2019 Cruisers’ Choice Awards
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Best Cruise Ships River

Viking Vidar
1 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member geohaber
Was on our bucket list and was so impressed with all aspects of the cruise, staff, food, service and the excursions ... Every day brought a new adventure and the crew members always had smiles on their faces. They bent over backwards to be helpful and accommodating.
Viking Lofn
2 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member Cyorgason
It was true excellence all the way. The ports had lots to see. The staff was professional and very friendly. I loved the intimate feeling of a small boat versus an ocean liner. The food was delicious and planned to themes with the area the boat was visiting.
AmaSerena
3 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member michaelblanchard
To say we were completely pleased is an understatement. The entire experience was top notch from the moment we landed in Budapest until our departure from Prague.
Avalon Imagery II
4 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member flycarrie
We chose Avalon because it sounded like a romantic, relaxing cruise with interesting excursions. They meet every high expectation. The dining food and service was excellent ... All staff were friendly and helpful. Service was excellent throughout the ship.
Avalon Expression
5 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member Rhttrave
Everything was wonderful from the comfortable accommodations, the wide variety of delicious foods, the friendly and helpful staff who remembered our names and preferences, and the exciting adventures on the land excursions.
Avalon Luminary
6 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member foodpolice
I absolutely recommend Avalon. Their service is superb, the cabins are comfortable, and their excursions are excellent!
Avalon Poetry II
7 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member robdur1
Everything about this cruise surpassed my expectations. When we arrived on our ship we were made to feel at home by everyone on the ship. From our guest room to the professionalism of our crew it was a pleasurable and relaxed atmosphere every day.
Scenic Azure
8 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member Scenic
Great boat, friendly crew, fantastic food and excellent day tours. Portuguese food and wine is superb, and the cruise focus on local dishes, ingredients and wines was well placed.
Viking Rinda
9 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member John N
The trip was beyond our expectations...the food, the accommodations, the attention to detail. We felt so comfortable on the excursions ... the staff were terrific, the food great.
Avalon Tapestry II
10 of 10 Best Cruise Ships River
Photo by Cruise Critic member dsimpson254
From the moment we landed in Paris until the day we left the ship we were treated to the finest experience we'd ever received. The crew and staff were first rate.

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