Frank Farber’s final comments about his AMA river cruise — all positive!

Well, today is the last full day of what has been a wonderful AMA cruise. We were up early to make the 8:15 bus to get to the Keukenhof Gardens.

The ride was 45 minutes and then you enter what can be called The Garden of Eden. Although a warm winter has hastened the demise of many tulips, there were plenty of beautiful varieties to view. Yellow, red, black, combinations–a real riot of color.

Nancy was especially interested in the Beatrix Pavilion where the orchids were as she collects them. There were 300+ and I must say they were magnificent. The way they were presented was absolutely gorgeous. Dendrobiums, phals, cymbidiums were blooming in radiant colors and sizes. We also watched a brief, cute film comparing The Netherlands and Germany.

The return ride took us to the Amadolce which was already docked in Amsterdam. After lunch we strolled down to Dam Square where performance artists entertained tourists and families. We then continued our stroll and ended up in the Red Light District where some ladies of the night showed off their afternoon form in store windows.

We had a lively dinner with Val, Piers, Paul, and Alice and with Val and Piers retired to the lounge after. They are a lovely, lively couple and we shall always treasure the time we have spent with them. We wish them a safe return to Wales.
Nancy and I have been on many cruises and usually there are some minor faultsto be found or that friends or acquaintances will tell you about. I have been critical in some of my reviews about attitude or value received, food, etc.

AMA Waterways is a class organization. Everyone we interacted with loved the cruise and the people that delivered the services. Everything was excellent. Crew, food, cabin, tours, ship — all A+.  I believe that the captain’s attitude is reflected in his crew and our captain was excellent.

Karen Barella, the cruise manager, must have had a staff of 10 or more to help her because how does one person run the activities so efficiently? Her friendliness, fun attitude, and genuineness were greatly appreciated.

Tunde, our cabin steward, kept our room immaculate and we never wanted for anything. Diana, who served almost all our meals, was vivacious and never tired of our requests. Daniel was always there with the wine, never letting our glasses get low. Alex and his delicious omelettes. Viktor at the bar. Those are just some of the crew that we interacted with and who made our Amadolce river cruise an experience to always remember.

I also, want to thank Karen at AMA headquarters for her help. She picked the right date for us and the right ship.

And thanks to Cynthia Boal Janssens. Cynthia, you gave Nancy and I an absolutely wonderful time. We will never forget it.
Now, its off to London for five days. We missed the wedding, but we’ll see about the honeymoon.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.
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