Of the 14 AmaWaterways river cruises Kathy D. has completed, four of them have been as a solo traveler. Read her “tell-all” interview to determine if solo traveling is right for you – and which river cruise should be your next.
What inspired you to become a solo traveler with AmaWaterways?
My sister Mary is the reason I started river cruising. After about eight sailings together, I became very comfortable with Ama’s crew and Cruise Managers. The next time I wanted to sail, Mary and my other friends couldn’t go, but I knew I would feel like I was at home and that I’d have a whole new set of friends once I got on board.
Which itinerary did you choose for your first solo travel experience and why?
I had already sailed on the Danube and Rhine rivers a couple of times. I’d never been to Portugal, but I’d heard from fellow travelers how fabulous it was. They told me it was a completely different experience, but no one could put into words why. That was intriguing enough for me to book!
What was it like to step aboard the ship as a solo traveler for the first time?
When I boarded the AmaVida, I recognized Aurora at the Reception Desk and she hugged me, and I saw about six other members of the team whom I’d sailed with before and then I was fine. If you return to the rivers with AmaWaterways for multiple sailings, you see crew members whose company you have genuinely enjoyed so much and they make you feel welcome.
What made you want to come back and sail solo again?
I had so much fun meeting new people and it got me out of my comfort zone. The world opened up to me. Also, AmaWaterways has such high-quality tour guides. You really get to know them personally and what it’s like to live where they live. AmaWaterways’ crew and guides are why I keep coming back!