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Avalon Waterways

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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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39 Avalon Waterways Senior Cruise Reviews
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Sjeanne
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
When we decided to treat ourselves to a river cruise for our anniversary, we looked at several different cruise lines as well as getting information from friends who had gone on cruises We then went to our local travel agent who highly ... Read more
Carolina1051
Member Since 2013
1 review
We spent 3 days in Prague at the intercontinental hotel which was vert nice. The coach ride to Nuremberg went really well and was comfortable. The ship was lovely and we liked the decor. Much more comfortable than our previous cruise on ... Read more
rosietomato
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
12 forum posts
Both my husbands dad and my dad served in Europe during WWII. My husbands dad was part of the invasion of Normandy as air support. For this reason we wanted to do the Paris to Normandy Beach river cruise. This was our first river ... Read more
eatdrinkfly
Member Since 2014
1 review
125 forum posts
We thought this would be a slow-paced itinerary, since geographically it doesn't cover much ground, but it ended up being quite busy. The included tours were very well organized and had great guides. We had the same one; Estelle for ... Read more
floranthony
Member Since 2016
1 review
We always wanted to see Normandy and the site of the D-Day Invasion. Chose Avalon because it was recommended to us. We were more than satisfied with the whole experience. The food was amazing. There were always enough choices. The ... Read more
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Paddler60
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
We chose this cruise because of the two primary locations of Paris and Prague, two cities we had not visited previously. As our first river cruise, we were extremely impressed with the organization of the timeline. Everything exceeded ... Read more
BigD48
Member Since 2016
1 review
We decided to go on a Rhine River cruise after having had a wonderful experience with Avalon on a Danube River cruise two years ago. This cruise on the Rhine River was everything we hoped for and more. The Avalon Felicity is a great ... Read more
BethL@usa.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We went with friends who wanted to do this itinerary, so we did not choose it specifically for us. We chose Avalon Waterways on the recommendation of our travel agent, so we did not choose the cruise line specifically for us either. On ... 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
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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
Denise758
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Wanted to cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Switzerland, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Austria. Gorgeous. The ship was very nice. Water levels were high so we didn't board until second day. Our cabin was nice, food pretty ... Read more
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
huber.ann@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I chose this ship originally for the itinerary -- mainly Normandy and Giverney. The Seine River caused a few problems from all the rain it was quite high. We needed to be transported to Rouen to board the ship. From start to finish ... Read more
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ragged cover
Member Since 2008
1 review
15 helpful votes
Has Avalon lost the plot or are they about to sink into murky water? One would think so by our experience. Picked up at 4.30am in the morning, in Amsterdam by 10.25am we were taken to a hotel where a meeting room has been hired and told ... Read more
Seas_Please
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
37 forum posts
16 helpful votes
II took this Avalon cruise only six months after we took a cruise on a Viking ship up the Danube so I felt I was in a good position to compare the two cruise lines. First I’ll say both cruises were a lot of fun. One plus for the ... Read more
gandc01
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Avalon did a good job on this cruise. The only real letdown was the food. I would have expected better food particularly at breakfast. I fully understand that the chef could not prepare a wide range of breakfasts for 99 people like one ... 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
pookeysmom
Member Since 2007
12 reviews
138 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first river cruise. We've been all over the Caribbean & have sailed transatlantic, but this was on our bucket list & we were fortunate to find a deal! We flew in 5 days early to enjoy Amsterdam. We stayed at the IBIS ... Read more
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marg155
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
A wonderful experience, despite low water levels making completion by boat a little uncertain - but we got through when other, older boats didn't. The boat had Avalon's wonderful new cabins with whole room being integrated with the ... Read more
rogerrma@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
We took the cruise from Arles to Chalon Sur Saone on the Scenery after having been met at the Nice Airport by an Avalon-contracted shuttle service, as Avalon also booked our flights and arranged all airport transfers. Basically the land ... Read more
sueajp
Member Since 2006
5 reviews
253 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
After 10 big ship cruises we decided to try a river cruise. Avalon go high marks in the reviews and the timing for the Rhine was good. We enjoyed the change to having just 132 people on board! Excellent service and wait staff. This is NOT ... Read more
alcruiser15
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
First River Cruise in Europe (previously did the Nile in Egypt). First with Avalon. I researched many European River Cruise companies and talked to friends and family before selecting Avalon. It exceeded every expectation. Rooms were ... Read more
kevinruffcorn
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This was our first river cruise. We didn't know what to expect. Now after experiencing the cruise down the Rhine our expectations are high. Avalon and the crew of the Felicity far exceeded our dreams. We loved the relaxed atmosphere, the ... Read more
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