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, across from the reception desk. The shop also has extra display cases built into the walls on Deck Three. Leading into both sides of the Panorama Bar, the glass cases have neatly arranged items, mostly jewelry which can be bought in the gift shop.
The prices are not bad either. For example, a lovely scarf with a jeweled round loop on it costs 11.50 euros or $12.59 in U.S. dollars and a pretty Mozart snow globe is 7.50 euros or $8.21 in American currency. Remember this ship is the Amadeus so the gift shop has several Mozart-related items.
Shopkeeper Rodica said that jewelry is among the best sellers and the shop does carry quite a bit of it. After all, jewelry is easy to take home as a souvenir or gift for someone else. It doesn’t take up much room in luggage.
I know my daughter would like some feline-decorated items I saw in the gift shop. Several purses in different sizes feature cute wide-eyed cats and kittens.
The shop also has a handy choice of toiletries that passengers either forget to pack or run out of on the cruise, Rodica said. “We try to carry the products that passengers most ask for,” she said, gesturing to a cabinet of toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, deodorant, combs and sunscreen.
About That Elevator
As for that Silver II elevator, I thought it important to mention because some people obviously don’t know there is an elevator on the ship. Before I took the Amras cruise, I googled to read some reviews of the Silver II to get a glimpse of where I would be living for 11 days. One cruise reviewer wrote that the Silver II has a swimming pool and no elevator.
It is just the opposite.
The Silver II has no swimming pool but it does have a wonderful elevator. That writer might have gotten confused because the elevator is so cleverly covered that someone might not have known it was here. Running on all three accommodation decks, the elevator has an elegant wooden door to blend in with the rest of the ship décor. I’ve taken a photo to go with this blog so you will see what I mean.
The door looks like it might just be a pretty decoration. Actually you push a button, the wooden door opens and – voilà – a comfy big elevator takes passengers to all cabin decks.
When I first got on the ship, I saw a woman slowly climbing the stairs until one of the crew quickly pointed out the elevator in case she wanted to use it. I later saw her doing just that.
Truthfully, I didn’t know it was an elevator when I came aboard. My dining companion Alex told me because he walks with two metal arm braces and is quite appreciative of the Silver II’s “lift,” as he calls it and the cruise line’s efforts at being accessible for people with disabilities.
As for that swimming pool, I have no idea where that notion came from. The Silver II has many wonderful things to offer passengers – I’ll tell you more about those in upcoming blogs – but there is no swimming pool. There is so much to do and so many great shore excursions that I haven’t missed swimming aboard the Silver II.