We selected our cruise on Scenery because of the dates available suiting our timetable. We have previously travelled on Uniworld for a river cruise. The cruise was for 11 days 10 nights starting with a night in Monte carlo and the joining the ship at Port St Louis to sail up the Rhone and Saone rivers, then finishing with two nights in Paris. There were daily ports of call some of them multiple calls in one day. We found calls to Vienne, Lyon and Avignon to be particularly enjoyable.
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 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.