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We did a cruise on AMA starting on July 31 with a trip to Barcelona for a cruise up the Rhone, with add on for a trip to Barcelona and Paris. This was our first river cruise after several ocean cruises. This a five star cruise and we had a great time. AMA met us at the airport in Barcelona and took excellent care of us every step of the way until dropping us off at Delta check-in at Paris. Our cruise manager, Sebastian, was excellent and was very attentive to details and made sure we were all well cared for. The shore excursions were excellent and the local tours guides were too. AMA does a nice job of vetting their guides. The optional tours were very good as well; Montserrat and the cabaret in Paris. Most days had choices of tours and they were well-paced and started around 9:00 each day. We thought the food on board was very well done, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and beautifully presented. This was a wine-focused cruise, and included some wine excursions that aren't part of the regular itinerary. We did a hike to the M. Chapoutier vineyards, a tasting at Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and a tour of another old family vineyard. The wine events on board were a little disappointing since they focused on Virginia wines from the US instead of French wines. Service on board was very good. Since there was only about 125 passengers the crew got to know our preferences. The Maitre D even got us one of the chef’s recipes! The captain also invited us into the bridge on the spur of the movement one day. A couple areas weren't great. The on board entertainment was mediocre, especially the ship’s singer. The guest performers were better. Also, the bar drinks were bad. We ordered them once and didn't finish them. These were minor areas though. Our stateroom was small, smaller than most ocean cruise ship cabins, but worked fine and the bathroom and shower were good too. Plenty of hot water and good shower heads and water pressure. The ship’s top deck was nice too, with plenty of seating. The hot tub wasn't very hot and was hardly used. The ship (AMA Cello) isn't new and it shows a little when compared to newer ships. Overall, this was an excellent vacation. We’d definitely look at AMA for another river cruise.

Great cruise on AMA.

AmaCello Cruise Review by CruiserFromMaine

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Stateroom with French Balcony
We did a cruise on AMA starting on July 31 with a trip to Barcelona for a cruise up the Rhone, with add on for a trip to Barcelona and Paris. This was our first river cruise after several ocean cruises.

This a five star cruise and we had a great time.

AMA met us at the airport in Barcelona and took excellent care of us every step of the way until dropping us off at Delta check-in at Paris.

Our cruise manager, Sebastian, was excellent and was very attentive to details and made sure we were all well cared for. The shore excursions were excellent and the local tours guides were too. AMA does a nice job of vetting their guides. The optional tours were very good as well; Montserrat and the cabaret in Paris. Most days had choices of tours and they were well-paced and started around 9:00 each day.

We thought the food on board was very well done, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and beautifully presented.

This was a wine-focused cruise, and included some wine excursions that aren't part of the regular itinerary. We did a hike to the M. Chapoutier vineyards, a tasting at Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and a tour of another old family vineyard. The wine events on board were a little disappointing since they focused on Virginia wines from the US instead of French wines.

Service on board was very good. Since there was only about 125 passengers the crew got to know our preferences. The Maitre D even got us one of the chef’s recipes! The captain also invited us into the bridge on the spur of the movement one day.

A couple areas weren't great. The on board entertainment was mediocre, especially the ship’s singer. The guest performers were better. Also, the bar drinks were bad. We ordered them once and didn't finish them. These were minor areas though.

Our stateroom was small, smaller than most ocean cruise ship cabins, but worked fine and the bathroom and shower were good too. Plenty of hot water and good shower heads and water pressure. The ship’s top deck was nice too, with plenty of seating. The hot tub wasn't very hot and was hardly used. The ship (AMA Cello) isn't new and it shows a little when compared to newer ships.

Overall, this was an excellent vacation. We’d definitely look at AMA for another river cruise.
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Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin C 229
Loud while underway since it's near the stern. Otherwise ok. See comments in the main review.
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