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Avalon Waterways Avalon Illumination Outside Cabin Cruise Reviews

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Prague to Budapest

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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TimmJ

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

This wasn't our first river cruise. We did the Rhine last year. Both vacations were amazing, but the Rhine wasn't as popular/crowded (fewer ships). The Danube was high due to recent rainfall and bridge clearance was an issue. Avalon did a great job of working around difficult conditions. The quality of the shore excursions depend, in large part, on the local guides. Many of the guides ...
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Sail Date: May 2019

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window


Trip of a Lifetime

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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Paddyo1993

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

Our cruise down the Danube in December was truly a trip of a lifetime. The entire staff aboard the Avalon Illumination were amazing. We received first class treatment in a very relaxed, friendly and professional environment. The Christmas Markets and all the sites along the way were beautiful. The Illumination was the prettiest boat on the river and was "decked out" for the holidays. ...
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Sail Date: December 2018

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window


Above and beyond! Lemonade out of lemons!

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - All

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dale huberts

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

In October, we travelled as a group of six, for an 18 day cruise along the Danube river from Prague to Bucharest. What a wonderful time we had on Avalon's Illumination. The food was wonderful, the ship immaculately clean and the staff very personable. However, we knew that there had been a drought in Europe all summer and there was a possibility that it would affect our sailings. It did indeed. ...
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Sail Date: October 2018

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window


Active and educational

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SCBarker

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

I had a wonderful time. The tours of the cities were great and quite educational. The listening devices used during the tours were a savior. Embarkation was a bit of a fiasco. The ship couldn't make it up to the scheduled embarkation city because of low water level. So instead of boarding the ship by 5pm in Budapest, we were to meet at a hotel near the dock and leave by 3pm. Our flight made ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window


Wonderful Cruise

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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shauniejo

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

My husband and I chose Avalon due to the larger rooms and fewer people. And all the good reviews we heard from the people at Columbus Travel. We had a wonderful cruise, in spite of the low water problems we had. The ship, or I should say ships as we had to switch ships midway, were very nice with large rooms, a very comfortable bed, the amazing large windows that allowed us to enjoy the ...
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Sail Date: July 2018

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window


Even Great the Second Time!

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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SeeLDee

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We are fourth time river cruisers, with a dozen more ocean cruises. We chose this cruise based on itinerary, price and to travel with two other couples, who are also of the early retirement age. We have previously completed this cruise twice with a competing line. The provider's website is intuitively easy to understand and use. Our package included the international flights; however, ...
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Sail Date: June 2018

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window


Take Your Own Side Trips

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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mmfeeney

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

The Avalon Illumination is a beautiful vessel, essentially a floating luxury hotel. Lovely experience on board with a wonderful Czech hotel manager, Barbora, and a smiling, mostly Romanian, crew. Top-notch organization from Dutch cruise director, Mark. Excellent meals and many charming small touches, such as glasses of lemonade awaiting us when we returned from excursions, or dining hall ...
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Sail Date: May 2018

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window


Tulips

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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Narf4653

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Wanted to see the tulips and the surrounding areas in Holland We started in Amsterdam and had a marvelous time. The cruise did offer some wonderful off board excursions that were well done, our guides, for the most part, were excellent. My only problem with the cruise was the "happy hour" - which offered drinks at half price for a couple of hours and the "snacks" were pretzels or nuts. The ...
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Sail Date: April 2018

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window


First time cruising

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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busyladie4

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

My travel agent suggested this cruise and I am so glad she did. My daughter and I went on this cruise and we both enjoyed it thoroughly. I would go again in a heartbeat. We spent two days in Budapest before the cruise and two days in Nuremberg after the cruise. I would recommend that to anyone. Both cities were fabulous. We especially enjoyed the hot baths in Budapest and the Christmas ...
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Sail Date: November 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window


Different but Interesting

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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KStreich1954

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

I initially was approached by my 89-year-old mother, who wanted to take one last trip before she would be unable. I offered to be her traveling companion, not realizing where she intended to travel. I had only been on one cruise prior, a Caribbean Cruise, on one of the larger vessels. So when she mentioned she wanted to take a river cruise, I really had nothing to base it on. My first overall ...
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Sail Date: October 2017

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window

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