A warm welcome awaits aboard the welcoming mps Amsterdam; from the moment our luggage is lifted aboard at the start of our cruise to the time it is set down again at its close, our comfort and wellbeing is the prime concern of the ship's attentive crew.
Accommodating only 98 passengers, a convivial atmosphere pervades the ship with passengers and crew soon becoming friends. Daytimes are largely spent up on the ship's spacious Sun Deck with its partially covered area, terrace and plentiful seating.
This is surely river cruising at its best; with the breeze rustling our hair and a 360 degree span of uninterrupted views. Even if the weather is a little inclement, the comfortable lounge bar on the Promenade Deck still allows us to take in those magnificent views through its large panoramic windows. This is also where our evening get-togethers take place. With a spacious dance floor, well-stocked bar and seating for everyone, this is the hub of the ship where we gather each evening to enjoy the included evening entertainment.
A principal part of a cruise is undoubtedly the quality of the food served. The mps Amsterdam won't disappoint with breakfast, lunch and dinner all freshly prepared on board and served in the attractive restaurant, which also has the benefit of magnificent views through its panoramic windows. Breakfast is buffet style with a choice of hot and cold dishes.
Lunch also adheres to a buffet style format, whilst dinner is generally a four-course set menu. Don't be deterred from booking an excursion for fear of missing your lunch, the mps Amsterdam's galley will ensure you don't go hungry by equipping you with an appetising packed lunch.
Our comfort is always of paramount importance to the captain and his crew. To this end, the entire ship including the cabins, benefits from air conditioning. The cabins are all efficiently furbished, with all twin cabins having a practical fold up construction that allows one of the twin beds to be transformed into a sofa during the day.
Naturally, all of the cabins offer en-suite facilities with a shower and toilet. The cabins are located on both the Promenade and Main Decks, with the 36 cabins on the Main Deck being only accessible via a stairway. A chair lift interconnects the cabins and public rooms on the Promenade Deck with the Sun Deck.
All of the 13 Promenade Deck cabins benefit from panoramic windows; whilst the cabins on the Main Deck have sliding windows placed at a higher level which, although permitting natural light, make them more difficult to see out of. The B cabins at the front part of the ship on this deck level also have their view obscured in part by the ship's bulwarks.
Very little time shall be spent in the cabins anyway; there's too much going on around the Sun and Promenade Decks! A pop into the souvenir shop by Reception should satisfy many basic needs including those all-important postcards to tell everyone back home what they're missing.
Should you feel the need for some quiet time with a good book, the ship's small library should also amply service your requirements. Personal choice is a key feature of life aboard the mps Amsterdam; the captain and crew will do all they can to ensure you enjoy every minute.