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Sail Date: April 2019
I picked an early (cheaper) date, but late enough to hopefully have good weather. Hit a home run. The extra day pre-cruise hotel was in a great location. All transfers went smoothly. The staff on the cruise was very friendly and competent. ... Read More
I picked an early (cheaper) date, but late enough to hopefully have good weather. Hit a home run. The extra day pre-cruise hotel was in a great location. All transfers went smoothly. The staff on the cruise was very friendly and competent. The food and whole dining experience was outstanding. Excellent selection and quality. The excursions were varied and had well-informed guides. We were docked on the Seine a distance away from the landing beaches, so that day had some time taken up by bus rides to and from the coast and to and from the lunch area. The cabin was nice, but I was not in it that much. Easy train ride to London. Another centrally-located hotel. Again, good sight-seeing smoothly and professionally arranged. All in all, this was twelve days with all kinds of history seen in a comfortable and pleasant way. I would recommend this company without reservation. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Friends highly recommended Avalon Waterways. We arrived in Paris and were brought directly to our ship. After checking in we were able to walk to the Eiffel Tower for a few photos. The ship was very nice. Our cabin was spacious ... Read More
Friends highly recommended Avalon Waterways. We arrived in Paris and were brought directly to our ship. After checking in we were able to walk to the Eiffel Tower for a few photos. The ship was very nice. Our cabin was spacious and clean. I thought the food was good. We ate the majority of our lunches and dinners on the panoramic deck. Fellow travelers were pleasant and welcoming. Entertainment was enjoyable. I enjoyed almost all of the land excursions. I would have liked less bus travel. The guides were informative and accommodating. The London leg of the trip was disappointing. The city tour was rushed. Our hotel room was small, dark and the bathroom smelled like cigarettes. The only window in the room overlooked the dining room. The room lighting was very poor. Opening the drapes exposed us to the diners below and the rooms across the "courtyard." The only chair in the room was falling apart. Our fellow travelers had suites. Why the accommodations were not equitable for all of us is a mystery to me. Avalon needs to think twice about using Monogram as part of their cruise packages. VERY DISAPPOINTED! Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first-ever river cruise. MUCH prefer the small ship experience to the big cruise ships. The Avalon Paris-Normandy trip itinerary was appealing, especially since my husband is a WWII buff. I really loved the visits to the Monet ... Read More
This was our first-ever river cruise. MUCH prefer the small ship experience to the big cruise ships. The Avalon Paris-Normandy trip itinerary was appealing, especially since my husband is a WWII buff. I really loved the visits to the Monet and Van Gogh home sites. Each stop was fascinating, however. Thoroughly enjoyed every single day! Avalon's service is superb. Cannot say enough good things about the dining and bar wait staff - excellent. Our dining room waiter Andre was charming and super attentive. Marie in the bar knew what we drank and was always a sweetheart. The cruise director Tony was also top notch. No request was too much. He went out of his way to ensure the ship's passengers were happy. The tour guides each day were also extremely impressive; very knowledgeable, organized, and accommodating. And I forgot the food. Very good!! Fresh, creative, and very tasty. One night my husband noted that his portion of lamb seemed small and was quickly offered a double portion, no problem. One criticism: The day trip to Normandy beaches was very rushed. Understandably difficult, since getting there takes 1.5 hours each way. But perhaps instead of a formal lunch, which ate into the day, I would recommend a quick box lunch. Realistically, it would be much better to extend Normandy into a two-day experience. There is so much to see - the one-day tour is but a little taste of what that area offers. But overall, we had an absolutely AMAZING trip. I highly recommend Avalon Waterways, without reservation. They are excellent in pretty much every area. Hard to beat! Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this Avalon Waterways cruise for three main reasons. Avalon Tapestry II's elegant accommodations, the professionalism of Avalon Waterways team members, and a desire to see some of northern France. We were on a previous ... Read More
We chose this Avalon Waterways cruise for three main reasons. Avalon Tapestry II's elegant accommodations, the professionalism of Avalon Waterways team members, and a desire to see some of northern France. We were on a previous Avalon Waterways cruise several years ago and were very impressed with the cleanliness of the ships, the crew (friendly, helpful, always aiming to please so that you have a great vacation experience), and of course, the food ... WOW ... delicious every time! So, with this latest Avalon Waterways cruise that we took on the Seine in France, we were happy to experience another consistently excellent cruise! We were very pleased precautions were taken to ensure the health of the passengers. It is so easy (as you may have read in the news) for health issues to arise whilst on board a ship, due to the close proximity of everyone. Thankfully we have no such worries while cruising with Avalon Waterways. Well done, Avalon Waterways! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our first river cruise, but we have been on 5 ocean cruises, and this was far more intimate and relaxing. We explored Paris for only one day before the cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation could NOT have gone smoother, with ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, but we have been on 5 ocean cruises, and this was far more intimate and relaxing. We explored Paris for only one day before the cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation could NOT have gone smoother, with the Avalon staff meeting us immediately upon arrival, and seeing us off after the cruise. The ship, Tapestry II is a cozy and comfortable modern home away from home. The cabin and amenities were top notch. Dining was a pleasant experience at EVERY meal with fine food, and a wonderfully attentive staff. Our galley tour was eye opening, and a marvel to behold. Shore excursions were as advertised, with an emphasis on explanations of the sites, a fine selection of sites, knowledgeable, and friendly local tour guides. Our transfer to the airport was professionally handled, with our cruise director making sure that we saw that our luggage was totally on the van. We met many of the other people on board, and they were extremely pleasant. Casual dress was a definite plus, and not a gown or sport jacket were necessary. We would definitely cruise Avalon again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Travel Agent recommended it. Staff was so friendly, especially the cruise director and captain, dining and cleaning staff, and they really made our trip special. Beds were very comfortable and bathroom nice and large.Our servers were ... Read More
Travel Agent recommended it. Staff was so friendly, especially the cruise director and captain, dining and cleaning staff, and they really made our trip special. Beds were very comfortable and bathroom nice and large.Our servers were outstanding and kind and the bar staff fun.The food was outstanding and offered such a variety at every meal. Especially like offering the filet mignon every nt. and the Eggs Benedict was the best I ever had. Liked the exposure to different French dishes.Also liked that you could have a lighter menu in the upper lounge. Loved the chef making crepes right in front of us. Appreciated the lounge with tea and coffee at the back of the ship. Enjoyed the excursions to Giverny and Normandy the most, and also Rouen and Honfleur. Guides were outstanding and very knowageble. Not crazy about metro tour or city walk except for the tour of Notre Dame. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
My wife andI have made many ocean and river cruises. Our latest trip on the Avalon Tapestry II has been the best ever. The route is Paris to Normandy with many charming and informative stops. The guides provided by Avalon were without ... Read More
My wife andI have made many ocean and river cruises. Our latest trip on the Avalon Tapestry II has been the best ever. The route is Paris to Normandy with many charming and informative stops. The guides provided by Avalon were without exception top flight. The only negative was the 5 hour round trip on a bus to get to Omaha Beach. Listening devices were provided fo all guided tours and they worked marvelously l. The personnel on this ship are extraordinarily thoughtful. The food is as good as Oceania and special effort is made to cater to special diets. All the public spaces are well maintained and put the passenger at ease. Our room was well designed with plenty of closet and shelf space. The bathroom was smallish but well designed, with a great deal of space to lay out personal items. Because we booked late we had a room with just a high, not full, window. But there were plenty of comfortable chairs on the upper deck, and the windows in the interior public areas provided a full view of the passing shore line. The cruise director provided a lot of good information without the false heartiness so many of that breed are prone to. The dress code was very relaxed without a sports jacket in sight. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This is our first river cruise. We opted for Avalon to book our flights which included transfers and sure glad we did. We were met at the airport by our escort who loaded our luggage into his car a immediately drove us to the ship, which ... Read More
This is our first river cruise. We opted for Avalon to book our flights which included transfers and sure glad we did. We were met at the airport by our escort who loaded our luggage into his car a immediately drove us to the ship, which was berthed mid-Paris within view of the Eiffel Tower. The ship left that evening and headed north. We had several stops for tours before taking a bus tour Normandy's Omaha Beach, the American cemetery, and Point du Hoc. The tour guides were very dedicated and informative. Our cruise director Jean Loup took very good care of us and was always there to patiently answer any questions from us passengers. The food was outstanding and the wine was excellent and plentiful. The bar had several happy hour nights with drinks at half price but the full price drinks were very reasonably priced. There is always complimentary coffee, tea, and cappuccino. Our cabin was outstanding with plenty of room in the bath and our studio. We spend some of our time on the river taking in the amazing scenery. We had the huge sliding door open sitting on the couch and chair with our feet on the rail sipping a glass of wine. Everything on the trip was very well organized. When we got home we booked another cruise, this time 11 days starting in Paris and heading south. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
My wife's #1 bucket list item was Paris. We chose this cruise because of the varied destinations. From the moment we landed in Paris until the day we left the ship we were treated to the finest experience we'd ever ... Read More
My wife's #1 bucket list item was Paris. We chose this cruise because of the varied destinations. 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. The Captain and Cruise Director spent every waking moment assuring we had everything we needed. The service provide was beyond compare. All meals were included. The Chef and his staff provided us some of the finest meals you would ever have. The variety of choices was excellent. Some meals were served as buffets, but you would never consider them to be buffet food. They were delicious, and the choices were many. Nightly entertainment was provided and it was wonderful. The daily tours were wonderful. The guides and drivers were wonderful people. Will do it again, but only with Avalon. Thanks for a wonderful memorable trip down the River Seine. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Avalon was recommended to me by a friend. I reviewed the destination choices, lengths of trips and cruises available and decided on the Paris to Normandy cruise. The trip exceeded all of my expectations from the planning and ... Read More
Avalon was recommended to me by a friend. I reviewed the destination choices, lengths of trips and cruises available and decided on the Paris to Normandy cruise. The trip exceeded all of my expectations from the planning and communication to the arrival, ground transfers, itineary, quality and variety of food and wines. My room was a good size and very comfortable. The size of the ship was just what I was looking for, approximately 120 passengers. The excursions were fun, informative and gave me a great flavor of France. I met many wonderful people, many of whom I will stay in touch with. The staff were great. All very friendly and went above and beyond to make sure that I had everything that I needed. The trip was perfect. I would love to take another cruise and will highly recommend Avalon to my friends. Thank you for a wonderful experience that I will always remember! Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
I chose this trip based on a recommendation from Ginger at Vacations to Go. I traveled by myself. I was nervous about fitting in with the other passengers, but the wonderful staff made sure I was dining with people every night. The ... Read More
I chose this trip based on a recommendation from Ginger at Vacations to Go. I traveled by myself. I was nervous about fitting in with the other passengers, but the wonderful staff made sure I was dining with people every night. The transfer from the Paris airport to the ship was well organized and professional. I was spending several more days in Paris, so the staff arranged a taxi from the dock to the hotel. The food was incredible. The excursions and on board talks were fascinating, interesting and really enjoyable! The wine was good and plentiful! My cabin was great. Everything was clean and organized. I will travel again with Avalon, as river cruising is the best way to see the world, especially when you are traveling to learn about the culture, history, etc ( especially when solo). One unpacking and packing but visiting 7 places, is the way to travel!!!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
My travel agent recommended Avalon over the other companies. My wife and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary. The entire cruise experience was great. The food, accommodations, crew, tours, entertainment and services was outstanding. ... Read More
My travel agent recommended Avalon over the other companies. My wife and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary. The entire cruise experience was great. The food, accommodations, crew, tours, entertainment and services was outstanding. The Seine River cruise was exciting, some of the views were great. Side Excursions with guides was very informative about the history of the site and the overall historical events during the time period. The ship built in 2015 was clean and nice. The room was adequate and furnished nicely. Food choices were unbelievable and tasted great, wine with lunch and dinner topped it off. Services were great, staff aimed to please. Had fun talking to them. Loved the entertainment, music tailored to our age group, none of that modern noise. Shore Excursions to various towns again was coordinated with comfortable busses. The only regret is the time spent on the top deck to watch the scenery go by. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
Avalon Waterways was highly recommended by our travel agent and she was not wrong! We chose this itinerary as we wanted to visit the D-Day beaches but there was so much more to enjoy. We were met by an Avalon rep at the airport in Paris, ... Read More
Avalon Waterways was highly recommended by our travel agent and she was not wrong! We chose this itinerary as we wanted to visit the D-Day beaches but there was so much more to enjoy. We were met by an Avalon rep at the airport in Paris, who transported us to the ship. The ship was docked about a block away from the Eiffel Tower - lovely surprise. We were able to board immediately, check-in, and leave our bags securely. We wandered the walkway along the Seine, returned to the ship for a great lunch, and then spent the afternoon visiting the Tower. Rooms were ready by 4, happy hour began at 5, dinner was at 7. Our stateroom was larger than expected, as was the bathroom as well (with L'Occitane amenities!). Loved the option of sitting anywhere in the dining room - we met so many lovely people. Every meal was excellent, as were the accompanying wines and service. Some days, lighter options were available in the lounge. Every crew member was friendly and accommodating, we lacked for nothing. Evening entertainment was enjoyable, and we very much appreciated the afternoons we were cruising and could watch the river go by. Sooo relaxing in between the days of touring. Every tour was excellent, led by very informative local guides. The only thing we wished for was more time at Pointe du Hoc - so much more to see than than an hour allowed. For our last two nights, we were docked again in view of the Eiffel Tower, which we could watch "glitter: at night from the decks.. Beautiful finish to a memorable trip Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise after comparing with other cruise lines. We specifically chose this itinerary and the inclusion of a special interest (culinary) was a delightful bonus. Everything could not have gone better. Our transfers, ship, ... Read More
We chose this cruise after comparing with other cruise lines. We specifically chose this itinerary and the inclusion of a special interest (culinary) was a delightful bonus. Everything could not have gone better. Our transfers, ship, cabin, crew, dining, entertainment, ports, shore excursions, all were above and beyond. As my Mom said, it's like being in a 5-star hotel on water! We greatly appreciated the quality of local excursions and guides. Everything was so well organized and our Cruise Director was top notch. The crew on on this ship (Avalon Tapestry II) are extra-special. The atmosphere is so welcoming and relaxing. Food and drink all excellent. Our cabin was spacious including the bathroom. The panoramic windows are beautiful. The ship is gorgeous, very modern and sleek. I can't really say enough about how fantastic our entire experience on this cruise was. We had not been on a river cruise before and were completely blown away by how wonderful it was. Thank you to everyone! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
I had moderate expectations for this cruise, and I must say, they were all blown out of the water! We were allowed to board any time on our embarkation day. A fabulous lunch was ready for us while we waited for access to our cabins ... Read More
I had moderate expectations for this cruise, and I must say, they were all blown out of the water! We were allowed to board any time on our embarkation day. A fabulous lunch was ready for us while we waited for access to our cabins around 3:30. We stayed in a Panorama Suite and considering we are two females who like to have room to comfortably get ready, we were in good shape! As long as you're organized, the room is very accommodating and - THAT VIEW! We loved having a panoramic view of the gorgeous scenery. The ship is new (2015) and in excellent shape. STAFF - all were amazing! Captain Rudy was VERY present throughout our entire cruise, and even danced with some of us after dinner in the lounge! Cruise Director Jean-Loup was HILARIOUS and extremely knowledgable, we could go to him about anything! The servers, bartenders, housekeepers, desk staff etc were all also incredible. We felt so well taken care of. FOOD - very accommodating! I don't do much dairy or any meat/fish, and the Maitre D'/Head Chef were always sure to check in and offer me something custom-made. They even made me a vegan birthday cake for my birthday! They really do keep the wine flowing during dinner, too! EXCURSIONS - I recommend going on an excursion in every city! We LOVED Honfleur, Auvers Sur Oise, Versaille, Landing Beaches at Normandy (very emotional), Rouen... they were all FANTASTIC. GYM - small but nice to be able to get a little cardio or weight training in when we felt like we needed to work a little of the gluttony off! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
I had been wanting to do this cruise for about 10 years! Avalon hit all the spots I wanted to do, and then some! The boat was so nice, the room - very roomy! The excursions were all well guided with whisper headsets so you don't ... Read More
I had been wanting to do this cruise for about 10 years! Avalon hit all the spots I wanted to do, and then some! The boat was so nice, the room - very roomy! The excursions were all well guided with whisper headsets so you don't miss a thing the guide says, even if you want to linger for a photo as they move on. The crew aboard were all visible - you felt like you knew them all. Professional and courteous! We also go to know SO many of the passengers, it was a small friendly group of passengers! Usually I am ready to get off the cruise when it is done; but this time, I could have stayed on and done it all over again! It is a pricey trip, but it includes excursions & all delicious meals daily! Well worth it for a special occasion! Top Notch!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this cruise mostly as a surprise for my boyfriend, who is an artist and loves history, in particular military history. He had never been to France. I had lived in Paris and traveled there a couple of times since. But some of the ... Read More
I chose this cruise mostly as a surprise for my boyfriend, who is an artist and loves history, in particular military history. He had never been to France. I had lived in Paris and traveled there a couple of times since. But some of the places on the itinerary I had never been, too, either. It was our first river cruise and first time with Avalon. I have nothing negative to say. The whole experience from start to finish was amazing. We loved the ship, the cabin, the dining (food and wine), the shore excursions, and the service. Once on board, I was able to discuss my choice of Avalon with other passengers and it reaffirmed that I had made the right decision. We stayed one night in Paris prior to the cruise and Avalon provided the transportation from and back to the airport as well as to the ship from our hotel on the day of embarkation. I prearranged all the tours based on our interests at each port and paid for tips up front. Less to worry about. I was able to rearrange a couple of tours on board after additional details were provided. The last day was Paris, also, so we got in as much as we could in the city considering two days is not nearly enough time. All of the crew worked very hard to make our trip wonderful. They really seemed to love their jobs and it showed. Our cruise director was Jean-Loup. He was excellent - a fountain of knowledge and a whirlwind of activity and organization. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted to have the extra attention to the Arts and especially wanted to see the Normandy region and the beaches and memorials. We also enjoyed the small group of people cruising with us and the ability to get to know people from all ... Read More
We wanted to have the extra attention to the Arts and especially wanted to see the Normandy region and the beaches and memorials. We also enjoyed the small group of people cruising with us and the ability to get to know people from all over the world. The entire cruise was just delightful. The staff was super and the Cruise Director awesome. The weather cooperated and we found the balance of rest and shore excursions to be just right. I enjoyed the variety of having early breakfast, snacks in the afternoon, a lovely sit-down dinner and being able to cruise during the daytime to see the countryside of France. The guides on the shore excursions were easy to understand, full of stories and loads of historical information. I enjoyed each one. The entertainment was delightful as well and the service from the food, to the cabin, to the captain, was outstanding. I couldn't have been more pleased with my choice of Avalon for my first river cruise and to be sure, I am looking forward to the next one. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this as my first river cruise experience because of the dates, duration, itinerary and subject matter. This cruise highlighted the lives and work of various artists as well as the history of Normandy. Prior to embarking, I spent ... Read More
I chose this as my first river cruise experience because of the dates, duration, itinerary and subject matter. This cruise highlighted the lives and work of various artists as well as the history of Normandy. Prior to embarking, I spent 2 weeks enjoying much of the highlights of Paris and wanted to explore more of the countryside of France. I don't care for ocean cruises because the crowds of people and the on-board entertainment and amenities are not for me. This river cruise, however, was delightful. I was able to find quiet, relaxing time and spaces, and I met very interesting people. The nightly entertainment was always enjoyable. Dining was always good with serving hours available for all schedules and the choices varied enough for all tastes. Embarkation was easy, I was greeted warmly and offered food and drink until my cabin was ready earlier than expected. The cruise director was fun, competent, efficient, helpful, accommodating and available. The rest of the crew and the captain were all helpful, cheerful and able. Disembarkation was also a breeze. The Cruise Director made sure every one had transportation to their various destinations and accommodated our late leaving time. My cabin was very comfortable in size, amenities, location and atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed lying in bed and watching the French country roll by through my floor-to-ceiling windows. I also enjoyed being able to walk off the ship and directly into the villages. The shore excursions offered alternatives depending on what I felt like doing on the day. They were well-organized and provided knowledgeable and sociable guides. I was well-briefed prior to the excursions so I knew where and when and what to expect. The only thing I missed was a swimming pool, but I'm not sure I would have found time to use it, even if it were there. There were no children among the guests on this cruise, and I doubt that children would have enjoyed it. I was traveling with my sister and brother-in-law, but I would have felt comfortable being solo on this cruise. I would definitely schedule another river cruise with Avalon. It was a most wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Chose cruise because it looked interesting when were were searching on line. We started our vacation search looking on the Globus Tours web site with no idea what kind of vacation were going to take or where we were eventually going. We ... Read More
Chose cruise because it looked interesting when were were searching on line. We started our vacation search looking on the Globus Tours web site with no idea what kind of vacation were going to take or where we were eventually going. We found Avalon Waterways on the Globus site. Avalon is a partner of Globus Tours, and we took a Globus Tour last year and were very impressed with how it was run. This cruise more than met our expectations. Our room was nice (a little small, but nice). Food (all meals were included) was spectacular. The staff treated us tremendously. The tours and included excursions all were as described in the brochure. All the days' events were extremely well organized, and were accompanied with an itinerary sheet delivered to our rooms the day before. Avalon handled our ground transportation to and from the airport in a fully professional manner. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Avalon and our cruise Paris to Normandy surpassed all our expectations. Where to start...The food. I gained 10 pounds! The food was wonderfully presented, tasted great and was plentiful as was the wine. The ship's amenities were ... Read More
Avalon and our cruise Paris to Normandy surpassed all our expectations. Where to start...The food. I gained 10 pounds! The food was wonderfully presented, tasted great and was plentiful as was the wine. The ship's amenities were comfortable and convenient. Excursion options made it a difficult decision each morning on where to go. While on an excursion, the guides were very well prepared, buses were clean and comfortable and we always felt safe. And our cruise director threw in a couple of extras like recommending the light show in Rouen or bringing an author on-board who has researched the Normandy invasion to provide his insights prior to our visit. The crew of the Tapestry II were friendly, always upbeat and presented themselves as wanting to ensure we were having a good time and had all of our needs met. Avalon also reserved a hotel for a pre-cruise stay in Paris. It was conveniently located at the foot of the Eiffel tower. Plus Avalon handled all or our transfers, to the hotel, to the ship and back to the airport. On time taking away all stress related to visiting and navigating a foreign country for the first time. A river cruise is definitely the only type of cruise I'll consider in the future. And I have no reservations on highly recommending taking one with Avalon. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise based on the recommendation of a friend. The Avalon Tapestry II was the perfect size. Super clean with very comfortable public spaces both inside and outside the ship. Our cabin was clean and spacious with great ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the recommendation of a friend. The Avalon Tapestry II was the perfect size. Super clean with very comfortable public spaces both inside and outside the ship. Our cabin was clean and spacious with great storage. Bed was super comfortable and we especially enjoyed the bed facing the windows. The bathroom had a spacious shower, double sinks and good storage. Meals were delicious and plentiful. Breakfast and lunch buffet was extensive with many choices including an omelette station for breakfast and a carving station at lunch. Also, fresh fruit and many healthy choices. We appreciated the seating options in the dining room...a table for two, four or six. Our waiter Marius was very attentive. Every member of the staff was very professional, helpful and incredibly hard working. The Ports and Shore excursions were well organized with very knowledgeable tour guides. Wish we had more time in Rouen. Our favorite tour guides were Estelle and Olivier. We would definitely recommend Avalon . Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise. We wanted to see the Normandy Beaches, which did not disappoint. We had a WWII historian traveling with us and his presentations were very interesting and insightful! All of the villages and towns had beautiful ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We wanted to see the Normandy Beaches, which did not disappoint. We had a WWII historian traveling with us and his presentations were very interesting and insightful! All of the villages and towns had beautiful cathedrals and incredible architecture, so many sights to photograph and experience. The food on the boat was delicious and plentiful! We enjoyed some of the best chocolate chip cookies daily in the aft lounge. The Captain, Cruise Director and the Crew on the TapastryII were so informative and personable. Our room was beautiful and it was such a treat to open the sliding glass door which converted our room to a French balcony to be able to enjoy the river as we cruised! Being able to see and experience all the sites that we had only read about in history books or seen on TV was amazing! I would highly recommend this trip! We are already planning our next cruise!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This location was a place my late husband had always wanted to visit as a WW II history buff. My daughter and I took the cruise in his honor to visit and hear about the times and places he had such avid interest in. We selected this ... Read More
This location was a place my late husband had always wanted to visit as a WW II history buff. My daughter and I took the cruise in his honor to visit and hear about the times and places he had such avid interest in. We selected this cruise because of its focus and that there would be a historian to accompany along the trip. Nigel Stewart was wonderful on his delivery of what was happening during the time leading up to the Normandy invasion. His insight on the military figures, leaders and family stories was so engaging. The Captain, Cruise Director and the entire crew and staff were absolutely wonderful and made our cruise such a wonderful, delightful, and special vacation for us. Everyone was so attentive and cared for our every request. The Cruise Director, Tony Williamson, had the perfect communication plan to gather us to advise us on the next day's activities and what we needed to know. He and Captain Rudy were always at at the gang plank to send us off and greet us when we returned to wish us a great trip. Staff in the lounge or dining room were attentive and quickly addressed any requests for extra bread, drinks and freely poured wine during the entire meal. Excellent service by all. The ship was beautiful and our state room was great. Small, but that is what cruise cabins are, and the condition and fixtures were more than accommodating to our needs. The staff always cared for us and made our trip so enjoyable. Meals were amazing and the group dinner meals or the quick self serve lunch in the lounge were equally delicious and delightful. Cruising during meal times added so much to seeing sights along the river while gently cruising along. The only criticism we had was that if you sat in the middle part of the main diining room there were lengthy delays in being served. On one such meal iwe were not served our main entree, when our table neighbors had already finished their dessert. Excursions offered were very enjoyable and depending on the guide, we were provided with great history, background with time to venture around the villages. The only disappointments were a stop in Caudebec and one of the Paris excursions when we returned to port. We arrived at Caudebec, and the excursion offered was not of interest to us, but then it turns out that the village shops were not open on Mondays. So while we could walk around to visit see the village, we could not shop for any local specialties. The Paris bike tour was not as was presented and should have indicated not for a novice rider, Perhaps the group of 11 was too large, but we traveled through heavily trafficked Paris streets and tourists venues. So my own ride was stressful in that I was worried about staying connected to the group and out of the car and pedestrian pathways that I did not enjoy it at all. Embarking and disembarking were flawless, clearly defined processes, bags were picked up immediately as we put them outside our state room, and were outside our transfer without having to identify them first. The ship crew were wonderful and so professional. The Tapestry II cruise was our first ever cruise of any kind and I must say I feel spoiled that I would not want to cruise any other way!!! I loved being able to sit out on the front, top deck or rear lounge areas while we cruised. It was so peaceful, presented great opportunity for pictures along the way, or just to get alone time if you wanted it. Other travelers were so friendly and it was great to meet others and talk about their travel experiences and why they chose the cruise as well. We also booked additional time before and after the cruise that Globus assisted us with for hotel and transfers. All was done with no effort on our part and went very smoothly. The few negatives mentioned, did not spoil our trip and we had a wonderful time. Avalon will be a first choice for a new adventure! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our first river cruise. We checked several river cruises lines and chose AvalonWaterways because of the panaromic windows in the cabins. We loved the itinerary and the idea of guided tours. We were greeted at the airport and ... Read More
This was our first river cruise. We checked several river cruises lines and chose AvalonWaterways because of the panaromic windows in the cabins. We loved the itinerary and the idea of guided tours. We were greeted at the airport and checked in ship in no time. The entire trip went smoothly and we were always kept informed of available activities. The staff was excellent during the entire cruise. The tours were perfectly arranged, the guides were friendly and informative. The motor coaches were very comfortable and clean. The cabins were always clean, towels replenished and amenities replaced as needed. The dining crew was fabulous from the chef to the wait staff. The meals were well planned, variety of choices at each meal, delicious and beautifully plated. Wine was plentiful at every dinner. The captain was hands on and always ready to greet each passenger at every port departure and arrival. We would definitely consider AvalonWaterways for future trips as they exceeded our expectations. We extended our trip with transfer to London. The combination witty the Monograms program was magnificent. Read Less
Avalon Tapestry II Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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