Wonderful First River Cruise: Avalon Affinity Cruise Review by cruisealert

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Wonderful First River Cruise

Sail Date: August 2012
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
We had a great direct flight from Atlanta to Zurich and then 10 minutes van ride to Avalon arranged hotel at Movenpick Hotel. Wonderful hotel with good restaurant and easy access to trains to go downtown to Zurich. Spent 4 nights there to see Alps and other sights with a distant relative being our special guide. Then took a nice excursion with Avalon on boarding day to Mt Pilatus and Lucerne. Sadly the top was socked in, but still a great trip and got to know 12 other couples pretty well before boarding. Took us from excursion directly to ship. Our bus broke down, but they handled it seamlessly. Lucerne is great.
Our suite (one of 4 on Affinity) was great. Also close to back lounge which has a great 24/7 coffee machine and snacks.All meals were great with ample selection options and super friendly staff. Breakfast was a nice buffet with fresh fruits/cereals/eggs to order/cheeses/ and always a special. Lunch also a buffet with specials. Dessert always included 2 flavors of More home-made ice cream. Dinner is served to you and you select from options -- always have some attractive options and free wines and Beck beer on tap. You decide where and with whom you eat - great way to mingle and meet great new people - a real high light.
Entertainment was limited as expected, but always fun. Famous zither player, a talented accordion player, fantastic electric violinist -- never expected I would like that.
Wonderful night in Vienna with a great show with Viennese waltzes played by talented musicians in a beautiful setting. We also loved Salzburg and Sound of Music tour, Heidelberg, and Durnstein. All villages/cities were fun. 70 locks on this trip.Cannot think of any town/city we did not enjoy - fun to just walk around. My wive, a talented pianist, enjoyed Salzburg and Vienna with emphasis on music and insights on Mozart.
Return flight thru Charles de Gaulle was a bad experience and with 90 minutes, we still almost missed our flight. Will try to avoid this in the future.
Overall, we would sure use Avalon again. Our cruise director was very dedicated and helpful Less

Published 08/27/12

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