Let me begin by saying that I've never written a review on a cruise until now even though we've taken many wonderful cruises over the years all over the world. We decided to try a river cruise for the first time and after reading many reviews settled on AmaWaterway and the ship AmaCerto for a Rhine river cruise.
First the positives: The ship is nice and the rooms were good with a good layout and nice balcony. The crew was very nice and did their best to accommodate the passengers to the degree the company would allow.
Now the rest of the review: if you enjoy a lot of amenities and good food with many choices this is not the cruise for you. You have one dining room that serves average food at best. ( not sure where people who say this is high cuisine have eaten before) but this is not anything close to what you will get on cruises like Oceana or Crystal, etc. they have one lounge area crowded with chairs and occasionally put out snacks but take them up quickly after a short while.
As far as beer and wine, you will get this included only at lunch and dinner with limited choices and then pay the rest of the time. Don't let the advertisement fool you into thinking all drinks are included. To top off our experience one of our guests got food poisoning after the first dinner and was ill most of the trip. After this we decided to eat many meals off the ship as we found the food in the towns to be much better!
Your cabin is nice but to our surprise you will find yourself docking in between boats many times with a view of another boats room within touching distance overnight! This is the case about 90% of the time, so don't think you will be looking at a view while docked.
As far as the cruise, just realize that the idea of a romantic cruise down the Rhine with incredible views is a myth. You will have maybe two half days of incredible views and the rest of the time your looking at industries going down a small canal that was built to accommodate these larger ships. ( Not really the Rhine)! This was very disappointing! We saw castles one afternoon for about 3 hours and the rest was average or poor at best.
The tours that are included are pretty good and they last about 3 hours at each stop. The rest of the time you explore on your own which we enjoyed more.
I've come to the conclusion that it's hard for these river cruise companies to make the financial numbers work with so few guests.( 130-160) per cruise. I think this is why they really can't afford to give the extra luxuries other types of cruises offer but rather depend on the attraction of small crowds and off shore experiences to make up the difference. The reality is that you actually feel more crowded because theirs so little room on these ships in the lounge area. Nothing they can do about it, it's just the reality of the situation.
I realize this doesn't paint a great picture of what people think river cruises are but had I read a review like this it may have helped me avoid wasting thousands of dollars on a trip I couldn't wait to end! As far as river cruises are concerned we are ONE AND DONE!