Did your children feel like they fit in well with the general population on board?
Carl: They weren’t uncomfortable at all. Occasionally we would have other guests at our dinner table or close by and everyone was friendly. They enjoyed the cultural music performance the evening we were in Budapest and decorating the Christmas tree on board one night.
Did your AmaWaterways river cruise bring your family closer together?
Carl: We have always been a close family. However, I would say that the cruise has certainly given us more to talk and reminisce about.
Anne: Yes, it was a great adventure to have shared, and we still enjoy talking about it and looking at Dad’s photographs.
What are some of your favorite memories from the cruise?
Carl: At the Nuremberg Christmas market, Mary and Anne split off at one point and used that opportunity to purchase a pewter Christmas wall decoration for me. It was a great surprise when I unwrapped it a couple of weeks later and used it in our Christmas cards the following year. And at the Regensburg market, we had a special moment as an organ grinder was playing music. We noticed a child watch and listen from some distance, seemingly mesmerized by the scene.
Anne: The whole thing was just amazing – one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, really.
Did you find a balance on board of time spent together vs. apart?
Carl: Other than meals, we had a lot of options to do things together or separate based on our interests.
Would you take another AmaWaterways river cruise with your family?
Carl: I would absolutely cruise again with my family.
Anne: It would definitely be a cool thing to do.