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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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andrew lim
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
The cruise was an "A" overall. The only negative was the accusatory stance that the cruise director had alleging that our group tried to enter the engine room after crossing a chained off area. The truth is if there was a ... Read more
teacherjudy
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Our travel agent selected it for us. She liked the company. We sailed on the most beautiful, new ship, the Tranquility II. Every detail was sparkling and clean. The ship was beautifully appointed and there was attention to every ... Read more
Margarita de Martinez
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
To learn about the Balkan discovery and country's of the area very good river cruises from the first day we arrive all was perfect and the beautiful smile from every body ,to the housekeeping was perfect and so good every day and ... Read more
Gabiwat
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
I would actually rate the ship 3-1/2 stars if that were an option. I chose this cruise because we wanted to do the Moselle and Rhine Rivers in one trip. This was the only line i found that offered that combo in August. We have done ... Read more
lustern
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
The cruise destinations and the wonderful group rate we got for the party of 8 influenced us to choose Avalon. Our ship Creativity was perfect for us. We had excellent service and our cruise directer Nancy was exceptional, she went above ... Read more
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Sparks, NV
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
after much research, we felt that the room size was larger on the Avalon Visionary boat and more to our liking... which it was. The room was immaculately clean and kept clean and tidy every day. The crew was friendly and accommodating ... Read more
JIDO
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Chose Avalon at the Cruise Show in Glasgow last year because they offered quality river cruising at the price we wanted to pay. We elected for the 14 day European River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. It transpired to be everything and ... Read more
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Pete and Marie
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We are a senior couple and this was our first ever river cruise and we were not disappointed. The ship was beautiful with excellent facilities. Our stateroom was well appointed with a very comfortable king bed and a large bathroom. We were ... Read more
Dondald
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
The trip was great. We were on the Budapest to Amsterdam 2 week cruise in a category A cabin. Avalon Waterways looked after us very well and the accommodations were very good. We had 140 tourists on board and there were 47 staff to ... Read more
partrick
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
14 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We have just returned from a Rhine Cruise on Tranquility II- Northbound from Zurich to Amsterdam and loved it.There was a problem with the river being closed due to too high water but Avalon could'nt help have done any more to a situation ... Read more
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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
flynnsky
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was our first river cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it. We coached to Arles from Cannes where our tour gathered and under the direction of our tour director Monica we arrived and were settled in our cabins in good order. All of our ... Read more
beachbumbill
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Approximately 3 days prior to our river cruise, our group of 20+ received an e-mail from Avalon stating there were going to be big changes to our itinerary due to high water levels & train strike on day we were supposed to take TGV ... Read more
ZincOxide
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
6 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
2 helpful votes
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
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wifemothernana
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 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
24 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
6 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
Glowworm70
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 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
2 reviews
14 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
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16paws
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
9 forum posts
2 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
10 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
10 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
judi666
Member Since 2006
1 review
300 forum posts
9 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
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