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  • Suite class ships feature floor-to-ceiling, retractable windows
  • Locally sourced wines and shore excursion included in fare
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120 Avalon Waterways River Cruise Reviews

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ljshome
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
62 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our first river cruise on any line. Before deciding, we researched many options and since we were a fairly large group (six couples), chose Avalon for the destination (wanted multiple countries), price, and generally good reviews. ... Read more
minou57
Member Since 2009
1 review
33 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
We just did the European Splendor Itinerary over multi rivers and enjoyed it very much. We were in a Cat B mid ship and highly recommend this. It was a very good location. I liked being closer to the water. We were thinking of Cat E and so ... Read more
garymonli
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Returned from a river cruise on Avalon Waterways Artistry II. This ship is a little over a year old and is very well maintained. Entertainment on this ship was sparse but it did not bother me. After a full day sightseeing we were pretty ... Read more
Kenster
Member Since 2001
1 review
291 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
We chose to do a Rhine River Cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. It could not have been more perfect. Our cruise was "The Rhine and Moselle" which is several days longer than the basic "Romantic Rhine" cruise. The entire ... Read more
okaner
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just got back from our Paris to Normandy cruise with Avalon and have nothing but positive to say. Embarkation: We arrived a few days early on our own and were able to get directions from the cruise director to give to our taxi driver. ... Read more

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tbarkers@sbcglobal.net
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
First, let me say that the crew of the Avalon Visionary were wonderful. They did everything in their power to make the trip a pleasure, but couldn't overcome the shortcomings of stateroom 202. The continuous sound of running, splashing, ... Read more
Chaucer6
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
FAULTLESS ! This is the only word any reasonable person could use to describe our river cruise on the Avalon Luminary. FLIGHTS My wife and I (in our 60s) flew into Paris an extra day in advance , almost 24 hours after departing from ... Read more
Mazeroski@hotmail.com
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
My wife and I had a wonderful time on the Avalon Scenery cruise on the Soane and Rhone Rivers and would highly recommend it to anyone who would appreciate the lovely scenery, the medieval towns, the lush vineyards in the company of a ... Read more
mincedwords
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just got back from an autumn cruise along the Danube from Budapest to Passau - what an unforgettable experience! As a solo traveler, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I loved every minute of it. The Avalon Vista's decor is classy and ... Read more
kice50@gmail.com
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We didn't know what to expect for October 19-27 on the Danube but we lucked out and the fall colors were at their peak and absolutely stunning! The weather was in the 60s all week, too. I know no one has control of the weather but the good ... Read more

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zichau
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Given the fact that this was on the lower price end of the other cruise ships for a similar itinerary, it was TOP NOTCH. 5 star * * * * * The onboard experience reminds me of how "it used to be" in the USA. And for a reasonable price. The ... Read more
BGleen
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
we are in our early sixties and my wife is retired and I am transitioning into retirement. This is our first river cruise and we did not know what to expect. the results? would we do a river cruise again? absolutely! there is no experience ... Read more
dantobey
Member Since 2001
3 reviews
352 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Been on about 50 total cruises but only 2 Riverboat sailings. The first riverboat was 2 1/2 years ago on Viking's Pride, a 10 night Tulip Time sailing Amsterdam to Amsterdam. It was really only a 7 night sailing as three nights we were ... Read more
Liat
Member Since 2003
12 reviews
1,325 forum post
0 helpful votes
We know the French go on strike as a sort of national pastime, or when they get bored; but no one was prepared for a strike by the German Lock Masters. Since this trip up the Rhine and across on the Main River, the Main-Danube Canal and ... Read more
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Jezsab
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My sister and I chose to travel on Avalon Waterways Magnificent Europe tour starting from Budapest on 24 July 2013 and finishing at Amsterdam two weeks later on 7 August 2013. It was quite a change for me to be on an organised tour after ... Read more

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PJames
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
169 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The Avalon Visionary is a lovely ship boat. Our 200-level portside cabin was excellent. The "French Balcony" is fantastic. Staff and crew are extremely friendly and accommodating. When there was too much sun at dinner, I started to pull ... Read more
Drdisk
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Last spring, my wife and I took a 15 day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We booked the cruise through our travel agent  choosing Avalon based on their strong recommendation. We paid ... Read more
Rottoguide
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarking on the Panorama at Budapest we had only cruised to Vienna when unprecedented floods made further progress on the river impossible. Along with another eight cruise ships from other cruise lines we were stuck there. Avalon ... Read more
Rivercruise
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I am motivated to write this review since the cruise was so outstanding. We were a group of 5 couples who are old friends.From the time we stepped off the plane in Prague and were met by the Avalon representative everything thing and every ... Read more
sailingmickey
Member Since 2007
1 review
96 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
This was our first river boat cruise. We chose Avalon because they were recommended by friends and we were not disappointed. Not having been on any other river boat, I do not have any comparison but I will say the Vista was a wonderful ... Read more

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swamp1sg
Member Since 2009
1 review
165 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I have been on 3 previous European River cruises: The Seine on Viking, The Rhine on Uniworld, and the Danube on AMA. The cruises on Uniworld and AMA were both Christmas market cruises as this one on the Visionary was.The ... Read more
kangarooboy
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2012
My wife and I had Cabin 220 on the Avalon Vista.This cruise is expensive & we were disappointed that our cabin noise was never rectified.We did not sleep well. The noise sounded like it came from the timber fittings installed ... Read more
njseas
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2012
I have read some not so complimentary member reviews about Avalon Affinity so I was concerned that I may not have selected the right river cruise. However, I soon discovered that my fears were unfounded. Our cruise began in Vienna, a ... Read more
Marching Afar
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Pre-Cruise and Embarcation: We started our Cruise on the Avalon Affinity with an overnight in Zurich, and stayed at the Moevenpick airport hotel, which was a good choice, since the bus transfer to the ship left from the hotel. The hotel ... Read more
BHappy2Day
Member Since 2010
1 review
28 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my first River Cruise, after about 15 ocean cruises. I went with my sister, both of us in our 50s. Usually we travel with our husbands and/or children, but this was our "practice" River Cruise, just to see if we would like it. ... Read more

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