AmaStella

5.0 out of 5
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Overview

AmaStella is a small ship, carrying 158 passengers and 50 crew, and sails from Budapest, Hungary and Basel, Switzerland.

Sails from: Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nuremberg, Germany, Budapest, Hungary

Cruises to: River Cruises - Europe

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5 out of 5

AMA Waterways is a great way to cruise the Danube by Cruiser51456783

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The entire experience AFTER the air travel portion was great. Our cruise manager was just that. Nicola was not the typical "entertainer" that you get on an ocean cruise. He truly manages the whole experience and shows up during many of the excursions to verify all is going well.

 

The food was great and the staff was wonderful.

 

Ours was a wine cruise and thus was busy all the time between the normal excursions and the tastings added in.

 

The cabins on the third deck are subject to noise from the sun deck/walking-jogging path. Even though the cruise paper work said it should not be used between 10 pm and 8 am.

 

You will meet a few new friends as with only 170 passengers maximum you will have the chance to meet almost all your fellow travelers. 

 

Before booking any river cruise check the age of the ship. AMA Stella was new in 2016. We saw lots of other ships from other lines that were much older and a few that just looked warn out.

 

RE: "After the air travel" comment above. We were booked on British Air for most of the trip. Their "business" section is NOT the same as business on Delta, KLM or American. Much smaller seats, same higher cost. Get your travel agent to show you the seats BEFORE you pay extra for this when you will be on British Air. It was not worth the cost to me.

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5 out of 5

"A" plus, top notch, fantastic! by Cruiser5157162

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In every category, AMA exceeded expectations.  The ship, AmaStella, was beautiful.  The food was world class, the crew, to a man, were happy, friendly and helpful.  Our waiter, Milen, was professional, friendly, funny, experienced and caring.  It was a dream trip!

 

 

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5 out of 5

Danube cruise by Cruiser94259300

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We cannot stop talking about our cruise down the Danube on the beautiful AmaStella.  Everything was absolutely perfect.

We were met on the dock by the captain and officers who gathered up our bags and moved them to our room while we enjoyed a relaxing drink on the sun deck.  

Our balcony room was spotlessly clean and well appointed.  Beautiful linens, efficient bathroom and plenty of storage room so that we felt like we could put away our belongings and move in.

We met our steward, Ardi, who was there for us whenever we needed him.  He also cleaned our room when we left for tours so that we could return and relax.  At night he again tidied and left us chocolates on our pillows.

The food was wonderful.  Breakfast and lunch were mainly beautiful buffets to which you could add custom cooked dishes.  Dinner dishes were chosen from a menu and changed daily.  Beer and wine were plentiful and well chosen.  The food was the best we have had on any cruise we have ever taken.

Then there were the tours. Our Cruise Manager, Nikola, had set up both walking tours and bus tours that really made us feel we had seen and enjoyed the cities we visited.  The tour leaders were knowledgeable and funny, telling anecdotes about the character and history of each city.  When we traveled by bus, the buses were new, clean and safe.  We even had to wear seat belts.  Nikola hovered over us to ensure we were happy, entertained and educated.

Finally there was the personnel.  To a person - officers, reception staff, maintenance and cleaning staff, waiters, cooks ( and i know they played several rolls) - all were friendly, helpful and really seemed to enjoy their work. 

We give the tour and the ship 5 stars.

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  • Size: S

  • Total Passengers: 158

  • Total Crew: 50

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 3.16

  • Built: Jan 2016

  • Number of Decks: 0

  • Total Cabins: 0

  • Cabin Categories: 0

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Cruiser5157162 says ...
Jan 04, 2017

Bring spandex clothing. You're going to enjoy the food so much you are sure to gain weight, but it'll be worth it!

Cruiser94259300 says ...
Oct 15, 2016

Relax and enjoy your trip.

Cruiser51456783 says ...
Apr 17, 2017

Leave your formal clothes at home. Pack light. We always seemed to dock in the perfect spot to allow easy access to the city/village we were in. Stop in at the bridge and watch the captain handle the ship. Also, if offered, take the engine room tour. Book the Captain's Table restaurant EARLY.

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