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Our First River Cruise - And It Was a Beer Cruise!
"Our travel agent found the deal of the century for us. We had been contemplating taking a European River Cruise - Germany, perhaps a Christmas Market Cruise - for several years and finally I went to the travel..."Read More
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Budapest to Amsterdam

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe - River Cruise

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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

Departure Port: Fanning Island

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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

Departure Port: La Palma

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window

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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

Departure Port: Fanning Island

Cabin Type: Royal Suite with French Balcony

3 Helpful Votes


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

Departure Port: Fanning Island

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window

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Wonderful 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

Departure Port: Jost Van Dyke

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window

2 Helpful Votes


Even Great the Second Time!

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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

Departure Port: Jost Van Dyke

Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window

7 Helpful Votes


Good experience, great crew, well organised

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PBRWilson

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

The main reason, initially to chose Avalon was that the set up of the cabins. Also the fairs suited us as we had follow up plans with family. The service crew were constantly helpful and pleasant. Our waiter, Gabriel, went out of his way to ensure that our dining experiences were positive and enjoyable. He was always polite, gave good advice, was helpful and respectful and made us feel very ...
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Sail Date: June 2018

Departure Port: Jost Van Dyke

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