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Avalon Vista Cruise Review by Judgerick

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Avalon Vista
Avalon Vista
Member Name: Judgerick
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Amsterdam
Destination: Europe River
Cabin Category: B
Cabin Number: 232
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates Not Rated
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Ship Facts: Avalon Vista Review (by Cruise Critic!)
Next Time we will go with the competition
We cruised from Amsterdam to Budapest on Avalon's Vista in July 2012 . We are new to cruising and were a bit underwhelmed by this cruise . The boat was very nice and our room was great The crew generally wonderful , especially our waiters Thomas and Constantine . The cruise director , Dragan , was very obnoxious ,though many seemed to like him . The food was pretty good though , inevitably seemed repetitive . There were far too many "surprise" expenses for a cruise that implied that it was "all inclusive " . The included tours were uneven and the extra ones were overpriced and should not have been "extra" . The entertainment that was provided was very good with the exception of one talentless electric violinist .

Although it may be conventional , I found the gratuities policy ( giving us envelopes and telling us exacly how much to tip everone including the cruise director ) offensive and we ignored it . We tipped those that provided us good service ( NOT the cruise director ) . We spent the same amount of money ( a bit more actually ) but giving it ,in cash , directly to those who deserved it .

Our fellow passengers were suprising old . We expected that to some degree but at age 65 I didn't expect to be one of the youngest onboard .

River cruising is nice but it is not a good way to see a place . You spend too little time on shore and you seem cutoff from local people and experiences .

Avalon seemed too interested in getting extra money out of us at every opportunity given we were sold this cruise as "all inclusive " .

We will probably do it again but I doubt if we will use Avalon

Publication Date: 07/21/12
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