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There are so many great things to say about Amawaterways AmaPrima, but the most important is the hospitality and service quality of the staff. Every single interaction with them was a pleasure -- waiters, housekeepers, the madly French cruise manager, chefs, sailors met in the hallways or on deck, and the seriously Dutch captain. The ship is bigger than you expect -- 38 feet wide and much longer than a football field -- it feels spacious. The decor is very luxurious, and the crew is surreptitiously scrubbing and polishing all the time. The 140-ish passengers can all fit into the lounge at once for meetings and entertainment, and can also all fit into the dining room in one seating. Our stateroom was 220 square feet, including a balcony, which was plenty. Rooms without a balcony have equivalent space inside. Not a bad seat in the house! I do recommend a balcony stateroom, however, because it was delightful to sit on the balcony with a cup of coffee (morning) or a glass of wine (evening) and watch Europe go by. Food -- spectacular! My wife and I had to cut back halfway through our cruise to ensure we would fit in our clothes at disembarkation! Dining is open-seating, and one of the great pleasures of the voyage was meeting new people over meals. Free wine and beer with meals, too (and at other times, very reasonable prices at the bar). Snacks available at odd times, but not the same "eating all the time" feeling one gets on a big ocean-going ship. Our voyage was Budapest to Amsterdam -- two luxurious, relaxing weeks. Shore excursions organized by Amawaterways every day. Most of these were included in the trip price, with a few optional ones (around 60 euros pp) that involved an hour bus ride (e.g. a day in Salzburg). Another (very fun) optional was a baroque music concert after dinner, in the former stock exchange hall in Vienna. There was entertainment every evening in the lounge -- most of these were local musicians who came on board, played a set for maybe an hour, and hopped off at the next lock. These folks were very fun, quite professional. Seriously, folks -- Amawaterways has all the elegance, comfort and luxury of an ocean-going cruise ship, shrunk down into a 140-passenger, 42-crewmember package. And, between "ports", you get to enjoy medieval towns, spectacular vineyards, hillsides and locks go by outside your hotel window.

Splendid!

AmaPrima Cruise Review by wizardbrave

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Stateroom with French balcony
There are so many great things to say about Amawaterways AmaPrima, but the most important is the hospitality and service quality of the staff. Every single interaction with them was a pleasure -- waiters, housekeepers, the madly French cruise manager, chefs, sailors met in the hallways or on deck, and the seriously Dutch captain.

The ship is bigger than you expect -- 38 feet wide and much longer than a football field -- it feels spacious. The decor is very luxurious, and the crew is surreptitiously scrubbing and polishing all the time. The 140-ish passengers can all fit into the lounge at once for meetings and entertainment, and can also all fit into the dining room in one seating. Our stateroom was 220 square feet, including a balcony, which was plenty. Rooms without a balcony have equivalent space inside. Not a bad seat in the house! I do recommend a balcony stateroom, however, because it was delightful to sit on the balcony with a cup of coffee (morning) or a glass of wine (evening) and watch Europe go by.

Food -- spectacular! My wife and I had to cut back halfway through our cruise to ensure we would fit in our clothes at disembarkation! Dining is open-seating, and one of the great pleasures of the voyage was meeting new people over meals. Free wine and beer with meals, too (and at other times, very reasonable prices at the bar). Snacks available at odd times, but not the same "eating all the time" feeling one gets on a big ocean-going ship.

Our voyage was Budapest to Amsterdam -- two luxurious, relaxing weeks. Shore excursions organized by Amawaterways every day. Most of these were included in the trip price, with a few optional ones (around 60 euros pp) that involved an hour bus ride (e.g. a day in Salzburg). Another (very fun) optional was a baroque music concert after dinner, in the former stock exchange hall in Vienna.

There was entertainment every evening in the lounge -- most of these were local musicians who came on board, played a set for maybe an hour, and hopped off at the next lock. These folks were very fun, quite professional.

Seriously, folks -- Amawaterways has all the elegance, comfort and luxury of an ocean-going cruise ship, shrunk down into a 140-passenger, 42-crewmember package. And, between "ports", you get to enjoy medieval towns, spectacular vineyards, hillsides and locks go by outside your hotel window.
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Cabin Review

Stateroom with French balcony
Cabin C 319
Compact, but not claustrophobic. Meticulously maintained by friendly housekeeping staff. Bathroom bigger than on my last Royal Caribbean cruise, and a rather sumptuous shower.
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