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AmaReina (APT) Review

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Expectations too high?

Review for AmaReina (APT) to Europe River
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Terri Brown
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2015

The first 8 days were changed to the AmaVenita because of low water levels around Nurenburg...and changed to the Ama Reina for the last half of the trip....no problem there. Day one...we entered our cabin 204, Catagory T+ which gave us an outdoor balcony plus a French Balcony. Very nice, except that another ship was moored right along side us. so - no view except of a neighbouring cabin about 10cm from our balcony. This was to happen frequently during the trip, sometimes with ships moored on both sides of us for hours. When you consider that we paid $22,000 for the 15 days (airfares extra) - anyway -I decided we were quite often a 5star club sandwich. We were told by staff members that this was only going to get worse as more ships enter the tourist market in river cruising in Europe!

O.k day nine - first morning on the AmaReina, we are still sleeping, it is 6.45am and in walked the cleaners to clean our room!!!! I did complain and was told that they got the wrong room - not acceptable , by my standards.

We had also been led to believe, from the T.V commercials, brochures etc that most days we would be able to walk into towns/villages in our leasure time - this does not happen....mostly we were moored too far from towns, even for tours etc we were taken by bus, sometimes up to two hours, to get to the advertised daily excursion. Budapest was a very welcome exception - we were actually moored very close to town.

Cabin Review

Cabin T+

cabin 204 on the Ama Venita was excellent! cabin 204 on the Ama Reina was identical in physical appearance BUT my bed (we had twin beds on both) was rock hard so I slept on top of the doona to try for some comfort.

I had read a review about this cabin back in March, that was written back in Dec 2014 on Cruise Report Smooth Sailing and I quote "proThe iMac/television in our stateroom would not hold its position when the screen was adjusted; it would just flop forward, making it nearly impossible to see from the bed. We mentioned this to the Hotel Manager who said he would have someone come to check on it. They never showed up. We ended up stuffing a bath towel under the screen to hold it up and this "prop" remained there the entire cruise.

" The bathroom door has a retracting mechanism that squeaks like your Grandma's backporch screen door every time it is opened. This can be very annoying when one person gets up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night."

Well, back to me......the T.V was fixed. BUT not the bathroom door - so, I also reported it to the cruise director....he immediately had the ship engineer disable it...no more squeak!

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