Christmas Markets on the Danube - AmaStella 12/6-13, 2017


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#41
Wayne, IL USA
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Originally posted by Mark_T
Firstly, thanks so much for the daily reviews, although we will be traveling next year with APT, it will of course be on an AMA ship so your thoughts and comments are still most welcome.




I can understand your sensitivity to the style of menus as the food is one of the distinguishing features of AMA and while it is what attracts us, I can understand that it is not what everyone is looking for.

Are there not items on the 'Always available' side of the menu that might work to give you some relieve from the normal cuisine?

I'd also have thought it was worth a quiet word with someone to ask if they could accommodate you with something more basic on occasions?

I imagine the menus are available early enough for you to spot the days when nothing much appeals and request a simple alternative on those occasions.
Yes they have "always available" familiar menu items and yes, the menus are posted in advance outside the dining room.
#42
Seattle, WA/Delray Beach, FL
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I've soooo enjoyed your review! We are currently on AMAStella, the sailing immediately after yours. It's been fun comparing notes as we've sailed in the opposite direction, from Nuremburg to Budapest.

Only difference so far seems to be the make-up of guests. We believe only 18-20% are younger (under 50), with only 3-4 children on board. For our first river cruise, we've been very impressed with all facets of this experience, and truly adore and appreciate our Cruise Manager on this sailing -- John.

This morning we awoke to surprises in our shoes left out overnight. Great fun! Today we are in Melk, leaving for Vienna later this afternoon.

Thanks again for your detailed report! Your day to day accounts have been so helpful! (We didn't know about the sundaes, either!)

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Originally posted by TravlGrl
I've soooo enjoyed your review! We are currently on AMAStella, the sailing immediately after yours. It's been fun comparing notes as we've sailed in the opposite direction, from Nuremburg to Budapest.

Only difference so far seems to be the make-up of guests. We believe only 18-20% are younger (under 50), with only 3-4 children on board. For our first river cruise, we've been very impressed with all facets of this experience, and truly adore and appreciate our Cruise Manager on this sailing -- John.

This morning we awoke to surprises in our shoes left out overnight. Great fun! Today we are in Melk, leaving for Vienna later this afternoon.

Thanks again for your detailed report! Your day to day accounts have been so helpful! (We didn't know about the sundaes, either!)

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Thanks! Hope you have a wonderful time. Can’t imagine what there would be for kids to do... since we had ZERO on our cruise. Yes, we were so surprised how many younger adults there were.

We found out that our Cruise Manager was staying with the group that was doing the extension to Prague and then he was going home for the break between “cruise seasons” which would start again in March. Not sure if they all do that...? All the servers and other crew will be going home soon as well. I think they said two more weeks.

Eat a few cookies and sundaes for me!


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#44
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Originally posted by twincheryl
We found out that our Cruise Manager was staying with the group that was doing the extension to Prague and then he was going home for the break between “cruise seasons” which would start again in March. Not sure if they all do that...?
That is AMA's practice -- it makes a really smooth transition because you're already familiar with this CM (and vice versa).
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#45
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Originally posted by Host Jazzbeau
That is AMA's practice -- it makes a really smooth transition because you're already familiar with this CM (and vice versa).


Another reason to love AmaWaterways!


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#46
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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.

Next year we are on AmaStella for the markets and already looking forward to it!
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AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
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AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
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#47
United States
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Oh my!! Which ship were you on?

We just got back home as we flew from Budapest to Paris and explored Paris for several days. As I said earlier, we have taken 2 Viking ocean cruises and we could not have been more pleased, so when we saw they were booked for their Christmas Market Cruise we researched and stumbled onto AmaWaterways who we had never heard of! Didn't really know what to expect but the cruise specialist we worked with was over the top fabulous and all of our communications with him bode well for a good decision. The cruise on the AmaStella was more than we had hoped for. We are hooked. It was seamless as far as logistics, day to day activities - couldn't say more about how well run the ship was and how hospitable and warm the staff was and ship was festively decorated and so much fun to spend the holiday on.

I'm already jealous that you will be getting to go again next year!!!

Should anyone have any specific questions I would be so happy to answer them. When I was getting ready to go on this cruise there was so very little that i could find on forums about AmaWaterways. There were a lot of questions i had for people who had been on this cruise lines and specifically the Christmas Markets one. So I'd love to share details and answer questions for others.
#48
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Oh and also you are so right...the number of INCLUDED excursions we had on AmaStella were amazing!!!! And every time we had one there would be accommodation for the "level" of walker you are. Sometimes there was a guide for gentle walkers, normal walkers AND active walkers. The quality of the tour buses and guides was excellent. Again, we just could not have been more pleasantly surprised.

I must say, we often spoke amongst ourselves on the ship about how we felt maybe the highest quality of management of life on board the ship had a great deal to do with our Cruise Director John Riley. My oh my there are hardly words praiseworthy enough to explain this man. I told our cruise specialist I wish Ama could clone this man!