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126 Avalon Waterways River Cruise Reviews

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perkyblue
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
2,101 forum posts
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
5,284 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
chanukbair
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
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
5 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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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
206 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
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

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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
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
yuntrips
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
1,854 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

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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
tassietravellers
Member Since 2012
1 review
654 forum posts
The Grand France cruise is actually made up of 2 separate cruises, therefore 2 ships, 2 crews , just 25 of us did the whole cruise so we had almost a whole new ship of passengers , so you get to meet a lot of people on this cruise, but ... Read more
laurettann
Member Since 2010
1 review
12 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
All my friends do Viking so I liked being different and felt that Avalon was a step up. The ship was new and very pretty. Unfortunately we rafted to Tauck and Uniworld and saw a big difference in décor. For example when the US was ... Read more
Memsahib27
Member Since 2012
1 review
92 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have done several river cruises - this the second with Avalon Waterways. It was the best. The weather wasn't so good on the first part and the scenery not as good from Amsterdam to Koblenz but after that it was really beautiful. So glad ... Read more

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Bluesky1212
1 review
2 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed June 2014
After 3 days in Prague we were supposed to board the ship at Nuremberg for a cruise to Budapest. However, at the last minute we were advised that the river was too low and we would have to be transported by bus to Passau. As a result we ... Read more
310Wahls14
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed May 2014
We are 77 and74 respectively and we are in pretty good physical shape. Our trip down the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel was our first excursion into Europe aboard the Avalon Felicity. Where should I start? This River Cruise was so ... Read more
carolcosseboom
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Both my husband and I are disable. We can only walk short distances, very short. So we purchased two "Travelscoots" These are the smallest mobility scooters. They are only 28 lbs and can fold up into a size of a umbrella stroller. These ... Read more
kfbishop
Member Since 2014
1 review
We did the Romantic Rhine Cruise, northbound (from Basel to Amsterdam), and there was nothing about this cruise we didn't love. Our Panarama Suite was roomy and well-appointed. We especially liked the sliding glass doors which made a ... Read more
jkadventures
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
55 forum posts
After forty-something ocean cruises, and a continuing disappointment of the direction our favorite lines were taking, we decided to try a river cruise with Avalon Waterways. In a word, the trip was perfection, a term not used lightly but ... Read more

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