Modified Itinerary on Rhine not what we expected

AmaStella Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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7 Night Christmas Markets On The Rhine Northbound (Basel To Amsterdam)

Sail date: November 26, 2018

Ship: AmaStella

Cabin number: 313

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We spent considerable time on a bus (6 hrs) transferring from Strasbourg to Antwep with a stop in Luxembourg on the way. We also were scheduled to sail Mon night to Breisach our first night, but didn't leave until Tuesday morn. Between the transfer and delayed departure from Basel we lost excursion time that was originally scheduled. Did enjoy seeing places we hadn't been before, but would have rather continued to Cologne area. We can cross river cruise off our bucket list, if we did another we may try another company based on discussion s with folks on board who've cruised with others and could compare.


3 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Not much to do on board a river cruise ship, excursions make or break a cruise.


4 out of 5
Last night classical concert on board was excellent, more of these types of on board entertainment would be welcome.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Overall good, some servers are more attentive than others. We had the opportunity to compare the AmaStella to the AmaKristina, overall we thought the AmaStella crew did a netterjob.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
AmaStella room didn't ever get warm, better on the AmaKristina.

Ship tip

Know that you can store your luggage on board long before afternoon check-in.

Ports of call

Basel, Switzerland

5 out of 5

Breisach Am Rhine, Germany

4 out of 5
Riquewhir was a very nice excursion, would have liked to spend more time there.

Strasbourg, France

4 out of 5
Best Christmas Markets

Amsterdam, Netherlands

4 out of 5
Unique city, not a Christmas Market destination, but excellent museums and Anne Frank house is not to be missed.


4 out of 5
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