This was our first cruise, and our first trip to Europe. We were very cautious about this trip. Would the cruise be worth the money, would the cabin be good enough, what about the staff, language, other costs etc. etc. Typical newcomers. This trip was absolutely magnificent.
The cabins are roomy, modern, well set out, full view sliding window (dont book lower deck - our friends thought they would go for the cheap cabins and really regretted it after they saw our cabin!!), the food and dining was divine and the staff wonderful, friendly and very helpful. Only additional cost onboard was alcohol (other than mealtimes where it was included) and 3 optional tours. All other daily tours and guides were included in the cost, and were first class.
There was a port and tour every morning to a different town with plenty of time for shopping and wandering or you could stay on board for the day (all meals included onboard), or come back for lunch, guides all had headset and we wore earphone on guided trips (so you miss nothing, and cant loose track of your guide), everyday was different, site seeing on cruise was always informative and entertaining (thanks Stefan, our wonderful cruise director), and interesting fun entertainment on several of the evenings onboard. There was nothing that disappointed us, and great value for money.
We will be looking to Avalon for our next trip to south of France.
Very roomy, full wall of sliding window, well laid out, comfortable bed, large TV with great selection of movies (all included), good laundry service (very reasonable), great cabin staff.