AmaDolce (APT) Review

It's All About the Wine

Review for Europe River Cruise on AmaDolce (APT)
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2023

This cruise fit in nicely after I disembarked from the Ama Vida on the Duoro River which had embarked in mid May. I had a solo cabin with a balcony. The cabin was just as expected, with all the amenities including the sliding glass doors for an open air view. Two large bottles of water were available each day plus more at the start of excursions. The duvet was a little too warm, so I requested and quickly received blankets instead. The crew especially the captain and hotel manager were exceptional. They were mostly from Eastern European countries, but there was no language difficultiy. The food was good, but compared to the Portugal cruise, of a slightly lower quality. As an example, I dislike chicken, but it was offered several times as the main course. As is common, you can request an optional main course which I often did. The highlight for me was when they offered fresh oysters as an appetizer. Wine and well drinks were offered at no charge during lunch and dinner. Also there was a daily sip-and-sail usually around 6 pm where similar drinks were included at no charge. I am not particularly into wine, but I had my share. The weather in late May was almost perfect; not too hot, cold or wet. I used the onboard bicycles several times. Note that they were normal bikes, as they do not want to offer eco-bikes due to liability issues. As this cruise is all about wine, the excursions were not particularly interesting to me. The highlight for me was the final day in Bordeaux where I spent the full two hours in the Bassins des Luminiere. This is a world war II Nazi submarine base where art is projected onto the massive walls while Pink Flyod and other music was played. FYI, Ama Waterways offers good discounts especially for previous passengers. This was my third with an airport transfer included. (There seems to be some doubt about when this is given). There are free cabin upgrades offered on fourth and subsequent cruises.

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