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
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
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
We had been given the perception that they were a top level cruise line for quality and service. While the food was above average as was the service, due to low water our itinerary changed dramatically. We actually sailed less than 1/3 ... Read More
We had been given the perception that they were a top level cruise line for quality and service. While the food was above average as was the service, due to low water our itinerary changed dramatically. We actually sailed less than 1/3 of what we were supposed to and we never sailed on the Rhine. We had changes in the excursions. We had to take about a 6 hour bus ride on our final day with a stop for a tour. We were then taken to a hotel. The hotel was nice however the quality of food and room was not what we had on the ship. The buffet for dinner was not inviting nor was the breakfast in the morning.
We also had to be separated from the couple we were traveling with since their airport for flying out was closer to the place where the ship had to stop due to the low water. They didn't get to France or Switzerland due to that.
We had called right before the cruise about the possibility of low water and were told there were no issues on either the Rhine or Moselle but there had been on the Danube.
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary as well as special birthdays for members of both our parties. Read Less
We chose this cruise and AMA Waterways because it worked well with our schedule. Friends recommended AMA Waterways and we were not disappointed, other than the fact that the Amadante is the oldest ship in their fleet, and it showed. This ... Read More
We chose this cruise and AMA Waterways because it worked well with our schedule. Friends recommended AMA Waterways and we were not disappointed, other than the fact that the Amadante is the oldest ship in their fleet, and it showed. This was our third river cruise, so we were able to compare it with ships from a different cruise line, that were new. The service was excellent, staff very friendly, cruise director, Raul, was amazing. The excursions were varied and offered enough choices for everyone's liking. Because of the heat, we did not take advantage of the on-board bikes, but we would have otherwise. It is a nice amenity to have. Food was very good, and the Chef's Table was excellent.
The only negatives were the fact that we were only allowed to use the upper deck with its raised canopy when the ship was docked. Mind you, we went through a lot of locks, so that was understandable, but once we got on the Rhine river, and there were less locks, we still were not allowed to sit under the canopy, and with the hot weather, no one wanted to sit in the sun. The other negative was the wine group that was invited on board for the wine tastings, were from California. So, instead of tasting wines from the region, we were tasting wines from their vineyards.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
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
My 10-days with AMAWaterways in Prague and on the AmaDante were totally wonderful. The suite was extremely comfortable, the food and beverages were exceptional, the staff was incredibly thorough and attentive while remaining almost ... Read More
My 10-days with AMAWaterways in Prague and on the AmaDante were totally wonderful. The suite was extremely comfortable, the food and beverages were exceptional, the staff was incredibly thorough and attentive while remaining almost invisible, and the excursions were well organized and varied. I met so many delightful people and saw incredible historic sites, while enjoying wine and beer tastings, and hikes and exercise. Our tour director provided activities for all levels of ability, and I was glad this included “active” options. Just spending time on the sun deck or in my stateroom with the floor to ceiling windows was great, too. This was officially a “wine cruise” and we had an onboard winemaker who guided us through tastings of the wines from the different regions through which we traveled as well as providing samples from his winery. Combined with the four- course dinners and the other meals (breakfast, late risers parties, lunch, tea, tapas, and late night snacks), it was a true “foodie” delight.
I’m already looking forward to the next cruise with AmaWaterways. Read Less
I am getting emotional just reflecting on how good the experience was.
The food, the outstanding service, and the staff all exceeded what I expected.
As a teacher, It was nice to sit back and forget the worries of teaching, grading ... Read More
I am getting emotional just reflecting on how good the experience was.
The food, the outstanding service, and the staff all exceeded what I expected.
As a teacher, It was nice to sit back and forget the worries of teaching, grading papers, and the responsibilities of just being an adult.
It appeared that every moment was thought out in detail, and the service was what I think resembled near butler service.
I am already thinking of planning another cruise next year.
For anybody thinking about taking a river cruise, don't give it a second thought and book.
I traveled with my life long partner, and we've been together for 30 years.
There were other couples of the same sex, and we were all accepted and treated as one of the family by the staff and cruise members.
What an experience to last a lifetime!
Oh, a thank you card from them arrived today. Read Less
My mom treated my sister, my daughter and myself to a 7 day cruise- Europe's Rivers & Castles. We ranged from 76 years young to 14 years old. While my daughter was the youngest on the cruise she still had an amazing experience. ... Read More
My mom treated my sister, my daughter and myself to a 7 day cruise- Europe's Rivers & Castles. We ranged from 76 years young to 14 years old. While my daughter was the youngest on the cruise she still had an amazing experience. We arrived 4 days before the ship set sail. We stayed in Nuremburg, rented a car to explore Bayreuth, Rothenburg and Nuremburg on our own. We took a taxi to the dock. From when we were greeted dockside until we were escorted to the airport at the end of our trip we received amazing service. The staff was excellent: they remembered what we liked to drink in the morning, what we liked to eat or what we were allergic to and were very quick to make sure our trip was enjoyable. The cruise director/manager made sure that our tours in each port were well organized. There were a variety of options from sedate to adventurous each day. You could sleep in and cruise with the ship. You could get up early and work out with their wellness coach. You could ride bikes from port to port, climb hills to see castles or tour the city/town with a knowledgeable guide. Our favorite tour was to the Residenze Palace in Wurtzburg- stunning inside and out. Enjoyed extra time at end of tour to look around Wurtzburg on our own. One night a lock was broken so we could not travel as originally planned. The captain and cruise director were able to adjust our schedule and still allow us to cruise along the Rhine Gorge to see all of the castles during day light hours. I was very impressed with their ability to adjust and adapt with minimal disruption to the passengers. The food was delicious with the morning pastries and lunch time homemade ice cream being a favorite. The Chef's Table was phenomenal and a must on this cruise. We has so much fun that we are planning our next cruise. Read Less
Where do I start, from the time we stepped onto the AmaDante till the time we left we could not have asked for a better time on this ship. The Captain Raul did a great job maneuvering the ship and has an excellent staff. The cruise ... Read More
Where do I start, from the time we stepped onto the AmaDante till the time we left we could not have asked for a better time on this ship. The Captain Raul did a great job maneuvering the ship and has an excellent staff. The cruise manager also named Raul was awesome. He managed all the excursions and everything could not have gone any smoother. My spouse cannot walk very fast and he would walk behind sometimes to keep him company which was greatly appreciated. Raul was with us from start to end as our trip started in Prague and ending in Paris. If you read this review Raul thank you for all you do and did for me and my spouse to make this trip really special. And thanks to the AmaWaterways AmaDante family for making our trip so very special from dining with the Captain to our anniversary celebration with cake and music, to the warm towels when we came back from excursions and flavored teas when it was cold outside and a few times raining. Let me now say a few words about the meals OMG the food, the cheeses, the breads, deserts, entrees all so wonderful, thank you maître d Edward for making it possible to get a lunch meal also available for dinner (suckling pig)! Now I cannot finish before saying something about the ships hotel manager Zhivko such a very nice, funny guy we we all enjoyed on the cruise. If you are thinking about going on a river cruise please consider AmaWaterways for your next cruise you will not be disappointed, they try and make it a wonderful, unforgettable cruise from the food, service, excursions, on ship entertainment to all the amenities they offer. Can't wait for the day we get to go on our second cruise with AmaWaterways Read Less
A couple of friends had sailed AmaWaterways and were very happy with their experience. Our travel agent had also sailed on this cruise and said it was good. Raul (the captain) was kind enough to show us around the navigation bridge and ... Read More
A couple of friends had sailed AmaWaterways and were very happy with their experience. Our travel agent had also sailed on this cruise and said it was good. Raul (the captain) was kind enough to show us around the navigation bridge and explained how the ship worked. Raul (the cruise director) was ALWAYS engaging and kept us informed several times per day. Unfortunately, one of the locks broke on the Rhine river so we were delayed and missed a couple of shore excursions, but we still had a great time. They made it work. We traveled with our adult son and his wife, who is pregnant so this was an opportunity to travel with them before they have the baby. We were concerned that the age demographic would be too old, but it wasn't the case. There were people on board from 15 - 85 and several in their 40's. Read Less
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
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
I was looking for a really special cruise for my husband's 60th birthday and Ama Waterways was recommended to me by a small ship specialist. My travel agent understood that my husband and I are not "get on the bus and tour" ... Read More
I was looking for a really special cruise for my husband's 60th birthday and Ama Waterways was recommended to me by a small ship specialist. My travel agent understood that my husband and I are not "get on the bus and tour" type of people (even though Ama does provide riding tours). We wanted walking, hiking, and biking opportunities and Ama provided that. We also wanted to be in ports in the evening to explore the towns after hours. Ama's ship, staff, food, itineraries, service, was excellent.
The ports were amazing. We walked over 25,000 steps each day and loved every step. The food was delicious and local and we never found a need to eat off of the ship. The wines at dinner were outstanding and the wine stewards kept our glasses filled. The Bitburger beer was great and a must with lunch once I discovered it! The room was extremely comfortable - we slept like babies. The water pressure in the shower was great (one minor complaint - the water pooled on the bathroom floor after taking a shower so the bath mat had to be replaced daily). We had a TV that was also a computer in our room but we never used it. Did I mention the refreshing cool washcloths and flavoured tea when we returned from excursions? I could go on and on and on about this fabulous cruise.
If we had to find a "negative" the only thing I can say is that it was disappointing that the upper deck of the ship was closed for part of the cruise but that is not Ama's fault and could not be helped. The bridges are low in certain areas and the railings have to be taken down to allow clearance under the bridges. We also weren't expecting to sometimes have our cabin windows blocked by another ship when in port (they dock next to each other). But, seriously, those were the only negatives. My husband would add that he would like more educational lectures.
I also have to mention the staff. The purser was always ready to solve any problem and answer any question. The cruise manager organized the itineraries and excursions, and even debarkation in the most professional manner. On debarkation day, she arranged for transportation for every guest to wherever we were heading (airport, train station, bus station, local hotel, etc.) and it all happened timely and seemingly with ease. It was amazing! We will definitely sail with Ama again. AMA-ZING! Read Less
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.
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Amawaterways was recommended by a travel agent friend and I am so thankful to her. While I've traveled on ocean cruises and several land trips, this was my first river cruise and I wasn't sure what to expect. A friend had heard ... Read More
Amawaterways was recommended by a travel agent friend and I am so thankful to her. While I've traveled on ocean cruises and several land trips, this was my first river cruise and I wasn't sure what to expect. A friend had heard me talking about this trip and joined me in the adventure - two 70 yr. old women off on an adventure!
We planned to arrive in Basel the morning prior to our sailing date but due to flight problems didn't arrive until late the night before sailing so weren't able to explore Basel as much as we'd hoped. We did make it to the Dreiländereck - the point where Switzerland, France, and Germany meet. It's in a working dock area- certainly not lovely but it is a cool photo op spot.
We boarded and boy, lots easier than the ocean cruise ships. We were personally escorted to our room (room 311) which was properly set up with twin beds. The room was spacious enough to allow 2 women to get themselves ready for the day without too much bumping into each other.The was ample storage and the sliding glass doors opened to the french balcony.
The food far exceeded any expectations. Keep in mind, beverages at meals - both alcoholic and non - are included in the cruise price. That means mimosas for breakfast, wine and/or beer for lunch & dinner. Every night you receive the ship's scheduled events for the following day and that includes the cocktail of the day - there's also a daily cocktail hour.
There is also the Chef's Table that you can sign up for once a cruise(also included). We went the first night & it was truly a special evening. The dining area is in the rear of the ship so the view is lovely.
And this brings me to one of my favorite aspects of the cruise - the people. Both guests and crew became so familiar to us. With less than 200 people including guests and crew you quickly make acquaintances and even friends. While there is a set time for meals in the dining area, you are free to come and go, sit where you want, when you want, and with whom you wish. Delightful! Breakfast and lunch offer both menu and buffet items while dinner has a menu with Chef's Recommendations and a la carte. There was always enough variety that vegetarians, meat lovers, seafood lovers - we all found ample choices.
My friend missed the big entertainment venues provided on the ocean cruises but since that was never my thing, I didn't miss it. She would have liked more & varied entertainment. Bristra entertained us each night on the piano and there was a delightful entertainer, Lindsay Hamilton, one night. Spectacular! A glass blower came on for a demonstration, a speaker, and, of course, the constantly changing scenery and going thru the locks was fun.
The excursions (most included in the cruise price) were geared to all abilities. There were walking tours for the "gentle walkers", active, hiking, and biking. I took several of the active walking tours and 2 of the bike tours. My travel buddy did walking tours and also some of the culinary/tasting tours. There were also wine tasting tours that I really enjoyed as well. There are a couple of optional tours available at additional cost. And remember, staying on the ship is totally OK!
And the crew? So interactive and helpful. On the ocean cruises we never saw the captain, much less interacted with him. Not the case here! The crew all spoke English and were all a joy to be around. It's not hard to know when you're around people who enjoy what they do and these people are fun. This ship also offered a Wellness Program. Viktor, the Wellness Director, led classes daily and also accompanied the bike tours. Great chance to keep up with my workouts and get to know even more people. Plus Viktor was nice to look at!
Because the ship is smaller and there are fewer people, the opportunities to mingle, converse, and get to know each other is wonderful.
After the water portion of the cruise, we continued on the land portion for 3 days in Prague. Again, choice of excursions and a super hotel. Wish there was more time - but isn't that always the case?
Would I go with Amawaterways again? In a heartbeat. I'm already looking for my next cruise with them.
Sorry to be so wordy, but I really found this cruise to be a delight & want to share. Read Less
We sailed on the AMADante from May 17th to May 24th, 2018 on the new Medieval Treasures cruise. This sailing was the inaugural voyage for this particular itinerary. We started in Basel and ended up in Nuremburg. We sailed the Rhine and ... Read More
We sailed on the AMADante from May 17th to May 24th, 2018 on the new Medieval Treasures cruise. This sailing was the inaugural voyage for this particular itinerary. We started in Basel and ended up in Nuremburg. We sailed the Rhine and Main Rivers. Our second cruise with AMAWaterways. I cannot say enough good things about AMA. From the moment you sign into their website after booking, every part of the experience is professional and so well done. Their website is easy to use and you can get some great information and videos on it. The paper documents you receive along with your lovely luggage tags are such high quality. You do not get booklets of information like this anymore from ocean cruise lines. When you board the ship, the staff is waiting for you and if you are early it doesn’t matter. You are welcomed into the lounge to wait until your rooms are ready. You are given a nice lunch while you are waiting. Our stay prior to our cruise was in Lucerne and then Basel, so we took a taxi to the ship and arrived shortly before 11 AM. It wasn’t long before AMA had the canopy out and welcomed us to board and took our luggage from us. We had a nice lunch and then our rooms were ready and we were escorted to them. Our luggage was already there for us ready to unpack. Our housekeeper, Vladimar showed us the features of the room.
The staff cannot do enough for you to make your stay as welcoming as possible. The entertainment on board was top notch. We especially enjoyed Enrico Novi, a solo artist with the sound of a band. As soon as Enrico started playing his music which everyone was familiar with, the dancing didn’t stop until he did. Enrico was so personable and friendly and such a great singer. The other entertainers were excellent as well and we enjoyed all the shows put on nightly.
We enjoyed the new Sip and Sail program and not only did it include the cocktail of the day but there was a drink menu that you could order from. Very well done, AMA. Wine and beers were included with your meals. There was always a great selection of food items daily either from the buffet or menu. The Chef’s recommendation was very popular each night. No one was in a hurry to get you to finish up a meal, but waited on you with professionalism and charm. The waiter that made the omlettes, David, did a fantastic job each morning. Once he knew your preferences you could almost guarantee he would have your selection ready and waiting for you with a big smile.
The ports of call were amazing on this particular cruise. We left Basel and our first stop was Strasbourg, France, a beautiful city. We did the walking tour and our guide was excellent. Juliette Bossert was our guide and she was very informative and kept our group moving along at a perfect pace for this type of tour. We stopped at Ludwigshafen and Redesheim, Speyer, Frankfurt and if you wanted, you could do a full day excursion to Heidelberg. Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Rothenburg and Bamberg were the last ports of call. All beautiful. My husband, friend and I decided to stay on the ship between Miltenberg and Wurzburg and it was an amazing sail. Our ship had 124 guests and 20 of us stayed onboard for this sail. What a lovely afternoon of relaxing in the sun and seeing so many great views along the way.
So many extras included with your trip. From the ice cream social to the lovely beer, pretzel and sausage snack in the lounge. A fresh rose from the Captain, champagne, and the lovely Captain’s Farewell dinner. A lovely afternoon tea was set up each day between 4 and 5 pm. Included sandwiches, sweets, cakes, etc. It was all special.
One thing to note for people that have gone on ocean cruises and not on a river cruise, there are no long lineups for anything. You do not go through security to get on and off the ship. You are treated like an adult. You just swipe your card to leave and enter the ship. For tours, you use your Quiet Vox machine and your complimentary headsets. You take your little Quiet Vox transponder and match it up to your tour guide’s colour lollypop and you only hear the narrative from your tour guide. Busses are lovely and new, and there was never a long wait to start your excursion. If you signed up for an excursion and you didn’t attend it wasn’t any problem. You didn’t have to notify anyone in advance and you could leave the excursion if you wanted to and go out on your own, as long as you notified the tour guide that you would make your own way back to the ship.
Our cruise director had a great sense of humour and was always available for any questions you may have. Edward Sengel knew how to keep the groups interested in his lectures and also, if he had to make any quick changes, he was right there to fix any issues that may have popped up such as the ship was a little longer getting through the locks one day so the bus took a little longer tour than usual to wait until the ship caught up.
This particular cruise went through 54 locks, which is a lot of locks but it went amazingly smooth. We were in room 332 which is at the back of the ship near the Chef’s table. My only complaint about that room is that we did get some engine noise from the bow thrusters.
We were very pleased to see Aurora Teodorescu, the purser, and Alex the Maitre’ d on the AMADante. They were both on the AMASerena last year so it was nice to see familiar faces when we boarded this year. Always so professional with a great smile and sense of humour.
Mitko Georgiev was a great waiter and so pleasant. Always a smile and a laugh. Our pianist/singer was excellent and very professional. She played each afternoon and evening and did a fantastic job of entertaining everyone. Our two bartenders, Johnny (Stamin Ionut) and his partner, who went by the name of “I love you” as his name was hard to pronounce, did a fantastic job of keeping everyone’s glasses filled as required. Anna Maria was an excellent bartender as well. Another waitress in the diningroom that made our experience special was Gabriella Ciorioana. Always working with a big smile and making sure you were well looked after.
Other staff on this ship included Sonia Ferrera, the hotel manager, a very professional lady with a great smile. Always helping out on the ship from scooping ice cream, to helping the bar staff and the front desk staff, a true professional. Captain Klaussmann did a great job along with his co-captain.
We will be sailing with AMAWaterways as soon as we can. We always recommend this River Cruise Company to any of our friends when they ask us which ships we have sailed on. People ask us what we liked best about the trip and as you can see from our review, we loved it all.
The new AMA Cruise App is a great tour to share photos, read your dailies and send postcards to friends or allow friends/family to follow your trip online while you are onboard. Although the App wasn’t available for our cruise, I see it now holds twelve of the ships with upcoming cruises. I have test driven this app and it seems to work very well. I will use it in the future for any upcoming river cruise.
There were no children on this particular cruise. Our age group of people would be from early 50's and up. Approximately 60 Canadians out of 124 guests. Many from Nova Scotia, Canada. A great cruise. Read Less
Amawaterways in review of Legendary Danube
Sailing April 20th to April 27, 2017
The above date are the dates of the sailing. We, however we're on a pre cruise 3 day package, and in addition arrived in Prague 2 days prior to 3 ... Read More
Amawaterways in review of Legendary Danube
Sailing April 20th to April 27, 2017
The above date are the dates of the sailing. We, however we're on a pre cruise 3 day package, and in addition arrived in Prague 2 days prior to 3 day package. We also extend another 3 Nights in Budapest.
We booked our on Flights. I try and book the least number of connections. We flew Orlando to Frankfurt non stop and then Frankfurt to Prague. On our return, we flew Budapest to Frankfurt, and Frankfurt to Orlando. We had to clear passport control on both going and coming. With a 90 minute connections and being unfamiliar with the Frankfurt airport, we did gate to gate service. It's not inexpensive, but they are fantastic, and make sure you get to your new gate quickly and with very little walking.
Our hotel in Prague booked with AMA was the Cosmopolitan. It is a new hotel, however I would have preferred being at the Intercontinental or the Four Season, as I find them to be closer to Old Town. Our room also over looked an inside courtyard with no view. We found the resturant to be superb. The Sofitel Hotel in Budapest was in a great location. We upgrade our room to get immediate access as we had plans for the afternoon after disembarking the cruise. We were in a suite with incredible view. We had lounge access with wine, champagne, soft drinks, coffee, and food from 7 AM to 9 PM. The restaurant at the Sofitel was jammed, but you have many choices in the area.
Our Cruise Director was Raul Dederichs. He was outstanding, and AMA's excursion levels were great. On the walking tour they offered fast past, regular, and gentle. We usually took the regular tour. The guides were fantastic, and we had individual headsets for each tour. The gentle tour had very little walking. Speaking of walking, be prepared to walk a good deal. There were days we walked anywhere from 4 to 7 miles. Walking is not easy. Most of the walks are on cobblestone streets. There were very few who took the bike excursions.
Our weather was cold. We had rain, sleet, snow, and sunny days, We had one day when it reached 70, but most of the days ranged between high 30's to high 50's. Booking a balcony at this time of year is a waste, in our opinion. Although our weather was not the greatest, I would go again at this time of year after seeing the crowds in most ports. I can not image what the crowds would be like during high season.
We did all the optional tours except Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. I would suggest definitely not missing Salzburg, or Terezin. Our guide with the World War II tour was exceptional. The night sailing in Budapest was absolutely awesome. We had booked the special interest tour in Vienna, and was advised to take the regular tour as we would miss many important sites.
AMA provided fabulous meals and tremendous service. The Chef's table was outstanding. I could not believe our cruise director dedication to service. He was wonderful. On one occasion he hired a cab for someone who missed the tour bus. He was on the phone daily hunting for luggage that did not arrive. He did everything possible to make everyone have an outstanding trip. We found our fellow passengers to be a fun and a cohesive group. We traveled as a couple by ourselves, but generally had a fun table each evening of 6 or 8.
In my opinion this is not a good trip for children. There is really nothing geared toward them. Also, it would be almost impossible for anyone in a wheel chair.
Yes, we did have a few negatives but not onboard. We booked this cruise well over a year in advance. The website made me crazy. The commentary on the itinerary changed at least thee time. The diagram of the suites and mini suites were incorrect. The website showed only 2 full suites, when in reality there are 3. Unless I missed it, I saw nothing that stated what extras were included in the suites. I.e refrigerator with "free" sodas and juices plus beer. A coffee maker, and fresh fruit were also provided. If possible, I would suggest booking a suite or mini suite for the extra room. We had a mini suite, our shower was small, but nice. Watch, when you turn the shower on! It has many controls, and the first day I had water all over the floor!
A few things we did that I would wound recommend:
0. Doing extra days in Prague with private tours. We did the Jewish tour, and went into the country side to Kunta Hora. Excellent guide-Jeri with tours by locals.
0. Go to see parliament in Budapest. You can book times and tickets with www.jegymester.hu.
0. Take a extra time in Budapest and do some private tours. We did an additional 4 hour tour, and saw many more sites. Also did a trip out of Budapest to Danube Bend, (Esztergom-Visegrad,-Szentendre) with Gabriella email@example.com This was an all day tour and it was superb.
0. Make sure you have local currency. Coffee houses in Salzburg only accepted cash.
5. Dress is smart casual on concert night and the captains night. A lot of men wore jackets on both nights.
I would definitely sail with AMA again. They were superb. Read Less
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
I can not speak highly enough of this cruise, the ship and the staff. My cruise I can only describe as magical. If you could put happiness in a bottle then this is how I felt on this cruise. The hotel manager Christian is attentive, caring ... Read More
I can not speak highly enough of this cruise, the ship and the staff. My cruise I can only describe as magical. If you could put happiness in a bottle then this is how I felt on this cruise. The hotel manager Christian is attentive, caring and friendly with every passenger, always ensuring he runs a tight team. Out cruise director was Csaba, he delivered every excursion and talk to a very high standard and nothing was too much trouble. From house keeping to the service staff everyone is lovely.
What makes this cruise special is that just when you think you have had enough luxury, they pull something else out of the bag.
The excursions are well organised, the coaches immaculate and the guides are brilliant. If you haven't cruised with AmA before then I thoroughly recommend the Legendary Danube cruise.
The wine selection is also outstanding.
Keep up the good work everyone. Read Less
Was looking for a Danube cruise and AMA got good reviews on Cruise Critic. It lived up to all the positive comments. The ship was beautiful and spotless, the staff exceptional, food very good. Loved the excursions and the excursion leaders ... Read More
Was looking for a Danube cruise and AMA got good reviews on Cruise Critic. It lived up to all the positive comments. The ship was beautiful and spotless, the staff exceptional, food very good. Loved the excursions and the excursion leaders -- this is important as much of the time is spent exploring the gorgeous Eastern European towns. They were extremely knowledgeable (many historians, teachers etc) and anything but dry!
The entertainment the ship provided was also wonderful, from the onboard musicians to the beautiful concert in Vienna to the illumination cruise in Budapest. Special thanks and kudos also tto the Ship Manager John Riley. He was calm, knowledgeable and in control of all aspects of the tour. And if he didn't have an answer, he got it ASAP.
We arrived in Prague a day before the tour officially started and he was already behind his tour desk in the hotel lobby. And he has a great sense of humor! Read Less
We took the Tulip Time cruise on the AmaDante this April and really had a wonderful time. From check-in to check-out, nothing could have been better.
The cruise director was friendly and extremely helpful.
Our cabin was spacious and well ... Read More
We took the Tulip Time cruise on the AmaDante this April and really had a wonderful time. From check-in to check-out, nothing could have been better.
The cruise director was friendly and extremely helpful.
Our cabin was spacious and well set-up. We love having a FrenchBalcony. We had room to stash our luggage and plenty of space to store our clothes.
We found the food to be very good and the wine with our meals was delicious. The waiters were, on the whole, terrific. A few needed a bit more training., but were personable none-the-less.
The tours were with excellent tour guides and very worthwhile. We did not sign up for any optional tours, but were perfectly satisfied with the included offerings.
I like AMA Waterways because of all of the above, but the spacious cabins are really a clincher. We checked out some other companies and Viking offers much smaller cabins in the same price range.
Luckily, we had good weather for our cruise. I recommend taking a Tulip-Time cruise near the end of the season to see the most blooms. Read Less
I have just returned home from the most wonderful two weeks on MS AMAdante on an APT arranged cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Our Cruise Director, the amazing Kata, often spoke of APT's goal "to exceed expectations" and I ... Read More
I have just returned home from the most wonderful two weeks on MS AMAdante on an APT arranged cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Our Cruise Director, the amazing Kata, often spoke of APT's goal "to exceed expectations" and I can honestly say this trip surpassed all mine easily. I have made many independent trips to Europe but this time went with my elderly parents and I was a little unsure of whether this would be as good as it was advertised. It was. I loved it. There is so much I loved about this trip that I will just try to highlight some things that stand out for me: The ship was immaculate, beautifully furnished, confortable, and staff went way above duty to offer service. My cabin was perfectly sized and the bathroom was much roomier than I imagined. Unlimited fluffy towels changed twice a day is a pure indulgence for me, as we live in a place with water restrictions! Whenever there was a little problem ( such as my sliding door getting stuck once) the Pursers would actually come down to my cabin immediately and then arrange the right person to solve the problem. Food was great- and I am a real foodie! Breakfast was fantastic, I cannot think of a single addition I would make. The dining room staff knew that I liked a poached egg, just one, on unbuttered toast, and delivered one every morning without me even asking! I loved the flexibility of lunch- each day we ate in the lounge, where there were a range of "light"options, but I would often sneak down to the Dining Room too if there was a salad I wanted. The glass of wine was something I could get used to . Dinner was varied every night and of course some dishes were better than others but all were at least good. Some fabulous restaurant quality. My parents and I sat alone most nights- just our choice, and it was fine: no pressure at all to join another table, although we were happy to do so sometimes. I loved the little unexpected foodie touches: the demonstration of making apple strudel by the Pastry Chef, different cakes designed to fit the itinerary, an onion tart for morning tea one day as we floated into Austria. Coffee...well, not bad, from a Nespresso type machine. I realised after two further weeks in Europe that pretty much EVERY cup of coffee in Europe is made from a push button expresso machine, so given that, the ship coffee wasn't any different. I did enjoy getting back to my local barista with home roasted and ground single-origin ristretto though. My only suggestion to AMA would be....add on more tea and coffee stations! It was awfully crowded at "peak" times such as just after a shore excursion returned. Best aspect of all was our Tour Director, Kata, and her unbelievable energy and commitment to making sure every one was happy and satisfied. I really enjoyed both her daily written bulletins, thoughtfully placed on our pillows during dinner so that we had time to look in detail the night before. But she added to this with 15 or 20 minute little "talks" just before dinner , outlining the practicalities of the following day: when and where each excursion would be going, something about the various choices, and importantly for my parents, some comment about "for those with walking difficulties". She was also available from 7 am to midnight for any questions. She was an amazing resource of information about each place but if she did not know, she was very ready to add that too, so that I always felt she was giving an accurate profile of each place. The itinerary was excellent- only a couple of places I would leave out if I was designing it myself. I felt Cologne was just too rushed: I had spent a few days there previously, and really we only got to see the Cathedral. I felt that we needed at least a day and a half in the "bigger cities", as we had in Vienna and Budapest. The smaller towns were more ideally suited for the short stays and walking excursions: Rothenburg, Wurzberg, Regensburg, Passua, Melk, Durstein- all gorgeous in their own way, and I felt we had time to really enjoy them and see quite a lot. Bamburg I hated: we were moored miles away, it was raining, and it seemed to be jam packed with tourists ( it was a Sunday). Even though we were also moored well out in Vienna, there were regular shuttle buses and we were there long enough to make it worthwhile. The evening concert in Vienna was a real highlight! Much better quality music than I had expected. But Budapest has to be top of my list: sailing down through a misty morning, seeing those fabulous buildings lining each side of the river, will stay in my mind forever. The local guides were all good apart from one( Bamberg....) and some were superb : we may have been lucky, but they were mostly knowledgeable and helpful. The trip is really busy: if you took up every option, as I did, the days were spent mostly off the ship, but I did enjoy returning every afternoon , quite tired! Now anyone reading this who was on this trip will guess who I am when I mention....the bikes. Having the bikes on board was one of the highlights of the trip for me . There were four 30 km accompanied rides- I did three of them and they were fantastic. It really does give you a different perspective of the river and landscape to pedal along the canal paths. Riding from Melk to Durstein was absolutely fantastic: we wound our way in and out of several little villages along the way and through acres of orchards and vines, catching glances of the river as we rode. I insisted on "photo stops" very often!! In addition to the organised rides, the "boys" ( the deck hands) were very happy to get out the bikes any time the boat stopped, and after the first few days, automatically got me out a bike as soon as we docked, so I rode on my own most days as well. The Pursers got very interested in "researching" the best direction and bank for me to ride. The bikes are quite upright mountain bike style- good for looking around and very comfy, although a bit heavy at times. My bell didn't always work- an essential on the river bike paths which are very busy and shared with earnest looking German hikers who really don't like a random Aussie cyclist careering into their walking sticks. Still, that is the only negative comment I have! If you are on a APT ship, I strongly suggest you have a go at riding independently - it was very, very easy and added another dimension to the trip. In some little towns I rode in to the town and sat in the sunshine sipping a coffee, feeling like a real traveller for a few moments. And I will admit I did enjoy getting away on my own each day for just a little while( I think at 50 I was definitely the youngest on our trip...) Having read through the forums before I went, I have noticed quite a few questions about dress code. Maybe it is an Australian casual attitude ( 85% of passengers on our trip were Aussies) but honestly, no one cared at all what anyone else was wearing. It just is not an issue. Most people wore casual and comfy clothes suitable for walking. At night we all tended to add on another layer, but apart from the Captain's dinner, there was no trend of getting dressed up. Some nights I did dress up a little because I felt like it, other times I stayed in pants and a top! I think people were more interested in how your day was and how much you had enjoyed the excursions than what you were wearing. So pack light and enjoy! So were there any downsides? I would have liked a few more hours in a few more ports- for me, I would have liked the same itinerary over three weeks, not two. Not sure if my bank balance would allow for this. And the Internet was patchy. My cabin Internet hardly worked at all- but my personal laptop had intermittent connectivity, very good in bigger ports and non existent most sailing days. Did I miss it? Not really. A couple of times I really wanted to get some information prior to getting to a port ( such as whether the Spanish Riding School was open on the day of our visit) and the wonderful Kata just rang on her mobile for me, and even booked tickets. I used text messages to stay in touch with my children and had coverage at all times. I hope this whets the appetite of those of you planning or dreaming of this trip. I know this is not in the league of Mike Preismann's account and those fabulous photos of his which honestly sold me on the whole idea originally- thanks Mike! I am sure there is much, much more I could write, but I would be very happy to answer any questions you have. I cannot recommend APT ( AMA) highly enough and would do this trip again with this company in a flash. Read Less