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Sail Date: October 2018
Of course I was disappointed that we were only able to be onboard for 6 days of our 13, but Avalon and every crew member, especially our cruise director, went above and beyond to assure that our experience was a wonderful time! ... Read More
Of course I was disappointed that we were only able to be onboard for 6 days of our 13, but Avalon and every crew member, especially our cruise director, went above and beyond to assure that our experience was a wonderful time! Unprecedented drought in the Rhine Region this year halted river traffic and left many ships grounded. Somehow, Avalon was able to arrange alternate transportation, hotels, and meals so that we were able to enjoy almost all of the activities and excursions of the itinerary! The absolute highlight for me was the days we spent on board cruising the Mosel. The lovely scenery, quaint medieval villages, amazing castles, cathedrals, ancient architecture and beautiful vinyards made this one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The shore excursions were excellent, the food and service were top notch, and the accommodations arranged for us off ship were amazing! This was my first river cruise, but it will not be my last! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
The cruise went to area in Europe we wanted to see. Traveled to 7 countries in 21 days. First cruise with Avalon but it will not be our last. Everyone was very accommodating. The dining was exceptional. The hotels were all 5 star, ... Read More
The cruise went to area in Europe we wanted to see. Traveled to 7 countries in 21 days. First cruise with Avalon but it will not be our last. Everyone was very accommodating. The dining was exceptional. The hotels were all 5 star, could not have been more enjoyable. The overall trip was a once in a life time experience. Every day was a new adventure. Our only concern was the low water levels and the inability of the ship to complete the trip. We had to spend 1 night off the ship but Avalon compensated us very generously with a credit for the night after they paid for the hotel cost. Can not think of anything we would change or do differently. The side trips were a lot of fun and very interesting. We will recommend Avalon to all our friends. We have traveled on many different cruise lines and Avalon ranks near the top. The only recommendation we would make is to offer Business class air travel as an option. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
The Avalon Visionary had the best itinerary and offered it at the perfect time for our travel party. We started out with two wonderful days in Paris. Then a high speed train to Luxembourg where we boarded the Visionary. My favorite part ... Read More
The Avalon Visionary had the best itinerary and offered it at the perfect time for our travel party. We started out with two wonderful days in Paris. Then a high speed train to Luxembourg where we boarded the Visionary. My favorite part of the Mosel cruising was the stop in Bernkastel. It is the most beautiful town in Germany. Due to low water levels on the middle Rhein, We had to disembark the Visionary at Koblenz. We were transported half way down the middle Rhein on a Koln-Dusseldorf ship the Loreley. It was crowded and uncomfortable. At St. Goarshausen we were loaded on to buses for the rest of the trip to Rudesheim where we boarded the Avalon Impression after a spectacular German dinner at the Rudesheimer Schloss. Cruise Director Nico did a marvelous job under some unusual conditions. The Main river and the Main-Danube canal are both loaded with locks. At times it seemed like there was another lock each hour. The food and the service on both Avalon ships was exceptional. The Maitre'd and the Executive Chef aboard the Impression went out of their way to provide a special anniversary dinner surprise for one couple in our travel party. Thanks to everyone at Avalon. You will see us again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
My husband has never been to Europe, our travel agent reccommended a River boat cruise so we decided on Avalon. We looked into both Viking and Avalon and came to conclusion Avalon would be better and they did not dissappoint!!! We enjoyed ... Read More
My husband has never been to Europe, our travel agent reccommended a River boat cruise so we decided on Avalon. We looked into both Viking and Avalon and came to conclusion Avalon would be better and they did not dissappoint!!! We enjoyed the cabin of being able to lie on bed and look right out to river, we could relax with doors wide open and watch the beautiful scenery. Food was extradinary, every city we went into the chef had local foods prepared for lunch and dinner and all the local wines. If you didn't like what was on the menu you could order a Filet Mignon, chicken or a fish dish everything amazing!! Excursions were just long enough and to all the right places. As for the staff, would do the same cruise just to be with all of them again, they were all fantastic!!! From Edourd, the head bartender, to Alex, the Maitre'd,Joost the cruise director.. Daniel and Max bar waiters and Jana to name a few that were all execellent Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Awesome scenery, people, crew, tour guides, and food! We felt very well taken care of the whole time. We would have liked to spend more time in a couple places (some of the quaint little towns, for example) and could have spent less in a ... Read More
Awesome scenery, people, crew, tour guides, and food! We felt very well taken care of the whole time. We would have liked to spend more time in a couple places (some of the quaint little towns, for example) and could have spent less in a couple, but no complaints other than the weather. It was really hot! But we were lucky because we were the last boat to make it up the Rhine before the water got too low. We only went on the scheduled tours, not the extras, and every one of the tour guides was terrific. The food at all the meals was uniformly excellent, and the wine was pretty good too. We also enjoyed happy hour in the bar a lot! (Half-price drinks) We highly recommend river cruises over ocean cruises, and Avalon in particular. A bit smaller boat than other river cruise lines (about 120 passengers), which made for a more intimate experience, but the crew and amenities didn't suffer for it at all. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We have been thinking about a river cruise since retirement 5 years ago. Long time friends called and asked if we wanted to join them on Avalon Visionary for the Rhine and Moselle. So glad we did. It was our first cruise. The cruise ... Read More
We have been thinking about a river cruise since retirement 5 years ago. Long time friends called and asked if we wanted to join them on Avalon Visionary for the Rhine and Moselle. So glad we did. It was our first cruise. The cruise was a total delight. Great scenery, comfortable, wonderful food. The entertainment was well chosen, including the on-board piano player. Service both in the cabin and in the restaurant was always efficient and friendly. The ship was kept spotless. Ports were well chosen and docking convenient to interesting sights. Day tours on shore were interesting with English speaking local guides. Joust, the cruise director, was always informative and herded the "cats" well in a friendly manner. Our friends have an extensive wine collection and brought wine for dinners each night. The staff didn't mind a bit and were very accommodating with extra glasses. Avalon was an excellent value and provided us with all the information we needed to book, arrive, sail, and enjoy the experience. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because being from Canada we wanted a cruise over a week long and introduce us to Europe and river cruising. We have been on ocean cruises 4 times and wanted to try something different. We had a direct flight from ... Read More
We chose this cruise because being from Canada we wanted a cruise over a week long and introduce us to Europe and river cruising. We have been on ocean cruises 4 times and wanted to try something different. We had a direct flight from Toronto to Zurich which was great not having to deal with connecting flights. We liked everything about Avalon and its all inclusiveness with meals, drinks and excursions. All stops had included excursions and/or optional extra ones that you had to pay for- there were also bicycles and walking sticks available. The guides all spoke English and were very informative of the history of the area. The atmosphere on board is very relaxed and friendly. Jost our cruise director was amazing, very helpful and made you feel at home. The average age of guests was in their 60s and 70s- we are in our early 60s. We even had an extraordinary 99 year old from Australia on our ship. The breakfast and lunch are buffet and supper is sit down with server and four courses but you could also have supper buffet style in the upstairs lounge. We enjoyed all of our meals and the selection was more than adequate. I found that everything I tried was very tasteful and always lots of choices. We enjoyed the open sitting style as you could meet and talk to everyone through the 2 weeks. Staff is very friendly and helpful and if you have a problem they do their best to help. Several nights there were entertainers that came on board from the local area and they were all great. Our cabin was on the second level with French balcony which was nice to have as you could sit or lie in bed with the doors open and watch the world go by- if you fell asleep you didn't have to worry about falling out of a chair. Room was a good size and had adequate storage areas for clothes. What is great is that nothing is far from any room and your not walking miles to get to the restaurant or lounge areas like on the larger cruise ships. There is a hot tub on top level but no pool. There are canopies over the lounge chairs which is nice for shade on the really hot days. We loved our introduction to Europe and went on as many tours as we could. The stops are all interesting and we learned so much. The excursions appeal to people interested in culture and history. We would definitely go on another Avalon cruise, even the same one in the future because then we could do different excursions and learn more of the areas we visited. We also enjoyed the more friendly atmosphere among the guests and staff as compared to the larger cruise ships. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first time on a river cruise. I loved loved loved it! My husband liked it very much but the jury is still out on river vs ocean for him. We both thought the ship (Avalon Visionary) was lovely. While the cabins were nicely ... Read More
This was our first time on a river cruise. I loved loved loved it! My husband liked it very much but the jury is still out on river vs ocean for him. We both thought the ship (Avalon Visionary) was lovely. While the cabins were nicely appointed and the beds extremely comfortable, I would not get the basic cabin again. We had a long narrow window up at the ceiling that I could not see out of. My husband thought it was fine but I like a better view....live and learn. It was a small cabin and people we met assured us the cabins on deck 2 and 3 were much more spacious ...205 sq ft. as opposed to 135 sq ft. All in all there was a lot of storage space and closet space anyway. The food was excellent and the service in the dining room wonderful. You barely took a sip of wine when it was being refilled. There wasn't anything the waitstaff wouldn't do for you or try to get for you. We dined with someone with a special dietary need and the waiter was constantly checking to make sure she got what she needed. The stops were great. I'm a history buff so I enjoyed that all of the walking tours were historical in nature. We were off the ship by 8:15 - 8:30 every day so this is not a cruise for people who like to sleep late. Some days there were 2 stops and 2 included tours. We only felt the need to book 2 optional excursions and they were very reasonably priced at 45-49 Euros each. All of the staff was so helpful. We were booked into pre and post hotels by Avalon and couldn't have asked for better. We were provided with private transfers to the airport at the end of our stay. Getting on and off the ship was simplicity itself. A rep from Avalon came to our hotel in Amsterdam and collected all the luggage and just told us when to be at the ship so we had an entire extra day to explore the city. Nights are a bit quiet and the entertainment such as it was was adequate. You're fairly exhausted after a full day of touring and really...getting into bed to get up early the next day was great. I'd recommend this trip to anyone!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first river cruise. We chose the 8-day cruise for length of time & German concentration. We did extend our cruise arriving 1 1/2 days early in Amsterdam & explored on our own. We also stayed in Zurich for 1 1/2 ... Read More
This was our first river cruise. We chose the 8-day cruise for length of time & German concentration. We did extend our cruise arriving 1 1/2 days early in Amsterdam & explored on our own. We also stayed in Zurich for 1 1/2 days before flying back to Amsterdam, then home the next day. We did have several issues with the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Zurich, but got them resolved. Roos was an excellent cruise director. She was always upbeat & answered all of our questions. I felt the meals were great & liked having beer/wine included with our meals. We liked both 3 piece band/string entertainment nights & were glad these were included. I thought they were both excellent choices. Also enjoyed having the wood carving demonstration. We wish the Heidelberg day trip to the Cuckoo Clock shop/cake had been longer. I think the 2 could be combined on that day with a later lunch or picnic lunch would be nice. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
I took this cruise with my folks (87 and 82) after talking about it for years. This was the first river cruise by any of us. It more than surpassed our expectations. The shuttle picked us up at the airport and delivered us to the boat ... Read More
I took this cruise with my folks (87 and 82) after talking about it for years. This was the first river cruise by any of us. It more than surpassed our expectations. The shuttle picked us up at the airport and delivered us to the boat around 11:30 am. While we couldn't access our rooms until 4:30, all of our luggage was taken care of for us and we were allowed to hang out on the boat in some of the common areas. They even provided a small buffet lunch in the lobby. The ship felt like the perfect size...large enough to not feel crowded but small enough to allow getting to know your fellow passengers if wanted. There was always a good variety of food with different options. There were lighter breakfasts and lunches in the lobby and buffet style in the restaurant. Dinner was a 4 course served in the restaurant, Seating was first come first serve and we always tried to mix it up to have different servers and meet new passengers. It was all very casual and comfortable, No ties necessary! The wait staff was excellent....funny, attentive, and hard working. (Jana, KC, Robert, Kimmie, Max just to name a few). I don't think they ever stopped! The rest of the staff was just as hard working, always cleaning the boat or ready to help with anything we asked. My mom had just recovered from foot surgery and after the plane ride and the first excursion, it was quite swollen. They were more than happy to provide us with bags of ice after every excursion to help the swelling and keep her ready for the next day. Roos, the cruise director, was awesome. Always a pleasure and entertaining. Every night before dinner she gave an overview of the next days activities in the lobby. Every day was as full of activities as you wanted with one and sometimes two excursions per day. Of course if you wanted to stay behind and explore the towns on your own, that was perfectly fine too. I think there were folks that just stayed behind and hung out on the sky deck enjoying the sun as well! The one issue with the excursions I had was the trip to the Black Forest wood carver. While it was a nice scenic bus ride, it was 1.5 hrs each way and we only had about a half hour at what turned out to be a large gift shop. Slightly disappointing. If I had known that ahead of time, I would have chosen the other excursion or stayed in town to explore on my own. Over all, this was an excellent trip! One I would do again in a heart beat! Read Less
Avalon Visionary Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.6
Family N/A 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.4
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.3
Rates 3.0 3.6

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