This is our 9th time river cruising with Ama Waterways and once again tour experience was exceptional. Our cruise included a pre-stay in Paris and the a seven day cruise to the Normandy coast and back. Timing of all departures and excursions was outstanding and transportation, when required, was with Ama Waterways own buses which were clean and comfortable. The ship (AmaLyra) is not one of there newest ships but has been kept up remarkably well. Our cabin had a French balcony which we consider the best for river crising where your room is your balcony giving you that extra room with picture perfect views. Our cruise director was Maddy and this is our third experience with her - we consider her one of the best we have ever had. As usual, the staff were excellent and always there to help when needed and have great interaction with the guests. Dining was excellent and representative of the areas where we travelled with some special twists. Entertainment is restricted due to the nature of river cruising but local entertainment, some of which we have seen before, was brought on board a few evenings and did a wonderful job. With all the activity during the day, late evenings ae a premium. Ports were beyond expectation and selection of optional cruises made it even more so. There was a good blend of excursions mixed with daytime sailing that made it very enjoyable. The presentation given by the cruise director the day prior made selections so much easier when there was some confusion on our part as to which one to cruise. We have now been on all the rivers that Ama Waterways travel including a reapeat of the Douro river but would not hesitate to go again.

River Cruise on the Seine

AmaLyra Cruise Review by johngatfield

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Stateroom with French Balcony
This is our 9th time river cruising with Ama Waterways and once again tour experience was exceptional.

Our cruise included a pre-stay in Paris and the a seven day cruise to the Normandy coast and back. Timing of all departures and excursions was outstanding and transportation, when required, was with Ama Waterways own buses which were clean and comfortable.

The ship (AmaLyra) is not one of there newest ships but has been kept up remarkably well. Our cabin had a French balcony which we consider the best for river crising where your room is your balcony giving you that extra room with picture perfect views.

Our cruise director was Maddy and this is our third experience with her - we consider her one of the best we have ever had.

As usual, the staff were excellent and always there to help when needed and have great interaction with the guests.

Dining was excellent and representative of the areas where we travelled with some special twists.

Entertainment is restricted due to the nature of river cruising but local entertainment, some of which we have seen before, was brought on board a few evenings and did a wonderful job. With all the activity during the day, late evenings ae a premium.

Ports were beyond expectation and selection of optional cruises made it even more so. There was a good blend of excursions mixed with daytime sailing that made it very enjoyable.

The presentation given by the cruise director the day prior made selections so much easier when there was some confusion on our part as to which one to cruise.

We have now been on all the rivers that Ama Waterways travel including a reapeat of the Douro river but would not hesitate to go again.
AmaWaterways, Manager, Customer Engagement has responded
Dear johngatfield, We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughtful and kind review with us. Your continued loyalty and support have not gone unnoticed and we are thankful for that. We are thrilled that you’ve enjoyed our dining, ships, the dedication of our cruise directors and more. We hope to welcome you back on board soon! From all of us at AmaWaterways.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin A 216
As stated in our experience summary, the cabins are roomy enough especially with the french balcony and washroom w/shower only all that we needed
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