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We were invited by our good friends and experienced travelers to join them on a river cruise in France. We had never been on a cruise before so it sounded intriguing, especially with a couple that knew France as well as they did. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity. From the minute we stepped on board, we knew this was to be a special week. Immediately, the crew grabbed our luggage from the driver, and from that moment on, we were waited on hand and foot. While we haven’t cruised before, we’ve stayed in many fine hotels and I can say without reservation, this was the kindest, most thoughtful, happy staff and crew we’ve ever experienced. We knew immediately that this was a tightly run ship. The decor was first class. The ship was immaculate. And our room on the second deck was perfect. It’s amazing how we thought the room was going to feel small, and yet it was perfectly laid out in every way. We had traveled before coming to the cruise so had two big suitcases that slid under the bed with ease. The Mac computer mounted on the wall doubled as an onboard computer, as well as an entertainment center, the perfect size for the cabin. The two chairs were so comfortable and could face in to the room or out to the water, in front of nicely oversize sliding glass doors. I can’t tell you the delight we had when we were slipping through the water quietly, reading and watching the world go by. Indescribable! The bathroom was also super efficient and the shower was small but big enough, and amazing with multiple shower heads. We wanted to go home and remodel ours after it! And yet most of our time was out of the room. Everything about the public areas of the ship was inviting and relaxing. We loved spending time in the beautifully appointed lounge, surrounded by huge windows on both sides and a glass atrium type area in the front. The crew would always have a big smile and a hello when we passed. We spent some amazing relaxing time there talking with new friends or just reading and going through photos of our excursions. And the excursions were amazing! So well thought out, so efficient, never crowded feeling, never felt like we were being herded as I have heard about on cruises. It was just like going out with some friends. Four beautiful, comfortable tour buses would pull up at the end of the dock and we would enjoy absolutely the most knowledgable and professional tour guides we’ve ever experienced. Loved every one of them! The food was excellent throughout the trip! Breakfast was a delight, with lots of choices, lunches were surprisingly extravagant, and dinners were more like a really fine restaurant than what we expected for a larger number of people seated all at once. We have nothing but good to say about the food and the service. We loved our servers! We took photos with them and shared them with our friends. We hugged at the end of the week! Elia was our cruise manager. She is the picture of professionalism, knowledge of the cruise topics, and frankly, patience. We saw how she managed all of us, doing everything in her power to make sure every need was met and every request handled, even those that were not so reasonable. We were very impressed. We are now officially big fans of river cruising and especially AMA Waterways. I don’t know that we would risk not getting the same treatment on another cruise line knowing what we now know. And with all the repeat AMA cruisers we ran into, we know we are not the only ones thinking that way. Thank you to Captain Danny, Elia and the entire crew of AmaDolce. You gave us the experience of a lifetime.

Amazing Introduction to River Cruises!

AmaDolce Cruise Review by PMCLagunaBeach

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Stateroom with French Balcony
We were invited by our good friends and experienced travelers to join them on a river cruise in France. We had never been on a cruise before so it sounded intriguing, especially with a couple that knew France as well as they did. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

From the minute we stepped on board, we knew this was to be a special week. Immediately, the crew grabbed our luggage from the driver, and from that moment on, we were waited on hand and foot. While we haven’t cruised before, we’ve stayed in many fine hotels and I can say without reservation, this was the kindest, most thoughtful, happy staff and crew we’ve ever experienced. We knew immediately that this was a tightly run ship.

The decor was first class. The ship was immaculate. And our room on the second deck was perfect. It’s amazing how we thought the room was going to feel small, and yet it was perfectly laid out in every way. We had traveled before coming to the cruise so had two big suitcases that slid under the bed with ease. The Mac computer mounted on the wall doubled as an onboard computer, as well as an entertainment center, the perfect size for the cabin. The two chairs were so comfortable and could face in to the room or out to the water, in front of nicely oversize sliding glass doors. I can’t tell you the delight we had when we were slipping through the water quietly, reading and watching the world go by. Indescribable! The bathroom was also super efficient and the shower was small but big enough, and amazing with multiple shower heads. We wanted to go home and remodel ours after it!

And yet most of our time was out of the room. Everything about the public areas of the ship was inviting and relaxing. We loved spending time in the beautifully appointed lounge, surrounded by huge windows on both sides and a glass atrium type area in the front. The crew would always have a big smile and a hello when we passed. We spent some amazing relaxing time there talking with new friends or just reading and going through photos of our excursions. And the excursions were amazing! So well thought out, so efficient, never crowded feeling, never felt like we were being herded as I have heard about on cruises. It was just like going out with some friends. Four beautiful, comfortable tour buses would pull up at the end of the dock and we would enjoy absolutely the most knowledgable and professional tour guides we’ve ever experienced. Loved every one of them!

The food was excellent throughout the trip! Breakfast was a delight, with lots of choices, lunches were surprisingly extravagant, and dinners were more like a really fine restaurant than what we expected for a larger number of people seated all at once. We have nothing but good to say about the food and the service. We loved our servers! We took photos with them and shared them with our friends. We hugged at the end of the week!

Elia was our cruise manager. She is the picture of professionalism, knowledge of the cruise topics, and frankly, patience. We saw how she managed all of us, doing everything in her power to make sure every need was met and every request handled, even those that were not so reasonable. We were very impressed.

We are now officially big fans of river cruising and especially AMA Waterways. I don’t know that we would risk not getting the same treatment on another cruise line knowing what we now know. And with all the repeat AMA cruisers we ran into, we know we are not the only ones thinking that way.

Thank you to Captain Danny, Elia and the entire crew of AmaDolce. You gave us the experience of a lifetime.
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