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Avalon Visionary Cruise Review by swamp1sg: Not Very Christmasy Christmas Cruise

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Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 1.0
Entertainment 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 3.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 3.0

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Not Very Christmasy Christmas Cruise

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Embarkation: Other

My husband and I have been on 3 previous European River cruises: The Seine on Viking, The Rhine on Uniworld, and the Danube on AMA. The cruises on Uniworld and AMA were both Christmas market cruises as this one on the Visionary was.The only thing they all had in common was that they went to Christmas markets. Both AMA and Uniworld had Christmas activities scheduled on the ship with AMA going all out to keep up the Christmas atmosphere. Other than some tasteful decorations, the Visionary had no Christmas activities. Not even a cooking demonstration on how to make some Christmas yummy! There was one lecture on the formation of the EU. Sadly the water was high and we barely cruised and it was at night. The busing and the night in the hotel in Frankfurt were handled very smoothly, but it was a disappointment not to see the small towns along the Main.

The ship was beautiful and our cabin gorgeous. The food and wine were good. If we had never been on other Christmas cruises maybe we More would have been satisfied. As it was we were very disappointed with the lack of Christmas on the ship. The towns along the Main were all charming decked out for Christmas. Our guide, Victoria, was such fun that even the bus ride had everyone having fun!
(Maybe the happy hour on the bus helped keep us happy!) Less

Published 01/15/13

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Cabin review: B207 Outside Stateroom with French Balcony

The cabin was lovely. Best we have had. A small table, chair and a small couch.

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