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We chose AmaDolce because we, along with another couple, enjoy wine, the date worked for us and AmaWaterways had great reviews. Although we have taken several ocean cruises, this was our first river cruise. We absolutely loved it. We flew into Paris a few days prior to our departure from Bordeaux, and explored on our own - we had a blast! The morning of our cruise we took the train to Bordeaux, and coincidentally met our cruise director at the train station - he was taking the AmaDolce pre-cruise group to Bordeaux. We took a short cab ride from the train station to our ship. We rolled our luggage and didn't make it to the ship before the crew was there to take our luggage - straight to our room. When we walked onboard, they asked our name, checked us off a list, and that was the end of check-in! There were about 100 guests onboard. At the reception desk we asked to signup for the Chef's Table; as my husband was explaining to the receptionist that I have a gluten allergy, the maitre'd walked up to us and told me not to worry - he would oversee all of my meals, advise the waitstaff, and just to enjoy our stay. So easy, no hassle - and that was experience throughout the entire cruise. The cabins were a little smaller than on an ocean cruiser, but it worked for us. Our room had a French balcony - a full size sliding glass door/window. There was a railing and no balcony, but the door/window slid open and we had two upholstered chairs to sit in and take in the fresh air. It sounds odd, but it was really perfect bc we had the privacy/ac of our room but the wonderful fresh air and view. We loved it! The food was really good. Unlike the ocean cruisers, there was really no need for specialty dining. And, it was extremely fresh bc it was loaded daily from the port we were in. Breakfast and lunch included menu options as well as a buffet. The crew worked hard at keeping the buffet clean and appetizing in appearance. Fresh fruit & delicious cheeses were always available for each meal. Breakfast also included a made-to-order egg station along with the buffet. Lunch always ended with an ice cream station - a waiter serving various flavors of fresh ice cream, toppings, and whipped cream. There was a cocktail hour every evening before dinner, which included appetizers, an open bar and signature drink. The cruise director talked for about 10 minutes about the next day's activities, and we were free to socialize with other guests until dinner. For dinner, there was the daily Chef's Recommendation, along with a few daily options; they also had about 5-6 choices that were always on the menu. It was always fresh, very tasty and creative. For us, the nightly dinners were better than the Chef's Table we attended - we had fun because it was a small group with a beautiful view from the room, but the food wasn't any more special than the nightly dinners. Maybe our expectations were too high? The wines were local and good; we are not wine experts, and it was fine for us. For anyone with a selective wine palette, they probably would not be impressed. We had great excursions (with some bike riding tour options) to vineyards, castles, chateaus, & cathedrals in Bordeaux, Cadillac, Pauilllac, Blaye, Bourg, & Libourne. There were several wine tastings which we really enjoyed. All of our tour guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Too much to go into it here, so you'll need to read about it on Amawaterways' website. But, definitely an A+ for all of the tours. The housekeeping crew were awesome. Our rooms were always keep clean and quickly refreshed. Whenever we returned to our room, it was freshened - after breakfast, lunch, excursions, etc. - it didn't matter. But, they were extremely respectful of our privacy and would leave if we walked up to our room. They were very responsive to any request, worked quickly and with a great attitude. I know there was a talented musician in the lounge, and a singing trio one night for entertainment in the lounge, but we didn't go. We preferred to leave the ship and tour the town we were in. It was great to walk around after eating such a big meal at night, LOL! I loved that about the river cruise - we just swiped our card so that they would know we were off the ship, and swiped in when we returned. We extended our vacation with the three day land post cruise in Loire Valley, which we really enjoyed. Once again, our cruise director and local guide were great and very instrumental in making this post cruise worthwhile. We had breakfast in the hotel, and we were on our own to eat for lunch and dinner. On the last night we stayed in the Pullman Hotel in CDG airport. The rooms were really nice & the food in the hotel was very good. Our tour director had our flight info and, after we checked in, walked the group over to showed us where to go. We literally walked to the airport in the morning which was about 50 yards away. It was a short tram ride to our terminal. It could not have been easier! And, the unbelievable part was that we didn't hear a plane the entire time we were in the hotel. The whole cruise experience was wonderful, relaxing, entertaining, and educational! We walked so much that we didn't gain weight, and that's a true accomplishment since we ate so much! LOL! Speaking of weight, there was a Wellness Director on board, conducting exercises every day. We will definitely do it again!

First River Cruise - Bordeaux Wine Cruise

AmaDolce Cruise Review by honey4008

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Stateroom with French Balcony
We chose AmaDolce because we, along with another couple, enjoy wine, the date worked for us and AmaWaterways had great reviews. Although we have taken several ocean cruises, this was our first river cruise. We absolutely loved it.

We flew into Paris a few days prior to our departure from Bordeaux, and explored on our own - we had a blast! The morning of our cruise we took the train to Bordeaux, and coincidentally met our cruise director at the train station - he was taking the AmaDolce pre-cruise group to Bordeaux. We took a short cab ride from the train station to our ship. We rolled our luggage and didn't make it to the ship before the crew was there to take our luggage - straight to our room. When we walked onboard, they asked our name, checked us off a list, and that was the end of check-in! There were about 100 guests onboard.

At the reception desk we asked to signup for the Chef's Table; as my husband was explaining to the receptionist that I have a gluten allergy, the maitre'd walked up to us and told me not to worry - he would oversee all of my meals, advise the waitstaff, and just to enjoy our stay. So easy, no hassle - and that was experience throughout the entire cruise.

The cabins were a little smaller than on an ocean cruiser, but it worked for us. Our room had a French balcony - a full size sliding glass door/window. There was a railing and no balcony, but the door/window slid open and we had two upholstered chairs to sit in and take in the fresh air. It sounds odd, but it was really perfect bc we had the privacy/ac of our room but the wonderful fresh air and view. We loved it!

The food was really good. Unlike the ocean cruisers, there was really no need for specialty dining. And, it was extremely fresh bc it was loaded daily from the port we were in. Breakfast and lunch included menu options as well as a buffet. The crew worked hard at keeping the buffet clean and appetizing in appearance. Fresh fruit & delicious cheeses were always available for each meal. Breakfast also included a made-to-order egg station along with the buffet. Lunch always ended with an ice cream station - a waiter serving various flavors of fresh ice cream, toppings, and whipped cream.

There was a cocktail hour every evening before dinner, which included appetizers, an open bar and signature drink. The cruise director talked for about 10 minutes about the next day's activities, and we were free to socialize with other guests until dinner.

For dinner, there was the daily Chef's Recommendation, along with a few daily options; they also had about 5-6 choices that were always on the menu. It was always fresh, very tasty and creative. For us, the nightly dinners were better than the Chef's Table we attended - we had fun because it was a small group with a beautiful view from the room, but the food wasn't any more special than the nightly dinners. Maybe our expectations were too high?

The wines were local and good; we are not wine experts, and it was fine for us. For anyone with a selective wine palette, they probably would not be impressed.

We had great excursions (with some bike riding tour options) to vineyards, castles, chateaus, & cathedrals in Bordeaux, Cadillac, Pauilllac, Blaye, Bourg, & Libourne. There were several wine tastings which we really enjoyed. All of our tour guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Too much to go into it here, so you'll need to read about it on Amawaterways' website. But, definitely an A+ for all of the tours.

The housekeeping crew were awesome. Our rooms were always keep clean and quickly refreshed. Whenever we returned to our room, it was freshened - after breakfast, lunch, excursions, etc. - it didn't matter. But, they were extremely respectful of our privacy and would leave if we walked up to our room. They were very responsive to any request, worked quickly and with a great attitude.

I know there was a talented musician in the lounge, and a singing trio one night for entertainment in the lounge, but we didn't go. We preferred to leave the ship and tour the town we were in. It was great to walk around after eating such a big meal at night, LOL! I loved that about the river cruise - we just swiped our card so that they would know we were off the ship, and swiped in when we returned.

We extended our vacation with the three day land post cruise in Loire Valley, which we really enjoyed. Once again, our cruise director and local guide were great and very instrumental in making this post cruise worthwhile. We had breakfast in the hotel, and we were on our own to eat for lunch and dinner.

On the last night we stayed in the Pullman Hotel in CDG airport. The rooms were really nice & the food in the hotel was very good. Our tour director had our flight info and, after we checked in, walked the group over to showed us where to go. We literally walked to the airport in the morning which was about 50 yards away. It was a short tram ride to our terminal. It could not have been easier! And, the unbelievable part was that we didn't hear a plane the entire time we were in the hotel.

The whole cruise experience was wonderful, relaxing, entertaining, and educational! We walked so much that we didn't gain weight, and that's a true accomplishment since we ate so much! LOL! Speaking of weight, there was a Wellness Director on board, conducting exercises every day. We will definitely do it again!
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Stateroom with French Balcony
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The cabins were a little smaller than on an ocean cruiser, but it worked for us. Our room had a French balcony - a full size sliding glass door/window. There was a railing and no balcony, but the door/window slid open and we had two upholstered chairs to sit in and take in the fresh air. It sounds odd, but it was really perfect bc we had the privacy/ac of our room but the wonderful fresh air and view.
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