We chose the Rhine river cruise with AMA for the castle viewing and the active shore excursions. Every activity was perfectly curated. The smaller group size, only 130 on board our sailing, made for manageable excursions in small groups. Every location had charm and many activities that interested us. We got lucky and had perfect sailing weather the morning of castle viewing as we sailed by. Bar staff brought around Rudesheim coffee for us to enjoy as the cruise director narrated the history of the castles.
Now for the bad, tons of sick people. It’s an open world post-pandemic. Illness was rampant on board as all dining is one seating all in a crowded and low ceiling room with no fresh ventilation. The same applies to shore talks and cocktail hour. We started skipping cocktail hour, but couldn’t skip meals. Hardly any tables for two, but that likely mattered little by then. We spent much time on our shore free time tracking down pharmacies and getting prescriptions filled. FYI the service Mobi-Doc offers English speaking EU doctors who will email you a prescription. Then you have to find a pharmacy with your meds in stock (Augmentin for an ear infection was VERY hard to find in France). In Switzerland you must see a Swiss doctor. They will not accept Mobi-Doc scripts.
All in all, a fantastic cruise, but disappointing to be sick several days of a very expensive and much anticipated vacation. We had to downgrade from hikes and biking to walking tours to conserve energy. I’d do it again with AMA for the Danube, but in a few years when the world is (hopefully) healthier.
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Our room was well-appointed. Tight quarters, but efficient. We had upgraded a pretty fair amount with an outdoor balcony, plus a French balcony (basically a giant sliding window with a bar across so you don’t fall out). We enjoyed having the outdoor balcony. Our cruise director warned about keeping windows closed going through locks because of the spiders. He was not joking! The spiders are generously sized. Our cabin steward was excellent and the amenities included in the cabin were spot on.
Charming and walkable, the Van Gogh and Ann Frank museums are “must see!” Make reservations ahead. Ann Frank releases tickets on Tuesdays six weeks out and they go fast! Plan ahead!
Our favorite! We had the most free time here. We took a walking tour and then just meandered through Petite France. Sidewalk cafes abound. Save room for sweets from a patisserie.
We were here on a hot and busy Saturday. The walking tour was good, lots of places for beer. Fast-paced. Watch out for bikes and cars.
Adorable! We took the gondola ride for panoramic views, then returned to see the mechanical music museum. A charming town, there was new wine to sample and Rudesheim coffee is a must!
We did a short walking tour before boarding our tour bus to Lucerne, where we stayed two nights. The town was interesting enough, but after Strasbourg, Rudesheim and Requewhir it was hard to compete. Lucerne was by far our favorite town in Switzerland. Take the tour to Stanserhorn if you can. Stunning Alpine views!