Beyond My Expectations!

AmaCerto Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
AmaCerto

7 Night Enchanting Rhine Northbound (Basel To Amsterdam)

Sail date: December 28, 2016

Ship: AmaCerto

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 210

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

    This was both my first time in Europe and also on a River cruise and I was beyond blown away! Because it was the last sailing of the season we got to still experience some of the Christmas Markets while enjoying a festive atmosphere on board the ship. The staff was amazing and the cruise director, Viktor, worked tirelessly to ensure that we missed nothing due to having to change the itinerary a bit to accommodate the low river. 

     Best Advice I can give:

     Talk to the cruise director to find out the hidden spots for food and shopping, they are a fountain of knowledge! AmaWaterways was great at having a map of the area each day so you can find your way around after the tours, take the time to walk a bit and enjoy the sites, you can find some of the best souvenirs off the beaten path. In Heidelberg I found a great little store a short walk from the Cathedral that the tour ends in that sells amazing Schnapps and Whiskey, and they give free samples!

          Make sure that you have 1 night set aside for the Chef's table as it is included in the sailing and a wonderful meal!

     My one big Do Not is don't attempt to walk from the train station in Basel to the dock where the ship is at, it may "look" like a 5 minute hike but with luggage and a lot of little paths it turned into a 30 minute workout!

 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Traveled with a friend and there was plenty of space for us both - however make sure you flip the switch to turn the clear window Opaque when using the bathroom!

Ship tip

If you are claustrophobic then I would really recommend at least a French Balcony, there are times going through the Locks that you are within inches of the wall and it can be nerve wracking!

Ports of call

Basel, Switzerland

5 out of 5
If you can I REALLY recommend flying into Zurich and spending a few days there before sailing, it was amazing to just walk around and find little side streets to explore!

Breisach Am Rhine, Germany

5 out of 5

Strasbourg, France

5 out of 5

Speyer (Heidelberg), Germany

5 out of 5

Rudesheim, Germany

5 out of 5

Koblenz, Germany

5 out of 5

Cologne, Germany

5 out of 5

Amsterdam, Netherlands

3 out of 5
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