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Sail Date: April 2019
We just returned from our first European river cruise. Having only been on ocean cruises in the past, we weren’t sure how this vacation would compare. We absolutely loved it! Our cabin was small, but extremely efficient and clean! ... Read More
We just returned from our first European river cruise. Having only been on ocean cruises in the past, we weren’t sure how this vacation would compare. We absolutely loved it! Our cabin was small, but extremely efficient and clean! Our housekeeper, Gigel (George) was amazing and did an awesome job of keeping our cabin spotless every day. Martina, the cruise manager, was exceptional-bright, witty, entertaining, kind, compassionate, and full of boundless energy! She greeted us with enthusiasm on our first day of our pre-cruise land package in Switzerland and seemed to effortlessly take care of us from that point on. Honestly, the trip wouldn’t have been near as fun without her-she is absolutely amazing-so personable and what a gift she has for history! Our group all agreed that she made the trip so wonderful for all the passengers. Martina was so good with those that needed extra assistance and related to the thirty somethings and everyone in between just as easily. She was always available and we started to wonder, when does this girl sleep?! Overall the ship was in great shape. I think it is one of AMA’s older vessels, but it didn’t show it. Our cabin’s bathroom was small, but pristine and very up to date. The water pressure was amazing and the shower had nice fixtures. Our cruise was a wine cruise so we had additional wine tastings on and off the ship which were fun, interesting, entertaining, and very enjoyable. We also had an amazing beer tasting in Cologne. We enjoyed all the ports and shore excursions. We were wishing we could have spent more time in Strasbourg along with most of the ports because the villages and cities were lovely. We were very satisfied with the onboard entertainment. A couple of nights they brought in local entertainment. (Musicians) Everyone always seemed to be enjoying themselves in the evening whether just listening to the music, dancing, visiting with newly made friends, or playing cards. There was music and dancing every night in the lounge. But, if you are looking for ocean cruise type entertainment, you will probably be disappointed. We were pleased with the food. A couple of nights we chose the fish entree and compared to the meat entree, the portion size seemed rather small. That was our only complaint about the food. Breakfast is a huge buffet with a made to order omelette station OR you can order off a menu. I had the eggs Benedict for breakfast from the menu one day. Lunch is also buffet, but you can order pizza or a burger from the menu. I had a burger and fries several times and it was very good. Dinner was delightful as well aside from the fish portions I alluded to earlier. And you can always order a steak or salmon if you don’t like the main offerings. I had the salmon one night and it was wonderful. One evening the appetizer was duck and it was amazing. Another night the entree was veal cheeks and they were so tender and delicious. Our group also dined at the Chef’s Table on the last night and it was such a fun and satisfying experience!l For those passengers who want to workout while on the cruise, the ship has its own personal trainer who was great, but not pushy! I would definitely recommend this cruise. We boarded the ship in Basel and went north on the Rhine to Amsterdam. The day we went through the Rhine River gorge,where many castles are located near the banks, Martina provided amazing historical commentary over the ship’s speaker system. We learned so much from Martina and our expert guides on the shore excursions! Overall, the entire staff on the AmaDante is amazing. They work tirelessly and long hours to ensure that everyone has an awesome cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise exceeded my expectations! The staff and crew were fabulous, especially Nick Hartog, our cruise manager. Our cabin was amazing, and our housekeeper (Vlad) kept it immaculate. Service in the dining room was attentive and kind. ... Read More
This cruise exceeded my expectations! The staff and crew were fabulous, especially Nick Hartog, our cruise manager. Our cabin was amazing, and our housekeeper (Vlad) kept it immaculate. Service in the dining room was attentive and kind. Everything went smoothly--even when river water levels were low and we had to make some adjustments to sail the Rhine River Gorge. I am not a lover of guided tours, and I often find the guides on trips like this to be a bit boorish and sometimes sexist in their remarks. We had a couple guides who disappointed, but a few who were great. I enjoy going off on my own more often--especially to the beer destinations for our beer tours. (Breweries and bars were great fun with our group!) I appreciated the healthy and vegetarian options in the dining room, but would suggest that you allow more of a cross-over here by designing healthy vegetarian. (i.e.: fewer carbs and better protein choices.) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Started cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Side trip to Lucerne Switzerland the day before by taking a one hour train ride from city center, easy and further the time. Took a cruise across the lake and then a tram to top of Mt Pilatus, great ... Read More
Started cruise in Basel, Switzerland. Side trip to Lucerne Switzerland the day before by taking a one hour train ride from city center, easy and further the time. Took a cruise across the lake and then a tram to top of Mt Pilatus, great experience. Both citiies fun to explore. The market areas in Basel are very nice. The staff of the Amadante very welcoming and always smiling. They all appear to enjoy people and their jobs. The crew manager Edward fantastic. He planned so much and took care of everyone’s questions or needs. The chef and dining room staff was amazing. Great history lessons about the towns and Germany from friendly tour guides on every excursion. Visited beautiful towns and tasted delicious things on culinary excursions and on our own. Met great people from around the world. We appreciated the smaller intimate number of cruisers on this size ship. It makes it inviting to create friendships. This was our first river cruise and it exceeded expectations. Interested in doing another river cruise on a future vacation. Ken and Cathy Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
My husband and I choose this cruise because of its availabilty early in the river cruising season. In April we would rather deal with the weather (which was surprisingly spectacular for this cruise) then crowds later in the season. We ... Read More
My husband and I choose this cruise because of its availabilty early in the river cruising season. In April we would rather deal with the weather (which was surprisingly spectacular for this cruise) then crowds later in the season. We had been on a AMA cruise in Portugal last year and loved it. One of the issues that arises when you take a cruise early in the season is a staff that has not worked together or is inexperienced. The cruise director on this cruise falls into thist catagory and thus impacted our experience. Often there seemed to be confusion as shore excursions were organized. Our bus left 4 people at a church and did not realize it for many miles later. Our paid excusion had more people on it then they had accounted for. Many times the cruise director was on our bus, and interacted rarely with the people around her. One shore excursion which had groups going to the same places we were on a bus with 10 people and the other bus had 25, which made no sense. On the last day of the cruise, all of the afternoon shore excursions were to return at 5:30PM, while a special music presentation in the lounge was to begin at 5:00PM. This made no sense. One pleasant surprise was that during Happy Hour there was a special cocktail each day that was complimentary in additon to wine, beer and other mixed drinks. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to please. We have cruised many times before, but never have I seen the Captain present and as this one. We did not realize that because there were 56 locks to go through between Nuremburg and Luxembourg that the sun deck would have to be down most of the time. There were also low bridges that caused this. Thus, not able to enjoy the early warm spring weather from the top. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and would chose AMA again in the future. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our first-ever river cruise and the only way it could have been better is if the weather had cooperated better. It was mostly cold, temps sometimes in the high 20s at night and mid-40s during the day. Because of this, we did not ... Read More
This was our first-ever river cruise and the only way it could have been better is if the weather had cooperated better. It was mostly cold, temps sometimes in the high 20s at night and mid-40s during the day. Because of this, we did not use the sun deck much at all. We selected this cruise because it was the inaugural American Wine Society (AMS) cruise, of which we are members. The itinerary looked like something we wanted to do, visiting 3 countries along the Danube and destination cities such as Budapest and Vienna that we had not been to. The ship was very nice and the accommodations were as good as any we've had on ocean cruises. Our cabin had a french balcony that we seldom used due to the cold temperatures on the cruise, but it certainly made our cabin (170 sq ft) feel bigger. The bathroom was smaller than most we've had on ocean cruises, but the multi shower head shower with a powerful water stream made up for it. Service was outstanding--everyone, cabin room attendant, wine stewards, restaurant staff, exceeded our expectations. Food was outstanding including entrees we never had on previous cruises. My favorite was the venison and lamb combination. Entertainment was good but not much of it. An entertainer would board the ship for one performance and usually leave right after that, usually at one of the many locks we were going through. AMA did a fantastic job with the excursions. The buses were very nice, the tour guides were friendly and knowlegeable, and the tours themselves interesting and informative. All the tours included the Quiet Vox system that allowed us to hear the guide without being near him. This way we could take pictures and wander around a site without having to stand close to the guide. Our favorite tour was the all day Mondesee/Salzburg tour going through the Alps while it was snowing, and seeing lots of Sound of Music film locations. The AWS conducted wine tastings and selected wine pairings for several of the dinners. We sampled 52 wines onboard through the auspices of AWS and another 10 during wine tasting excursions off ship. We were very satisfied with AMA and their staff. The cruise manager, equivalent of cruise director on ocean cruises, was outstanding, virtually a one-man band organizing all of our activities and keeping everyone happy. Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. Taxis were requested at a certain time for debarkation and they showed up right on time. We would not hesitate to sail with AMA again. Read Less
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