Tired of being trapped at home due to Covid restrictions, we decided to venture back to Europe. We had sailed on an AmaWaterways cruise a few years ago on the Rhine which was phenomenal. We met friends that we have kept in touch with ever since, and have even traveled with every year since then.
Paris seemed to be a perfect getaway for us: romance, beautiful weather, architecture and ART!!! Plus we went out to the US Normandy beaches which was on our bucket list.
Fortunately the weather behaved and we had sun the entire time. Our tours were great, with great guides, and we saw everything we had set out to see. The AmaLyra is a smaller ship due to the size/width of the Seine, but we never felt crowded. Once again we made friends that we will keep in touch with, and hopefully cruise again with on AmaWaterways.
All cabins on the AmaLyra are smaller than the average AmaWaterways ship, which is due to the fact that a smaller ship is needed for sailings on the Seine. I was really nervous about the small size of the room, however, the floorplan is arranged to make the room seem larger than it is. I did not feel cramped in the cabin at any time.
The full-size lotion, bath gel, shampoo, conditioner were a nice surprise and smelled yummy.
Our cruise director, Natalija, was a lot of fun to speak to and was on top of EVERYTHING and at all times. She managed to make last minute changes as needed and had a genuine smile on her face the entire time.