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3 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

3 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Budapest
  • Day 2
    Bratislava
  • Day 3
    Emmersdorf
  • Day 4
    Vienna

Avalon Envision

Avalon Envision - Avalon Waterways

Pros

Emphasis on more space; lower draft to handle low/high river levels

Cons

No USB ports by the bed (coming in 2020)

Bottom Line

Ship continues the line's focus on views and interesting excursions


Cruise Reviews

We’ve always wanted to take a European River Cruise. On this two week cruise, we visited the countries of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. Our interests are history, architecture, gardens, food, music, and art. ... Read More
We’ve always wanted to take a European River Cruise. On this two week cruise, we visited the countries of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. Our interests are history, architecture, gardens, food, music, and art. This cruise was perfect for us. We explored beautiful cathedrals, abbeys, castles, small villages, large cities, etc... On the many excursions we we took, our guides were knowledgeable, friendly, very informative, and entertaining. They seemed to very much enjoy teaching us about their homelands. We learned so much! The crew on the ship were excellent. They were available for any questions we had about anything. Katy was fantastic. She held a talk every evening to give us very detailed information of the next day’s excursions and activities. Dining personnel were very conscientious and attentive. They were friendly, always kept our glasses filled and promptly removed dirty dishes. They worked tirelessly to make sure everything was perfect for guests. Our stateroom attendant was friendly, professional, and conscientious in her duties. I would highly recommend this cruise. We hope to to take another Avalon cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was my first ever cruise of any kind. It far exceeded my expectations. The ship was beautiful and comfortable. The cabin was tastefully decorated. The French balcony with the floor to ceiling sliding glass doors made the room feel ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise of any kind. It far exceeded my expectations. The ship was beautiful and comfortable. The cabin was tastefully decorated. The French balcony with the floor to ceiling sliding glass doors made the room feel more spacious and made for excellent scenery viewing. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was bigger than I expected. The crew and staff were friendly and efficient. The cruise director was joviable, engaging and well organized. I loved the small lounge on the 3rd floor with excellent coffee machine. Any coffee drink I wanted at the push of a button. The meals were excellent with a large variety of choices. The servers were fun to get to know. The city tours and excursions were enjoyable. Sometimes the city guides give more history than I desire. Seeing the city lights as we sailed out of Budapest in the evening was so beautiful! Just spectacular! What a beautiful start to our cruise. Cruising through the Wachau Valley and the Rhine River gorge was so enjoyable with our cruise director giving us some history and pointing out interesting sights along the way. I would love to take another river cruise with Avalon someday. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The service staff were the best part of the cruise. The food and wine etc were very good. However, I found the sheer numbers of people -148 or thereabouts - quite overwhelming. The ship didn't get past Passau and we were berthed there ... Read More
The service staff were the best part of the cruise. The food and wine etc were very good. However, I found the sheer numbers of people -148 or thereabouts - quite overwhelming. The ship didn't get past Passau and we were berthed there for 3 days with our 'view' being a stone wall. That's not what I paid for. Why was there no contingency plan? Our river cruise turned into hours of being herded about on coach tours. I believe it was known from the outset that we wouldn't get past Passau. There were too many early rises and way too much walking. The tours, although good, were often too long and the guides too longwinded. i wear hearing aids and found the audio devices totally unsuitable for these. I got a flippant reply when I mentioned this to the TD. The wires and box are cumbersome and annoying when you're managing camera, walking stick, umbrella etc. I had a fall while on an earlier tour before joining the ship, and the after effects eventually precluded me from doing the Prague food and culture walk. When I approached the TD regarding a refund, he refused on the grounds that I'd pre-paid the trip from home. Penalised for being organised and saving him some paperwork. The overall atmosphere was impersonal and regimented. I definitely would not recommend Avalon based on my experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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