: noisy dining room, a bit too much free wine for guests, some guests were narrow-minded about learning new stuff. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I was apprehensive about taking this solo cruise, especially as I'd read an adverse review from someone who found dinner seating a real problem. However, from start to finish the cruise was wonderful - brilliantly organised on a very ... Read More
I was apprehensive about taking this solo cruise, especially as I'd read an adverse review from someone who found dinner seating a real problem. However, from start to finish the cruise was wonderful - brilliantly organised on a very personal level, with staff falling over themselves to make the trip thoroughly enjoyable and pampering gusts. This beautiful ship has exellent facilities and a range of dining options and the cuisine is of the highest order of skill. I am a vegetarian and sometimes 'veggie alternatives' can be rather boring and limiting - but not here! Each day dinner (and even the snack lunches I opted for by choice) was imaginative, delicious and exquisitely presented - a total culinary delight. The included excursions were well chosen and offered scope for passengers' tastes. Local guides were good and very knowledgable and the cruise director even organised an extra one in Rouen for those who wanted to see the out-of-this-world son et lumiere projeccted onto the Cathedral facade. Do not miss this totally amazing display! I've done many river cruises previously on different lines and enjoyed them all - but this one is in a class of its own and i can''t wait to try some of their other cruises in due course. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was my first time to France and my very first time to do a river cruise. I went with a group tour that filled the boat and probably would not have chosen a river cruise otherwise. I was so impressed by the ship, which was spotless, ... Read More
This was my first time to France and my very first time to do a river cruise. I went with a group tour that filled the boat and probably would not have chosen a river cruise otherwise. I was so impressed by the ship, which was spotless, the crew, which treated us with such care and made us feel special all of the time. The food was fabulous & loved that it was based on local products. The presentation was like a 5 star restaurant. My husband and I have taken several ocean cruises and my take on this comparison is that river cruising is much more relaxed and intimate. I loved the fact that we could see the countryside as we traveled and enjoyed meeting new people that you would also see on the various land excursions. The guides for the excursions were very knowledgeable and helpful and I learned so much from them. You could tell they loved and we're proud of their jobs. The tour director worked tirelessly to keep us informed and ready for each stop. I especially liked that they had informational meetings before the excursions, especially before we toured the Normandy beaches. Bottom line is that I have decided that I much prefer river cruising to ocean cruises! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first river cruise and we had a great experience with AmaWaterways. We particularly enjoyed our land excursions with knowledgeable and enthusiastic French guides, including Giverny and Monet's Garden; Pays d' Auge ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we had a great experience with AmaWaterways. We particularly enjoyed our land excursions with knowledgeable and enthusiastic French guides, including Giverny and Monet's Garden; Pays d' Auge (pastoral Normandy); and Auvers-sur-Oise (where Van Gogh lived at the end of his life). The crew members on the AmaLegro were great....friendly, yet professional and responsive. The meals were plentiful and delicious. The evening entertainment musicians were varied and talented. Our cabin was attractive and well-maintained. We loved watching the views along the Seine of the cities, the small villages and the house boats. Near the end of our cruise, an announcement was made that the AmaLegro could not return to Paris because the rain had caused the level of the river to rise and the ship could not pass under the bridges going back to Paris. However, we were still able to do all of the planned excursions. Instead of returning to Paris, we docked in Rouen and AmaWaterways made plans for buses to leave every half hour to take us to CDG airport, arriving 3 hours before our return flights. Other buses took passengers to the Paris train station or to Paris hotels. When we arrived at CDG, an AmaWaterways representative met us to be sure that we arrived on time with our luggage. This is just an example of how well planned and executed every detail of our cruise was handled by AmaWaterways. We're happy, too, that we booked our round-trip airport - ship transfers in advance with AmaWaterways, letting them take care of all of the logistics. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Loved the staff of the Amalegro and the fine food, wine and shore excursions. The full day tour to Normany beaches was intense and very memorable. We were pampered from the moment we stepped on board. Evening entertainment was music ... Read More
Loved the staff of the Amalegro and the fine food, wine and shore excursions. The full day tour to Normany beaches was intense and very memorable. We were pampered from the moment we stepped on board. Evening entertainment was music and dancing. Talented musicians were brought aboard for our pleasure. Daily shore excusions were handled by professional local guides and were very enjoyable. Would not hesitate sailing Amawaterways ships again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
For our first river cruise, AmaWaterways set the standard so high, it's hard to believe it can be matched! Actually, there was nothing "standard" about it. It was greater than we imagined it would be: from our spacious, ... Read More
For our first river cruise, AmaWaterways set the standard so high, it's hard to believe it can be matched! Actually, there was nothing "standard" about it. It was greater than we imagined it would be: from our spacious, well-appointed stateroom to the award-winning cuisine to the all inclusive excursions and excellent guides to the extremely friendly crew. The captain Geoffrey Masson, cruise manager Sebastien, hotel manager Martin, chef Normen Wolf and every crew member on board the AmaLegro treated us as royalty, and every moment was a celebration! We'll be sailing with AMA again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We just returned from a cruise from Paris to Normandy on the AMA Legro and we have to say it was absolutely phenomenal! The Best! The staff on board just couldn't do enough for us and we have never seen such outstanding attention to ... Read More
We just returned from a cruise from Paris to Normandy on the AMA Legro and we have to say it was absolutely phenomenal! The Best! The staff on board just couldn't do enough for us and we have never seen such outstanding attention to detail. The cruise director, Sebastian, was out of this world, and just the best. Martin, the hotel manager was always there for us, the attendants were always happy, smiling and so very helpful, and even Dori, who took care of our room and her helper, were just the best. I wanted to take everyone of them home with me. The chef paid exceptional attention to the way the food was prepared, visited our table daily to make sure everything was as expected, and the whole experience was an experience of a lifetime. I've been home two days and have already told my sister and daughter they MUST travel with AMA Waterways. The ports were beautiful and the excursions so interesting. It was so unbelievable to have the wine at meals, champagne on occasion and the excursions included in the price, so we knew what we were entering into financially when we embarked onto the ship. That's unheard of! Tamas was exceptional in the lounge and dining room, the main bartender so happy and joyful to be around, and we could tell the crew were genuinely interested in their guests and taking care of them. This was all just "WOW!" Can't wait to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband I chose Amalegro for our first river cruise and had the time of our lives! The staff, the scenery, the ports, the food, the wine - were all top notch!! We stayed at the Hotel Eiffel Seine Pretrip - good location and ... Read More
My husband I chose Amalegro for our first river cruise and had the time of our lives! The staff, the scenery, the ports, the food, the wine - were all top notch!! We stayed at the Hotel Eiffel Seine Pretrip - good location and value. Post trip stayed in the 2nd arridonnisment. A few suggestions about the ports from feedback of many cruisers on board. Go to Honfleur vs.Benedictine. Giverny is great. There's a little crepe place at the end of the village - delicious! The highlight of our trip was visiting the DDay Beaches. A memory we will cherish forever! If you are wondering whether to book this cruise - do it - you won't be disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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