We did a cruise that isn't too popular.....we did a land tour beginning in Munich, boarded the ship in Passau, sailing through Germany to Basel, Switzerland. In a word.....WOW!!!
We could not have asked for a better ship, a better crew, better tour guides or better co-passengers. Everything Avalon did was top notch! Everyone worked well together and was seamless. The crew were some of the friendliest we've had the pleasure to sail with. They quickly learned our names and preferences and after one day, we never had to ask for anything.....they just brought us whatever we wanted -almost before we knew we wanted it!
Our room was spectacular. We had opted for a "balcony" room and were not disappointed.....but may not do it again. We didn't spend much time in the room, so "aquarium" class would have been fine, but since we had it, we opened the doors and watched the world go by. The bathroom was a nice size and we didn't have to squeeze ourselves into the shower! We did spend a good amount if time topside, but were limited in the beginning by low bridges. The BEST time we had was cruising the Rhine. Our cruise director, Nancy, told the most interesting stories about each castle!
The food was excellent.....we aren't foodies per se, but do enjoy eating.....and eating we did! There was a nice buffet breakfast and lunch (with a cooked to order egg station at breakfast and a warm entree at lunch). There was wine and beer available in an endless cup at dinner and a very nice selection of dishes to choose from. We did a grilled lunch one day top-side and a small plate sampler for dinner one day. Both of those were good.
Excursions were very nice (a tad on the expensive side, but I spent a lot for the vacation and wasn't going to chincy out once there). The local guides were knowledgeable and fun. The individual headsets were a blessing to us....1) DH doesn't hear too well and 2) it allowed me to wander a but or lag behind for a picture and not miss any commentary. They had a "gentle walkers" group for those with mobility issues, which I thought was nice.
I'd heard about docking aside other ships, but we never did that. There was always a dock available and watching the crew put out the ramp was truly amazing! They could put down or pick up the ramp in about 7 minutes.....they were a well oiled team it saw the least!
I would do another Avalon cruise anytime and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone!!