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My adult daughter (27) and I just returned from an amazing week cruising the Rhine. Unfortunately, there was record-breaking flooding in Europe, so our departure was changed from Basel to Strasbourg, but we didn't miss much. The itinerary included a new port each day, and sometimes two. What a great way to see so much of the Rhine while only unpacking once. The crew members onboard the Luminary were excellent and made sure that our trip went flawlessly. The meals were spectacular, with at least three special entree options at each meal and four options that were always available (including steak). Wine flowed freely and we had a choice of red, white or bubbly with our dinner. Drinks at the bar were very reasonable. There was also a coffee/tea/hot chocolate bar available all the time. The cabin was nice, but not built to suit two beds instead of one. When the beds were split apart, there were lamps on the headboard right where you would sit up in bed, so they hit your head. There was also a light switch on the wall beside the bed which turned on and off if you moved in bed. I loved the L'Occitane soap and lotions. The excursions were interesting, but we liked the freedom to do our own thing as well. If a walking tour ended up moving too slowly, we just ventured off on our own. The cable car ride up the mountain in Rudesheim was worth doing (which we did instead of the musical instrument museum). We also went ashore at night to experience more of the local nightlife. There were some interesting bars right near where the boat was docked. Although most people on board were 50 years or older, my daughter enjoyed the trip because of all the opportunities to explore new cities. The river level was very high and the current extremely strong, but the captain was brilliant at navigating the fast-flowing water.

Avalon Rhine Cruise

Avalon Luminary Cruise Review by TravelAgentW

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
My adult daughter (27) and I just returned from an amazing week cruising the Rhine. Unfortunately, there was record-breaking flooding in Europe, so our departure was changed from Basel to Strasbourg, but we didn't miss much. The itinerary included a new port each day, and sometimes two. What a great way to see so much of the Rhine while only unpacking once.

The crew members onboard the Luminary were excellent and made sure that our trip went flawlessly. The meals were spectacular, with at least three special entree options at each meal and four options that were always available (including steak). Wine flowed freely and we had a choice of red, white or bubbly with our dinner. Drinks at the bar were very reasonable. There was also a coffee/tea/hot chocolate bar available all the time.

The cabin was nice, but not built to suit two beds instead of one. When the beds were split apart, there were lamps on the headboard right where you would sit up in bed, so they hit your head. There was also a light switch on the wall beside the bed which turned on and off if you moved in bed. I loved the L'Occitane soap and lotions.

The excursions were interesting, but we liked the freedom to do our own thing as well. If a walking tour ended up moving too slowly, we just ventured off on our own. The cable car ride up the mountain in Rudesheim was worth doing (which we did instead of the musical instrument museum). We also went ashore at night to experience more of the local nightlife. There were some interesting bars right near where the boat was docked.

Although most people on board were 50 years or older, my daughter enjoyed the trip because of all the opportunities to explore new cities.

The river level was very high and the current extremely strong, but the captain was brilliant at navigating the fast-flowing water.
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Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin A
Upgrade to get a french balcony. The lower level cabins must have had water splashing on the windows with the waves we encountered (due to high water and wind).
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