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AmaViola Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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41 Reviews

Danube Cruising at Its Finest!

AmaViola Cruise Review by pjbouffard

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony

We chose Ama Waterways for our second European river cruise because of an excellent experience on a previous Rhine River cruise. We were not disappointed. Everything with Ama is first-class - staterooms, ship facilities, excursions, dining logistics...but most of all the PEOPLE. Am a employs a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring your complete satisfaction with every facet of your cruise.

Boarding in Passau was efficient and our stateroom was ready for us as promised. We were greeted with a complimentary bottle of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. At the welcome reception we were introduced to key members of the staff who each promised a memorable cruise experience.

Meals onboard were prepared using fresh, local ingredients. The menu was selected to match the cuisine of the country or region being visited. Wine with meals was also locally selected and was always complimentary. The desserts were masterpieces!

The daily excursions were varied and informative. Excursions were always offered based on the ability level of the guests ("Active Walkers", "Normal Pacing" and "Gentle Walkers"). Bicycle tours were available as well, several of which were pleasantly challenging. Local guides were always knowledgable, friendly and accommodating.

Logistically, Ama does it right. Disembarkation was expertly coordinated to match the varied schedules of 135+ guests. In our case, a cab was waiting at the appointed time to take us to our hotel in Budapest and our luggage was delivered from our stateroom directly to the cab. Other guests were provided with airport transfers as needed with timing coordinated to match flight times.

Our Cruise Manager, Reka Piros, was the star of an excellent, professional staff. Reka always seemed to be there when needed, providing help, advice, or just a smile to let guests know they were valued and appreciated. We asked her help in choosing restaurants for our post-cruise stay in Budapest and she gladly provided excellent recommendations. Consider yourself very fortunate if you find yourself on one of Reka's cruises!

Overall, this cruise rates 5+ stars. We are already planning our 3rd Ama cruise!

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Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin CA 327

Cabin 327 has an oversized queen bed, private bath and French balcony. There are larger staterooms with outside balconies but we chose the smaller room to economize. Closet space is more than adequate and the Apple iMac serves as both a computer and entertainment center. Bottled water is replenished daily, as are linens and toiletries. Turndown service and a chocolate on the pillow welcome you at the end of the day. Housekeeping services are excellent.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Walking Tour

Veste Oberhaus tour. Very knowledgable guide (Alexander) took us to the castle region as well as the city and Cathedral.

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Excellent tour of a small Czech town with a very knowledgable guide. The highlight of our stop in Linz.

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Walking Tour

We hit all the highlights of Vienna. Guide was excellent.

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A wonderful town. Wish we could have spent more time here.

The Castle District

Very fast-paced and informative. The highlight of our stop in Budapest.

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Actual port of call was the small town of Weissenkirchen. After dinner we took a short walk to an Austrian Heurigen (wine bar) for a tasting of local wines. Fun and relaxing after a busy day.

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