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59 Avalon Waterways Avalon Illumination Cruise Reviews


rfmagui avatar

rfmagui

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Avalon wins again, the Danube not so much

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This was our second cruise on Avalon, the first was on the Rhine in September, 2017. I want to emphasize that the part of the cruise that could be controlled by Avalon was exceptional, Avalon will continue to be ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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kcd1952

1 Review Written

Budapest to Amsterdam

We chose Avalon for our first river cruise because of the itinerary, the amenities offered during the cruise and the cabin layout. The ship was spacious and our cabin was very comfortable. I especially enjoyed ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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Ctboone

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Europe!

We choose this cruise to be able to see as much as possible while in Europe. Everyone on the ship was very accommodating to all types of passengers. I think we all would agree that we were very fortunate to have an ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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TimmJ

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Prague to Budapest

This wasn't our first river cruise. We did the Rhine last year. Both vacations were amazing, but the Rhine wasn't as popular/crowded (fewer ships). The Danube was high due to recent rainfall and bridge ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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aidacra

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Very good first river cruise

This was our first river cruise, though we've been on a number of ocean cruises, including the Star Clipper and Aranui. Our cruise director was very good, the ship was very good, and our stateroom was very good, ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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Jebdenise

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Danube River Cruise

Great cruise with a company that made our trip so memorable. Cabin was very comfortable and staff was so helpful and friendly. Our ports and excursions were very informative. Since they were in the morning it left ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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dale huberts

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Above and beyond! Lemonade out of lemons!

In October, we travelled as a group of six, for an 18 day cruise along the Danube river from Prague to Bucharest. What a wonderful time we had on Avalon's Illumination. The food was wonderful, the ship immaculately ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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canoe03

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Excellent Christmas Market cruise on the Danube

We traveled with another couple and chose December to experience Christmas Markets. Our vacation started with 3 days in Prague. The local tour guides were excellent. We joined the city tour, Terezin, and the ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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Paddyo1993

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Trip of a Lifetime

Our cruise down the Danube in December was truly a trip of a lifetime. The entire staff aboard the Avalon Illumination were amazing. We received first class treatment in a very relaxed, friendly and professional ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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Roibert and Sandy

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Not what we expected.

The Danube river was low therefore, we were bused to many of the destination we were originally supposed to cruise to and from. We were bused to Arnsdorf, Salzburg and to Regensburg, then again to Budapest, ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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Pushpa Ramesh

1 Review Written

An awesome cruise experience

My husband and myself chose to take Avalon Illumination -Danube river cruise from Budapest to Bucharest. This was our first river cruise and the first with Avalon. Two days before we traveled we got information from ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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acethe1

1 Review Written

Only cruised from Germany to Austria

Looked like a great vacation but cut short in Vienna do to low water level. We where to board the ship In Nuremberg but didn't , disappointed. Wanted to see the city. Staff on the ship where friendly and very good ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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SCBarker

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Active and educational

I had a wonderful time. The tours of the cities were great and quite educational. The listening devices used during the tours were a savior. Embarkation was a bit of a fiasco. The ship couldn't make it up to the ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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shauniejo

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Wonderful Cruise

My husband and I chose Avalon due to the larger rooms and fewer people. And all the good reviews we heard from the people at Columbus Travel. We had a wonderful cruise, in spite of the low water problems we had. ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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J Bunch

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

AVALON failed to handle the low water in the Danube fairly

Here is what I told my travel agent: The trip wasn’t the best we have done but there were some nice people we met on the boat and the stateroom was quite nice. I am disappointed in Avalon. When we were late ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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BarnardRG

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Low water. Making the most of a difficult situation!

We had travelled with Avalon previously in 2015 and spent a lot of time convincing my sister and her husband to join us for the Budapest to Amsterdam cruise. This was to be the trip of a lifetime for my sister. As ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Budapest1

1 Review Written

What an experience!

We traveled eastward on the Danube River from near Nuremberg to Budapest. Totally enjoyed ourselves! Cities we visited were so interesting, and the ship tours were terrific! We loved sailing into Budapest, which ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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SeeLDee

3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Even Great the Second Time!

We are fourth time river cruisers, with a dozen more ocean cruises. We chose this cruise based on itinerary, price and to travel with two other couples, who are also of the early retirement age. We have previously ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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PBRWilson

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Good experience, great crew, well organised

The main reason, initially to chose Avalon was that the set up of the cabins. Also the fairs suited us as we had follow up plans with family. The service crew were constantly helpful and pleasant. Our waiter, ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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bisbing

1 Review Written

Fantastic Wonderful Beautiful

We took this cruise because Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Book Series, was the hostess. It was our 50th wedding anniversary celebration and everything was perfect, Prague through Budapest the inclusive tours were ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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HardwareHounds2028

1 Review Written

Well planned excursions with flexibility for going out on your own.

This cruise was the Legendary Danube Author Cruise, featuring Diana Gabaldon. Our Cruise director Robert was outstanding. Tours in Prague led by Helenna were excellent. The waiter/waitress staff were very ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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gashirl

1 Review Written

Tulip Time Cruise for garden and Nature Lovers

I have always wanted to see the annual tulip festival in the Netherlands. I was a little tentative about traveling by myself, but I found my fears were baseless. The Illumination is a beautiful ship and has a ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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mmfeeney

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Take Your Own Side Trips

The Avalon Illumination is a beautiful vessel, essentially a floating luxury hotel. Lovely experience on board with a wonderful Czech hotel manager, Barbora, and a smiling, mostly Romanian, crew. Top-notch ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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jeffnhnl

1 Review Written

A wonderful experience

We had a wonderful time! Great crew, very clean ship, and wonderful food. The crew was very attentive and helpful. The ship was in excellent condition. Food was very good to excellent. All in all, we had a wonderful ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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Narf4653

1 Review Written

Tulips

Wanted to see the tulips and the surrounding areas in Holland We started in Amsterdam and had a marvelous time. The cruise did offer some wonderful off board excursions that were well done, our guides, for the ...
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Sail Date April 2018


Avalon Illumination Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.6
Dining4.04.5
Entertainment4.04
Public Rooms4.04.7
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family2.0N/A
Enrichment4.04.3
Service4.04.7
Value For Money5.04.3
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