This trip centered on a 7 day AmaWaterways Port Wine & Flamenco Douro River cruise from Vega Terron to Porto, Portugal on the AmaVida ship. When we first started to look at river cruising on the Douro, it seemed like Viking was the only player where we were likely to have mostly English speaking fellow passengers. After the only Viking cruise we took in 2014 did not live up to their slick advertising hype (see review by 'atkinsonguy' on this board) we vowed never again to spend any money with Viking. A web search led us to AmaWaterways. We added both the 3 day Madrid, Spain and the 3 day Lisbon, Portugal extension to the river cruise through AMA and then added one additional day in each city using Starwood and IHG points. Although the capacity for this tour was 106, there were only 75 passenges aboard. 36 of the 75 were clients of backroads.com an adventure travel company. They had their own hiking and biking tours each day, took many of their meals off the ship, and were not with us in either Madrid or Lisbon. The result was we got to know the 39 "regular" passengers quite well over the two weeks. We were all from the USA or Canada; mostly retired couples over 55, no one under 40. The hotels for the land portion in Madrid (Westin Palace) and in Lisbon (Intercontinental) were first class in every respect. In summary, AMA did an excellent job providing a comfortable environment on the ship, keeping us well fed, showing us interesting things and beautiful scenery along the way, and giving us a good value for our fares. If we do another European river cruise in the future, it will certainly be on AmaWaterways!

Excellent Douro river cruise with AmaWaterways

AmaVida Cruise Review by atkinsonguy

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Trip Details
This trip centered on a 7 day AmaWaterways

Port Wine & Flamenco Douro River cruise from Vega Terron to Porto, Portugal on the AmaVida ship.

When we first started to look at river cruising on the Douro, it seemed like Viking was the only player where we were likely to have mostly English speaking fellow passengers.

After the only Viking cruise we took in 2014 did not live up to their slick advertising hype (see review by 'atkinsonguy' on this board) we vowed never again to spend any money with Viking.

A web search led us to AmaWaterways.

We added both the 3 day Madrid, Spain and the 3 day Lisbon, Portugal extension to the river cruise through AMA and then added one additional day in each city using Starwood and IHG points.

Although the capacity for this tour was 106, there were only 75 passenges aboard. 36 of the 75 were clients of backroads.com an adventure travel company. They had their own hiking and biking tours each day, took many of their meals off the ship, and were not with us in either Madrid or Lisbon.

The result was we got to know the 39 "regular" passengers quite well over the two weeks.

We were all from the USA or Canada; mostly retired couples over 55, no one under 40.

The hotels for the land portion in Madrid (Westin Palace) and in Lisbon (Intercontinental) were first class in every respect.

In summary, AMA did an excellent job providing a comfortable environment on the ship, keeping us well fed, showing us interesting things and beautiful scenery along the way, and giving us a good value for our fares.

If we do another European river cruise in the future, it will certainly be on AmaWaterways!
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Cabin Review

Cabin C215
The cabin was compact but well designed.
The queen bed was flanked by nightstands on either side.
There were two small easy chairs and a round table at the foot of
the bed and a desk and chair on the outside wall in front
of a floor to ceiling window.
A slider next to the easy chairs opened to the balcony that
held two patio type chairs between a round table.
It was comfortable to sit out there and watch the vinyards high on
the hills as we sailed down the Douro.
The bathroom had a built-in vanity with double sinks, a doored toilet
room, and a separate shower.
The closet held terry bathrobes, hangers for our clothes, and a combination
safe.
A flat screen TV was mounted on the wall in back of the easy chairs
and the wall next to the entry door had some drawers below and flat bins
above for storage.
Air conditioning worked flawlessly.
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