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  • Suite class ships feature floor-to-ceiling, retractable windows
  • Locally sourced wines and shore excursion included in fare
  • Cruises great rivers in Europe and Asia
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35 Avalon Waterways First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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hjklmnop
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This was my first cruise ever. I had no idea what to expect from a ship that would cruise on the river. The Avalon Siem Reap was an excellent surprise. The boat is quite new and is tastefully done with lots of dark wood and bright open ... Read more
worldtraveller99
Member Since 2011
1 review
15 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was our first river cruise. Surprisingly my husband & I were the only British people on the Xmas market river cruise tour - 80% USA, 20% Australia + some Canadians & NZ and occasional others. Avalon marketing in the UK must be ... Read more
fredman1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
The boat was only a year old, it was wonderful, the crew was great, the food was 'ok', but I didn't really know what to expect. They had the same breakfast every morning, which is fine for me, not like i was expecting escargot or roast ... Read more
wifemothernana
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Because of low water levels on the Danube, our trip was not up to our expectations. Avalon handled the situation very poorly. We called them before we left for the cruise and we were told that sailings were going as scheduled. They ... Read more
Clobrun
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
My wife and I took a River Cruise on the Danube River from Budapest to Prague. This was our very first cruise and our overall experience was phenomenal. We boarded the boat, the Avalon Expression, in Budapest. The boat and our ... Read more

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pickme
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My husband and I recently experienced our first cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. We loved it, our room was spacious and I was able to unpack everything and store our suitcases under the bed. I think having a room away from the back of ... Read more
marg155
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
A wonderful experience, despite low water levels making completion by boat a little uncertain - but we got through when other, older boats didn't. The boat had Avalon's wonderful new cabins with whole room being integrated with the ... Read more
Willfish
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, and our first trip to Europe. We were very cautious about this trip. Would the cruise be worth the money, would the cabin be good enough, what about the staff, language, other costs etc. etc. Typical ... Read more
deedee501
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
After touring throughout Europe on coach tours, we, my wife and me, decided to celebrate our 50th. wedding anniversary on something different - a river cruise. After reviewing the various lines available we settled on Avalon as it is part ... Read more
eagletraveller
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
The Avalon cruise along the Seine to Normandy on the near-new Tapestry II was our first cruise of any kind. At just seven days duration, it was a "taste" to discover whether this type of holiday was to our liking, as previously ... Read more

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Maricopac
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Our 11 day Avalon cruise started with three days on land in Prague. Very nice accomodations, great city tour. We met on first night with cruise director, at that time concerned travellers questioned the river levels, as we heard they were ... Read more
suejensenart@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
First of all, Avalon does a fabulous job of catering to everyone. I just had seen the ads and was mentally prepared to float down the Danube, gazing romantically at the beautiful scenery along the way. Unfortunately, the Danube was too ... Read more
aggie.michie@bigpond.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
A fantastic cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Avalon Expression was a magnificent, modern and spacious ship. Our cabin on the Royal Deck was cleverly designed and spacious. The queen sized bed was so comfortable and faced the river ... Read more
Boattripper
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This was our first river trip and we picked the Seine trip so we could travel along the river and spend a little time in Paris. We made a small mistake with our flights. Boarding doesn't take place until around 4pm but we arrived in Paris ... Read more
kevinruffcorn
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This was our first river cruise. We didn't know what to expect. Now after experiencing the cruise down the Rhine our expectations are high. Avalon and the crew of the Felicity far exceeded our dreams. We loved the relaxed atmosphere, the ... Read more

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Glowworm70
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
As I was about to board the plane with my friend for Prague, I received an urgent call that our Central European Experience cruise was cancelled due to a cargo ship blocking the river. They didn't have an alternate plan as they had just ... Read more
mawalker@mweb.co.za
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
No words can adequately describe the wonderful trip I had on The Avalon Siem Reap. I could not fault a single thing. The accommodation was 5 star...spacious and very well appointed. The food was superb. The crew were so ... Read more
gsonier
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
It was our first river cruise and we really enjoy the experience so much that we want to go back soon. First, it was not a easy embarkation due to the low level of the Danube at this time of the year. It was a exceptional situation that ... Read more
Tony Martin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
The ship is immaculately maintained and luxuriously comfortable. The food was exquisite and the staff from the Cruise Director, Hotel Manager, Maitre D and all the other staff as well as the captain and crew were, without exception, first ... Read more
BoilerGreg
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Our family had a fantastic cruise down the Danube in late June / early July. The entire staff of the Avalon Panorama was great. We have highly recommend Avalon to many of our friends who are thinking of maybe taking a cruise. Enjoyed ... Read more

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16paws
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What an absolutely fabulous time! River cruises are not for the folks looking for on-board entertainment! One fantastic musician/singer (Valentine!) and an evening with the crews talent show, and 1 Bulgarian folk dancers! The rest of ... Read more
mayotte11
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first river cruise and it was way beyond our expectations! Our room had plenty of storage, french balcony and was kept spotless by the housekeeping staff. The best part of this cruise was the food. My husband is a Celiac ... Read more
Sue . Australia
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This being my first river cruise, I dont have anything to compare it with. This is a truly lovely boat, only being added to the fleet in 2013. It was immaculately clean and beautifully decorated. The staff were extremely cheerful and ... Read more
Donnaim
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my first River cruise but it was such an excellent experience I will certainly do another one and go with Avalon. Firstly the location through the south of France was great with beautiful scenery and amazing history. Using the ... Read more
Sailoraz
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have traveled extensively and a lot on a private yacht charter with just 10 of us and 7 crew. This was our first river cruise and recommended by friends who did this trip once and then a second time with us. They have been on over 40 ... Read more

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