Amazing Ship ~ Amazing Crew: Avalon Passion Cruise Review by BOM2016

Avalon Passion 5
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Amazing Ship ~ Amazing Crew

Sail Date: October 2016
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Embarkation: Amsterdam
Our experience with this Cruise and Avalon in particular was top notch. The Passion was simple elegance, and her Captain Peter and his Crew were outstanding. From the moment we were welcomed aboard, we felt special. Our Panorama View Room was immaculate and very well supplied, from linens and toiletries to a more than adequate number of hangers in the closet, and I wanted to bring the bed home with me, it was so comfortable. They thought of everything on this ship. If you wanted for anything, you had only to ask, and it magically appeared in your room. Ahmed, our Room Attendant, was very efficient in keeping two slightly messy passengers organized and neat on a daily basis. He was always smiling and helpful.

The Chef, Michael, and his Staff created and served us some of the finest and most creative meals I have ever had. We enjoyed the professional and friendly wait staff ~ in particular, Tudor, who made our mealtime experiences fun with very special attention and More good humor.

The Captain, Peter, welcomed us to the Bridge and delighted in our questions and interest in the Ship and sharing the history and interesting points of our destinations. He is a brilliant man, and a superb Captain, who saw us through some difficulties with the level of the rivers and made our travels as close to perfect as possible. The Cruise Director, Vlad, worked closely with the Captain to make certain that every day was a positive experience regardless of alterations to the cruising schedule. In fact, if changes were made, the resulting tours were equivalent or mostly exceeded my expectations. The two men worked together flawlessly to overcome any complications and keep the passengers happy.

On a side note, we are pleased that we booked two extra days in B & B's in Amsterdam and Vienna at the beginning and end of the cruise. It's nice if you have the time to be able to relax after a long flight before the beginning of the cruise and not have to rush off of the ship directly to the airport. Less

Published 11/09/16
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Cabin review: Panorama View319

The Cabin was perfect. We felt like we had plenty of room to organize our belongings, to relax and enjoy the amazing view from the truly Panoramic Sliding Door, and the beds were ultra-comfortable. One of the aspects which surprised me most was how quiet the space was. We absolutely could not hear any noise from the other rooms around us ~ great sound proofing.

Port and Shore Excursions

Canal Tour

The best part of Amsterdam.

Cologne Old Town

Cologne doesn't have much to offer.

Had an alternate tour that day, so we had a very quick walking tour when we returned

Old Town Tour

Too little time for such a huge city. What we covered was wonderful!

Spent most of our time touring just the Castle area.

As with most ports, we would have liked more time here.

A very quick stop. No time to really explore.
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