4 Linz (Salzburg) Fitness Cruise Reviews

We picked the Danube because we had never been to Vienna or Budapest and liked the idea of sailing on the river. We picked the 'active' cruise and this was the right decision for us. We love bike tours of cities and this cruise ... Read More
We picked the Danube because we had never been to Vienna or Budapest and liked the idea of sailing on the river. We picked the 'active' cruise and this was the right decision for us. We love bike tours of cities and this cruise included four bike tours. We loved the wine with all the meals on board and the food was very good. It's also great to meet most of the passengers and crew by the end of the cruise. We even tried the hot tub on board. Despite the low water level on the river, and the fact that we couldn't reach Budapest by river, Avalon handled the situation professionally and efficiently. Service was very good and entertainment was fun! Well done! Intercontinental in Budapest was very comfortable, central and great views. Not sure will will be able to go back to massive ocean cruises ever again! We will be back. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was my second cruise with Avalon. I loved the first one (Rhine River) so much I booked this one just a few weeks after getting back! I was interested in the Active Discovery concept, because I wanted a little more than just the ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Avalon. I loved the first one (Rhine River) so much I booked this one just a few weeks after getting back! I was interested in the Active Discovery concept, because I wanted a little more than just the standard walking city tour at each stop. I was definitely not disappointed! I absolutely loved the variety of unique excursions (both included and optional) available on this cruise. I took full advantage of the excursions and tried to choose things that were a bit off the beaten path. I did several tastings (beer, wine, and absinthe), took two different cooking classes (one was part of the 'insiders tour' and the second was its own excursion), canoed in the Danube Bend, toured old WWII tunnels, experienced a concentration camp, among many, many other awesome adventures! Each excursion included a friendly and knowledgeable local guide. I did the three-day add on in Prague before the ship embarkation in Linz. I always enjoy a day or two prior to the sailing to get acclimated with the environment and reset my internal clock. This add-on was great - several different choices of things to do in Prague and a day in Cesky Krumlov. The hotel was great - right in the heart of Old Town Prague so it was very convenient to just about everything, very clean, comfortable, and a very helpful staff. The time onboard the ship was good as well. Unfortunately the Luminary is one of the oldest ships in Avalon's fleet, and it does not have the newer staterooms that are a bit larger and laid out a bit better. My first cruise was on one of their newer ships and I definitely prefer the newer ones! However, even though it didn't have a small seating area, the French balcony windows were smaller, and the bed did not face the windows, the stateroom on the Luminary was very clean, comfortable, and well laid out. There is plenty of storage space, and the bed is super comfortable! But the best part about being onboard is always the staff. Everyone from the front desk team to the hotel staff to the kitchen staff was very friendly and helpful. Everyone always greeted me with a smile. My stateroom attendant was very helpful - she ensured my bed was set at the best firmness for me, and she got me a different duvet when I requested it. The cruise director, Stefano, was superb. He was friendly and knowledgeable and helpful. He went above and beyond to ensure everything was perfect. Our last two days had to be rearranged a bit (due to low water levels in and around Budapest), but he worked tirelessly to ensure that most excursions could still happen (we only had one afternoon where scheduled excursions had to be cancelled) and arranged all additional transportation and meals as needed. The highlight of Avalon service on this trip, though, was one afternoon in Vienna. I was the only person to sign up for one of the optional excursions (the absinthe tasting). To my utter surprise and delight, they did not cancel due to low participation. On the contrary - they arranged for a guide and a driver for me. The car was a Tesla, no less! My guide was wonderful - since I did not do the city tour that morning, she offered to give me a private city tour and had the driver drive around so I could see all the key spots in the city. He even stopped at a couple so I could get out and take pictures. My guide and I were the only ones at the tasting and museum visit, so we had the place to ourselves and got a private tour there as well (and all of the schnapps, absinthe, and other liqueurs I wanted to taste!). It truly speaks to Avalon's customer service that they went ahead with that excursion just for me. Definitely the highlight of my trip! Dining onboard the Luminary was top-notch. There are a variety of options at every meal, and all were delicious. I also enjoyed having the 'Avalon Fresh' options, which were lighter and more healthy than the standard fare. Breakfast and lunch were both buffets with an endless variety of hot and cold choices. Dinner was a 4- or 5-course sit down meal with delicious local wines and beers available. Throughout the day, snacks and fresh fruit are always available. I prefer to travel solo, and this was my second sailing as a solo traveler on Avalon. They make it easy for solo travelers by offering reduced/waived single supplements. I never felt alone or lonely at any time - I made tons of new friends of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities on the trip. I absolutely recommend Avalon. Their service is superb, the cabins are comfortable, and their excursions are excellent! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We're new to river-cruising; this cruise was our very first one. We those this cruise both because of its itinerary (down the Danube from Linz to Budapest, with two nights in Vienna), and its activities (e.g. guided hikes, guided ... Read More
We're new to river-cruising; this cruise was our very first one. We those this cruise both because of its itinerary (down the Danube from Linz to Budapest, with two nights in Vienna), and its activities (e.g. guided hikes, guided bike tours, canoeing on the river). We LOVED it! Some specifics: * the ship: The Luminary is small; there were only about 140 passengers on our cruise. So by the third day, we were recognizing and chatting with people on and off the ship. The atmosphere was casual and friendly. * our cabin: We chose a cabin on the middle deck with a French veranda (floor to ceiling sliding glass door). That made the cabin feel open and airy, even though we kept the door closed most of the time because of cool and rainy weather. Our cabin was the size of a medium hotel room, and had good storage. We felt comfortable and not crowded. In other reviews, I've read about people who were disappointed that in some ports, ships tied up next to one another and blocked their view. That did happen to us several times, usually overnight. We didn't plan to spend much time in our cabin anyway, so it wasn't a problem for us. * dining: The food was good (not gourmet, but good) and PLENTIFUL! On the second night, the head chef came around to every table during dinner, introduced himself, and inquired about our dietary preferences. He wanted to make sure the cuisine was to our liking. Later during the cruise, I saw him make or adapt certain dishes for particular passengers, to fit their preferences. He also gave a tour of the kitchen one afternoon, and that was really interesting. It's amazing how they manage to produce all those meals in such a small space! Our only difficulty was the noise in the dining room on evenings when everyone had dinner on the ship. There was only one seating at dinnertime, and because of the "hard-surfaces" decor in the dining room, it was pretty noisy. * activities/excursions: We chose this specific cruise because of the onshore activities, and they were GREAT! We took two guided bike tours (one down the Wachau Valley, the other in Vienna), two guided hikes (one up above the Schlogen Oxbow, the other in the Danube-Ipoly National Forest above Visegrad), and an early-morning walking tour in Vienna. We were signed up for the canoeing on the Danube as well, but the weather that morning was bad so the vendor cancelled the activity. Our cruise director, Barbara, did an EXCELLENT job of coming up with alternate activities based on weather. She also made accommodations for people who'd over-estimated their physical abilities. (For example, she set up less strenuous "gentle walks" for people who weren't able to handle the regular walks.) * service: The crew were REALLY friendly and helpful -- most of them seemed genuinely caring. We'd signed up for pre-paid gratuities, but gave our dining-room server an extra tip because she was so great. * would we go again? DEFINITELY! In fact, on the fourth day my husband started talking about where he wants to go next! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
accidently by available dates and final destination but what a fabulous accident!! The active cruise fit our abilities and interests perfectly allowing so many choices for different abilities. cruise director and staff were so great, ... Read More
accidently by available dates and final destination but what a fabulous accident!! The active cruise fit our abilities and interests perfectly allowing so many choices for different abilities. cruise director and staff were so great, friendly informative, individualized to each of us. food on board excellent. cabin service very good. Visiting entertainment good except for the musician who was on board the longest. we will sail with avalon again!! we have had email communication from new friends made on the cruise and will hopefully have them join us on a next cruise. We are seriously considering southern France and hope the active cruises continue.One recommendation would be to have a few more bar staff at cocktail/briefing hour as we tended to really enjoy this get together! I guess active folks dont like to wait! The excursion guides were all spectacular. Combining beautiful country, gorgeous architecture, knowlegable history, inimate glimpses of local culture from passionate locals was a treat. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017

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