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  1. Hi Paul, Thank you for another live cruise. We got back last week from an Ama Danube River cruise and am missing being on the water. When you finish this cruise would you please comment on if you had to choose between a Trans-Atlantic and a Trans-Pacific, which would you take? We have not done either but when I retire...
  2. Hi Mary57, My family of four (college aged sons) actually went on a Rhine Christmas week cruise 12/23/15 on the Ama Serena from Basel Switzerland to Amsterdam. We stayed two nights pre-cruise in Basel and enjoyed both a day trip to Lucern and the night Christmas market in Basel. Even though some of the Christmas markets are closed up by Christmas, we still got to visit a half dozen - I collected the different Gluwein mugs as we visited each one. This was a great trip and I highly recommend Ama for river cruising. They have nice included tours tailored to slow, regular and more active paces. There are bikes on board if you want to use them to ride around towns at your own pace too. The service and food and wine served was excellent. We are booked with Ama again next month on a Danube River cruise-can't wait!!! Whichever line you choose- you probably can't go wrong-enjoy!
  3. I'm glad that you got a complete trip. At the end of August we will board AMA Lea in Budapest and travel to Viloshoffen, Germany. Hopefully the river water levels will cooperate and no more ship collisions will occur.
  4. Thank you again Cruzer Two, nice pictures/music/history.
  5. Thank you Cruzer Two-beautiful pictures and music! I am looking forward to our upcoming Danube Cruise with a stop in Melk, Austria. Which ship were you on? Did you take the included excursion?
  6. It's been a while but we ordered chocolate milk at dinner for one of our sons, the waiter brought it every night after without asking. They really want to make everyone happy and will go the extra mile.
  7. You can also bring on board 2 bottles of wine for your stateroom. Pour a couple of glasses for yourselves before heading down to the lounge. They will charge a corkage fee if you bring the bottle to dinner or lounge but I think its ok to carry one glass with you from your stateroom.
  8. Sounds good, very helpful for planning-I don't want to have to pack too much extra but also want to dress for the occasion.
  9. Thank you ReaderGirl57- I am really looking forward to this. Can you also tell me if the concert would be a bit dressier than the typical cruise evening? (dress, sport coat?)
  10. HI Got2Cruise, We are booked on Ama Lea Danube - Budapest to Villoshofen and would love to add on the concert in Vienna. We did not see any option to add that along with all of the other excursions. Do you know if we can add the concert when we get on board? I didn't really see anywhere to ask Ama questions on the sign-up area.
  11. We all enjoyed our AMA Rhine River cruise during Christmas market season. My 20 year old sons did the biking & hiking tours while we did the walking tours. As was said above, many of the young people actually enjoy tours of historical/art/cultural venues. Sometimes there are also other groups that have events in the evening that us older folks don't go to. Take him along and have an awesome trip!
  12. thank you for posting the great helicopter glacier tour video-must have been an awesome experience.
  13. That's the Bird of Paradise fold-I love that too. Dinner looks like it was wonderful! Your glacier pictures are such a beautiful blue. I need to do another Alaska trip. I hope you enjoy rest of your cruise, thanks for sharing your trip with us.
  14. I love how excited everyone is for your Alaska cruise! Me too, makes me want to go again, soon! We went 12 years ago on the Beautiful Mercury and had a great trip. We also cruised from Vancouver to San Diego last September on the Infinity and loved Vancouver (another vote for the Pan Pacific-I know it's too late to vote) I will recommend an awesome sushi restaurant near the Pan Pacific called Miku, it was Outstanding, try to get reservations because it will be busy. We did the HOHO bus one day and it is a great way to easily see many parts of Vancouver. Do the stop with the ferry to Granville Island for the food market to get some goodies. We also did the simulator fly over Vancouver near Pan Pacific cruise terminal area, touristy but fun. We did an Orca tour (Orca Enterprises-Capt Larry)out of Juneau and had a great time, not sure if they are in business any longer. Ketchikan we did the Totem tour from the ship plus the lumberjack show, cheesy but fun for my two young sons. I know people have recommended binoculars, but I would suggest you just get out some of your Zoom lenses and snap a bunch of awesome pictures! I can't wait to see them😉 Have a great trip, I hope the weather works out for you.
  15. Another vote for AMA. My husband walks with a cane, we went with the gentle walkers group and it worked out very well. AMA gets a taxi or van to come the ship either to get the group to the tour bus or venue. The regular group often has to walk several blocks to get to the transportation (great if you have no physical issues but difficult for wheelchairs and limited mobility). There are some sights that can't be visited by the gentle walkers because of stairs, hills etc.
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