Cabin noise problem for us.: Avalon Vista Cruise Review by kangarooboy
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Cabin noise problem for us.
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
On the positive side this is a beautiful ship on a beautiful river.The large lounge room with big glass windows was a delight.The dance floor at night was always used and our one-man band musician played lovely dance music.The ship sails smoothly & there is no noticeable movement.There is also a small lounge area at the back of the ship seating perhaps 30 people,with a coffee machine,biscuits,fruit,fruit juices etc. Ship's entertainment was mostly good.
The 4 girl string quartet from Bratislava,the Oomp-Pah-Pah man,the zither music
we really enjoyed.
The embarkation procedure was faultless. We met at the Intercontinental Hotel at Budapest & mixed with other passengers in the lounge.After one or two hours we were bussed to the ship. As we entered the ship we were welcomed by the Captain & his senior crew.
Avalon excelled with it's choice of tour guides;they were all excellent, informative & amusing.
Durnstein was a pretty village & we enjoyed walking around it.This is what we enjoyed most about this cruise walking around lovely villages with our friends.
In Melk the abbey was amazing but after seeing 5 or 6 rooms in the building I had had enough.
Passau we walked & shopped after our included walking tour.
Regensburg we had a lovely German sausage & sauerkraut lunch in a restaurant with one of the friendly local residents.
In Wurzburg the Palace was absolutely magnificent.We did not expect this.It's done in a Palace of Versailles style but on a smaller scale.We bought some nice clothes for my wife in Wurzburg.
Miltenberg was another nice village to walk around.
In Rudeseheim we visited Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.This was a highlight and is a "must see". My wife & I walked & shopped but our friends who went to a coffee making session that the ship arranged said it was very good.
Back on the ship in the afternoon we went on a cruise down the Rhine Gorge.This was spectacular with many castles.
Cologne we felt was a more commercial type city rather than the type of lovely village we grew to love.However it was the best for shopping & the prices seemed very good.
We arrived in Amsterdam to complete our cruise & were given a tour of the inner city and a boat trip of the canals. Both tours were excellent.We stayed a few more nights in Amsterdam ( at our own expense)& went to a diamond cutting exhibition,red-light district & shopped.
The food on board was good although a little too salty for our taste.But the wine served at dinner was not very good & not much was supplied anyway.You could buy a bottle of wine but it was about 38 Euros.However the lovely French wine in the cabin's mini-bar was only about 2 or 3 Euros for a small bottle & we used that a few times.
Breakfast was pretty good & had everything you wanted with eggs cooked to your liking.
The Happy Hour preceded dinner & cocktails were cheap & good.This was a lovely meeting lounge.
Overall a lovely cruise,with friendly staff on one of the world's magnificent rivers. Less
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