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AmaLea Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Couldn’t Have Been Better

AmaLea Cruise Review by KY Deb

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony

We had the best time on our Danube cruise with AMA. The AMALea is a beautiful ship, but more importantly, the staff was just awesome. The service was so special, and everyone seemed to know what you wanted or remembered what you had before you even asked. We had just about perfect weather and no water issues. Our cruise director, Stephanie, was so much fun, always available and seemed to be everywhere. The captain was out and about as well, and the ship was immaculately maintained.

Our room was category CA 325. with a French balcony. It was perfect for us. I did not feel we missed out by not having a full balcony, but I’m very happy we had the French one. The sliding window opened fully and it was nice to be able to see the countryside while sailing. We were rafted several times, but it really wasn’t an issue. The bathroom and amenities were very nice. The iPad that controlled the lighting and temperature wasn’t too difficult to figure out. The room temperature was very comfortable. The room is located near the rear of the ship, nearby the Chef’s Table restaurant. This turned out to be a really good location. There is a coffee machine in the Chef’s Table, so in the morning it was just a short walk for a cup of coffee or tea. You could also sit in the restaurant and enjoy your coffee usually alone as most people didn’t take advantage of this coffee maker. There is also stairs from the Chef’s Table to the sun deck, which we did not discover to the end of the cruise. It would have been a nice short cut to get on the upper deck.

The food was outstanding. The pastries and bread were to die for. Wonderful fresh fruits, salads, hot, delicious soups. Lots of choices. The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant was a fun delicious experience. My only complaint about that is the acoustics in the room. It was a bit noisy, but everyone was just having so much fun. We also enjoyed light lunch in the lounge on occasion with soups, small sandwiches, salads and usually a hot entree as well.

There was an ice cream social on the sun deck one afternoon. They make the ice cream and it was outstanding.

Their wine selection was usually just delicious, local Austrian or German wines. There also was a California selection available. It was free flowing through lunch and dinner and you could top off before leaving the dining area to enjoy on deck, your cabin or lounge. Sip and Sail was a big hit with a cocktail of the day available along with wine or other listed cocktails. Bitburger beer on tap.

Local entertainers were brought on board and there was a pianist who played and also dj’d

In the evenings. The most fun was the Oktoberfest at the end of the cruise with an oomph band, dancers, singing and lots of beer and pretzels. It was a great end to a great cruise.

Shore excursions ran smoothly and all of our tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. Our evening in Grein at the castle was very nice but be warned. The walk up to the castle is a hike. Uphill, lots of steps. They did supply a van for people with issues, but most walked. It is a workout. There were lots of fitness classes handled by a very fit trainer. People were enjoying working with him. The swimming pool was heated and getting good attendance after touring days. It was an enjoyable amenity to use. Sitting on the sun deck enjoying the scenery along the Danube was also a relaxing end to the day.

So overall, we very much enjoyed our AMA experience, and would not hesitate to book a cruise with them again. It was a first rate experience.

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Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin CA 325

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Vilshofen an der Donau

Cute little town. Loved the Oktoberfest.

Only 7 from our ship went on this tour as others went to Salzburg. This is a great medieval town that is not to be missed. Dont forget to see the brown bears in the moat at the castle!

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Book directly. No performance but toured the stables, saw the stallions up very close in their stalls and saw the performance ring. Tour guide was very funny and informative. Highly recommend. Located in the Hapsburg palace.

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A surprise for us that we enjoyed the little city so much.

Enjoyed zipping around in a Tuk Tuk. The Parliament is beautiful inside. Book ahead of time on line directly with the Budapest Parliament.

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