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Avalon Luminary Cruise Review
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Not the Romantic Cruise I'd Been Dreaming Of!

Avalon Luminary Cruise Review by suejensenart@gmail.com

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2015
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony

First of all, Avalon does a fabulous job of catering to everyone. I just had seen the ads and was mentally prepared to float down the Danube, gazing romantically at the beautiful scenery along the way.

Unfortunately, the Danube was too low to do much sailing, so we only were able to dock in 3 planned ports and a couple of unintended ports, used for bussing us places.

So this fantasy didn't come true and not Avalon's fault at all. If you are planning a trip like this, make sure there has been enough rain for the trip to actually pass through the river. If not, you will spend hours on busses going to the places that way. You may have many more tours than you wanted and hear much more history than you can ever remember. If you are someone who will enjoy this, then no worries. We discovered it wasn't comfortable for us.

They feed you well on the ship- I would say not quite the tastiness of the big ocean cruises, but certainly enough to satisfy you.

The people are so nice and we made lots of friends. The age group on the ships is approx. 70-80 average, I'd say. If you are handicapped and use a cane, they make provisions with the tours for you, but the countries may not be compliant with this. Lots of cobblestones, so come prepared to strengthen your ankles on those with good shoes.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony

The cabin didn't have a balcony, but those were the only choices. We could open our windows, usually to see another cabin across from us, as we were mostly docked 2-4 deep, waiting for approval to float.

It was a nice room and the service was great

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Never got to Nuremburg because the boat didn't get there. They offered a quick trip down there by bus, but those who went said it was about 2 hours and hardly worth it.


We were bussed into Regensburg. Beautiful city. Had a nice tour and some time to ourselves.


The music concert which was set up for the cruises in downtown Vienna was just wonderful.


Never floated in, but had a bus tour. It was okay. It felt a little propoganda like, since we knew there were refugees waiting at the bus station who were stuck in the city which didn't want them.

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