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Overview

Personal Information

Author:
Bluelagooner

Did you do a river cruise before:
Yes

Number of previous cruises:
1

Summary:
Excellent itinerary. Beautiful landscapes, breathtaking views. Ships on this river different a from the rest of the fleet.


General Questions

Why did you select this particular cruise itinerary?
Had been to Lisbon and Barcelona on Ocean Cruises and wanted to experience MADRID and the beautiful DOURO Valley.

Why did you select this particular cruise line?
Had been on AMA Zurich to Amsterdam and were amazed. No reason to got to any other Cruise Line. AMA seems to have a lot of repeat cruisers and we actually have two more booked with them.

Did you book with or without airfare?
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How would you rate the service provided by the cruise line from the day you booked until the cruise started?
10

How would you describe the service provided by the cruise line from the day you booked until the cruise started?
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How would you rate the service provided by the cruise line from your disembarkation until you where back home?
10

How would you describe the service provided by the cruise line from your disembarkation until you where back home?
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How would you rate the quality of your cruise director / program manager(s) during the cruise?
5

How would you describe the quality of your cruise director / program manager(s) during the cruise?
She was professional in her delivery of information but not a good communicator and in my opinion assumed that we knew more than we did. There were many cruisers who had been on AMA before but this venue is different because of the uniqueness of the River. Her notification about the Limited Edition tours was pathetic and as a result we were disappointed.

Did you experience any problems during the cruise?
Ship Issues

How did your cruise line handle the crisis management?
6

How did your cruise line handle the crisis management?
The air conditioning on the AMAVIDA had problems three different times and it was extremely uncomfortable especially in the main Lounge area. Even when there was not a major problem, the system seemed to have a hard time keeping the public areas cool.

How often was your ship double docked to another?
0


AmaVida Ship Rating

Ship Tech: Please rate the ships cabins, elevator and all other technical installations.
10

Ship Tech: Please describe the ships cabins, elevator and all other technical installations.
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Ship Equipment: Please rate the other rooms and and their equipment on board.
6

Ship Equipment: Please describe the other rooms and their equipment on board.
The air conditioning system had a hard time keeping the public rooms cool and three different times it also completely stopped working even in the cabins.

Ship Service: Please rate the on board service.
10

Ship Service: Please describe the on board service.
Everyone was accommodating and service was excellent.

Ship Food: Please rate the food, restaurant, restaurant service and cuisine while on board.
10

Ship Food: Please describe the food, restaurant, restaurant service and cuisine while on board.<
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General thoughts
This would be the field for any general comments on the itinerary, the countries or the season of the year your cruise took place.
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Day 2: City Madrid

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Meet the Locals   Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Beautiful walking city. Friendly locals, found great restaurants. Madrid Westin Excellent accommodation.


Day 3: City Madrid

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Art   Baroque   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
8

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
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Day 4: City Madrid

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Panoramic Drive

Please describe the city and your activity:
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Day 4: City Toledo

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Ancient History   Baroque   Renaissance   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
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Day 5: City Madrid

How would you rate the city?
10

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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Day 5: City Salamanca

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Ancient History   Baroque   Medieval History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
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Day 5: City Vega de Terron

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Agriculture   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Please describe the city and your activity:
Embarkation was smooth and peaceful.


Day 6: City Vega de Terron

How would you rate the city?
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Tags for this City:
Agriculture   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Day 6: City Castelo Rodrigo

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Ancient History   Medieval History   Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
Would have enjoyed more of a tour. It was rather self-guided.


Day 6: City Barca d'Alva

How would you rate the city?
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Day 6: City Pinhao

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Agriculture   Photo Opportunities   Nature   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
The walk to the buses through the Village was fun and the ride up to Quinta da Avessada was breathtaking. The evening meal and festivities were incredible!


Day 7: City Pinhao

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Agriculture   Photo Opportunities   Nature   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Day 7: City Lamego

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Photo Opportunities   Food   Art   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
Unique pilgrimage center. Paced ourselves on the over 600 steps DOWN. Fascinating tile work and lovely spot in the village to sample local traditions. This was a Limited Edition tour. Not well communicated by the Cruise Director.


Day 7: City Regua

How would you rate the city?
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Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Day 8: City Regua

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Agriculture   Food   Nature   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Panoramic Drive

Please describe the city and your activity:
We chose to go on the Limited Edition Picnic at SANDEMAN'S Quinta do Sexio. It was amazing though very poorly attended. The Cruise. Director in my opinion gave very little information about the limited edition tours and in this case actually discouraged people from attending. Not well communicated.


Day 8: City Mateus Palace

How would you rate the city?
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Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Please describe the city and your activity:
Did not go, chose to do the Limited Edition Picnic at Quinta do Sexio.


Day 8: City Caldas de Aregos

How would you rate the city?
6

Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Day 9: City Caldas de Aregos

How would you rate the city?
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Day 9: City Resende

How would you rate the city?
5

Tags for this City:
Agriculture   Food   Ancient History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
5

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
We stopped three different times. First at the local ethnographical museum where we were supposed to learn more about the local customs. It was a self guided tour and nothing had English translation. We were lost in the shuffle. The guides just stood around talking to one another. Next a market area. No guidance.....Then to small Chapel Cemetery where we finally had a guide with our Voxes.


Day 9: City Bitetos

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Ancient History   Medieval History   Food   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
Other

Please describe the city and your activity:
We were bussed to the 12 the Century Monastery of ALPENDURADA for dinner. The venue was Outstanding but again it would have been great to learn more of the History of the building. Once again the staff and Cruise Director sat together talking.


Day 10: City Bitetos

How would you rate the city?
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Day 10: City Porto

How would you rate the city?
6

Tags for this City:
Religion   Photo Opportunities   Contemporary History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
6

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
We went on this city tour because the Limited Edition tour we had signed up for once again had been ignored by the Cruise Director so much so that when we showed up at the meeting place my husband and I were the only two going. It was was a ride along the Matosinhos beach in an open Panoramic bus and a visit to a local restaurant for a culinary adventure. The Cruise director described it as "cooking sardines". I really wanted to see the world famous beach, not another church and train station and port winery.


Day 11: City Porto

How would you rate the city?
6

Tags for this City:
Agriculture   Contemporary History   Nature   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
We went on the Limited Edition Tour: Artisan Delights Cork Factory. It was fascinating. The Tour guide was wonderful....learned a lot about cork trees and the manufacturing process as well as the harvesting and cultivating of the trees. Again,not well promoted or attended.


Day 11: City Guimaraes

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Day 12: City Porto

How would you rate the city?
10

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Day 12: City Fatima

How would you rate the city?
5

Tags for this City:
Religion   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
Other

Please describe the city and your activity:
We found the stop in a great location to break up the trip. The Bascilica was beautiful but found the surrounding area almost irreverent in it's commercialism. One souvenier shop after another made the area a tacky memory for us.


Day 12: City Lisbon

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Baroque   Renaissance   Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
We had been to LISBON before so we did a short tour and got off the bus and walked. It poured rain in the morning but we had already seen the monuments on a previous trip. It is a great walking city and we walked all the way from the Belem Tower to our Hotel. Tiara Park Hotel a great choice.


Day 13: City Lisbon

How would you rate the city?
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Day 14: City Lisbon

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Day 14: City Sintra

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Baroque   Photo Opportunities   Nature   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
Beautiful Day. We chose the Pena Palace 1,600 feet above sea level. We would have liked to also do the SINTRA National Palace but it was an either or explanation. It turns out we could have done both, one on our own. We had plenty of time and shopped and had lunch.


Day 15: City Lisbon

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Other

Please describe the city and your activity:
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