Posted January 9th, 2013, 05:26 PM
Totally subjective. After our Amsterdam to Budapest cruise in September 2011 with Tauck I wrote a review entitled "Simply The Best" and I still think so.
I do agree - this is a really subjective issue.
If you wish to get a sense of AMA, I would suggest you visit Mike and Carol Preisman's website - http://www.thepreismans.com
. They did Budapest to Prague - and his blog + pictures are great. This was a strong factor in our decision to do the same itinerary with AMA in 2009.
River cruising isn't for everyone. If you have been active on big ships (and it appears that you have been) - then I suggest you think about what it is about big ship cruising that you enjoy. If it is the shows, gambling, formal evenings, spa services etc - then river cruising might not be your cup of tea.
Is there a certain stop (or number of stops) that you wish to make? For example, some cruises include Salzburg - and others consider it an optional (and therefore you pay to go....) If you want to stop in Bratislava, not all tours stop there. Some have extra time in Vienna - and many enjoy that. Vienna wasn't our favourite stop - so extra time there isn't a bonus for us. If you enjoy cycling, a number of lines have bicycles on board - free to use...
Lots to consider...