AmaDante Cruise Review by tnbopeep
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Europe
- Cabin Type: Stateroom with French Balcony
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.
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