Not filled with old people that go to sleep at 9
I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to cruise with AmaWaterways aboard their newest ship AmCerto for 3 nights. I really didn’t know what to expect having preconceptions of having to go to sleep at 9:30, well I can assure that certainly didn’t happen. Let’s start with the ship – the AmaCerto is a new ship about 6 months old. The onboard décor is modern and contemporary with lots of space. She features state of the art facilities not often seen on a river cruise ship like heated swimming pool, gym, hair and beauty salon and library. We were in cabin 115 on Piano Deck, which had two small windows. It had all the amenities that I am used to on a bigger ocean cruise ships like safe, fridge, hairdryer, flat screen TV which also converted to a computer and they offer free Wi-Fi onboard. As well as the usual bathroom amenities plus a travel sewing kit (does anyone actually ever use this?), shoe polish and various other bits and bobs. There was plenty of wardrobe space, however you can only slide your suitcase under one of the beds as the other one was blocked. The shower in the en-suite was one the best I have seen on cruise ship. You had a choice of an overheard shower and a hand held one, but what really impressed me was the sliding glass shower cover rather than the usual death trap, also known as the shower curtain. The ship carries 160 passengers with 49 crew, each member of staff was just outstanding. Really helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. From the Captain down everyone was really friendly, which made a huge a difference. The lounge was the hub for the evening entertainment. On one of the nights we had a local singer from Germany come onboard and she sang a good mix of English, Portugese, Italian and French songs. For the other nights there was a resident pianist who did a wonderful job of getting passengers dancing late into the night. The ship has two dining rooms – the main dining room which served buffet breakfast and lunch and open seating dinner in the evening and the speciality restaurant, which we dined in the second night. Being a vegetarian I ont usualky enjoy the food onboard cruise ships as the choice is very limited. That was not the case on AmaCerto I always found something I fancied and cooked to very high standards. On the last night all the waiters came out with sparklers, which was a nice touch. Although there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the staterooms, you could always get a speciality coffee and tea as its available 24 hours a day in the lounge with fresh fruit and biscuits. The passengers onboard where mostly American and Canadian’s with some Brits and one large group of Chinese. They were all very friendly and easy to get on with. We thought we might struggle as we joined the cruise in the middle, but that certainly wasn’t the case- everyone was really welcoming and one of the reasons why we enjoyed our cruise so much. All shore excursions are included with AmaWaterways and we found the guides to be very informative during our excursions at Salzburg and Regensburg. They offer a choice of tours depending on how much walking you want to do so if you do having a walking difficulty you can take part in the easy tour. For those who feel fit and healthy there where bicycles onboard, with a tour guide- so there is something for everyone. I will be adding photos of our cruise in the near future as well, so look out for those.
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