After many long months of planning….
I decided to set up a group for this cruise after doing a similar cruise on AmaWaterways’ AmaPrima in 2014, more than a year out I held space for the December 5th sailing onboard the AmaSonata, requested the cruise director (and new friend) from the 2014 cruise, Rachel and began looking for fellow travelers. I eventually ended up with five additional travelers in addition to my husband and myself, a small group I know, but this was my first time undertaking such an endeavor. Little did we know just how much fun we would have, well maybe we had an idea!
When your best laid plans are derailed by yet another strike…..
Yes, this is us just departing MCO and just late enough that we will miss our connection in FRA.
I should have learned my lesson in 2014 when we nearly had our trip interrupted by a Lufthansa strike. The thing is, Lufthansa has the best schedules from our home airport to that part of Europe and they had a great rate when booked with Ama for their premium economy so we decided to give them another chance, we would not be so lucky this time. Fast forward to December 2nd A.K.A departure day, Lufthansa’s pilots have been on strike for over a week now but has just ended, oh good I think, we will be fine! Not so fast, lingering delays as a result of the strike pushed the incoming flight from Germany out several hours or just long enough that we would not make our connection. At least the flight in Premium economy was relatively comfortable.
Despite there being multiple flights from FRA to BUD we could only get seats on the last departure of the night. What this meant, was nine long hours sitting in FRA and arriving into BUD at nearly midnight instead of the midday arrival we had planned, but at least FRA is a really nice airport for being stranded in and we were given enough vouchers to have a nice German dinner at one of the best airport restaurants I have eaten at.
So, we did our nine hours in purgatory and finally departed for our destination, Budapest! We made it to our hotel sometime after midnight, this long anticipated trip could finally begin in earnest.