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Avalon Waterways Avalon Illumination Suite Cabin Cruise Reviews

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Avalon wins again, the Danube not so much
"This was our second cruise on Avalon, the first was on the Rhine in September, 2017. I want to emphasize that the part of the cruise that could be controlled by Avalon was exceptional, Avalon will continue to be..."Read More
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Avalon wins again, the Danube not so much

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rfmagui
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

This was our second cruise on Avalon, the first was on the Rhine in September, 2017. I want to emphasize that the part of the cruise that could be controlled by Avalon was exceptional, Avalon will continue to be our first choice for river cruises. Cabin, dining and service were all exemplary! The hotels in Prague and Budapest were superb! Valentin, the cruise director, was personable, helpful ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony


Europe!

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Ctboone
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

We choose this cruise to be able to see as much as possible while in Europe. Everyone on the ship was very accommodating to all types of passengers. I think we all would agree that we were very fortunate to have an awesome cruise director, Danielle. But it doesn’t stop there, from housekeeping to dining room staff to bartenders I mean everyone was great. The ship is in tiptop shape and the rooms ...
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Sail Date: August 2019

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony


Very good first river cruise

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aidacra
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

This was our first river cruise, though we've been on a number of ocean cruises, including the Star Clipper and Aranui. Our cruise director was very good, the ship was very good, and our stateroom was very good, though the view of the river from the bed was 50% blocked by a wall (we opted for state room 312, the Royal Suite, and found this aspect of it very disappointing). My criticisms or ...
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Sail Date: May 2019

Cabin Type: Royal Suite with French Balcony


Danube River Cruise

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Jebdenise
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Great cruise with a company that made our trip so memorable. Cabin was very comfortable and staff was so helpful and friendly. Our ports and excursions were very informative. Since they were in the morning it left us ample time to explore on our own or just lounge on the deck. Extra excursions were very reasonably priced and enjoyable. Our excursion to 2 wineries and wine tastings was the ...
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Sail Date: April 2019

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony


Excellent Christmas Market cruise on the Danube

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canoe03
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

We traveled with another couple and chose December to experience Christmas Markets. Our vacation started with 3 days in Prague. The local tour guides were excellent. We joined the city tour, Terezin, and the Avalon-sponsored Czech dinner at a local hall. We toured on our own the last full day. We weren't able to embark at Nuremberg as planned because of low water. Instead we traveled to Nuremberg ...
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Sail Date: December 2018

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony


Not what we expected.

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Roibert and Sandy
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

The Danube river was low therefore, we were bused to many of the destination we were originally supposed to cruise to and from. We were bused to Arnsdorf, Salzburg and to Regensburg, then again to Budapest, actually losing the last day on the boat and missing out again on river cruising. We were originally supposed to begin our cruise in Nuremberg, we which we did not get to see at all. Then to ...
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Sail Date: November 2018

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony


Only cruised from Germany to Austria

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acethe1
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

Looked like a great vacation but cut short in Vienna do to low water level. We where to board the ship In Nuremberg but didn't , disappointed. Wanted to see the city. Staff on the ship where friendly and very good at their jobs. People on board seemed to be having a good time until we where notified the cruise would not be sailing south of Austria. Most peoples chose to end their trip and return ...
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Sail Date: October 2018

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony


Wonderful experience; wonderful cruise

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suzbiggs
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We had a great time with Avalon in China in 2017. We wanted to see the Danube and thought Avalon would be good again. They did not disappoint. The service was magnificent, the food very good, the tours were great. We enjoyed every minute of it. We had plenty of time to explore Budapest and were able to store our luggage on board on embarkation day. The staff was so accommodating. One ...
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Sail Date: September 2018

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony

Traveled with disabled person


AVALON failed to handle the low water in the Danube fairly

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J Bunch
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

Here is what I told my travel agent: The trip wasn’t the best we have done but there were some nice people we met on the boat and the stateroom was quite nice. I am disappointed in Avalon. When we were late out of San Diego and missed the Philadelphia connection, after we were rescheduled I called the number in the Avalon booklet to report the new arrival information. The young lady took ...
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Sail Date: August 2018

Cabin Type: Royal Suite with French Balcony


Outstanding service all the way

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heddablack
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

We only had 7 nights of our 15 day cruise due to low water levels which was disappointing, however Avalon did everything possible to still make this a fantastic trip. Our cruise director was exceptional in every way. We did lose some free time as we had to bus between towns. Hotel accommodation was always very good. We also met some wonderful people in our early 60’s age group. Cleanliness and ...
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Sail Date: July 2018

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony


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