French River Avalon Scenery: Avalon Scenery Cruise Review by Abbott28
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French River Avalon Scenery
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
We were disappointed with some of the Avalon spin in their brochures. A prominent feature in the 2011 brochure was an on-line service called my Avalon where passengers could book tours and other packages. After paying for our trip we tried to make use of this feature to be told that it was not available in Australia but we could join up to globus and make bookings that way. We tried this to receive Emails back from Globus that this is not so.( Aussies beware).
Another prominent promoted More feature was free Wi-Fi on board. This was true but hardly ever worked and often neither did the on board vessel terminals. We feel that in this day of modern communication this is not good enough. Travellers from Australia don't duck over to Europe for a week and maybe a little more. Travelling 12500 kms from home it is normal to go for on average at least 4 weeks and during that time there is a need and desire to remain in contact with family. we were hoping to have regular contact with ours and to be able to see our Grandson on Skype.
Generally the food was good but not much variety and did not match the gourmet level suggested.The cruise was pleasant but in no way matched our expectations from the promotion material. We were booked for a second Avalon Cruise in early September on The Avalon Luminary on the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland which will be reported separately. We would say the scenery crew were superior and more customer friendly than the crew on the Luminary. Again a pleasant cruise but unlikely to do another. We would dearly like to port reports but the river cruise ports are not included on the list of ports. Trips to the old Roman aqueduct, 'Pont Neuf" out of Avignon and Vienne during 700 year celebrations of the Knights Templar were standout tours. Less
Cabin review: P307 Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin 307 top deck. Having previously river cruised with Uniworld the cabin met all our expectations. The new suite cruise ships from Avalon would be better with room for a table and two chairs to sit at when in the cabin. Plenty of storage and good bathroom.Read All Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony (P) Reviews >>
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