It is chilly in Vienna, but the AMADolce river ship is a warm home

I cannot begin to tell you how cold it is. As the BBC weather person said this morning. “Western Europe is fairly moderate. It is quite cold in the East.” AMADolce is docked in Vienna. Vienna is pretty far east of where the forecaster was reporting. It is cold. This hot-house flower finds temperature in the 20s unpleasant. And that’s where the temperature hovered as we toured Budapest yesterday morning. A couple of stops for coffee were …

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The Farbers tour windmills at Kinderdijk, then enjoy the captain’s farewell dinner

By Frank Farber Special to AllThingsCruise Another wonderful day beginning with breakfast. By the way, there are alarm clocks in the room for which you do not need an electronics degree or a child to show you how to use. You need them because activities start early and on scheduled time. We went on a trip to the Kinderdijk windmills — there are 19 of them. After a short scenic drive — and one truly admires the …

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The Farbers spend a busy day in Belgium, visiting Ghent and Bruges

By Frank Farber Special to AllThingsCruise Today was a very busy day. We started with a bus tour of Ghent, passing by the building where the treaty to end the War of 1812 was signed. Christa, our knowledgeable guide for the day, led us on a walking tour through the meandering streets of the old part of town. We walked past houses built into the canals a la Venice. The city hall was unique. Part Gothic, part …

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Frank and Nancy Farber explore the chocolates, waffles and diamonds of Antwerp

By Frank Farber Special to AllThingsCruise Forgot to mention that Nancy and I were presented with an anniversary cake at dinner the other evening. We don’t know who sent it, but we are very appreciative. Thank you, thank you. Today we are in the land of Belgian waffles, chocolates, beer and diamonds. We had the waffles for breakfast and they were deliciously light and tasty. Wonderful. Bob — yes, that is his name — led us on …

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The AMADolce visits Arnhem, site of an excellent WW2 museum

By Frank Farber Special to AllThingsCruise First, a little housekeeping. Thick terrycloth robes and slippers are provided in the cabins. Hot water comes right out — no waiting — and the showers are very nice, providing three levels of water height. For the men, the best shaving water I think I’ve ever dealt with. There are no children on board. A wonderful adult cruise. After breakfast we went on a morning tour of Arnhem. A major World …

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A lovely day in the Netherlands on board the AMADolce

By Frank Farber Special to AllThingsCruise Aboard the AMADolce in the Netherlands — Had an absolutely wonderful breakfast. The dining room is intimate. Big picture windows line two sides and the view is at water level. A wide variety of breads and jams, eggs made to request, delicious pancakes, fresh fruits all made the morning meal a great wakeup. We then went on a three-hour tour (not Gilligan’s) that began with an hour’s cruise thru Amsterdam’s canals. …

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Our cruise winner Frank Farber reports on his AMAWaterways cruise from Amsterdam

By Frank Farber Soecial to AllThingsCruise Last September my wife and I were vacationing in the cruise hotbed of Orlando when I opened an e-mail apprising me that I had won a cruise. Having received more than my share of Nigerian letters, I was a bit skeptical. However, after exchanging e-mails with Cynthia Boal Janssens (editor of AllThingsCruise), that skepticism changed to WOW. I ordered the dvd from AMA Waterways, began to plan add-ons to the trip …

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