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Avalon Waterways

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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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38 Avalon Waterways Luxury Cruise Reviews
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jdaven
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed August 2016
This was our first river cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly, though the dock area was a bit funky and dirty. The excursions were very well done with local guides. That said, there were a couple of excursions that had too ... Read more
71Bruin
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
20 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We are experienced ocean cruisers (17 cruises, including Disney (2), Princess (2) and mostly Royal Caribbean (13) but we had never tried a River Cruise. We chose a 7 day "Legendary Danube" cruise which included 3 nights ... Read more
Keith20
Member Since 2016
1 review
Fantastic ship . So well fitted out that gave the feeling of a 5 star hotel.library and games available with good choice. Great tours that were well organised and of a very high quality . Teriffic staff in all departments and nothing was ... Read more
huber.ann@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I chose this ship originally for the itinerary -- mainly Normandy and Giverney. The Seine River caused a few problems from all the rain it was quite high. We needed to be transported to Rouen to board the ship. From start to finish ... Read more
ragged cover
Member Since 2008
1 review
15 helpful votes
Has Avalon lost the plot or are they about to sink into murky water? One would think so by our experience. Picked up at 4.30am in the morning, in Amsterdam by 10.25am we were taken to a hotel where a meeting room has been hired and told ... Read more
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balaeo
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This is a new ship, launched in 2016, and the design for river cruising is perfect. Our group of six shared ideas one evening on how we would have designed the ship to make it better, and we had zero ideas; the ship was perfect. Our cabin ... Read more
Christo4
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Went on 15 day cruise Amsterdam to Budapest. Ship, crew, food, cabin all excellent. You tend to travel overnight, mooring up during the day, often for just a few hours for quick tour either on foot or by coach. We would have preferred ... Read more
mea63111@bigpond.net.au
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Avalon was recommended by our travel agent. The overall cruise was wonderful. The places we saw were fascinating and the time spent on board very relaxing. But it's the service of the staff that I will remember the most. Within days of ... Read more
S_S_2016cruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We chose this Cruise after a presentation and booked immediately without shopping or comparisons and Wow did we pick a great one. WAB 503 Amsterdam to Budapest. the only complaint I can think of is the parts of the river I missed ... Read more
Blodwen49
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We're a couple of sixty somethings embarking on our first cruise together. My partner loves cruising in the eastern Med but the prospect of cruising on large ships with gazillions of passengers is my idea of hell, so this was a compromise. ... Read more
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Agapios
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We sailed from the black sea (Romania) to Bratislava (Slovakia) and travelled from there by bus to Vienna and had the most superb experience.The ship is brand new, in beautiful shape and is very nicely appointed. There is plenty of ... Read more
Amcienancy
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Great trip. Avalon was first class. Staff were wonderful, helpful and friendly. Stops were so interesting and the guide was very informative. Moy was a great help. Mark was a very good Cruise director . The ship overall is new and ... Read more
Dwarfnandina
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We have just completed a downstream journey on the Avalon Myanmar from Bhamo to Bagan. This is a beautiful new ship with a wonderful crew and it, for the first half, covers a part of the river largely not travelled by other companies. ... Read more
pookeysmom
Member Since 2007
12 reviews
140 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first river cruise. We've been all over the Caribbean & have sailed transatlantic, but this was on our bucket list & we were fortunate to find a deal! We flew in 5 days early to enjoy Amsterdam. We stayed at the IBIS ... Read more
pickme
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 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
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marg155
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 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
2 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
rogerrma@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
We took the cruise from Arles to Chalon Sur Saone on the Scenery after having been met at the Nice Airport by an Avalon-contracted shuttle service, as Avalon also booked our flights and arranged all airport transfers. Basically the land ... Read more
eagletraveller
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 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
MrPeabody11
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
My wife and I are in our mid '60's. This was our first river cruise. The Panorama is a newer ship in great shape, with sliding glass doors on all of the rooms that are above the waterline. We found this to be an exceptional feature that ... Read more
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Maricopac
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 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
aggie.michie@bigpond.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
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
anglerted
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
2 helpful votes
This was our 2nnd cruise with AVALON; and we were not disappointed. The Luminary is a well-appointed ship with all the amenities needed for an upscale cruise experience. Our cabin had ample room for us and storage for our things; while the ... Read more
Toronto Travel Lover
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We really did enjoy this trip! A couple of things that were not so great.. The day we arrived 9am after 3 hrs at the airport at home an 8 hour flight and a 6 hr time difference.. We we greeted at the airport and headed to our bus, good so ... Read more
Bruce Clark
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We just completed a 10 day Danube River cruise on the Avalon Expression (7 nights on board) and were very disappointed with having to travel by bus for a good part of the trip. We arrived in Prague for a scheduled three night stay there ... Read more
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