Surprisingly Impressed: Avalon Artistry II Cruise Review by Paddler60

Avalon Artistry II 5
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Surprisingly Impressed

Sail Date: September 2016
Destination: Europe
Embarkation: Paris
We chose this cruise because of the two primary locations of Paris and Prague, two cities we had not visited previously. As our first river cruise, we were extremely impressed with the organization of the timeline. Everything exceeded our expectations from the service, the size of our cabin and the overall views from the ship. The crew was exceptional! They all made an effort to learn our names quickly and made us feel like we were VIP's. As two of the younger passengers we did feel that the excursions were a bit too slow, but we understood why.

Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The ship was modern and very well maintained. Our cabin was much larger than we anticipated having been on several ocean cruises, it was exceptionally comfortable. The overall dinning experience was good. The food was tasty and we felt full, but not uncomfortably stuffed. The dinning service improved each day. We thought that the breakfast buffet was a bit crowded due to More the set-up area, there just wasn't much room to maneuver around people.

The evening entertainers were entertaining, but we enjoyed the crew show more than anything. They really went out of their way to have a good time. We truly enjoyed the happy hour option every evening. Although prices were within a reasonable range, the happy hour prices rocked! It would be nice if happy hour actually lasted more than an hour.

TIPS - this is the only thing that annoyed us. Considering what we paid for the cruise we truly feel that the gratuity should have been included. If a crew member went above and beyond, we should have the options of paying extra.

No children join us on the cruise and their were no children on board...thank goodness!

We definitely plan on river cruising again and with Avalon if the company offers the locations we're wanting to visit. Less

Published 10/21/16
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