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AmaLyra Cruise Review
0.0 / 5.0
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A++ in every possible way. Truly outstanding.

AmaLyra Cruise Review by prestonbealle

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

First river cruise and we have always wanted to see the Normandy beaches and cemeteries, so this was chosen. I had always heard of Viking from numerous TV commercials but a travel agent reco'd AMA as an upgrade, and it certainly was. The ship is 10 years old, but stunning, as if it was manufactured yesterday. Every inch of paint is flawless and gleaming, the furniture looks new, and there is not even a speck of dust on this ship. The food choices were ample and I liked that there were buffet choices ready to eat along with many things you could order at each meal. Cruise manager Pau would be successful in any business, perfectly organized and highly competent. You get to know him quickly and he quickly attends to anything you might need.

Every employee was cheery and solicitous. You could barely sip some wine before your glass was refilled at meals, all included in the price. The world's best bartender, Elena, made the week. Funny, quick and lovely, we will miss her. Were I to cruise again with AMA, I would try to choose based on what ship she is on. On-board musician Mike Minkoff played for hours and he has the guitar chops of Mark Knopfler(Dire Straits), plus gifted on keyboard and harmonica, with great song choices. We danced every single night.

If you are choosing a cruise line right now, I'd pick this one, regardless of destination. It's an exceedingly well-run business with top employees and training.

Oh, I really appreciated the small gym and the daily fitness classes. Might not have booked this trip without those.

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Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin A 227

Barely smaller than our $500 Paris hotel room and with better closets. Spotless and new-looking. Completely comfortable.

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