Cruise Review
Cruise Line:
Amadeus Waterways
Cruise Length:
(we've been on the boat for one day only)
New Year
(at Regensburg)
Danube River
Review by:
Carmen Winkler
On December 29, 2006, we drove to Regensburg to meet up with a friend aboard the MS Amadagio by Amadeus Waterways. This was the last cruise of the season and the Amadagio was returning to the Netherlands for winter lay-up after this New Years Cruise ending in Nuremberg with a Prague Extension. Onboard were also Amadeus Waterways President Rudi Schreiner and Vice President Kristin Karst. We had a long interesting talk together and then Rudi showed us around the boat. We were able to see cabins and the junior suites on all decks.

The Boat
The high and spacious lobby is featuring a Walter van Oel painting behind the open reception desk. To the right of the staircase you find the glass enclosed elevator connecting the restaurant level and cabins on the Cello Deck with the lobby level and cabins on the Violin Deck. A gift shop is located left of the reception desk. The lobby also features a 24 hour coffee station. Forward of the lobby there the Main Lounge with huge panorama windows, a piano and dance floor and a bar. At the bow you also find a couple of outside tables and chairs (smoking is allowed there). Facing the stern you reach the cabins on the Violin Deck going up a couple of stairs (the forward area and the cabin area are split level). At the end of the stairs there´s a small sitting area to the left and two book cases with books, jigsaw puzzles and board games. The first two cabins on both sides of the Violin Deck are the Junior Suites. The Junior Suites are very spacy featuring a floor to ceiling mirror which can be folded out, built in closets, a bathroom with a glass enclosed shower and a tub, a comfortable sitting area, a writing desk which also holds the flat screen TV and entertainment system. All other cabins are identical featuring built in closets, a small writing desk and chair with the flat screen TV and entertainment system, a bathroom with glass enlosed shower. Cabins on the Violin and Cello Deck feature French balconies with room high doors which can be opened (you can´t step outside). Cabins on the Piano Deck do have large viewing windows which can´t be opened (you´re shortly above the waterline). At the stern of the Violin Deck there´s the cosy Adagio Lounge which is also the place for those wanting to connect via WiFi to the internet. The lounge does feature a full service bar. In front of the lounge there´s the fitness center to the left including a sauna and the beauty salon to the right. A massage is available in cabin 332. From the lobby one level down you reach the cabins on the Cello Deck. There´s also a public restroom at the end of the staircase to the left.

The Restaurant
Another level down there´s the restaurant. All meals are one open seating. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style. Dinner is 4 courses (appetizer, soup, entrée, dessert). A cheese tray and fruits are available. The restaurant is devided in "sections" with about 3 to 4 tables in each section. The half room high milk glass panels dividing the entire room into sections makes it a bit more cosy. At the restaurant entrance there´s a nicely decorated table displaying the wines of the night and the menue.

We were able to join our friend for dinner. Choice of the night was:

Thinly Sliced Lamb Loin on Kenya Bean Salad
Fresh Pear Cocktail drizzled with "Williams Christ"
Crispy Winter Lettuce presented with Blue Cheese Dressing

Consommé of Cherry Tomatoes with Pistachio Dumplings
Chilled Banana Soup

Broiled Fillet of Tilapia with Wasabi-Hollandaise Sauce, Sautéed Vegetables and Sepia Noodles
Whole Roasted Rib Eye with Glazed Balsamic Shallots, Red Wine Jus, Green Beans and Stuffed Potatoe
Farfalle Pasta with Creamy Sauce, Sun Dried Tomato and Fresh Parmesan Cheese

Egg Nogg Souffé with Chocolate Sauce
Ice Cup "Amadagio"

Fresh Fruits and Selection of International Cheese

Pinot Grigio, Hungary, 2004 (white)
Der Trockene, Germany, 2005 (red)

Standing Order
Ceasar Salad, Cole Slaw, French Fries, Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Scandinavian Salmon Steak

The menue is featuring a chef´s recommendation. I opted for the Thinly Sliced Lamb Loin, the Farfalle Pasta and the Egg Nogg Soufflé (I´m no soup person). All food was nicely decorated and good. Servings weren´t large but absolutely perfect for a several course dinner. It was no problem to get another appetizer instead of the soup or a second entrée.

I was higly impressed by the unique entertainment and infotainment system of the Amadagio. The flat screen TV is not only featuring numerous English speaking TV channels (plus a couple of German ones, all depending on the sattelite connection). You can also choose out of a huge selection of music. For an extra fee you can also order movies at the reception desk (movies on demand) which are played whenever you want. A bow camera is also part of this entertainment system. For those who didn´t bring their own laptop computer with WiFi card (WiFi available in the Adagio lounge, extra fees) a small (not full size) keyboard is attached to the TV for internet access from your cabin (extra fee).