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AmaLyra Cruise Review
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River Cruise on the Seine

AmaLyra Cruise Review by johngatfield

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 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.

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Cabin Review

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

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Offers a very good panoramic tour of Paris. Gives you an idea of where you would want to venture on your own


Versailles is always a great experience even if you have visited before. Entry with a tour group is a must as lines were very long for single tourists


Rouen was a very pleasant surprise. We did a walking tour through the medieval district, which is a must, a got to see all the interesting sights with free time at the end

Le Havre

Very moving when you visit the beaches antheir surrounds. This was the 75th anniversary of D-Day which made it even more special.

A must do!

Le Havre

One of our favourite cities in Normandy and again a must vist if you are in the area - especially on market day.

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