This was our first river cruise after four ocean cruises. A river cruise is almost an anti-ocean cruise. It is so different and may not be everyone. It was, however, for us. We absolutely loved it and are so glad we picked AMA as our cruise line. A little history. First, we are not seasoned European travelers. This is only our second trip to Europe. Secondly, we are not rich! We did a lot of preparing (1.5 years in advance). We started with a larger, well known company, and was not happy with their service. After an initial discussion with them on the phone, I could tell this would not be the company for us. I then called a travel agent and she asked me to consider AMA. Wow! Their main office was awesome to deal with. Between them and my travel agent, they returned emails promptly, as well as phone calls. Our AMA cruise was 100% to our satisfaction. Everything about it; from the staterooms, to the food, to the customer service was just perfect. I cannot forget Kriss, our cruise manager. She was awesome! It was not just the big things they do well, it is the little. For instance, our cruise manager got up on our last day at 3:30 in the morning to see us off to the airport. She also got an appointment and transported one of our fellow passengers to a doctor and after one and half hours, this person was back on the ship and feeling better then next day. I am not going to go into a lot of detail about ports, etc. There are many good reviews on this site that will help you. You must remember that every cruiser is different. Our cruise went from Vilshofen to Budapest (Romantic Danube). If this is the cruise you select and have the option to go in this direction, I would strongly recommend it. The highlight of our cruise was traveling along the river at night looking at the lights in Budapest. This was an excellent way to end what was a spectacular vacation. You might also want to consider the size of the ship. Our cruise ship had a capacity of 162 guests. Other cruise lines, with the same size ships, have a capacity for 190 guests.
I was so glad that we finally decided to not take a balcony cabin. This was a real tough decision. However, we did not spend much time in our cabin. It was spent on the deck; visiting with others and watching both sides of the ship. AMA did an excellent job planing their staterooms. For such a small size they seemed very homey and spacious. From the large storage cabinets, to the drawer under the bed, to the overhead shower, to the computer system; they were great!