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134 Avalon Waterways River Cruise Reviews

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david46
Member Since 2001
1 review
152 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
5 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
4 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
2 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
3 helpful votes
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

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Juliana M
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 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
5 reviews
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
5 reviews
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
2,101 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
5,334 forum posts
2 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

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chanukbair
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
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
6 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
oink4848
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 helpful votes
This is the first time we ventured on a river cruise with a total of 18 friends in our group. Our group has travelled extensively both on land and ocean and live in 3 different continents: North America, Australia and Asia. The food ... Read more
gatineaugetaway
Member Since 2011
1 review
209 forum posts
We did the cruise-only portion of the Paris to Monaco tour package. The ship was sold out months before departure from Chalon-sur-Saone on 02SEP14. Unlike many cruises on the Rhone River which start and return to Lyon repeating most of the ... Read more

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carolina husker
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
Sailed August 2014
Avalon Expression is a very nice and pretty new ship. Crew was very attentive and shore excursions were well organized and probably the best part of the trip. Some rain dampened the scenic cruise of the Wachau Valley region and a couple of ... Read more
kismif65
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 helpful votes
Was ABSOLUTELY impressed!! Avalon Artistry II was the best! This was our first river cruise and I can't really imagine how it could have gone any better. Getting on the boat, into our room was beyond fast. No issues, no waiting, just like ... Read more
jag33437
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
138 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
My husband and I have cruised on upscale larger ships and also took a Viking river cruise in China. We looked forward to a new travel experience in Europe. We started in Prague and stayed at the Intercontinental offered by Avalon. On the ... Read more
anglerted
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
We are two friends traveling together every August on either an adventure travel experience or a river cruise. We have cruised rivers in the USA, The Amazon among others throughout Europe. We arrived by air in Zurich early AM and spent ... Read more
JoeLynn
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2014
My wife and I recently completed a Danube River cruise aboard the Avalon PoetryII. This was our second river cruise with Avalon. Like the first we were completely satisfied with the ship. Our cabin was nicely decorated and was the size ... Read more

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yuntrips
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
This was our first ever cruise experience and overall we loved it. If you've never tried river cruising you really should. The ship sails along at a leisurely pace and you'd barely know you were moving. There are 3 full meals a day in the ... Read more
CaroleSS
Member Since 2008
1 review
1,895 forum post
We did a cruise that isn't too popular.....we did a land tour beginning in Munich, boarded the ship in Passau, sailing through Germany to Basel, Switzerland. In a word.....WOW!!! We could not have asked for a better ship, a better crew, ... Read more
geo212
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Let me start out in the order of events during my families amazing time in Paris and northern France. I chose this vacation in celebration of my Mothers 80th birthday and to also show my appreciation to my Stepfather as well. I have been ... Read more
KittenQ
Member Since 2006
1 review
14 forum posts
Sailed July 2014
Our trip started in Prague. It is a beautiful city, with lots to see and do, especially if you want to attend music concerts. The Inter Continental Prague Hotel is a perfect place to stay and within walking distance of many stores, ... Read more
marlene.girvan
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
We sailed with Avalon "Scenery" for a river cruise through Burgundy and Provence, embarking on July 1, 2014-CANADA DAY. When booking the trip over a year ago, space was limited as river cruises are so popular. We chose the upper floor, ... Read more

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