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Nice ship, shame about the rest
"We booked this about 18 months ago to celebrate a milestone birthday. We had been told at that time that Avalon did a drinks package like most of the other lines, but when they eventually replied to my many calls..."Read More
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Not what we expected.

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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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

Departure Port: Corfu

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony

4 Helpful Votes


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

Departure Port: Fanning Island

Cabin Type: Royal Suite with French Balcony

2 Helpful Votes


Low water. Making the most of a difficult situation!

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BarnardRG

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

We had travelled with Avalon previously in 2015 and spent a lot of time convincing my sister and her husband to join us for the Budapest to Amsterdam cruise. This was to be the trip of a lifetime for my sister. As you read on you will feel our disappointment with the trip but please read to the end of my comments. On arrival in Budapest we met people who had travelled up from Amsterdam and ...
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Sail Date: July 2018

Departure Port: Fanning Island

Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony

1 Helpful Vote


Different but Interesting

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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

Departure Port: La Palma

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window

Traveled with disabled person

5 Helpful Votes


Great fall colors on Danube but no royal treatment for suites

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oliveoil1

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

After numerous ocean cruises, we decided it was time to try a European river cruise and friends suggested Avalon. Choose the Blue Danube Budapest-Prague itinerary for mid-Oct based on the sites, included pre and post-cruise hotels, the price of a Royal Suite and hopes for fall colors. Overall, we were delighted with the stay in Budapest and Prague, the included city tours and the awesome fall ...
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Sail Date: October 2017

Departure Port: Fanning Island

Cabin Type: Royal Suite with French Balcony

15 Helpful Votes


Disappointed

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laurettann

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

All my friends do Viking so I liked being different and felt that Avalon was a step up. The ship was new and very pretty. Unfortunately we rafted to Tauck and Uniworld and saw a big difference in décor. For example when the US was playing Germany in soccer one of these ships had big TVs set up in the lounge just for that night (I asked) and many were watching. We went aboard our ship and not a ...
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Sail Date: June 2014

Departure Port: La Palma

9 Helpful Votes


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