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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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162 Avalon Waterways River Cruise Reviews
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jlcritic
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2016
We wanted to tour Europe without transportation hassles, This was our first river cruise after attending several ocean cruises. The cruise director was charming and excellent at explaining all options available to us. All of the service ... Read more
Sharon DePerro
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We had heard that river cruises were excellent. Love the smaller atmosphere and personal service. The embarkation and disembarkation were extremely easy, well planned and executed. Our cabin was beautiful and well maintained. We were ... Read more
Traveller53Wiltshire
Member Since 2016
1 review
~ Avalon Illumination 2016 ~ Dear friends I hope to entertain you with this rhyming illustration Of our experience on board the good ship Avalon ‘Illumination’ We’d often talked about it but we had never ... Read more
slagutan
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
Overall the river cruise was very good, it was just misleading in selling to us that all cabins are balcony, when in fact the level one was not. The several ports visited was more than what I expected. There was race discrimination ... Read more
Barbara.landino
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
We wanted to see the Normandy Beaches. That was a high point but all the stops along the Seine had their own appeal. Actually, travelling along the Seine during the day was a relaxing experience. I did some exercises on the top deck as ... Read more
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chris c
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
The ship looked appealing. The trip was where we wanted to travel. We tied this in to a bus trip in France also. We spent almost a month in France and thought this would be a good choice to finish our stay. the stateroom was very nice. ... Read more
David/Cyndy
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
Choosing an Avalon cruise was really pretty easy after speaking to other people about river cruising and the recommendation of our travel agent. We chose the Rhine River Cruise aboard the Tranquility II in late September early October. ... Read more
Real cruises
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
What a way to visit Normandie and get a taste of Paris! This was our first cruise of any kind. We are very happy with our choice. From beginning to end all went well. The crew were welcoming, helpful, efficient and professional. ... Read more
ptownandpompano
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
19 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This experience was ok, not great, not bad. The highlights were the included orientation tours at each stop, and the great, friendly and efficient crew. Everyone on the ship tried hard to please, but it is hard to say it was an ... Read more
Jay Stephens
Member Since 2016
1 review
I did not take this cruise to london and went west from budapest to amsterdam. it all started in budapest. i arrived one day early, just in case the luggage didn't appear on my british air flight from miami arriving on september 25. It ... Read more
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whidbey66
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed September 2016
Avalon was highly recommended by friends, so we gave it a try...we were NOT disappointed! Our friends gave us some wonderful tips before our travel. We spent two extra days in Budapest and would have liked one more. The hop on hop off ... Read more
beckrueger
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed September 2016
If you want to cover a lot of ground with ease and not having to plan out every travel detail, then this is the vacation for you! Staff is extremely accommodating, polite, professional, friendly, and FUN! Schedule allows flexibility to ... Read more
Chuck Bohle
Member Since 2016
1 review
The venue/places to see was what attracted us -- we wanted to see both the northern and southern route. Our cruise director (Jon Luc) was absolutely superb and he not only took good care us, in a very detailed fashion, but also provided ... Read more
dstrait
Member Since 2016
1 review
Service was very good. Food quality and variety very good. Complimentary wine selections with dinner better then on other cruise lines. Many of the service personal an people at the front desk remembered your name after a couple of days. ... Read more
jmmurt5
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
My wife and I just returned from our very first river cruise on the Tranquility II. We sailed northbound on the Rhine, from Basel to Amsterdam. We were by ourselves but met many interesting people from the UK, Australia, Canada, and of ... Read more
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illumination
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Ship was new and lovely, very clean. Staff was attentive and helpful; service was very good. Housekeeping staff for cleaning our cabin was great, especially the young man assigned to us. Food was good - liked the daily variety. Optional ... Read more
Paddler60
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
We chose this cruise because of the two primary locations of Paris and Prague, two cities we had not visited previously. As our first river cruise, we were extremely impressed with the organization of the timeline. Everything exceeded ... Read more
rhineland
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
We picked this cruise for the itinerary and it was more than we expected. The cabin was a good size, the bed was very comfortable. Dining was excellent as was the service. Loved all the ports we visited. Would have liked to spend a little ... Read more
remy bourne
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
You begin your trip with an overnight stay at the Shangra-la Hotel Yangon. A very well kept hotel with a restaurant, bar, bakery and more. The hotel employees are very helpful at all times. Centrally located downtown and convenient for ... Read more
bettyaubin
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
What a great trip Paris to Normandy. The staff were wonderful, the food was excellent - I can't say enough about how happy we were with this trip. The ship was clean, the cabin with a French balcony was roomy enough with great views. ... Read more
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myronadams
Member Since 2016
1 review
We were on an Avalon Cruise on the Rhine and Moselle from Amsterdam to Luxembourg in 2014. We then took a train to Paris as part of the package. We loved the boat and crew. The boats are the best available, and the food and service were ... Read more
madamecapone
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
I always wanted to cruise the Rhine. We chose Avalon because it offered a smaller ship with fewer passengers, and with more freedom to manage our own time. We had only been on one cruise (Disney, with family), and we were turned off by ... Read more
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
jjmindoro@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We choose this cruise because it was only 9 nights, it stayed in Western Europe (Paris to Amsterdam), and it is a smaller ship. Our tour guide, Hendrik Dadema, was great, He paid special attention to each individual and their wants and ... Read more
gabaryza
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
I retired about a year ago. My wife and I decided to try a river cruise. Since this was our first such trip, we treated it somewhat as a learning experience. It could not have turned out any better. We met the tour director, Hendrik ... Read more
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