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Avalon Waterways Avalon Illumination River Cruises Cruise Reviews

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"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..."Read More
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Jebdenise

2-5 Cruises

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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


Budapest to Amsterdam

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kcd1952

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

We chose Avalon for our first river cruise because of the itinerary, the amenities offered during the cruise and the cabin layout. The ship was spacious and our cabin was very comfortable. I especially enjoyed the french balcony that allowed us to breath the fresh air and see the river sites clearly. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast and lunch buffets and afternoon tea was a treat. ...
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Sail Date: September 2019


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


Prague to Budapest

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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


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


Trip of a Lifetime

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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


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


An awesome cruise experience

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Pushpa Ramesh

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

My husband and myself chose to take Avalon Illumination -Danube river cruise from Budapest to Bucharest. This was our first river cruise and the first with Avalon. Two days before we traveled we got information from our agent that due to the low water levels in Danube the cruise route has been changed. There were options for us to either cancel, credit to a later date or take a revised cruise ...
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Sail Date: October 2018


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