We chose this cruise because of the location. We wanted to go to Portugal and we used AmaWaterways in the past. It was also a Wine Cruise. This was a wonderful cruise. The weather was superb and the excursions were very enjoyable. The Cruise Manager (Mariana) was one of the best and we hope to sail with her again. She handled a slight crisis (accident on the rails) and did not affect our trip at all. For those who are used to a larger ship, be aware this ship is limited in size due to the river and locks. However, they make use of the space wisely. There was very little free time so be prepared to be on the go. The staff is very friendly and adds to pleasure of sailing with Ama. The excursions in Lisbon and Madrid were very enjoyable. There were some glitches with the billing but it was the first cruise of the season and a lot of the staff was new. The embarkation went well. One criticism was the change of buses in Salamanca - we had to change buses and the place we were to have a comfort break did not seem prepared for us. We had to leave hand carried items without knowing for sure how it would be secured. Also, the new buses we had to ride on to Madrid were not comfortable, no leg room.

Duoro River with Pre time in Lisbon and Post time in Madrid

AmaVida Cruise Review by Jack_jjg

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
We chose this cruise because of the location. We wanted to go to Portugal and we used AmaWaterways in the past. It was also a Wine Cruise. This was a wonderful cruise. The weather was superb and the excursions were very enjoyable. The Cruise Manager (Mariana) was one of the best and we hope to sail with her again. She handled a slight crisis (accident on the rails) and did not affect our trip at all. For those who are used to a larger ship, be aware this ship is limited in size due to the river and locks. However, they make use of the space wisely. There was very little free time so be prepared to be on the go. The staff is very friendly and adds to pleasure of sailing with Ama. The excursions in Lisbon and Madrid were very enjoyable.

There were some glitches with the billing but it was the first cruise of the season and a lot of the staff was new. The embarkation went well. One criticism was the change of buses in Salamanca - we had to change buses and the place we were to have a comfort break did not seem prepared for us. We had to leave hand carried items without knowing for sure how it would be secured. Also, the new buses we had to ride on to Madrid were not comfortable, no leg room.
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