Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Next trip, same ship, new dining companions

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II – Same ship. Same stateroom. Same crew. Different passengers. My second cruise aboard the Amadeus Silver II feels as though I am coming home. Although they could have made me check out from one cruise and check into the next one, the Silver II crew was very gracious. They told me to leave all my things in my cabin – my clothing still hanging in the closet – disembark and embark back …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Browsing through ship gift shop, setting record straight on swimming pool, elevator

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II – How many passengers on a river cruise talk or write about a ship’s gift shop? I’m going to because I think the Amadeus Silver II gift shop is quite nice and is rather unusual. Many river ships don’t have a gift shop at all or it is tucked away in a closet-size room. On the Silver II, the gift shop is on the main level, right next to the dining room, …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Remains of three Magi who followed the star of Bethlehem said to be in Cologne Cathedral

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II – Even without a wonderful tour guide, I would have known where the treasured relics were kept in the Cologne Cathedral. A slow-moving line of visitors made its way past a huge golden shrine. This must be it, I surmised. And I was right. Since 1164, the German city of Cologne has claimed the remains of the three Magi who followed the star of Bethlehem to the stable where Jesus was born. …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Celebrating Christmas Eve in Germany, Christmas Day in France

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II – On Christmas Eve, we went to mass at a historic cathedral in Germany. On Christmas Day, we visited a historic cathedral in France. The perfect celebration for the holy holiday. My Amras cruise on the Amadeus Silver II is such a lovely way to celebrate without all the muss and fuss of doing it at home. As a fellow passenger said, if she were entertaining at home in Australia, she would …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Strasbourg traditional Christmas Market continues despite terrorist concerns

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II – The sounds of “Silent Night, Holy Night,” played by a lone trumpeter drift over the annual Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France. A cathedral bell echoes in the distance. Shoppers stroll from stall to stall, many of them stopping for traditional spiced wine and gingerbread cookies. Solemnly patrolling the holiday scene are three soldiers carrying rifles. “It’s because of the terrorist attacks,” tour guide Renata explains, as a police van pulls up …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: My stateroom offers comfort, lovely touches

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II – Pretend you are in my stateroom on the Amadeus Silver II cruise. I know it is not the same to walk through with words but I’d like to share some of the special little touches in my lovely room. It is not one of the top suites on the ship but I am quite happy here. I did peek in a suite and it has an extra seating area with a …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Getting settled in

ABOARD THE AMADEUS SILVER II — So far, this trip on the Amadeus Silver II has been a breeze. A driver was waiting holding a card with my name when I exited the airport in Basel. My Amras contact had already told me to exit on the French side of the airport, rather than the German one. Many people make a mistake and go out the wrong side so I was glad to be forewarned by Amras. …

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Amadeus Silver II Cruise: Spending Christmas on a new ship

When my sister Elaine and I were kids, we would sing in the choir on Christmas Eve at our small Ohio church. A landmark in town, the Bethel Church of Christ was founded in 1866 and was where my family had gone for generations. This Christmas, however, I will be attending Christmas Eve services at Speyer Cathedral in Germany. This amazing place of worship was founded in 1030 and was the burial place of German emperors for …

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