I went with two of my sisters and a brother-in-law, our cruise was with Amawaterways and we sailed from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands with a pre-cruise extension of two nights in Zurich and two nights in Lucerne. I'll do some blog posts about our travels but this post will be about life on board the AmaCerto.
Since we did the pre-cruise, we were transferred from our hotel in Lucerne by bus to the ship which was docked in Basel. Amawaterways took care of transferring all of baggage, when we got on board we were introduced to our room steward who took us down to our cabin and made sure that all of our things had arrived. After unpacking there was a Welcome On Board Reception along with introductions to the senior crew and safety briefing.
|French Balcony Cabin|
|Who'll be the first to cut the cake?|
|Sun Deck looking toward wheel house|
|On the sun Deck|
|Library and games room|
The reception was followed by our first dinner in the dining room. There was no set seating but we tended to sit in about the same place as you got to know the wait staff and the bartender and they, of course got to know you.
|Must have been good!|
Wine and beer were available with lunch and dinner and there was also champagne available at breakfast but we never got around to making those mimosas. It felt like they were always feeding you, early risers breakfast in the lounge, breakfast in the dining room, late risers breakfast in the lounge, lunch in the dining room, tea in the lounge in the afternoon, dinner in the evening, capped off by late night snacks in the lounge.
The room steward also had some nice little touches. There was a turn down service with chocolate placed on your pillow each night and some friendly guests came to visit us in our room.
a Taster's Menu so we got to try everything on the menu. The Chef's Table dining room seats 28 but the night we ate there we only had 20 people at the sitting. It was also my sister's birthday the evening we ate there so in addition to the three desserts on the menu there was also birthday cake; there were actually two people celebrating that night so everyone enjoyed a little birthday cake
There is also some evening entertainment while on board. We had an accordion player and singer one night, a piano player and singer another night and a classical trio on a third night. As well the ship has a piano player who performs in the lounge in the evenings and some afternoons.
|Ship's Piano Player|
|Sailing through a lock|
|The pool at night|
|Sailing on the Rhine|
|View from the main lounge|
|Sailing the Rhine Gorge|
|Castle view near Rudesheim Germany|
|Watching the world go by|
|View from our cabin while docked|
I wish we had more time in each of the places we docked to just wander around and explore but overall the river cruise was a great experience, one I would certainly do again. You are so well treated on board it makes you feel so very special and you can't help but relax.
|Hotel Manager, Sylvia and Cruise Manager, Csaba|