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Cruise Ship Suites

26th June 2020

From luxurious in-suite amenities to other perks including exclusive restaurants, priority boarding and even butler service, keep reading to find out why you should book a suite for your next cruise. [More]

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Live in Luxury with AMAWaterways

25th May 2018

We sent some of our lovely ladies out to experience the wonderful luxury onboard AMAWaterway's AmaKristina, watch the video and read the review to find out just what they thought.


 

First impressions of the Ship

 

Having only ever been on large ocean ships, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but from the moment we arrived at the port it was clear that AMAWaterways was on another level. Having only been built in 2017, AmaKristina stuck out against the other river ships with her modern and elegant exterior. Once onboard and checked in, we headed to our cabin where our luggage was already waiting for us, along with a welcome package. This included the ‘Daily Cruiser’ newsletter which features the weather forecast and itinerary, a ‘Meet the team’ leaflet featuring key staff members, and a multi-national charger adapter (which we very much appreciated!). We had a Category AB Twin Balcony stateroom and were delighted by the space (235 sq. ft), not to mention the amazing views. Having struggled with seasickness before, I was worried I would feel too closed in, but the floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of light and opened up the cabin space. The bathroom also had switchable glass, letting more natural light into the bathroom if desired. I would recommend this stateroom category to anyone thinking of travelling with AmaWaterways, as the size felt noticeably larger and more open than the fixed-window cabins on the Piano Deck, which would be perfect for single occupancy. The suites on the Violin Deck did have again, noticeably more space, with a sofa, double sink, and Champagne on arrival; if you were looking for a more exclusive and luxurious experience, a suite would be the choice for you – but with only four on the ship, be sure to book early!

We were also delighted to find every cabin had an iMac, providing you with TV programmes and a selection of recent films, the internet, and a music system. It was already clear that AMAWaterways is all about the small details, catering for all people and leaving you to want for nothing.

 

 

Food and Things to Do

 

During the first day we were left to do self-guided tours of the ship followed by a light lunch, including a range of bagels, soups, and dessert. I was impressed with the whole ship, from the restaurants to the spa and gym facilities, which I would definitely have made use of (along with the deck chairs and heated pool on the sun deck) had we had a longer period of time onboard. The fleet of bicycles were also a nice touch; however we weren’t fortunate with the weather so I was unable to give one of their tours a spin.

In the afternoon we had some free time to explore Amsterdam central, which was easily accessible with just a short 6 minute walk from the ship.

Upon returning to the ship, we had our welcome and safety speeches, accompanied by free-flowing Champagne, and pre-dinner canapes.

As members of the prestigious La Chaine des Rotisseurs, the dining throughout the trip was amazing and continued to demonstrate the attention to detail with incredible, colourful presentation. Each nightly menu features a ‘chef recommendation’, as well as a several-course menu with multiple options for starters, mains, and desserts. Each menu also highlights a healthy choice and a local choice, based on the itinerary of the cruise. They will also do their upmost to accommodate any dietary requirements, but I would recommend this be noted when you book. I would also recommend any of their soups; my top dish would have to be the Crayfish Bisque with puff pastry sticks.

 

 

The wine was also delicious with an extensive list and choices made to complement the daily menu.

Although the second night was a formal night, the food excelled on both evenings, and celebrations carried on post-dinner in the main lounge and bar with music entertainment.

 

Overall Experience

 

The genuinely caring and friendly service is what stood out to me, along with the attention to detail, providing facilities beyond expectations. This service extends to post-cruise, where a few weeks later I received a hand-written thank you post card from the Cruise manager, Nick. This is on top of the thank you letter posted into cabins on the day of departure. I would recommend to anyone looking for a hassle-free and luxurious trip, with top class facilities and service. As a river ship, the smaller size does call for those more social-minded or solo travellers looking to mingle with just the one indoor lounge; however, if someone was really seeking solitude, the in-cabin entertainment and twin balcony space would more than meet requirements, in addition to the sun deck space in the warmer months.

 

by Imogen Henderson

 

Find out more about AMAWaterways, or take a look at the range of cruises you could take with AmaKristina.


10 Reasons to Book A Princess Cruises Suite

5th April 2018

Considering the fantastic service and onboard features that Princess Cruises offer all their guests, we were curious about just how much could be enhanced for those who opt for a suite. After looking at all the extras included, it’s fair to say that suite guests are treated to some really special indulgences, all of which help to create an incredible and unforgettable cruise holiday. Here are our top ten reasons to book a Princess Suite.

 

 

1. The extra space – with up to 932 square feet to a suite, guests even have enough space to host a private evening cocktail party with family and new friends.

2. Complimentary in-suite extras – it’s these minor details that truly make suite luxury what it is. Find everything from fresh orchids and high quality toiletries, to complimentary stationery and pens, umbrellas, and a cruise card wallet.

3. Upgraded balcony furniture – spending time enjoying the view from a suite balcony can be a perfect evening, especially with the two comfortable loungers, and table with two chairs at which you can treat yourself to a glass of wine and some room-service dinner.

4. Dining advantages – suite guests benefit from priority reservations at speciality restaurants, and the superb service that comes with Club Class Dining, such as no waiting to be seated, dedicated waiting staff, and table side meal preparation.

 

 

5. Extra helpful services – those staying in a suite can make the most of services like same day laundry, shoe polishing, and luggage valet, all of which can make your stay even more comfortable and easy.

6. Priority excursion reservations – suite guests have a high chance of securing the shore excursion they want, with priority booking service onboard.

7. Sumptuous bedding – with Jacquard-woven cotton linens, and a pillow menu with plenty of choice, every night’s sleep onboard should be a solid and comfortable one.

8. Lotus Spa Thermal Suite – suite guests have access to this luxurious and relaxing spa area on selected Princess Cruises ships. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring.

 

 

9. Private photography appointment – guests can make the most of the onboard photographer and obtain a really special personal memento, by booking an appointment for a private portrait session.

10. Special food treats – in addition to the above dining benefits, suite guests can enjoy treats like complimentary evening canapes, chef’s welcome goodies on embarkation day, in suite afternoon tea, and complimentary dining at a speciality restaurant on the first evening.

These are just ten of the fabulous array of advantages guests can receive if they book a Princess Cruises suite. Find out more about the benefits of booking a suite, or start planning your next cruise in a Princess Cruises suite


Our Top 5 Expedition Cruise Destinations

22nd March 2018

As more cruise lines are offering holidays to the world’s more remote destinations, visiting places you never thought you would is becoming increasingly easier. Whether you’re interested in meeting new people all over the globe, trying different foods, seeing some incredible wildlife, or gazing in awe at beautiful scenery, an expedition cruise can certainly deliver. Here are our top 5 expedition cruise destinations.

South America

 

 

From the busy streets of Rio and incredible steak in Argentina, to majestic Machu Picchu and Chile’s stunning fjords, those who opt for an expedition cruise in South America are in for some amazing experiences. Many cruise lines who travel to this part of the world offer some fantastic, bucket-list opportunities. These might include exploring part of the Amazon rainforest, dining with a local community, or experiencing the modern wonder that is the Panama Canal.

Antarctica

 

 

One of the world’s most remote areas, Antarctica is absolutely breath-taking. With an almost unnerving vastness, the sight of the environment alone is one that you will remember forever. Imagine sitting on the deck of your cruise ship while watching the passing glaciers, glass-like sea, and stunning wildlife that passes by. You could see penguins, whales, and huge sea lions, not to mention the many different species of birds. On exhilarating excursions led by guides it’s often possible to get up close and personal with this remarkable natural beauty. However, even when you're simply relaxing on the top deck, you'll have many opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife, thanks to these expertly designed Antarctica cruise ships.

Galapagos Islands

 

 

Known for its abundance of wildlife, more and more cruise lines are offering expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands. This Ecuadorean archipelago is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, many of which can’t be found anywhere else. Be sure to look out for the Galapagos penguin – the only penguin that lives in the Northern Hemisphere – as well as iguanas, giant tortoises, and the red or blue footed booby bird. This destination is certainly a must-see for anyone who appreciates wildlife.

Indian Ocean

 

 

A cruise in the Indian Ocean can transport you to what feels like an entirely different world. From the beautiful beaches and views found in Goa, and expansive golden sand dunes in Abu Dhabi, to the wonderful wildlife in Africa, this part of the world has something to interest everyone. Feel yourself become entirely immersed in the different cultures here, meeting some of the friendliest people, eating some of the most delicious food, and seeing some extraordinary natural sites.

Australia & New Zealand

 

 

In addition to the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, Australasia is home to plenty more fascinating locations. New Zealand’s breath-taking scenery can seem almost otherworldly, and the famous glow-worms are certainly a sight to behold. Discover some off-the-beaten-track spots in these gorgeous countries, and get to know more about the cultures and traditions that live on in many areas. An expedition cruise to this part of the world can bring all kinds of fantastic surprises.

 

Expedition Cruising with Silversea Cruises

 

One cruise line that is thoroughly devoted to destination immersion is Silversea Cruises. This luxury cruise line enables guests to really get to know the places they visit, by exploring a wide range of areas and providing some brilliant, enriching excursions.

 

 

Silversea Cruises’ Immersive Opportunities

With Silversea Cruises, you can relish in local hospitality while trying new cuisines, see a variety of cultural performances, and take part in some really special excursions. Look over the incredible and mysterious Nazca lines from a small plane, discover some amazing eco-systems in the rainforest, or buy some authentic Indian spices in Cochin’s pretty markets. These are just a few of the fantastic opportunities guests can make the most of on a Silversea Cruises expedition adventure.

Silversea Cruises’ Ships

Many Silversea Cruises ships venture to expedition destinations, giving guests ample choice with regards to where they visit, dates, and ship. Rest assured that all vessels can be relied upon to provide outstanding standards of luxury, with great service, dining, and onboard facilities. Enjoy delicious cuisine at The Restaurant, where you will find regional specialities as well as firm favourites, before learning more about a new culture or a fascinating piece of history at a lecture, or seeing a local performance onboard.

Browse through Silversea's expedition cruises on Silver Galapagos, Silver Explorer, and Silver Discoverer to see which fascinating destinations you could explore.


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