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We are recently back from our 12th visit to the...
We are recently back from our 12th visit to the markets. 6 have been on the river.

We had fabulous weather - crisp, cold and lots of snow!

Good, warm, waterproof boots are a must. Also a good...
We were in port with you several times and...
We were in port with you several times and wistfully gazed at AmaStella from our boat. We missed AMA's wealth of included excursions, evening entertainment and quality of CM and staff overall.
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We did the Douro with AMA in 2015. It did happen...
We did the Douro with AMA in 2015. It did happen to be a wine themed but most of the excursions were the same on this cruise as on their non wine theme sailings. The options for excursions, IMO and...
IMO this is completely dependent on the hotels...
IMO this is completely dependent on the hotels you choose and the restaurants you enjoy versus the river lines/cabin category you choose. We very much enjoy independent travel in Europe but it is...
Another vote for this great property. Loved the...
Another vote for this great property. Loved the location and the space.
We enjoy both cities but, if I ended in Budapest...
We enjoy both cities but, if I ended in Budapest I would definitely add nights there on my own and forego the group trip to Prague. Both cities are easy to visit independently.
Not with all lines, including some who market...
Not with all lines, including some who market themselves as all inclusive.
There is quite a wide range of river cruises, as...
There is quite a wide range of river cruises, as there are ocean cruises. Tauck is most definitely at the luxury (and pricey) end of the spectrum.

A fully inclusive package is never a...
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That is relative, IMO. As compared to Frankfurt,...
That is relative, IMO. As compared to Frankfurt, Heathrow or CDG - not even close. And their tram system in MAD is very efficient and signage very good IMO.
Most of our Christmas market itineraries included...
Most of our Christmas market itineraries included late or overnight stays and the cruise line (AMA) provided transport to and from a meeting point. The CM would take groups into the market and they...
We leave in 12 days and can't wait! We love...
We leave in 12 days and can't wait!

We love the markets and go often. The last several years have seen an increase in security, which is very visible.
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We loved Iberia business class - flew them when...
We loved Iberia business class - flew them when we did the Douro 2 years ago. Seats, lounge, food, service, cleanliness and equipment far exceeded any BA or AA in business class. And MAD is a very...
If you use AMA's postcards (provided) they post...
If you use AMA's postcards (provided) they post them for free.

They will also sell them at the front desk for your own cards.
This is being discontinued next season, and will...
This is being discontinued next season, and will be replaced with a concert only.
Not sure which line you are referencing the CMs...
Not sure which line you are referencing the CMs on the lines I sail with DO get paid, and not just in gratuities.

When we sail with inclusive lines we still tip specific staff members who go above...
Ditto!
Ditto!
A good, experienced, river cruise TA would best...
A good, experienced, river cruise TA would best be able to advise and handle this for you.
I was thrilled to get this email from AMA and...
I was thrilled to get this email from AMA and really look forward to the new active offerings on our next AMA cruise!
We have sailed with Avalon 4x and AMA 8x. Never...
We have sailed with Avalon 4x and AMA 8x. Never looked back when we discovered AMA and for us, it is our favorite of the 4 lines we have cruised with. Overall a consistently excellent experience. ...
There is more than sticker price to consider,...
There is more than sticker price to consider, IMO. Overall, a river cruise is not an inexpensive undertaking. The devil is in the details and you should look beyond the price tag.

What is...
Having an onboard gym is a requirement for me. ...
Having an onboard gym is a requirement for me. YMMV.
Your experience very much mirrored ours. ...
Your experience very much mirrored ours.

Food was a disappointment, with few exceptions. Dining room service ranged from good to poor, with attitude being an issue with one female in particular. ...
We have cruised with AMA 8x and always use their...
We have cruised with AMA 8x and always use their laundry service. It is reasonable, quick and they do a great job! Much cheaper than any hotel.

AmaStella is gorgeous! Have a great trip!
Grand Circle and Viking are geared to and market...
Grand Circle and Viking are geared to and market to seniors. They would not be my recommendation for 50 somethings and their demographic definitely skews older as that it their target audience.
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