Amadeus Silver Review | Koblenz to Amsterdam
Lyndsay from RiverCruising.co.uk embarks the Amadeus Silver for 4 nights along the Rhine.
Although we weren't joining the ship for its full 7-night itinerary (Classical Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam), I was looking forward to spending 4 nights aboard the Amadeus Silver! It's the first time I'd experienced an Amadeus River Cruise and it certainly had a lot to live up to, having cruised with other leading operators previously!
Fly UK » Koblenz
I was very impressed with Lufthansa, our flight was on time, there was plenty of room and a nice little drinks service. One thing to note though is the size of Frankfurt airport - it is huge, so if you're travelling with limited mobility be aware you may need to request assistance.
Transfer from Frankfurt to Koblenz – This took just over 1hr 30, but because the scenery was so Beautiful the time passed quickly.
The Ship - Amadeus Silver
The Amadeus Silver was built in 2013 and has 180 max capacity. It's a lovely ship with modern décor. We were allocated an A1 grade 'drop down balcony' cabin on the Upper Mozart Deck. The cabins are a nice size, very similar to other ships I have seen. Again, décor wise - a lovely cabin. The bathroom was small but it really had everything you needed. There was a small love seat by the window so you could sit and watch the world go by in your cabin. Let me explain the 'drop down balcony' - The cabin is fitted with a floor-to-ceiling window, which has an electric system, allowing the top of the window to move down, creating a type of 'French-Balcony' - technically, bringing the fresh air in. It's the best of both worlds really, great views & fresh air with the ability to close the window.
The usual shower gels, body lotion and shampoo was complimentary in the bathroom however these were not replaced. All the cabins have Air conditioning, tv, telephone hair dryer and a safety deposit box. Complimentary bottles of water were put into our cabin daily.
Lounge/Bar – This was on Mozart deck at the front. Tastefully decorated with plenty of places to sit. A great area to enjoy a drink or have a quiet read. At the very front they also had outdoor seating in a lovely sheltered area. I took advantage of the good weather here!
Nightly entertainment was provided in the Lounge; a Pianist and Singer however, river cruises aren't known for 'late nighters' and so not too many guests stayed up to listen. The Lounge was also used to provide a light Breakfast and Lunch every day, for those who weren't interested in the Restaurant Dining.
Drink prices onboard were in Euros and I found they were very reasonable. Approx. €5.90 for a Gin and Tonic.
Amadeus Club Lounge – Here you can get tea/coffee 24 hours a day. A great space to relax! We did, unfortunately, find that it was set up for meetings on a few occasions.
Massage Room & Hair Salon – Located at the back of the ship, a small salon area should you wish to book a treatment.
Fitness Centre – This is a lovely 2 tier room with various equipment in that you would expect to find in a Gym. I'd say the only thing I think is missing is a pool or whirlpool.
Sun Deck – Lovely area with plenty of chairs and loungers. There is also a large Chess Board and Shuffleboard.
Restaurant - Beautiful and spacious. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served here.
Breakfast is buffet style; there is an abundance of Continental cheeses and meats, Danishes and your typical bacon and eggs. And if you wanted anything from the kitchen - all you had to do was ask!
Lunch is a 4-course set waiter service meal which also has a sandwich/panini of the day along with many different types of salads.
Dinner is a Set 5-course waiter service meal with a choice of starter, followed by a soup and then the main; a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian. To finish there was a choice of dessert, fruit or Cheese and tea & coffee.
And good news... beer, wine and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner.
Arriving late afternoon, we had very little time to explore this area, however, we did manage to have a look at the Beautiful Church. We also stopped for a local Beer and their equivalent of tapas.
My absolute favourite part of today was the actual cruising from Koblenz to Cochem it was so picturesque!
Another lovely romantic town nestled in between vineyards on the Moselle, the most popular trips here are to the Reichsburg castle or to the Local Vineyards. If you don’t want to plan an excursion there is the Beautiful Market Square with historic buildings, shops and cafes.
Germany's 4th largest city; filled with museums, galleries and historical architecture. We were taken from the boat to the centre by shuttle buses. However, with it being a Sunday, shops were shut. So, we decided on our own little venture and after having a wander down as far as the zoo. We found a lovely café before heading back to meet the shuttle bus back to the ship. Turns out... we were an hour early for the shuttle... so we wandered a little more and stumbled across the 'Gothic Old' Centre - it's stunning here & just how I imagined Cologne to be. Full of Beautiful statues, cafes shops and bars. We decided to stop for a few local beers and I was convinced to try a curryweirst… WOW it was fabulous and well worth our delay in returning. Rather than the shuttle, we then took a steady walk back over the suspension bridge - here you certainly get the best views of the city.
Hoorn, Volendam and Amsterdam
Hoorn is beautiful; I wish we had more time to explore here! But unfortunately, it was just a quick drive through as we had other stops before meeting the ship in Amsterdam later in the day.
Today we opted for one of the organized excursions (available for an extra charge).
Our first stop of the tour was Voldendam. We walked through the main town area; it felt like toy town, it was very pretty and clean. Here we had fresh Fish for lunch and a beer before heading to a local cheese farm. We were given a detailed demonstration of how the cheese is made before tasting.
From Volendam we were back on the coach heading to Amsterdam.
I have been to Amsterdam many times but I have never actually been on the canal city tour which was very relaxing. It took us through many of the canals and bridges. The house boats located in Amsterdam now are truly amazing and are well worth a visit.
A Roundup of my Amadeus Cruise
On a river cruise, there will be spare time on board whilst sailing between cities. Amadeus filled these moments well; they had a variety of different things to keep people entertained from a Sausage Party on deck, where a typical German brunch was served with Sauerkraut Mustard Pretzels and Beer, to an Apfelstrudel demonstration and tasting.
The food was lovely, I could not fault the service and my stateroom was comfortable!
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