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134 Avalon Waterways River Cruise Reviews

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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
14 forum posts
4 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
Bluesky1212
1 review
3 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

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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
64 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
Naval Aviator
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
700 forum posts
While very experienced ocean cruisers this was my wife’s, mine and our traveling companion’s first river cruise. We chose the Avalon Poetry II because of the itinerary, it being a suite ship and the overall good reviews of ... Read more
carrolldouglas
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
27 forum posts
Sailed April 2014
We took the 14-day cruise, Vienna to Amsterdam, & found it outstanding. Scenery was beautiful & being so close to the center of towns & cities was fantastic. We were worried about spring rain, but we had only 1 rainy day--the ... Read more

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SoCal Cruise Critic User
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
Overall • Very nice trip with few negatives. • Many interesting sites and photo ops • Avalon cruise was very good – excellent facilities and very good service, several very good tours, but fair (relatively bland) ... Read more
Meadbh
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
I recently completed a 12 day vacation with Avalon, consisting of two nights in Budapest at the Intercontinental Hotel, one week on the Avalon Vista cruising up the Danube and the Main-Danube Canal, and three nights in Prague. Quite ... Read more
sshortliffe
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise from the moment we arrived in Paris to the time we got on our flight home in Nice. The staff were spectacular. We were greater at the airport by a wonderful driver and then when we arrived at the hotel ... Read more
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
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

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garymonli
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
3 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
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
1 helpful vote
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
tbarkers@sbcglobal.net
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 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
2 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

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Mazeroski@hotmail.com
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
2 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
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
zichau
Member Since 2013
1 review
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
3 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

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