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We thought this would be a slow-paced itinerary, since geographically it doesn't cover much ground, but it ended up being quite busy. The included tours were very well organized and had great guides. We had the same one; Estelle for 4 cities and she was fantastic. Really knew her stuff and was easy to understand even though English was not her first language. The ship itself was gorgeous, very clean and well laid out. Our favourite part was the stateroom. Best shower I've ever had on a ship and the Panorama window was awesome. I wouldn't trade that for a tiny balcony, thats for sure. Food was consistently good. Nothing overly adventurous, but good options that felt relatively healthy (not much deep fried or greasy food) and we liked that it had a taste of the region. The cheese plates at breakfast/lunch & dinner were always terrific. We also enjoyed the savory and sweet crepes in the lounge on a few days of the trip. Overall not much to complain about... a few times they ran out of things, which I didn't really understand since we're in port almost the entire trip, but it happened. Ran out of beer, Coke and that sort of thing periodically. Also, if you're a smoker, the back lower smoking area can have a really bad diesel smell when the ship is moving. That wasn't very pleasant, but easy to avoid. Terrific tour director that was always available and answered all our questions. We were very happy with this cruise and would recommend it to anyone looking to see Normandy in-depth.

Wonderful itinerary and great food.

Avalon Tapestry II Cruise Review by eatdrinkfly

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
We thought this would be a slow-paced itinerary, since geographically it doesn't cover much ground, but it ended up being quite busy.

The included tours were very well organized and had great guides. We had the same one; Estelle for 4 cities and she was fantastic. Really knew her stuff and was easy to understand even though English was not her first language.

The ship itself was gorgeous, very clean and well laid out. Our favourite part was the stateroom. Best shower I've ever had on a ship and the Panorama window was awesome. I wouldn't trade that for a tiny balcony, thats for sure.

Food was consistently good. Nothing overly adventurous, but good options that felt relatively healthy (not much deep fried or greasy food) and we liked that it had a taste of the region. The cheese plates at breakfast/lunch & dinner were always terrific.

We also enjoyed the savory and sweet crepes in the lounge on a few days of the trip.

Overall not much to complain about... a few times they ran out of things, which I didn't really understand since we're in port almost the entire trip, but it happened. Ran out of beer, Coke and that sort of thing periodically.

Also, if you're a smoker, the back lower smoking area can have a really bad diesel smell when the ship is moving. That wasn't very pleasant, but easy to avoid.

Terrific tour director that was always available and answered all our questions. We were very happy with this cruise and would recommend it to anyone looking to see Normandy in-depth.
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Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin A 206
The description on this website is wrong, this room is a Panorama room, not a French balcony.
The room itself is large and very well laid out/organized. The bathroom was hands down the best we've had on a ship. The shower was the best!
This room was great for most of the trip... a few times in port we were next to other ships and lost our view, but thats not to be helped. If you have the money, go up a deck to get a better view, but if not, this is just fine.
We loved being so close to the atrium/main area. Was really nice not having to walk far down the hall to our room and we had no noise or negative impacts because of the location.
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