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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Chose this ship because it was chartered by a classical music station. Plastic flowers in the hallways and in our cabin. If you can't use fresh, why bother? Chairs in dining room had tattered fabric that was fraying and hanging down ... Read More
Chose this ship because it was chartered by a classical music station. Plastic flowers in the hallways and in our cabin. If you can't use fresh, why bother? Chairs in dining room had tattered fabric that was fraying and hanging down underneath seats. Cocktails and "finger" appetizers were served without napkins. No decaf coffee at night served at dinnertime. Some of the staff were pleasant and efficient but others were not professional and rude. Corroded soap dish in bathroom.Ceiling in bathroom was so low that my husband who is 6' 1" tall could not stand up in the tub without hitting his head. Bathroom reminded one of a 1960's Wisconsin motel. Bath towels were worn and thin. Hard to believe this ship is only 7 yrs. old. It appears much older. No help from crew getting on or off ship in slippery, rainy conditions. In our opinion, one would be wise to avoid the Lueftner cruise fleet. Please note that our Enrichment Activities, Entertainment and Shore Excursions were all arranged by a land based company in the US. in partnership with the classical radio station and were independent of and not the responsibility of Amadeus Elegant thus the high ratings. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise because we needed a place we had never been and had used the same college to arrange one for us in the past. We embarked in Fiteste, Romania, and disembarked in Vienna for a 9 day, 1200 mile Danube trip in October ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we needed a place we had never been and had used the same college to arrange one for us in the past. We embarked in Fiteste, Romania, and disembarked in Vienna for a 9 day, 1200 mile Danube trip in October 2016. The staff was superb. The rooms comfortable, large, and perfectly maintained. The bathrooms were much larger and easier to use than any boat I had been on. Every day housekeeping cleaned our room between when we started and finished breakfast, leaving darling towel animals on the beds. The balcony doors opened smoothly however it was too cold to leave it open much. The food was well prepared and the service was amazing. The food always looked beautiful, every plate well designed. The food variety seemed to change slightly at different ports. As far as food selection, there was always a choice of meat, fish, or vegetarian. Most fish dishes were pan fried no matter what they called in on the menu. Wine was abundant, no need to bring your own. Breakfast always had fruit, muesli, and yogurt, as well as many cooked dishes and nearly anything custom made. I suspect that each cruise will supply different entertainment, lectures, excursions based on who is organizing it, but as far as the ship goes, it was perfect. I especially liked the staff and the exercise class given by Ileana every morning. I loved the walking deck and walked what seems like several hundred miles during our 9 day trip, each day meeting new people. The deck was comfortable and easy to walk on. I believe the ship was full with 115 passengers but at dinner at least 2 or 3 tables were unused. The lounge could get crowded during a good lecture so go early to get a good seat. The seating was comfortable. There is a little pool on top but never got warmer than 60 degrees so no one used it. Don't expect to get much out of the exercise room either - there are 3 ergometers, old style, one did not work. There is massage and hair dressing on the ship as well as a full bar and small gift shop. At one point we had to walk through two other boats to get to shore, and ours seemed the cleanest. My only advice would be to go downstream not upstream as we did, the trip would be shorter between destinations. There is a lot of emptiness in Eastern Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary) but beautiful port cities when you find them. Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
This is our second cruise on an Amadeus by Lueftner Cruise ship. This time we did the full Amsterdam to Budapest trip on the Rhine, Main, Main-Danube Canal and finally on the Danube. As background, my wife and I have done about 15 ocean ... Read More
This is our second cruise on an Amadeus by Lueftner Cruise ship. This time we did the full Amsterdam to Budapest trip on the Rhine, Main, Main-Danube Canal and finally on the Danube. As background, my wife and I have done about 15 ocean cruises and are in our 60's. We went with a group of about 50. Most of the other passengers were affiliated with some group. The ship was beautiful with a more modern, clean look. Our cabin was on the second (middle) deck and was well appointed. It was not large but was quite functional with all the storage we needed and a cleverly designed, modern bathroom. The suitcases fit under the comfortable bed. The full length window had a motor that dropped the top halfway down. This made an ideal place to stand and watch the river go by. I much preferred it to the usual sliding glass doors in the absence of a balcony. Given that you only see one side of the river and that the public areas are so nice, I wouldn't upgrade to a true balcony. The staff was made of the hardest working, friendliest people we have experienced on a cruise with the exception of one bartender who could have learned from his colleagues. The hotel director was a most pleasant American who went above and beyond in making sure we were well taken care of. Most of the other staff were Romanian with some waiters from the Philipines. All had good English skills. By the end of the cruise, it all felt like one big family. The wife of one of our waiters, Bradford, gave birth back in the Philipines while we were on the cruise. He was so well liked by our group that we collected a significant contribution for them. The food was, for the most part, very good to excellent. Breakfast was a large buffet with all of the usual items and with eggs and omlets cooked to order. I especially appreciated the smoked salmon and marinated herring. Lunch was either sit-down in the dining room or more informal buffet in the lounge. Dinner was five to six courses with usually a choice of two salads, appetizer, soup, dessert and a meat, fish and vegetarian entree. Regional items were frequent (how can you go to Hungary and not have goulash?). There was always chicken and something else for plain eaters, but why go to Europe if you are not going to try European cuisine? Individual portions were not large, but in sum the meals were quite satisfying. The included regional wines were both good and free flowing. Most of the excursions were included; we went on three optional ones. The use of the audiovox system is a real plus. You don't have to crowd around the guide. American excursions should adopt it. All of the guides were local; most were really good and even outstanding. One needed work on her tour skills, but the tour was still fun. For the most part, there was enough time to explore on our own and have a glass of local beer or wine. Thankfully we had no forced stops at gift shops as happens on so many cruise tours. This was port intensive with stops in cities including Cologne, Vienna, and Budapest, but our favorite stops were in the smaller towns like Bamberg, Rudesheim, Wertheim and Rothenberg. We will admit, though, that we became a little Baroque church and castle fatigued. But the best part was cruising on the river, watching the vineyards, castles and hamlets unfold around the bend. I was surprised at how pastoral the scenery was. I was expecting more industrial development along the rivers, but there wasn't much. June proved to be a good time to go. Temperatures were in the 60's with occassional 70's. Some rain but not enough to stop anything. And plenty of water in the rivers thus avoiding the problems that all of the cruise lines experienced later in the season. Our favorite ocean cruise has been on Celebrity to the Norwegian fjords. This trip would rank right up there with that. We would chose this line again for our next river cruise for its food, service, ship and value. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
The Amadeus Royal is an old cruise boat that has been recently renovated. However it falls short of being described as luxurious. The cabins are small. It was good to be able to get fresh air, but the "French balcony" was only a ... Read More
The Amadeus Royal is an old cruise boat that has been recently renovated. However it falls short of being described as luxurious. The cabins are small. It was good to be able to get fresh air, but the "French balcony" was only a small sliding window less than a metre wide. The main lounge had very uncomfortable seating. There were some armchairs but not enough for all guests. The restaurant was located at the stern of the boat and it was necessary to walk down a corridor past cabins. Every morning the housekeeping trolley and vacuum cleaner were cluttering this corridor before and during breakfast. Water, tea and coffee were only available at meal times and had to be paid for at other times. We were fortunate to be able to use the upper deck in good weather. If it had rained the lounge was crowded and uncomfortable. Read Less
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