Beautiful Ship-not so great tours and food
AmaSonata Cruise Review to Europe
Sail Date: December 22, 2014
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 315
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago
The AMASonata is a beautiful ship, it was just put in service in 2014, so it is new and in good condition. We found the staterooms to be adequate and reasonably comfortable. There is a bit of a design flaw near the closet, bathroom door, and door to the hall when you try to get into two spaces at the same time. The bath was very nice, although I would have loved a tub. Housekeeping did a great job!
We found the staff to be exhausted-they had been traveling for nine months; this was their last cruise and they couldn't wait to go home. Most of the crew was from the Baltic region-I don't think their customer service skills are great as we found them often to be inattentive and surly. We were on the violin deck, where they were smoking in the restaurant; the smoke permeated the hallway and into our room.
I wouldn't recommend cruising at this time of year, as everything in the countries is closed for the holidays. We arrived at the holiday market in Nuremberg with only a few hours until it closed on the last day. Likely everyone that lives in the city was there, as it was impossible to shop because there were so many people.
We experienced these restaurant closures and shop closures throughout the trip, which was a big disappointment. The only other Christmas market we saw was in Prague.
We didn't like the Intercontinental in Prague-the rooms are very small and we were not able to control the temperature-it was hot and stuffy.
The food on the boat is of good quality. However, we did not like the menu and food preparations. Given the size of the ship, they do not have a very large kitchen. Most of the food is brought on board frozen and prepared sous vide. The problem is that they weren't finished after being heated in the water bath, so steak and rack of lamb, etc. with no sear. Even the beautiful seafood buffet on Christmas Day was overcooked as it was steamed improperly. If food is a big concern to you, I wouldn't choose this ship. Food is not available all day and you need to eat at set times, which I really don't like. They do have coffee/tea service throughout the day.
We also didn't find the tours to be very well thought out; most were forced marches through the countries, with no time for lingering or picture taking. Several didn't make any sense with long bus rides and a destination that was not adequately planned out.
We did not receive an adequate response from them in response to our concerns, so they have lost our business. With so much competition from other lines, I am surprised.
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tipping is mandatory; I paid up front and would not have done this, if I had know about the service. I would have tipped individuals instead, although they frown on this.