January 4, 2012 | By Doreen Lopez
I recently had the opportunity to cruise the Blue Danube Discovery itinerary with AMA Waterways. We cruised from Budapest to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau, and Regensburg. Along the way we were able to visit magnificent cathedrals and baroque abbeys. We explored the Wachau Valley and traverse Europe’s Continental divide, which was made possible through the engineering marvel of the main-Danube. We must have gone through more than 50 locks on this itinerary which in itself was quite fascinating.
Signature reasons to cruise with AMA Waterway:
Premium Experience from the Moment You Board I loved how personal the experience was. We were on the Amalegro – which accommodates 150 guests. Upon our arrival our taxi pulled up to the dock…and there were no lines…just the staff waiting for us. The staff handled our luggage and welcomed us onboard. The check in process was almost instant, our luggage was in our stateroom within minutes. My first impression was personalized service…
River Cruise Experts The combined expertise and “hands-on” philosophy has created the most distinctive river cruise line in the business. AMA’s Owner Operated style of management permeates with every handled detail.
Intimate Size I loved the intimate size of the cruise; it’s like a boutique style hotel on the river. All the conveniences of a large home, small, cozy, and welcoming. The staterooms are luxurious and offer premium amenities. You will love your step-out or French balcony along with the warm and personalized service.
Riverside Views The vessels are designed with maximum viewing pleasure so that you can admire the quaint towns, world-renowned cities, vineyards and historic sites. Whether in your stateroom, the lounge, or up on deck, I assure you…you will appreciate the landscape. It is so calm and relaxing. We cruised in early November and the colors were changing, it was beautiful. The journey is definitely as important and enjoyable as the destination.
Award-Winning Dining & Nightly Entertainment The local cuisine is delicious and prepared by exceptional chefs. I loved my cappuccino each morning, and enjoyed a great made to order breakfast. The lunch buffet was also sumptuous. Each evening you will savor a multi-course dinner accompanied by complimentary free-flowing wine, beer, soft drinks and finish the night with a specialty coffee. The talented chefs ensure you’ll never go hungry, with late morning and tea time specialties available plus a hot late-night snack after the evening’s entertainment.
Complimentary Internet & Infotainment Stay connected during your cruise, AMA Waterways provides complimentary high-speed internet access. Enjoy the latest Hollywood movies, classic films, and music channels.
Enriching Shore Excursion Programs All AMA Waterways tours are hosted by licensed, experienced guides and you’ll never miss a word of the tour by using their convenient headsets as you discover the wonders that await you at every destination. If you are lagging behind snapping a photo, you will not miss a word of the tour. I loved the tours!
Bikes You will find many of Europe’s rivers lined with paths that are perfect for pedaling. Gives you the freedom to venture out and explore the riverside bikeways.
Guided Bike Tours AMA Waterways offers complimentary guided bicycle tours. This was a highlight for me. My husband and I biked along the Danube between historic Durnstein and Melk, Austria. Special headsets allowed us to hear the guide’s commentary as we biked along, immersed in Europe’s greatest scenery.
Exciting Itineraries Which will I consider next? Europe, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and now Africa!
Book your next cruise to Europe on AMA Waterways…leading the way in River Cruising. Call us for details!