This being my first river cruise, I dont have anything to compare it with. This is a truly lovely boat, only being added to the fleet in 2013. It was immaculately clean and beautifully decorated. The staff were extremely cheerful and helpful....nothing was too much trouble. Food was superb, and at each "town"/ "country" they visited they used the local produce. The Cruise director was extremely knowledgeable in the local histories and layout of the towns if you wanted to do your own thing.
The only 2 things I can say that I think they could improve on is : the land tours of the towns is a little too commercialized - We would have liked to go a little further into the villages to get more of the local less commercialized crafts. But I guess these tours are all like that.
They also need an expresso coffee machine on the 2nd deck for early morning coffees while you are preparing for breakfast. ( There is one on every other deck except that one ) - but only a small downer.
As a tip..... you can put your suitcase under the bed... we had a couple of cases between us and we were trying to put the cases out of the way....finding out by another guest that your bags fit under your bed .hahaha..
This River boat company with the floor to ceiling & wall to wall open out doors in your stateroom are just so lovely - a big plus !!!! During our trip we had to park next to a couple of other companies boats.... and Avalons were far roomier....
Would definatley recommend this company - ESPECIALLY this boat.... you will not be disappointed !!!!
Fabulous.. roomy. Very classy. Fantastic open out sliding doors that give you your "in room deck" Plenty of room in the bathroom. Not that you want to be in here for long periods... there is too much other things to do.