AmaDara Cruise Review by CookGirl
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: Asia River
- Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
Huong, our Cruise Manager was fantastic. Always there to help. Very nice and genuinely wanted everyone to have a great experience.
The ship itself is nice, but very different from the European ships. There are less areas to mingle and the lounge was always set up as a lecture hall rather than a place to talk to fellow guests.
The food was very good and they were excellent at managing dietary restrictions. Maria, the Restaurant Manager, was really fantastic. She was always there with a smile and a good word. She also knows the dining room and menus inside and out, so any questions were answered swiftly and accurately.
The food at the Chef's Table was okay, but both the meals and service were better in the main dining room.
The cabin sizes are similar to the European ships but with less storage.
Entertainment was a bit lacking.
WiFi is terrible and is something AMA really needs to address.
In addition to the cruise, I also booked the pre cruise package in Ho Chi Minh City and the post cruise packages in both Siem Reap and Hanoi. I recommend the post cruise package in Siem Reap (with Angkor Wat) wholeheartedly. It was amazing and Peter, our guide, was teriffic. The pre cruise package in Ho Chi Minh City is not worth it. You can easily see the city on our own in two days. The post cruise package for Hanoi is similarly not worth it, nor is the Ha Long Bay Cruise. I would recommend booking this privately as you will see more. Try to find a Ha Long Bay cruise that does not follow all of the other 700 boats to all the same locations.
AMA Waterways continues to be an excellent company to travel with and this cruise would easily be 5 stars with some minor changes.
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