As most readers know, I love to travel and I’ve had the good fortune to do so fairly extensively; however, northern Europe was never high on my travel bucket list. I seem to have preferred repeat visits to Mediterranean countries or warm weather climes … countries where the language was familiar to my ear, where I knew the food would tickle my palate and the wines would go down easy. But this trip changed my mind … forever.
The towns were quaint, colorful and oh-so-picturesque. The cobblestones killer!
The AMA Cello onboard experience did not disappoint. The food was tasty, diverse and plentiful. I personally appreciated the fresh herbs on almost every plate, the onboard bakery, and the artful presentations. Top that off with excellent service and flowing wine … happy, happy I was.
Another thing that sets AMA apart from other river cruises is their generous excursion program. Two-three excursions were offered daily — you could go on A, B or C — and if one was in the morning and another in the afternoon or evening, you could go on both. When there wasn’t an evening excursion, there was Miroslav, the onboard musician, and local entertainment which was brought aboard in several cities to perform in the lounge.
Our cruise took us from Amsterdam in The Netherlands to wonderful picturesque cities in Germany, France and Switzerland, ending with a couple of days on land in Lucerne which, despite a surprise encounter with snow (something I hadn’t seen in 16 years), totally enchanted me!
But, the beautiful swans and their ducky friends were present all over.
More photos (lots) on flickr.