We chose this cruise for the reputation of the company, the destinations (Danube and Christmas Markets) and for the romantic time of year.
We were welcomed with champagne and a toast by our Captain. We met our outstanding Cruise Director, Sebastian Leroy, and the fun began! Sebastian is professional, considerate, attentive to detail, hardworking, and funny!
Our ship was clean, lovely, and welcoming. It was easy to get around the ship and enjoy the different amenities. The crew were warm and friendly. They made you feel like you are special, even though you know that six hours ago they said "goodbye" to the last ship full of guests.
I did not bring work out clothes so missed the excellent fitness classes (stretch, core, balance were all held indoors due to cold weather) so learn from my mistake and take work out clothes.
Laundry facilities are excellent (no dry cleaning) with a 24 hour turn around.
For dining, we enjoyed local specialties at each port and there was always a selection of favorites (steak, chicken, cheeseburgers) for those who did not want the local cuisine. Buffets for breakfast and lunch were lavish with lots of options. Beware those who are trying to cut carbs: this is going to be difficult! The breads, cinnamon rolls and desserts are very tempting! (And worth every bite...you'll walk it off!) Service was excellent and the wait staff quickly learns your preferences.
Shore excursions were well thought out+ and local guides provided insights that helped you understand the cultural differences of the county you were visiting. A big thank you to the Cruise Director and Captain that scrambled to adapt our itinerary to accommodate the low water levels of the Danube. They more than made up one missed port with additional destinations that met and exceeded our expectations. I know our Cruise Director had to work extra hard to schedule buses and guides to adapt our schedule.
Disembarkation was a masterful plan that was well organized by Sebastian. We were impressed with his attention to detail. As busy as it was he saw every guest off to their taxi, or bus. A warm hug and/or handshake sent us on our way to our next adventure.
In summary, I highly recommend AMA Waterways and the Magical Christmas Markets adventure!
Well thought out cabin layout. Roomy bath size. Excellent lighting features. Large windows and easy access to outside balcony. Comfy bed that was bigger than a queen size. Large hanging cabinet and additional storage shelves allowed us to fully unpack and stow our suitcases for the time aboard.
We were unable to tour Nuremberg but the cruise more than made up for it by taking us all the way to Budapest.
Charming village. I purchased traditional Christmas Advent calendars here at the local shops. We visited on Saturday and both Christmas markets and shops were open.
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