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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Our recent 7 day river cruise on the AMAdante included the Moselle, Rhine and the Mein rivers. When traveling on the Mein river the upper deck was closed for most of last 3 days of the cruise. It appeared to be because of the low bridges, ... Read More
Our recent 7 day river cruise on the AMAdante included the Moselle, Rhine and the Mein rivers. When traveling on the Mein river the upper deck was closed for most of last 3 days of the cruise. It appeared to be because of the low bridges, but there was no explanation nor was upper deck opened in between the bridges. This greatly limited the outdoor space for the passengers and forced the smokers to encroach on what little outdoor space there was for the 100+ passengers. Not being able to be outside and enjoy the river from this perspective compromised the cruise experience for us. We are disappointed that AMAwaterways does not disclose this type of information ahead of time. If we had known we would not be able to use the outer deck for almost half the cruise, we would have selected a different cruise. The only other disappointment was the quality of the food. There was very little regional cuisines and often the entree was overcooked. Many other aspects of the cruise were great and we had a nice vacation but really wished we could have been on deck more. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We went from Heathrow, there was some confusion at Budapest airport however that was soon resolved and we had a posh taxi to the boat. Firstly the good news, the boat was very clean and the maid service exceptional. The staff were ... Read More
We went from Heathrow, there was some confusion at Budapest airport however that was soon resolved and we had a posh taxi to the boat. Firstly the good news, the boat was very clean and the maid service exceptional. The staff were excellent, a tribute to the enforced tipping system which adds perhaps £10 a day to your costs. Due I suspect to the cost, the average age was perhaps 70 and there were no children on our trip. The choice of guided and unguided excursions was very good although I was disappointed to miss out on a bike tour due to basic maintenance which should have been done. The cabins are small but acceptable, the equipment o/k but had a tendency to malfunction. The shower wasn’t designed for someone of my stature and half the buttons didn’t work but again, o/k. The TV broke on day 4 but we could still use the limited range of films. The food was o/k, there were a couple of good dishes and the majority were acceptable. The soups were poor with the exception of the fish soup which was excellent. There is small restaurant for fine dining at the rear of the boat which you are only allowed to use once. Again the fine dining was o/k, individual items were cooked very well but the combinations showed a confused pallet from the chef. I didn’t understand how one night only 6 people were in the fine dining restaurant, why not open it up if you are low on covers? Wine was free and generously provided at mealtime, probably £6 to £10 quality range. Would have been good if there was a wine list for the week since the wines changed almost daily and it took a long time to get the waiter to find the bottle from two days ago you liked instead of the bottle today you didn’t. I was surprised that the officers didn’t eat in the dining room when the guests ate, this might have given them a less aloof air. The tour manager Orloff was very good and frequently held together events and outings which would otherwise have been a disaster (see comments about entertainment). The entertainment was terrible I think the person who chose the various earnest acts must have been depressed at the time of choosing same. To be fair to the various “singers” the maintenance crew were incapable of repairing a hands free microphone for our entire voyage which made their (and the tour managers) job far more difficult than it need have been. Perhaps the best fist was made by Valerie May who had the sense to provide her own equipment. Finally, I know it sounds picky but if my wife has paid for a bath robe for 7 days, don’t take it away on day 6 because you haven’t enough robes to wash them in time for the next guests! In summary the group maintains it strives for excellence. It needs to gird it’s loins…… Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Our cabin (222) was very, very small and a great disappointment. Storage space was limited, although closet space was adequate. The cabin is almost claustrophobic. Desk space is very shallow and the sink/vanity in the bathroom is ... Read More
Our cabin (222) was very, very small and a great disappointment. Storage space was limited, although closet space was adequate. The cabin is almost claustrophobic. Desk space is very shallow and the sink/vanity in the bathroom is minute. The ship was kept very clean and the entire staff was very attentive. Our Cruise Manager, John Riley, was exceptionally good and did whatever was necessary to ensure that every aspect of the trip went well. As on most river cruises, the entertainment is very modest, but enjoyable. Often, the entertainment boarded the ship, did their small show and left the ship the same night, but perhaps at a different location from which they boarded. Our second biggest disappointment was the food. The buffet breakfasts were very adequate and the buffet had many choices. This was perhaps the best meal of the day. The lunch buffet was slightly disappointing, with limited menu choices. Dinners were the most disappointing. Unlike larger cruise ships, there were 3 entree choices (in addition to a few "always available" choices. The attempt at "gourmet" choices for dinner failed in many instances, especially at the "specialty restaurant", where we thought the meal was worse than the main dining room. The main entree' was one shortrib. Unfortunately, my wife's portion was more than half fat and had to be returned and replaced. In our opinion, this attempt at gourmet failed. Service was slightly slow, but reasonable; however, the ship was about 2/3 of its capacity (less than 100 passengers). The daily tours are broken up into 4 groups - one group of active walkers or bicycle riders (those who could handle more strenuous touring), two groups of average walkers and one group of easy walkers. The ship provided listening devices for the tours. These devices made the tour leader easy to understand and you didn't have to be in a group around the tour leader. Reception and clarity of these devices are excellent. The tour guides were all very good and covered the most important sites. Some of the tours started with a bus ride and ended up walking some of the sites. On one day, we walked more than 6.5 miles, so be ready for a lot of walking. In all cases, walking was on cobblestones and other uneven surfaces. Egress from the ship was handled smoothly, although as previously indicated, the ship was at about 2/3 capacity, with less than 100 passengers. Read Less
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