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We have never cruised before so this was a first for us. We were not keen on the idea of ocean cruising due to the size of vessel, number of passengers & possibility of sea sickness! Our cruise down the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam suited us perfectly. Not too many passengers. A different port every day, sometimes two and a very gentle pace. Always something to see from the window. Ship was immaculate & very well designed. Great attention to detail. Good food, plenty of choice and wine included with dinner. We are usually independent travellers and liked that we were always moored in towns so we could choose do our own thing rather than always take an organised excursion. The excursions we did take were good but we don't like to be too 'organised'. The crew were exceptional. Always cheerful & friendly and so efficient. Nothing was too much trouble. Tour of the bridge was very interesting. The water level was very low when we travelled & we had no interruptions to our itinerary. The captain did a great job of navigating in only 3 feet of water at one point. Embarkation & disembarkation also very well organised. I particularly appreciated the chauffeur service to and from the airport. I didn't have to drive at 5am or pay for airport parking! The whole experience was excellent & we would definitely choose Avalon if we take another river cruise in future.

Romantic Rhine cruise exceeded our expectations.

Avalon Tranquility II Cruise Review by MrsT12

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
We have never cruised before so this was a first for us. We were not keen on the idea of ocean cruising due to the size of vessel, number of passengers & possibility of sea sickness!

Our cruise down the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam suited us perfectly. Not too many passengers. A different port every day, sometimes two and a very gentle pace. Always something to see from the window.

Ship was immaculate & very well designed. Great attention to detail.

Good food, plenty of choice and wine included with dinner.

We are usually independent travellers and liked that we were always moored in towns so we could choose do our own thing rather than always take an organised excursion. The excursions we did take were good but we don't like to be too 'organised'.

The crew were exceptional. Always cheerful & friendly and so efficient. Nothing was too much trouble.

Tour of the bridge was very interesting. The water level was very low when we travelled & we had no interruptions to our itinerary. The captain did a great job of navigating in only 3 feet of water at one point.

Embarkation & disembarkation also very well organised.

I particularly appreciated the chauffeur service to and from the airport. I didn't have to drive at 5am or pay for airport parking!

The whole experience was excellent & we would definitely choose Avalon if we take another river cruise in future.
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Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin B 225
Cabin was very comfortable and very well designed. There was a place for everything.
Huge panoramic windows gave us great views.
Good seating area.
Immaculately clean.
225 is the last passenger cabin at the rear of the ship so we did experience some engine noise particularly the first night when we were negotiating the locks between Basel & Strasbourg.

Not a major problem.
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