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#21
Bergen County, NJ
25 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
4777Papa
Thank you for posting the information about the Grand Marina. We had been down there in 2006 and the area seemed seedy and living on the glories of the Olympics which were held in that area. I feel much better now about using this hotel and letting AMA take us the whole way. We did check into transfers to Arles and out TA suggested that the price was about $500 plus transfers from the airport. Using AMA's hotel seems to be a good choice now, thanks to you!!!!

Please be on touch when you return in a few weeks and report on the trip and the quality of the food. Please let me know how the Tapas Boqueria tour was. We tried to do this on our own but didn't know how to choose wisely or choose a good place. We are excited about our trip in Nov, as cool as it will be. I really appreciate your imput. Safe travels!
#22
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
11,811 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Originally posted by MotherP
4777Papa
Thank you for posting the information about the Grand Marina. We had been down there in 2006 and the area seemed seedy and living on the glories of the Olympics which were held in that area. I feel much better now about using this hotel and letting AMA take us the whole way. We did check into transfers to Arles and out TA suggested that the price was about $500 plus transfers from the airport. Using AMA's hotel seems to be a good choice now, thanks to you!!!!

Please be on touch when you return in a few weeks and report on the trip and the quality of the food. Please let me know how the Tapas Boqueria tour was. We tried to do this on our own but didn't know how to choose wisely or choose a good place. We are excited about our trip in Nov, as cool as it will be. I really appreciate your imput. Safe travels!
Yes, I always do a thorough review of the trip.
#23
3 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
We are doing Barcelona to Paris Oct 22 from Toronto. How has the touring in those 2 cities been? Did you have enough time to see much? We are debating adding a day on either end. Ama will charge $30 pp to pick up at airport. Are cabs easily available & cheaper? Any other info would be appreciated.
#24
105 Posts
Joined Jun 2003
Originally posted by MotherP
Bruce4fun

We are booked on the AMAdagio for the last sailing of the season, Nov22nd, I think as we leave home on Nov 18th for Barcelona. I was wondering what your impressions of the boat and the food were. This will be our 4th cruise with AMA and our last cruise was on the Amakaterina last year in Russia. Simply put, that cruise was not the product that AMA promised and the boat and food were horrible (locations were fabulous!). We loved our previous cruises and are willing to give AMA a second chance, hoping we will not get stuck again. I really would like to know your impressions, especially about the food. We still have time to change our minds and choose another cruise company.

We have been to Paris and Barcelona before and are really excited to get back there again. We are doing those segments on our own as it is less expensive and we can choose to revisit a few places and see a few that we missed. The hotel AMA uses is way out on the marina and in the area of the earlier Olympics. We prefere to be in town. Hopefully we can pick up with the tour and go to Airles and continue from there. Any suggestions?



Hi Mother P, I think AMA has about the best food of all the River lines, however this is very subjective. I have not sailed on Scenic which everyone says is great too. I did think the food was better than Viking for example, but again subjective. Not as good as Crytal or Regent by any strech, but very good and simple. Portions not too huge, regional specialties each day. Great cheeses. The Russian ships are "leased" and have never had anyone rave about the food in Russia on land or ship lol. I will be sailing in AMA again for sure.
#25
Arizona
69 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Originally posted by Aussie Teen
Also I am about to buy a new carry on bag and I am wondering if there is enough space in the cabin for our two larger suitcases and a smaller wheeled bag. In the photos it is difficult to tell just how much space there is!
We returned yesterday from this same tour. Fantastic. Yes, there is good room beneath the bed for bags and in one corner, behind the lounge chair.
#26
Arizona
69 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Originally posted by canadianbagel
We are thinking of doing the Amawaterways cruise "Provence & Spain" in October. Has anyone done this cruise? Did you like it? What will weather be like in late October?
We returned from this same cruise yesterday. It was wonderful. We did not take the extension to Spain, since all those hours on the bus didn't sound fun. We also did Paris on our own, since we've been there several times. One complaint that we heard on the ship was about the Paris hotel that AMA booked. Everyone was complaining about many aspects of it.
#27
Arizona
69 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Originally posted by canadianbagel
We are doing Barcelona to Paris Oct 22 from Toronto. How has the touring in those 2 cities been? Did you have enough time to see much? We are debating adding a day on either end. Ama will charge $30 pp to pick up at airport. Are cabs easily available & cheaper? Any other info would be appreciated.
We returned yesterday. Our hotel in Paris was in the Eiffel Tower area and the cab fare was 57 euro from the airport.
#28
Calabasas, California
25 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by Bruce4fun
Just got back from the Amadagio Paris to Barcelona. We did cruise only since have been to Paris and Barcelona many times. Took the TGV to join the ship in Lyon(2 hrs from Paris Charles de Gaulle). Excellent cruise, fantastic food, great ship, really great tour director John! About 1/2 the ship was going on to Spain, more than 1/2 did the precruise in Paris which they all seemed to enjoy. They also arrived by TGV to Lyon on different train than us later in the day.
Loved the wine tasting, ports of call, the Rhone.
Highly recommended!
Dear Bruce4fun,
We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with AmaWaterways. Thanks for the positive feedback!
We greatly look forward to having you on board again in the future.

All the best,
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#29
Calabasas, California
25 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by sand74
We're doing Arles to Lyon in July with a Paris extension....glad to know that you enjoyed the trip...we've been to Paris...but there's always something new to see...and AMA included it for free when we booked....it was a special promotion...so we feel that we got a good deal....at the very least to offset the cost of our air...
Are you planning any other cruises? Will you book with AMA again or another company? This will be our second AMA cruise this year...
Dear sand74,
We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with AmaWaterways. We value the feedback of our guests and thank you for cruising with us.
We are so happy to hear you will be joining us again.

See you onboard for your second cruise!
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#30
Calabasas, California
25 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by MotherP
Bruce4fun

We are booked on the AMAdagio for the last sailing of the season, Nov22nd, I think as we leave home on Nov 18th for Barcelona. I was wondering what your impressions of the boat and the food were. This will be our 4th cruise with AMA and our last cruise was on the Amakaterina last year in Russia. Simply put, that cruise was not the product that AMA promised and the boat and food were horrible (locations were fabulous!). We loved our previous cruises and are willing to give AMA a second chance, hoping we will not get stuck again. I really would like to know your impressions, especially about the food. We still have time to change our minds and choose another cruise company.

We have been to Paris and Barcelona before and are really excited to get back there again. We are doing those segments on our own as it is less expensive and we can choose to revisit a few places and see a few that we missed. The hotel AMA uses is way out on the marina and in the area of the earlier Olympics. We prefere to be in town. Hopefully we can pick up with the tour and go to Airles and continue from there. Any suggestions?
Dear MotherP,
We are thrilled to hear that you are joining us on the AmaDagio in November! We have made many improvements to our AmaKatarina and Russia itinerary since early last year.
We value the feedback of our guests greatly and take your comments very seriously.


Thank you for joining us again and we look forward to seeing you onboard later this year!

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