Posted February 6th, 2013, 09:37 AM
Last edited by Familygoboston; February 6th, 2013 at 09:39 AM
We recently completed a cruise on AmaCerto, sister to AmaPrima and it was the best of our 6 river cruises to date. The boat is stunning and AMA is consistently wonderful IMO and IME with all aspects of the experience.
The bikes were popular but you sign up in advance for tours and they always had more bikes than participants. You could also use the bikes to explore on your own.
I ready Wendy' summary and disagree with several of her comments. We are not fans of group excursions but enjoyed having choices most days on AMA of types of tours, including those geared for active guests. My mom stuck with the tours that were geared towards guests that wanted to avoid lots of walking. There were also the standard tours.
AMA has begun to offer a culinary tour in many ports as well and we did one of those and enjoyed it.
We are considering AmaPrima for Christmas and NYE as we had such a marvelous cruise on AmaCerto.
Bikes are always available. All you have to do is tell them you want to use a bike and they will set it up for you on the shore. On our cruise on the Amalyra from Nuremburg to Budapest there was only one organized optional bike tour, so the bikes were available for use in all the other towns. We used them in Melk to ride up to the Abbey. We met up with the rest of the group that took a bus up there and did the tour of the Abbey with AMA..rode the bikes through town and back to the ship. I loved having the bikes and hope to use them again on our upcoming Enchanting Rhine cruise!!
Thank you both! This is what I wanted to hear! In general we are pretty active, and usually rent bikes anywhere we go (where its practical!) I do like that the cruise line offers a range of activity options on tours. One of the things that has held us back from this type of trip is getting stuck on a slow paced large group tour, it's not for us at this time in our lives. I love that you can choose biking or a faster paced walking tour. I have a SIL and BIL who are considering this and they are not at all active, so it would be perfect. They would also love the 2-3 wine tours offered, where we would likely do the 3 bike tours offered!
Carviagla- I usually respect Wendy's reviews, but here's the thing, I think those kinds of trips, they "preview" several lines for a day or two and if they hit a bad guide or a good guide on an off day, it paints the whole thing in a bad light. I love CC because you get a range of opinions form people who have actually traveled.
Pcmakr- It takes longer than the bus, but you see so much more
I did some reading on CC last night and it appears that a cabin port or starboard really doesn't matter. Has that been your experience? We are considering a W bound trip, and sounds like being on the starboard side would toward the "port" side, but often you won't have a view since there is a wall. I have to request a cabin today probably, so I am trying to get an idea of which one will be a good location. Considering BB on Cello.
Thanks!! Sorry to hijack your Newbie thread, Billy Brent!