Amalia Rodrigues Cruise Review by DeniseDallas
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Europe River
The ship - the Amalia Rodrigues, is a new ship, only 4 months old when we went on it in July 2019. It is tastefully decorated throughout. We were luckily enough to be upgraded from the main deck to the middle deck, which gave us a floor to ceiling view and an opening patio type door (without a balcony). This was really good as you could just watch the banks of the Douro go by as you lay on your bed.
Shampoo and body wash are provided in the bathroom and a hairdryer. Electrical points are situated in the bedroom (take a European adapter). A free safe was provided in the stateroom.
Information - was available in the reception and also on the drop down television in the staterooms. There is free WiFi on board.
Croisieurope operate a set menu ( you need to inform them when booking if you have an allergy or are vegetarian) at lunch and dinner. The breakfast is buffet style with a whole range of continental style food, with the occasional hot item being offered. There was the facility to boil your own eggs. An omelette station was set up for breakfast one morning.
The wine served with lunch and dinner was of good quality. The bar is open for house wines, beer and cocktails from mid morning until midnight. But it is closed during meal times.
There was a help yourself soft drinks provided in the lounge daily, often with some biscuits or a cake. You could get a coffee from the bar.
The evening entertainment was a mixture of folk dancing and music. There were occasional quizzes in the afternoon. Which were just a bit of fun and not taken too seriously.
Excursions are added on at an additional cost. We didn’t do all of them. Some times the ship moves whilst you are on an excursion (where you depart the ship is not necessarily where you rejoin it) so you will need to be on board for the departure time if you go for a walk around and are not doing the excursion.
All the staff on board were very friendly, polite, hard working and most are multi lingual.
All announcements and information was given in different languages, including English.
The cruise up and down the river has stunning scenery. Grape plantations each side of the valley, small towns and villages, 5 or 6 huge locks which we navigated through.
Where the river narrows at certain points a long the river, the scenery in my opinion is like the fjords, just not quite such high mountains.
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