Beyond My Expectations!
AmaCerto Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe
7 Night Enchanting Rhine Northbound (Basel To Amsterdam)
Sail date: December 28, 2016
Cabin type: Balcony
Cabin number: 210
Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 3 years ago
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!
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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!