I'd read reviews on here about how bad the food was.
Not sure what ship these reviewers were on but when I was on board in September 2013 it was devine - fresh, interesting, varied, sometime traditional to where we were travelling, plenty of it and most of all delicious.
Everything about the Avalon Imagery surpassed my expectations, the staff were extremely friendly from the room attendant to the captain who amused us from day one with his personable attitude to his work and to us.
The optional excursions were varied and to be honest the included ones kept you busy so if finances are a worry for some you can do this cruise and not have to pay for any onshore adventures.
The cabin was extremely clean and well presented when we walked in, with a lovely natural orchid on our coffee table - a real one!
There was unfortunately a viral bug onboard and this did effect some people very badly but I was impressed at how the problem was handled ..... it was taken very seriously.
We met some fantastic fellow cruisers among the 140 spending holiday time on this pleasant ship and had many a laugh together and it was good to see the staff join in with us so casually.
I will be going on another Avalon Waterways River cruise - this one amused and entertained me, provided me with relaxing time and I learned so much about the countries we cruised through - I had the most wonderful holiday - onboard and onshore.