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The 138-passenger Avalon Affinity joined the Avalon Waterways fleet of river cruise ships in May 2009. Itineraries focus on the inland waterways of Holland, Belgium, France and Germany, with cruises sailing on ...
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pookeysmom
Member Since 2007
9 reviews
133 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
seattleGTfan
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
winnipeg melody
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
My husband and I are in our early 60's and have enjoy traveling a lot. For the past few years we have been thinking about going on a river cruise and decided this was the year, to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We chose Avalon partly ... Read more
alcruiser15
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
reader8855
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just got back from our fabulous cruise on the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel. We sailed on the Avalon Affinity with 6 friends and everyone had a wonderful time. The crew was friendly and helpful and our cruise director Karolien was ... Read more

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Traveling Wifee
Member Since 2012
1 review
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I took our first river cruise May 30 from Basel to Amsterdam aboard the Avalon Affinity and absolutely loved it! We have done a dozen ocean cruises (and plan to do more), but enjoyed the personal style of the river cruise. ... 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
bagwilltravel55
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
Others have described the boat in detail, so I'll only add the differences that we experienced. Another couple in their 60s and my husband and I booked suites, combination land-cruise, so 4 nights in hotels and 4 nights on the boat. When ... Read more
travellernco
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed October 2013
We considered a river cruise on Avalon on the recommendation of friends. We do not like ocean cruising, too many people, we like to see places and not spend days at sea. This seemed to suit our criteria. We spent 3 nights in Paris before ... 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

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vanvleckeren
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
44 forum posts
0 helpful votes
River cruises are very popular and even though I was booking the trip in November to travel in July, almost everything was booked up. So I found an Avalon combination package, that included 2 days in a hotel in Vienna and Budapest, at ... Read more
Liat
Member Since 2003
12 reviews
1,323 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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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
World2sea
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What can I say that "Lorri1962" hasn't already said? We had a wonderful time and met many really great people. Rather than repeat what she said, go read Lorri1962's review, I agree 100% with it. It was very peaceful and quite on the ... Read more

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Lorri1962
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise with Avalon. There were about 130 passengers - American/Canadian/UK/Australians and New Zealanders. The size of the boat and flexible dining, made it more personal and we enjoyed meeting a very wide range ... Read more
gckeicher
Member Since 2004
1 review
176 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2012
After reading some of the reviews for Avalon River cruises, my husband and I just hoped we were not throwing money away! What a pleasant surprise The Avalon Affinity was! The stateroom was small but most of the staterooms are small ... Read more
cruisealert
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
184 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had a great direct flight from Atlanta to Zurich and then 10 minutes van ride to Avalon arranged hotel at Movenpick Hotel. Wonderful hotel with good restaurant and easy access to trains to go downtown to Zurich. Spent 4 nights there to ... Read more
sunshinexyz
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Since I am a well traveled person and research my trips before I go this was certainly a big disappointment. My travel agent touted this as a good cruise. However, the food was mediocre and the specials at breakfast were not ... Read more
QueenofEverything
Member Since 2001
1 review
398 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had never experienced a river cruise before, so we read everything we could in preparation for our April trip aboard the Avalon Affinity. We selected the Amsterdam to Basel route on the Rhine for a variety of reasons. Amsterdam was ... Read more

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alibi1
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
transfer to ship-- We spent 3 days in Vienna before we took a cab from our hotel to the to the hotel where we were to meet and then transfer to ship. Avalon staff greeted us at the ship and showed us to our cabins. Our luggage arrived ... Read more
CCinCalifornia
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is the second small ship we have cruised, with the first one being on the Yangtze River in China. That was wonderful, and I believe it was the same cruise line, but different ship. Let me begin with the positive...the room/bath was ... Read more
J&G CAN
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
The Avalon trip from Amsterdam to Basil which departed on September 10 started out with the welcome cocktail party of cheap sparkling wine ( one glass per person) and this set the tone for the cruise. Anytime Avalon could cut corners they ... Read more
Philip Robson
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2011
My wife and I have been celebrating 40 years married this year and our final holiday was our first ever cruise. We mostly travel fully independent and had doubts over cruises as being not our thing. The Avalon Affinity trip from ... Read more
caviargal
Member Since 2003
18 reviews
13,637 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We started our trip with 4 nights in Berlin, a highlight of our trip. Berlin is a fabulous city and anyone interested in reading my very detailed trip report can find it on Trip Advisor and Fodor's - title is "Four Fabulous Days in ... Read more

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