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Sail Date: July 2014
This was our first river cruise. It was 7 nights from Amsterdam to Luxembourg City on the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The staff was very friendly, helpful and hard working. One day, I even saw the maid on her hands and knees scrubbing the ... Read More
This was our first river cruise. It was 7 nights from Amsterdam to Luxembourg City on the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The staff was very friendly, helpful and hard working. One day, I even saw the maid on her hands and knees scrubbing the carpet on the threshold to our room! We had a deluxe room in the middle of the ship, on what could be called the second floor. I had been concerned about the room being cramped, but it was not and the amount of storage was unbelievable. The closet was big enough for both my husband's and my hanging clothes and there was plenty of shelf space and even under-the-bed space. And the tiny bathroom had a rain shower that was better than the one we had in the Marriott! The open seating arrangement in the dining room allowed us to easily meet other couples who were traveling, and we met many fun and interesting people. Each day offered two or three different tour options in port and all of them were good. There was entertainment each evening for an hour after dinner in the lounge. The entertainers were varied, all were good and left us wanting more. Although the weather was a little dreary most of the time, the staff and local tour guides made the best of the situation by always being cheerful. We will definitely do another AmaWaterways cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
We had a delightful time on our first river cruise. I was somewhat nervous about river cruising as I love the sense of expansiveness with ocean cruising. I absolutely loved the simplicity of getting on and off the smaller ship and I ... Read More
We had a delightful time on our first river cruise. I was somewhat nervous about river cruising as I love the sense of expansiveness with ocean cruising. I absolutely loved the simplicity of getting on and off the smaller ship and I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. The cruise manager, Nick Hartog was amazing: knowledgeable, helpful, and great at handling the myriad of details in making the cruise run smoothly. I appreciated his dry sense of humour. Also, the food was first rate. The room was amongst the best appointed I have experienced (about 10 ocean cruises ranging from ocean view to suite). The pianist who played every day was tremendous. One suggestion I would make is to have some covered area on the sundeck. My husband is a smoker and he said that it was really windy whenever he went for a smoke. Also, my husband said the treadmill was very noisy. The daily excursions are a more integral part of the river cruising compared to ocean cruising. If someone is looking for lots of on board stimulation they are probably better off taking an ocean cruise. Otherwise, I highly recommend river cruising and AMAwaterways.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
The commitment of the company to satisfying its customers was impressive. The experience of sailing down the Rhine, Main and Danube under flooding conditions created extra excitement for the cruise. The Amadolce, sailing from Amsterdam on ... Read More
The commitment of the company to satisfying its customers was impressive. The experience of sailing down the Rhine, Main and Danube under flooding conditions created extra excitement for the cruise. The Amadolce, sailing from Amsterdam on June 6th, was the first boat to make it way almost all the way to Amsterdam after the floods. Were it not for a broken lock just before Budapest, the ship would have made it all the way. We were greeted with delight at each port with the locals saying that we were the first boat to make it in weeks. We were able to do this only due to the amazing skill of the captain. Captain Rien left his job as an administrator at AMA headquarters just to sail the Amadolce through this crisis. Because of high waters, sometimes we cleared low bridges along the way with only about a foot to spare. Our cruise manager was even more amazing. He proved to be particularly adept and creative in arranging for last minute excursions and tours since we were never sure how far down river we would be able to dock. He was invariably calm and good natured. Both he and the Captain kept us continually informed as to what we might encounter along the way. All this was on top of the customary top notch service, cuisine, and wine we received on the cruise. All in all, we couldn't have had a better cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We consider ourselves to be seasoned cruise customers, although we had not taken a river cruise until we booked with you for April 25th. We chose AMA because we were told that they ran a Mercedes-Benz type of experience. Sadly, this turned ... Read More
We consider ourselves to be seasoned cruise customers, although we had not taken a river cruise until we booked with you for April 25th. We chose AMA because we were told that they ran a Mercedes-Benz type of experience. Sadly, this turned out to not be true.We do want to acknowledge the staff of the AMADolce, from the cruise director to the hotel director to the Pursers to the support staffs, as being very good overall. However, somewhere in AMA's literature it states that by the second day the crew will know our names. Never happened. There was never any attempt by the crew to learn our names. It's a small issue, but becomes a bigger one because the literature suggests a higher level of personal interaction that never takes place.Our biggest complaint was with the food. The portions were extremely small, and there was not one night that the dinner appeared to have been custom cooked. One evening, the entrEe was rack of lamb, which had the appearance of being precooked and reheated prior to serving. All four of us at our table ordered this main course, and all four servings of lamb had the same preprepared look and taste.I am extremely sensitive to autolyzed yeast extract, also known as MSG. The kitchen either uses this ingredient or a similar one on a daily basis, or there was something else in the meals that caused me to be unable to sleep for the first four nights of the cruise. I'm sure the soups contained this ingredient also. For the last three nights of the cruise, I order the most bland choices available, skipping soups, and, lo and behold, I slept very well.One thing we especially enjoy on our cruises are tasty, creative desserts. Not one of the AMA desserts was appealing to us... they were flavorless and unimaginative.Overall, we liked our cabin, except for the fact that the mattresses were narrower than any we have ever encountered on a cruise line. Neither of us are large people, yet the narrowness of the mattresses was a contributing factor to our sleep deprivation. We also encountered a noise issue that apparently is a way of life in River cruising. Our cabin was on the top deck, and twice while we were trying to sleep we heard the sound of many, many, MANY sets of feet climbing over our cabin on the way to their docked ship. We don't have any clue as to how AMA might solve this problem, but it added to the list of negative issues we encountered during our cruise.Regarding the land tours we took, the tour guides were perfunctory but not special in any way. On the cruise was an older woman whose right leg was fused straight. The tour guides didn't seem to make any special effort to make this passenger comfortable.Lastly, the Captain lacked a professional, authoritarian aura. His demeanor did nothing to improve our overall cruise experience.We have cruised with six Star lines, five Star lines, all away down to our one and only cruise (our last cruise) with Carnival. We hoped that AMAWaterways would in some ways remind us of our Regent Seven Seas experience, and perhaps even excel. We are disappointed this was not the case. Read Less
AmaDolce Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.5 4.5
Entertainment 3.5 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 2.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.3
Enrichment 3.0 4.0
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.3

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