Wonderful Time on the Affinity: Avalon Affinity Cruise Review by QueenofEverything
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Wonderful Time on the Affinity
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Our first impression of the Affinity was as expected, beautiful. The crew were very friendly and check in took all of 2 minutes. We opted for a lower level cabin to save the $$$ for the next cruise and it was fine. We had two windows at what my husband termed "duck level", but worked for us. It gave us light and we could still see out, just without the french balcony.
The cruise was just wonderful, we enjoyed each port very much. We visited Cologne, Koblenz, Rudescheim, Mainz, Heidelburg, Breisach, Strausbourg and Colmar. Walking tours of the ports usually took about an hour and a half and the guides were very good. We took the optional excursion to Colmar and highly recommend it. Like most cruises, you don't have enough time at each stop, but it gives you a little taste and helps you decide where you want to return to visit.
We thought the food was excellent and the crew was friendly and seemed like a close team. We were especially impressed with the captain, who seemed to pitch in anywhere help was needed. He was even carrying bags out on disembarkation day! The river cruises are much more relaxed and casual than ocean cruises and it is easier to get to know your fellow passengers and the crew. The highlight was cruising thru the Rhine Gorge. It was freezing cold and windy and we were the only ones brave enough to be on deck the whole afternoon, but it was worth it!
We thoroughly enjoyed our first river cruise and highly recommend Avalon. We had absolutely nothing to complain about and look forward to our next one! Less
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