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JudiF

Age: 54

Occupation:Entertainment Industry manager

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: AMAwaterways

Ship: Amalegro

Sailing Date: 2012-07-12

Itinerary: Nuremberg to Budapest

A very well run ship. Excellent cabin, dining room and front desk staff. Small, but impeccably maintained, cabins and baths. The beds were comfortable and with soft linens. Towels were changed twice daily.

On the disappointing side were a less than helpful tour manager (he arranges the local touring options) who wouldn't give much information on anything and seemed mildly annoyed to be asked questions. The options offered were good though with multiple options each day. Many are included in the overall cost paid for the trip, but some are additional. Be aware that some of the additional options are canceled the night before if too few passengers sign up so do make private arrangements for anything off the beaten path that is important to you (such as a day trip to Czesky Krumlov).

The dining room is good for breakfast and lunch, buffets both, but the dinners are only ok (although beautifully served). Do take advantage of some of the wonderful restaurants in the ports if you can. I've taken many cruises and never found that dinner is disappointing on most of them, including the highest end ships. It's serviceable, just not excellent and as long as you're traveling through Europe you may as well enjoy what's excellent off shore.

The dining room only has eight tables for two so if you don't get there at the start of service you will be seated with other passengers.

The average age of the passengers seemed to be 60+. However, we were traveling with a 5 year old child (the only child on the boat) and everyone went graciously out of their way to take care of him. He couldn't have been happier. I do think a river cruise is a good option for families with WELL BEHAVED children as you can get on and off the boat constantly and easily making it possible for many age groups to enjoy the same cruise at their own pace.

The on board entertainment options are few. There are far fewer choices on the in-room entertainment than on a Silversea or Seabourn cruise, for example, but there were enough that you could find news, etc. There are few children's options though so if traveling with a small child, do bring your own. The nightly featured entertainment was pretty awful, but that's not important to me on a cruise.

One of the nicest aspects of a river cruise is that, unlike with ocean-going ships, the ports are predominantly right in the loveliest areas of the towns. You dock, you walk off the boat, and you're right in the heart of what you want to see. Only in Vienna and Nuremberg were the docks far enough outside of town that you needed to take a short ride to the city center.

All in all, I found the Amalegro to be a lovely option for a low key, relaxed week if you are looking for a convenient way to travel and aren't expecting a floating Oberoi.

Great for breakfast and lunch. Both are extensive buffets with many multiple hot and cold choices. Dinner is mediocre, as on most cruise ships, but they will make you a simple steak or grilled salmon if you prefer it to the choices on the menu.

The rooms are small, as on all ships of this kind, but beautifully maintained. They are serviced twice daily and the housekeeping staff really goes out of their way to make you comfortable. There are few outlets for electronics though.

Dreadful onboard shows, but who cares. You're there for the off-board activities.

There were no "stay away" excursions that I experienced. Budapest and Vienna were the highlights, but all the small cities and towns along the way were charming and worth the visit.

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