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Trip Report Rhine River Cruise with AMAwaterways

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We had a wonderful cruise last month with AMAwaterways from Amersterdam to Basel. We were taken with the intimacy of a small ship--nothing was a far walk in the ship. It was a Christmas cruise, and the ship was decorated to the hilt. It was so very Christmassy, even the little fitness center. The food as a whole was not as good as on larger ocean vessels, but quite adequate. There were many choices. We were invited for one dinner in the specialty restaurant, which had both wonderful food and very attentive service. The best thing about this cruise was the tours, which were excellent and even better than those I have been on with Princess or Crystal. The tour guides were energetic, dramatic, and very knowledgeable. Unlike the larger ships, there are no big production shows. We had two sets of entertainers in the evening who were very good. The shows were in the lounge, where people gathered at other times for drinks, reading, card playing, and just getting together with friends. On the day that we cruised the Rhine Gorge, many stayed in the lounge to keep warm and still see the scenery from the panoramic windows.

We had been warned that the bed might be uncomfortable, but we found ours to be fine on the AMA Prima. Bottled water was replenished as we needed it. Wine and beer were free at meal time, but not at other times. We could also get specialty coffee in the lounge at any time.

The itinerary was very good. We enjoyed all of the ports, even Heidelberg and Strasbourg, which we had been to for five days once before. There is something very easy about arriving from the riverside, right in the center of a city.

The cruise was organized at all times. It was apparent that the crew was experienced and good at what they did. Even disembarking went smoothly.

I would take AMAwaterways again any time. I consider it a great value. We enjoyed this winter cruise and the Christmas markets, but could see how the ship would be very enjoyable in warmer weather with its gorgeous upper deck with a pool, whirlpool, bar, and open and covered lounging areas.

I recommend AMAwaterways highly!

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