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Have traveled on a few large ocean ships so wanted to try a riverboat for comparison. A friend asked me to join a group of 15 on this Danube adventure. I knew little about the countries on the route but was game to go along. We added 3 days prior and after week cruise in Bucharest and Budapest, respectively. The countries visited were pretty depressing as still suffering from communist control 30+ yrs ago. The worst was Bucharest. Filthy dirty, massage parlours everywhere. Had to skip a western port in Serbia and the one in Croatia so cannot comment on thise two. AMA said Danube water level too low due to drought in Germany and Hungary. As a compensation for this, they brought hungarian dancers to boat to dance for 45 minutes one night and provided a tour in Budapest. As a result, the only nice city we saw was Budapest..perhaps the two we missed would have shown a better transition from war torn, communist controlled towns to modern, clean Budapest. People raved about the food...i thought average as breakfast and lunch pretty much the same buffet choices every day. Soups were excellent. Dinner choices minimal, food presentation excellent. Always seemed rushed. No time to relax and chat as servers seemed extremely intent to get us in and out of dining room. Of all the international travels i have done, both by cruise and otherwise, i have zero interest in returning to this part of eastern Europe. Part of what i like about larger ships is the chance to meet others. Our trip only had 140 passengers, with 90 from one group so meeting others pretty nonexistent. Tour buses were nice, only one guide worth his salt, rest poor to pretty boring. Should i ever go on another river boat, would try different line than AMA. 50 on staff so both the hair dresser and massage woman also cleaned our room. They are completely overworked.

First riverboat cruise thoughts

AmaCerto Cruise Review by Cathy924

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Stateroom with French balcony and outside balcony
Have traveled on a few large ocean ships so wanted to try a riverboat for comparison. A friend asked me to join a group of 15 on this Danube adventure. I knew little about the countries on the route but was game to go along. We added 3 days prior and after week cruise in Bucharest and Budapest, respectively. The countries visited were pretty depressing as still suffering from communist control 30+ yrs ago. The worst was Bucharest. Filthy dirty, massage parlours everywhere. Had to skip a western port in Serbia and the one in Croatia so cannot comment on thise two. AMA said Danube water level too low due to drought in Germany and Hungary. As a compensation for this, they brought hungarian dancers to boat to dance for 45 minutes one night and provided a tour in Budapest. As a result, the only nice city we saw was Budapest..perhaps the two we missed would have shown a better transition from war torn, communist controlled towns to modern, clean Budapest. People raved about the food...i thought average as breakfast and lunch pretty much the same buffet choices every day. Soups were excellent. Dinner choices minimal, food presentation excellent. Always seemed rushed. No time to relax and chat as servers seemed extremely intent to get us in and out of dining room. Of all the international travels i have done, both by cruise and otherwise, i have zero interest in returning to this part of eastern Europe. Part of what i like about larger ships is the chance to meet others. Our trip only had 140 passengers, with 90 from one group so meeting others pretty nonexistent. Tour buses were nice, only one guide worth his salt, rest poor to pretty boring. Should i ever go on another river boat, would try different line than AMA. 50 on staff so both the hair dresser and massage woman also cleaned our room. They are completely overworked.
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Cabin Review

Stateroom with French balcony and outside balcony
Cabin BB 202
One convenient outlet by beds not sufficient with both parties using sleep machines. Power strip provided and staff put in outlet behind twin bed. TV includes 3 USB ports which is nice. Room small, bathroom mirror fogs (unlike Viking Ocean line). Room was in great location as convenient to everything. No long hall to travel.
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