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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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120 Avalon Waterways River Cruise Reviews

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ZincOxide
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sunday, November 29, 2015 Vienna - Had arrived days earlier in Vienna to tour town on our own. Took our luggage to the Intercontinental Hotel (where is was securely stored) until several buses took us to the ship. Embarkation was a ... Read more
seattleGTfan
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
We took the Avalon Affinity for a late October/early November sailing along the Moselle and Rhine rivers, and had a great time. It was a special wine-themed cruise with several included wine tasting events that were a lot of fun. The ... Read more
wifemothernana
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
8 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
brax9
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with Avalon. We decided on the FASCINATING VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE MEKONG RIVER WITH BANGKOK, HANOI & HA LONG BAY – SOUTHBOUND. Since we were traveling so many hours to get to Asia, we decided to ... Read more
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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

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Glowworm70
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 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
Boaterlady
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We booked this about 18 months ago to celebrate a milestone birthday. We had been told at that time that Avalon did a drinks package like most of the other lines, but when they eventually replied to my many calls and emails, they said they ... Read more
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
victoria 6672
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I did not know that Avalon is a part of Cosmos tours and ultimately Globus, an American Company. There were only 4 English People on the boat, the majority being American with a few Canadians and Australians. This does not matter of course ... Read more
1branscombe1
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
This was our third Avalon cruise and we can't say enough positive. Our welcome onboard was seamless and our cabin was beautifully designed with efficient storage, and high end finishes. The full wall sliding windows were perfect for ... Read more

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judi666
Member Since 2006
1 review
295 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The Avalon Poetry 2 is a very pretty smaller ship. The staterooms are very nice and the bathroom is the nicest of any cruise vessel I have been on. Everything is immaculately clean. The angling of the bed to look out the window is ... Read more
HamiltonLovebirds
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first trip with Avalon Waterways River Cruise on their tour the Grand France Northbound from Cote d' Azur to the beaches of Normandy. I discussed my cruise on the first ship, Poetry 11 from Cote d' Azur to Pairs in a separate ... Read more
david46
Member Since 2001
1 review
132 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first river cruise. We started our cruise in Amsterdam on May 2 2015. We went to the Movenpick Hotel city center on Saturday to check in and take an optional "Flower time in Tulip Land" The Keukenhof Flower ... Read more
HamiltonLovebirds
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Avalon Waterways River Cruise Line lived up to its reputation as an excellent tour company with their client's best interests at heart. Our trip was called Grand France Northbound and we experienced two different Avalon ships: Poetry 11 ... 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

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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
Mimi Powers
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We love cruising rivers in Europe and went on Tapestry I about 6 years ago on Rhine. Tapestry Ii has much better dining area, lounges, rooms, etc. However, they are still working kinks out on safety in the halls. Walking down the hall ... Read more
Juliana M
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Having tired of Ocean cruising we turned to River cruising and enviously viewed the large luxury ships on the river, after more than a dozen most enjoyable trips, we decided for a change that a luxury river cruise was a way to stifle our ... Read more
ljbc
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Had a most enjoyable cruise on the Rhine on Avalon Felicity at Easter. We flew from the UK to Amsterdam where we waited at the Movenpik hotel to embark. While we waited we went for a stroll round Amsterdam centre, it's only about a 15 min. ... Read more
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ljbc
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Had a most enjoyable cruise on the Rhine on Avalon Felicity at Easter. We flew from the UK to Amsterdam where we waited at the Movenpik hotel to embark. While we waited we went for a stroll round Amsterdam centre, it's only about a 15 min. ... Read more
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perkyblue
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
2,072 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I lived in Germany for 3 years when I was younger and have been dying to go back to the German Christmas markets ever since. A Christmas market river cruise has been on my bucket list for years, so I was thrilled when the opportunity came ... Read more
Hoyaheel
Member Since 2005
1 review
5,145 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Cabin 213, husband & wife sharing Bottom line for me– the cruise was great but I’m not a river cruiser. River cruises are more expensive than ocean cruises in general because they are small (numbers of passengers) and they ... Read more
chanukbair
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
HOLIDAYING overseas with friends in 2013 we decided to put together a small group (total 6 - 3 couples ages 50 - 61) to embark on our much discussed European River Cruise. After a deal of research we chose Avalon Waterways as our Cruise ... Read more
bfamily9
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We chose Avalon Waterways for this cruise as it was one of the very few that did not begin or end in Amsterdam. We had a great itinerary, embarking at Passau, Germany and disembarking at Basel, Switzerland. The ship is only about three ... Read more
suite_thing
Member Since 2009
1 review
62 forum posts
3 helpful votes
When you market your cruise as Paris to Normandy Beach Landings, you better be prepared to perform at the highest level of expectations on your feature land tour. In that respect Avalon Waterways was a huge disappointment to many on our ... Read more

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