Posted March 7th, 2018, 10:24 AM
For those of you who have done AMA, is it better to be pre & post cruise with them or on your own?
If not aware, there is a hybrid option you might want to consider...
I cruised the Danube [Vilshofen to Budapest] aboard AmaStella--and a few days following that disembarkation--cruised the Rhine [Basel to Amsterdam] aboard AmaSonata in May/June 2017...
On both legs of the trip, I elected to do my off-ship touring independently [6 nights in Poland/4 nights in Prague prior to the Danube trip, an additional independent night in Budapest before flying to Switzerland/transferring by rail to Lucerne for three nights prior to the Rhine trip]... Though this approach did take a fair amount of meticulous planning on my part, I did get to see/do exactly what I wanted within the time periods I needed [understandably AMA offered nothing comparable for a consecutive cruiser; their land packages are designed cruise by cruise] and--though I stayed in very nice hotels and paid for my air/rail transfers, my tours, and all of my meals on my own--I realized a substantial savings as compared to the AMA land packages and appreciated the lack of regimentation...
It's not widely advertised but I did purchase transfers to the ship [from Prague to Vilshofen; from Lucerne to Basel] through AMA... On each of the cruise embarkation mornings, I taxied over to the hotels in Prague and Lucerne that AMA was using for their pre-cruise land package offerings [very nice; I happened to chose others that I viewed as comparable], met the Cruise Manager [who escorted the AMA group--on land and aboard ship--for the entire trip]/my fellow travelers, and did the bus transfers--each with an included tour in route--to Vilshofen and Basel... The process worked like a charm! The transfer to Vilshofen--and then to the ship from the rail station--would have been a bit of a logistical challenge... My luggage--I traveled for a month--was handled from AMA's hotels to my stateroom... I arrived at the ship precisely when it was fully ready to receive guests... And as an unexpected surprise, AMA provided me with a transfer to the airport in Amsterdam [I wasn't staying on having been there several times before; AMA was doing no post-cruise land-package there] since I'd purchased the pre-cruise transfer from Lucerne to Basel through them...
I should add that--among the guests I spoke with on both cruises--those who did the pre-cruise land tour [and there were many of them] through AMA were very highly satisfied with their experiences as to hotels, included tours/meals, and the supportive, highly organized, nurturing, very professional assistance provided by the Cruise Manager... If the entire itinerary is new to you, if you don't have pre-conceived notions as to what you want to see/do, and if you don't want to be bothered with the planning, doing the pre- and/or post-cruise land packages can seemingly be a very attractive option...
I was thrilled with my AMA experiences... Start to finish [landside and while traveling], I found them to be an impressive "class act" with inclusions/features that were perfect for me and with excellent/meticulous service... I'm sure I'll be back [depending upon the route I choose; I may/may not do their pre- and/or post-cruise land tours]!
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