Danube Land-Cruise Oct 2013: Avalon Affinity Cruise Review by bagwilltravel55
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Danube Land-Cruise Oct 2013
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
For those who were arriving in Budapest, they had to find their luggage in the lobby. The Hilton in Vienna delivered the luggage to our room.
Boarding the boat was very organized and bags were delivered promptly to the room. The suite was very comfortable with plenty of storage and a large marble shower and bathroom with L'Occitane toiletries, very nice. A basket of fresh fruit was in our room on arrival. The wifi was available throughout the ship, including our cabin, but was slow at times when I suspect that many people were on the internet.
The food was generally good, the seafood and beef were much better than the pork and the 'local' chef cooking was mediocre. The dining room was very loud. There is very little noise attenuation, metal ceiling, metal partial divider, carpet on the floor. My husband has tinnitus and we both had difficulty hearing in the dining room.
The musician who was onboard was very good, played keyboard, sax, guitar, sang well. The Bratislava musicians were excellent. The night with the crew entertaining was disappointing, through no fault of the crew - not sure if all river cruises do this, but I certainly have not seen this on ocean cruises.
We highly recommend the excursion called 'A Sleeping Beauty', Cesky Krumlov is truly a fairytale town and the bus ride there and back to the ship goes through beautiful farm areas. The locks and the elevated canal were very interesting. October 2013 was quite cool and rainy, but we expected that and it didn't affect our activities. Less