Posted October 28th, 2013, 11:59 PM
jazzbeau - sorry I missed your post before I replied. I love what I'm hearing about AMA's small groups. Other than that did you enjoy everything else about your cruise? The ship you were on, etc.? I think I did read your post with your review a while back - I'll have to take another look now that AMA is seeming like a real possibility.
Yes, we loved everything about our cruise. AMAcello is one of their older ships at this point (relatively - nothing on AMA is very old). It is very well designed and maintained. We had a French balcony, which I think is better than a balcony because it doesn't steal any sf from the room (the only better design is I think on Uniworld, where the top half of the glass wall drops down so you have the entire cabin width open from waist level up). The food was great, the wines were good (and varied - a different red and white every dinner) and liberally poured.
The tours were also great. When the center of town was a ways away (or for the multiple town tours) they had several coaches. The coaches were never filled, and there were more guides than coaches so the walking groups were quite manageable. When you turned your Quietvox on it synched to the frequency of the nearest guide - so I guess if you didn't like your guide you could just find another group and re-synch [there was only one guide we didn't like, and thankfully she paired up with a better one for our Strasbourg canal cruise].
I also don't think the prices on AMA are higher than other lines, when you count the inclusives and the quality.
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