If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to take a European river cruise, you’ll want to stay tuned as I’m going to share my experience on our AmaWaterways Rhine River cruise in detail in upcoming posts.
Disclosure: my mother and I were hosted for an Enchanting Rhine river cruise courtesy of AmaWaterways. No conditions were made for a review and as always, my opinions are solely mine.
As I did on my European Culinary tour last year, I will be publishing individual posts and eventually, you will be able to find them all here. (POSTS ARE ALL COMPLETE!)
In the most brief way possible, I want to tell you that this cruise was an absolute dream come true for my mother as she has wanted to take a European river cruise for many, many years. Not only was she able to take this cruise, but the quality of the trip, from beginning to end, from our stateroom to the top deck, from the cleaning staff to the captain of the ship, was phenomenal. We were not only able to enjoy fabulous meals throughout the cruise, but the excursions were beyond both of our expectations.
However, if you were to ask what stood out to us even more than the fantastic fare on board, and the beautiful accommodations and tours? We would respond: the people. The staff and crew of AmaWaterways is what made our cruise. Each one of them made our experience so special, and made us feel as though they were on the ship just for us, and they treated every single guest in this manner. We may not remember every detail of the journey from Amsterdam to Basel, but I can assure you, we will never forget one single crew member that touched us in some way due to a kind gesture, or when they made us laugh, or went above and beyond what was expected of them, not once, but everyday. One could clearly see how they loved working with each other; they were more like a family than a team.
After being on board for a week, it was easy to understand why AmaWaterways has so many returning guests and such fantastic ratings and reviews such as this praise from Berlitz, on the Amacerto –
“This superb contemporary rivership is praised for its high-quality cuisine.”
NB: The itinerary below is what I chose to do from all the different options we were given for excursions. You can see all the choices we were given on the link to AmaWaterways at the bottom of this post.
AmaWaterways Enchanting Rhine River Cruise Itinerary
from Amsterdam to Basel on the beautiful AmaCerto
Day 1/2 – Amsterdam, Netherlands. Embarkation and Welcome Dinner. Keukenhof Gardens.
Day 4 – Rhine Gorge, Germany (castles) Rüdesheim, Germany: wine tasting and evening coffee.
Day 5 – Speyer, Germany: Heidelberg excursion including the castle.
Day 6 – Strasbourg, France: city tour.
Day 7/8 – Riquewihr, France: walking tour. Basel, Switzerland: disembarkation.
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Disclosure:my mother and I were hosted for an Enchanting Rhine river cruise courtesy of AmaWaterways. No conditions were made for a review and as always, my opinions are solely mine. I am posting this in accordance with FTC regulations.