Posted June 8th, 2013, 06:11 AM
Last edited by caviargal; June 8th, 2013 at 06:16 AM
. Nice to see you here and hope all is well.
I think you would enjoy a river cruise for both the overall experience and the social interaction. The small boats make it easy for singles to mix and mingle and the informality contributes to the friendly onboard atmosphere.
As you know, we used to cruise mass market a lot but gave it up 6 years ago as we just do not care for today's ocean cruising on large ships. We made an exception last year and it was even worse than we expected.
We have been on 6 river cruises so far, with another booked for 2014. AMA is our favorite for the overall quality and attention to detail, as well as the younger demographic and more energetic vibe. We have had a lot of fun in the evenings on AMA, which was not the case on the other line we tried previous to our AMA experience. We also enjoy the active tours they offer and the younger and more social staff and crew.
AMA offers sailings with no single supplements (we look for these when my mom is coming with us, as she is next year).
Last year we had a group of 13 that cruised with us in November, 5 couples and three singles. Half had previously cruised with Avalon and two with Uniworld. All agreed that AMA was a significantly more enjoyable overall experience. Of that 13, 8 are coming with us next year and two of those couples are bringing other friends. My mom was with us last year and told me that when she arrived back home, she threw out her stack of river cruise line brochures as she enjoyed AMA so much (her third river cruise and first on AMA) that she would not consider another line based on her experiences.
Since you are an X fan, IMO you would not enjoy GCT or Vantage which are value oriented lines.
The cruise we are doing next year in France is a wine theme cruise. We did one with AMA two years ago and it was so much fun! Lots of extra activities were included that were wine focused, and more than half of the passengers were in their 40-50s as the wine host was St. Francis Vineyards and the CEO and marketing director were aboard as well as some of their wine club members. We had a blast!
The only other line we would personally consider is A-Rosa as they are gearing their cruises to a younger and more active demographic, which suits us best.
Vikings new boats have too many passengers aboard for us - in the same space as other lines who have ~160 - and their French balcony cabins on the new longships are only 135 sq ft. Also, from what I have seen and read and heard in discussions with friends and clients that have cruised with them, IMO Viking is not up to AMA standards for food, wine, entertainment, service, and range of activities and excursions.
For us, AMA is the best fit and we are really looking forward to our next cruise with them.
143 cruises since 1964, 15 on the river.
Looking forward to:
Le Lyral, The Adriatic, September 2017
MS Joy - Magic of Advent, December 2017
Crystal Esprit, February 2018
AmaKristina, Christmas Markets, December 2018
Scenic Eclipse, April, 2019
Our river cruising history:
Avalon Luminary B2B- Christmas Markets, 2009
Avalon Affinity - Christmas Markets 2010
Avalon Panorama - Danube New Years Cruise, 2011
AmaDante -Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle 2012
AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
AmaDagio - Provence, 2014
AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
SS Catherine - Provence 2015
AmaSerena Christmas on the Rhine, 2015
Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux, April 2016
AmaVida, Douro, August. 2016
AmaSonata, Romantic Danube - Oct. 2016
Joie de Vivre, Paris and Normany - April 2017