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#1
St Petersburg, FL
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Hello All - just booked this river cruise. Inviting all suggestions as to make this the best vacation ever!!


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#2
australia
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We're booked on 16th April so also looking for any recommendations.


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#3
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Joined Jan 2003
I did this cruise last year and it was FANTASTIC I suggest arriving in Amsterdam a couple of days early (if possible)
and I highly recommend THE BANKS MANSION hotel.......I stayed here and would stay here again.

Hope you have a wonderful cruise
#4
australia
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Joined Aug 2009
Thanks Lois R can you remember what extra excursions were offered after final payment? Also did you find the walking tours give you time afterwards to explore on your own?
We have been to Bruges so wondered what you thought of Ghent, is if worthwhile staying there to see?
Thanks for any help


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Wendy and David, Australia

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nival Spirit - Alaska to Anchorage 2004
Viking Pakhamov - Moscow to St Petersburg river cruise 2006
Celebrity Summit - Miami to LA via Panama Canal 2007
NCL Norwegian Jade - Western Med, Athens to Istanbul 2008
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Celebrity Eclipse - Eastern Mediterranean 2010
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Radiance of the Seas - Bravo Performing Arts Cruise October 2016
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#5
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Good morning........excursions? You mean while on the cruise? Don't worry about final payment. Excursions are included in the price of the cruise and you will be given the opportunity to sign up for them after you are on board ship To be honest,
I went to Brugge and that one was the only tour that was "Extra".......I paid for it on board and it was wonderful
But again, all the other excursions (if memory serves) were included in the cruise price. Since I was in Brugge all day, I can't give
you any Ghent information......sorry!

Oh, they had morning and afternoon tours so you could choose one and then have time on your own for sure. Or go on your own first
and come back for a later tour. It is VERY well organized and the entire experience is great
#6
Texas
89 Posts
Joined May 2016
Have been to Ghent twice. It is worth seeing, although not quite a spectacular as Brugge. The Ghent cathedral houses the Van Eyck brothers altarpiece of the "Blood of the Mystical Lamb", considered one of the great masterpieces of European art. The collection of guild houses along the river is outstanding. You can do it in half a day with the other half in Brugge, if your trip allows and you feel energetic.
#7
Kentucky
158 Posts
Joined May 2000
I would second the suggestion to go a few days early to Amsterdam. We had two days pre-cruise on our own. One day we visited the Rijkmuseum and the Anne Frank house (book as early as possible) and the other we went to Keukenhof Gardens. The cruise excursion to the gardens was the last day and we wanted to make sure we were there on a sunny day, so that is the reason we went early. We were lucky and both the day we went on our own and the cruise excursion had sun. At the time of our cruise AMA offered two bike excursions. For us, those were the highlights of the trip. We were very glad we went to Ghent. I would recommend it.
#8
australia
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Joined Aug 2009
NanciEA, glad to hear someone mention the bike tours. We are walkers who ride very occasionally, would we find these bike tours a bit long or onerous? Are they full on or gentle with lots of stops? They seem a great way to see far more in a shorter time? Thanks for any help.


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Azamara Journey - Venice to Venice, June 2015
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Hurtigruten Fram -Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands Feb/Mar 2016
Radiance of the Seas - Bravo Performing Arts Cruise October 2016
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#10
australia
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Deval, you mentioned you did the bike tour but can you give me a bit more pertinent info. Ie how long do you ride for without a break, are bike trips vigorous or gentle with many stops, that's the info I am specifically looking for. Thank you for all the other info in your review and the dailies, they were great.


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P&O - Pacific Islands 1996
NCL - Whitsundays and PNG 1997
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nival Spirit - Alaska to Anchorage 2004
Viking Pakhamov - Moscow to St Petersburg river cruise 2006
Celebrity Summit - Miami to LA via Panama Canal 2007
NCL Norwegian Jade - Western Med, Athens to Istanbul 2008
Celebrity Constellation Autumn leaves NYC to Quebec 2009
Celebrity Eclipse - Eastern Mediterranean 2010
Hurtigruten, Polarlys - Bergen to Bergen 2011
Azamara Quest - Singapore to Shanghai 2012

Celebrity Equinox - TA, Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona April 2013

Azamara Journey - Hong Kong to Singapore, Dec 2013
Arcadia - Sydney to Southampton, Feb 2014
Celebrity Solstice - Waikiki to Sydney, Oct 2014
Celebrity Solstice - Sydney to Pacific Is and Fiji March 2015
Azamara Journey - Venice to Venice, June 2015
Celebrity Eclipse - Scandinavia and Russia, July 2015
Hurtigruten Fram -Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands Feb/Mar 2016
Radiance of the Seas - Bravo Performing Arts Cruise October 2016
Emerald Princess - Sydney to New Zealand return November 2016
Upcoming cruises
Celebrity Infinity - South America and Rio Carnival, Feb 2017
Celebrity Infinity - Argentina and Chile March 2017
Celebrity Infinity - Valparaiso to Miami Mar/April 2017
Allure of the Seas Western Caribbean April 2017
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#11
St Petersburg, FL
15 Posts
Joined Jul 2013
Hello,
Thank you for uploading the daily schedule of the cruise. Is it true there are other excursions besides the ones that are included in cruse for an additional cost. If so what were they and how much were they?

Thank you,
Kim
#12
New York
7,817 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Since you are booked with AMA, you should be able to see the "Limited Edition" tours for your cruise. They are all included in your fare, but they may fill up so you should book online now (you can always cancel later).
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#13
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Originally posted by kmf63
Hello,
Thank you for uploading the daily schedule of the cruise. Is it true there are other excursions besides the ones that are included in cruse for an additional cost. If so what were they and how much were they?

Thank you,
Kim
Hi Kim....see my post #5......I took one of the additional tours (Brugge all day).......I can't remember how much it cost.....
They will tell you the price once on board though. Whatever it was, I loved it
#14
Kentucky
158 Posts
Joined May 2000
For davwen18, here is what our bike tours were like, although this was several years ago. On the first day of actual cruising, the ship dropped us bikers off in Volendam (which is just across from the Amsterdam port). We biked through the little town and then on to Edam. In Edam we stopped to sample cheese. From there we followed the dike north to Hoorn. Along the way we stopped at an inn/pub for a rest break, another time to be able to climb the dike for the views, and a third time to tour the inside of an old windmill. The ship was waiting for us in Hoorn. I'm not sure about how long it took, but probably about three hours. There were two guides (front and back of the pack) and perhaps 20 riders. We were in our early fifties at the time and we don't usually bike, but are active walkers and tennis players. The entire ride was flat and we did not have trouble keeping up. Most folks were at our level. There were two men who appeared on the dock to ride in complete "Tour de France" gear and seemed mildly upset that the rest of us did not want to do "top speed" to see how fast we could make the trip. They usually raced ahead and rode make to meet the rest of the group. No problem.

We enjoyed the trip so much we signed up for the second bike trip offered. Sign up was on board and there were limited spots although everyone who wanted seemed to have gotten to bike. The second trip was in Arnhem, which I see is not in the current AMA tuliptime cruise. This ride was about two hours and had some hills. There was one guide, but she was great. We stopped at several WWII sites. We enjoyed this ride as well.

It seems AMA listened to our comments that we would have liked more bike rides, because I see in their brochure that they now have four bikes trips on a seven day cruise. I hope this helps.
#15
australia
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Thank you NanciEA, that's just the sort of Info we were looking for


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Wendy and David, Australia

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Viking Pakhamov - Moscow to St Petersburg river cruise 2006
Celebrity Summit - Miami to LA via Panama Canal 2007
NCL Norwegian Jade - Western Med, Athens to Istanbul 2008
Celebrity Constellation Autumn leaves NYC to Quebec 2009
Celebrity Eclipse - Eastern Mediterranean 2010
Hurtigruten, Polarlys - Bergen to Bergen 2011
Azamara Quest - Singapore to Shanghai 2012

Celebrity Equinox - TA, Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona April 2013

Azamara Journey - Hong Kong to Singapore, Dec 2013
Arcadia - Sydney to Southampton, Feb 2014
Celebrity Solstice - Waikiki to Sydney, Oct 2014
Celebrity Solstice - Sydney to Pacific Is and Fiji March 2015
Azamara Journey - Venice to Venice, June 2015
Celebrity Eclipse - Scandinavia and Russia, July 2015
Hurtigruten Fram -Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands Feb/Mar 2016
Radiance of the Seas - Bravo Performing Arts Cruise October 2016
Emerald Princess - Sydney to New Zealand return November 2016
Upcoming cruises
Celebrity Infinity - South America and Rio Carnival, Feb 2017
Celebrity Infinity - Argentina and Chile March 2017
Celebrity Infinity - Valparaiso to Miami Mar/April 2017
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#16
Ft Lauderdale FL
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Joined Jun 2000
Originally posted by davwen81
Deval, you mentioned you did the bike tour but can you give me a bit more pertinent info. Ie how long do you ride for without a break, are bike trips vigorous or gentle with many stops, that's the info I am specifically looking for. Thank you for all the other info in your review and the dailies, they were great.


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We did the bike tour in Rotterdam. We took the bridge over the river to the other side, but stopped 1/2 way on the bridge to rest. There were lots of stops along the way, it was not a lengthy ride as others may have had going between towns. We crossed the river over another bridge and rode around downtown. It was not strenuous at all. We wished we would've known we could keep the bikes and ride around on our own at the end of the tour. Be sure to ask about that if you're interested.


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Ft Lauderdale FL
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Originally posted by kmf63
Hello,

Thank you for uploading the daily schedule of the cruise. Is it true there are other excursions besides the ones that are included in cruse for an additional cost. If so what were they and how much were they?



Thank you,

Kim

There were tours with limited space that we signed up for online during registration. There was no additional charge for them. They weren't "sold" out and people were able to sign up for the remaining spots onboard.


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