Posted January 22nd, 2012, 01:57 PM
under Member review section for AMAlotsus.Concerned about noisy ship,smells onboard,stomach flu for half passengers, poor food ,no drawers and suitcase stays out?? Whew,,not the luxury experience I expected.
Hope this has been worked out,,making me rethink this.
Any other cruisers have updates?
My review of our recent trip on the Amalotus was just posted.
We had no noise or smell problems at all on the ship; the cabins and the dining hall were beautiful. My father and I had no problems with finding space for our luggage (admittedly, we're two men so that might have been the reason). In fact, I found the cabin significantly larger than the one we had on Celebrity Xpedition in the Galapagos.
At a certain point, a significant portion of the passengers had "tummy troubles," but I don't think that should necessarily be blamed on Amalotus. There were many opportunities to eat on land, whether in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, and some passengers may have picked up stomach bugs that way. My father, for example, came down with food poisoning after eating in a rather upscale restaurant in Siem Reap. And, of course, some of it might not have been "illness" at all, but rather our bodies adjusting to the local bacterial flora.
I did find the food on board a disappointment, particularly in comparison to Celebrity Xpedition (my one point of comparison as it was my only other cruise). That being said, I never found it difficult to find something tasty to eat at meals. I don't eat fried eggs or omelets, but most guests were very happy with that station at breakfast. I usually stuck to the fish courses and was very satisfied with what I was served.
When we were in Phnom Penh, the Amalotus was moored next to La Marguerite, and I went exploring the other ship. There were about 33 passengers, all still asleep at 6:45 am when I walked over. This seems to have been an entirely French group (I heard them later). From what I could see, the ship was just as beautifully fitted as the Amalotus; it was only a little smaller. The only significant difference I noticed was the absence of computer terminals in the lounge, but perhaps I simply didn't see them.
We had three working computer terminals next to the lounge, but only occasional tension over access. Most of the passengers were very considerate about not "hogging" the terminals, and many people used the free wifi to run their iPads or iPhones (though my phone wouldn't log in, don't know why).