AmaSonata Cruise Review by pope07
- Sail Date: May 2014
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Stateroom with French balcony
The ship is small, as are all river cruises, which makes it perfect to get to know people on board, the staff, etc.
Embarkation: We didn't realize when we arrived that we were about 3 hours early for check in. There was no one collecting bags from early arrivers, though they did provide transportation from the airport, so they knew we were coming. They were in the midst of disembarkation and cleaning from the previous cruise. Just think things could have been smoother for early birds. We went for a walk and came back at check in time to a full complement of staff greeting people, almost intimidating.
Room: small - what else would you expect. But the bed was at least a queen, if not a bit bigger. The bathroom was huge in comparison to what I was expecting. Definitely not closet sized. We opted for a "french balcony" and I am VERY glad we did. While not a full balcony, there is a railing and the sliding door opens all the way into the wall. We slid the two chairs and table so we were basically sitting outside.
Food: Amazing. Every night there was a chef's recommendation, which paired app, salad, dinner, dessert, and wine together. Or you could choose from the menu. Dietary restrictions were easily accommodated. Met friends on the ship and she was brought a dish, which she assumed had gluten in it so she did not eat it. The maitre'd brought the Chef out to explain that they remembered her and her plate had no gluten.
Seating is one time and is open every night. The ship had the main dining room and a restaurant, which each guest could book one dinner during the cruise. While the food was always amazing in the main diningroom, the restaurant presentation was just a step above.
Drinks: included at meals. Beer selection was poor for cruising through Germany. Wines were always great and you can take your glass from the dinner table.
Entertainment: Usually cruising at night. There were a few bands/quartets and when there weren't the cruise director came on the loudspeaker to narrate the sights.
Excursions: Do the bike ride from Durstein to Melk, gorgeous! All excursions are included except for the concert. You can skip some of the city tours if you have sights you want to see. Our tour in Vienna was so-so. But the rest were good to excellent. Unless you're handicapped or struggle to walk at a normal pace do the "fast walkers." The tours see the same things but because people walk faster from point to point you finish sooner, so more free time! BIKES! There are bikes on board and don't be afraid to use them. Some excursions use bikes, but once they're back or if there's no excursion you can sign them out.
Disembarkation: also a little hectic. You had to tag your bags then go outside and check that they were in the right pile (airport, excursion, hotel, etc).
Others... top deck was great for after dinner drinks. Take advantage of nights in port. We overnighted in Vienna, so after dinner we went ashore to check out the city. The second deck bow was a favorite spot of hours, but everyone wants to sit there! Wifi all over the place and there's internet in the infortainment, so you don't really need a phone if you have email/facebook. They do special events. My husband and I got a flaming honeymoon cake. Aboard the 50+ crowd we became known as the honeymooners (we weren't even 30 on the cruise).
Need european adaptors for jacks on board
We met people who had cruised on Viking and they would cruise AmaWaterways over Viking. Viking is a step down or two.
They only had one pitch for future cruising... one was Paris to Barcelona... sign me up!
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