Posted August 10th, 2017, 05:39 AM
Thanks Caviargal. I know you've cruised a lot, did this one rank high with you? We've been on 6 river cruises, 4 with AMA, 1 each with Uniworld and Tauck. We're looking for new regions/rivers we have not visited and are considering Porto and Bordeaux with AMA back-to-back.
Those two itineraries were not among our favorites.
The scenery on the Douro was stunning but there were a LOT of bus rides, some on very steep, hairpin turns, some quite long. Also, we were never docked in a place at night where we could walk off the boat after dinner, which is something we really enjoy doing. Since this is not really an AMA ship, there were noticeable differences in the onboard experience as well (food being a big one). We definitely want to go back to Portugal but next time we will either rent a car and explore the Algarve or take a small ship ocean cruise and enjoy the coast, with some time pre or post in Portugal. The wines were lovely, the food very good and the prices reasonable.
Bordeaux (the city) we very much enjoyed; we spent 4 days there and will return. The scenery and river are not very attractive and the ports for us less were appealing. We went for the wine and that was wonderful! There was a bit too much bus time on this one as well and we were rarely docked anywhere interesting over night. If you love wine, this may be a good trip for you. Otherwise, I am not sure of the appeal.
Our #1 itinerary ever is the Rhone. It had everything we enjoy. Lots of port time in towns and cities we enjoyed; overnight stays that allowed us to walk around after dinner; one the best crews ever (this was Amadagio). We also very much enjoyed Tulip Time and the Christmas markets are always a favorite. The lower Danube is on our to do list.
143 cruises since 1964, 16 on the river.
Looking forward to:
MS Joy - Magic of Advent, December 2017
Amadeus Silver III, May 2018
AmaStella, Christmas Markets, December 2018
Scenic Eclipse, April, 2019
Our river cruising history:
Avalon Luminary B2B- Christmas Markets, 2009
Avalon Affinity - Christmas Markets 2010
Avalon Panorama - Danube New Years Cruise, 2011
AmaDante -Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle 2012
AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
AmaDagio - Provence, 2014
AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
SS Catherine - Provence 2015
AmaSerena Christmas on the Rhine, 2015
Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux, April 2016, October 2017
AmaVida, Douro, August. 2016
AmaSonata, Romantic Danube - Oct. 2016
Joie de Vivre, Paris and Normany - April 2017
Recent ocean cruises:
Le Lyral, The Adriatic, September 2017