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  1. Thank you notamermaid. I did briefly go into the website that you noted. I did not find any specific info on all Illumination Cruises but their website did give links to 3 companies offering private tours during the day and night so I guess the gov't has lifted their ban on the Illumination Cruises. From what I understand Ama is no longer offering their Illumination Cruise so we will have to look into a private tour if we want to see the lights from the water. Thank you for your help GrammaRama
  2. I did a search looking for information on Illumination cruises in Budapest and found this article posted in July 2019. Does anyone have any additional information. We are sailing on the AmaLea in May and were very disappointed to hear that the Illumination Cruise was no longer being offered. We were told that it was a regulation initiated by the Budapest gov't after the terrible accident with Viking and an independent operator. Are there any private independent operators that might be offering this? Any information would be helpful GrammaRama
  3. Does anyone know whether the Southern Gardens underneath the Castle in Prague are still closed for renovations. We will be there in May and hoping to get to see them. Many Thanks GrammaRama
  4. I guess my name GrammaRama explains why the question was raised. FB and Book of Face is not part of my vocabulary and I intend to keep it that way. Thanks for the explanation.
  5. Could you please clarify what "Book of Face" is. I have never come across that expression in any of my research. Thx GrammaRama
  6. Thanks Pompein for the information Can you remember what the very reasonable prices were? I am assuming you sent pants and tops to the laundry as opposed to socks and underwear. GrammaRama
  7. We will be travelling on the AmaLea in May and I am wondering if the ship offers laundry service. for a fee. If so, does anyone know if this is offered per item or is it per bag or otherwise? With airline baggage fees being what they are, I was just wondering if laundry service is available at a reasonable price, whether we would consider this option. Thanks for any info that you can share GrammaRama
  8. We have just made our final payment on our Ama Waterways Melodies of the Danube River Cruise in May 2020 and have completed our on-line check in. I thought I had read on CC that once the check-in had been completed that we would be able to access details on the excursions being offered by Ama during the cruise. I would just like to have a more comprehensive outline of what are choices will be. I also read that you can decide which excursions you want to go on while on board. Just thought it would be interesting to get the information ahead of time so you can do some research prior to boarding. Thanks for any help you can give. GrammaRama
  9. Thank you for responding to this query. It appears that we will not have to worry about this for our trip in May.
  10. My husband and I are booked on AmaLea for May 2020. I have been trying to research whether the Schengen Visa will impact us while abroad. We are both Canadians eh! and it appears that we Canadians do not have to get the Visa while travelling under a Canadian passport. We will be leaving Toronto, Canada and arriving Munich where we transfer to our flight to Budapest and our return trip will be via Prague to Munich and then transferring for our flight back to Toronto. After the stay in Budapest we will sail on the AmaLea (Melodies of the Danube) and make our way to Prague. Can anyone confirm that we Canadians do not have to get the Schengen Visa. Many thanks for your help
  11. This will also be my first river cruise. I am not sure if other cruise lines offer a Chef's Table or not. It might be called by a different name. Maybe some other CC members might be able to answer your question. I know on most ocean cruises there are specialty restaurants but they usually come with an additional cost. As some posters mentioned the Chef's Table on Ama is included for one dining experience during your cruise.
  12. Thank you everyone for your responses. I now have a good understanding of the Chef's Table.
  13. Would like to know how many people the Chef's Table can accommodate on the AmaLea. We will have a group travelling in May 2020 and are thinking of trying to book space in the restaurant for the group. Is that possible? Is there an extra charge for dining in this restaurant or is it included in the cruise price?
  14. Can we request distilled water required for a CPAP machine before we embark? Is there a charge for this? On ocean cruises that we have done we could request ahead of time and it was in the cabin upon our arrival. There usually was a charge for it but not much. Also, would we have to bring an extension cord as was the case on our ocean cruises. We are a long way off from departure but might as well ask the question while I think of it.
  15. We are in the process of booking a cabin on the AmaLea which I believe is a sister ship to the Viola. In doing some research on the cabins that we had to choose from I came across a site that has some reasonable pictures of the cabins. I don't believe that I can post the name of the site as it seems to be a TA site. If you are interested in the name of the site you can email me at joan.manser@gmail.com . We don't need the sleeper chair to be used as a bed and wonder how comfortable it would be to sit on. The back seems quite far back so no support while sitting.
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