When we decided to treat ourselves to a river cruise for our anniversary, we looked at several different cruise lines as well as getting information from friends who had gone on cruises We then went to our local travel agent who highly recommended Avalon. After looking over their information and prices we decided to give them a try. The larger cabin with a full river view was one of the major deciding factors and we couldn't have been more pleased with that choice.
I was pleased with not only the size of our cabin, but that there was enough space to store our clothes and then stash the suitcases under the bed. The bathroom was another pleasant surprise, having storage space, and a full sized shower. The young man who took care of our cabin was helpful and friendly. In fact, all of the crew we encountered were helpful and friendly.
Food throughout the the trip was excellent with good choices, whether for a full meal or a light lunch. We especially appreciated the lounge at the end of our hall that always had cookies or rolls and a wonderful coffee machine where we could get coffee, cappachino, hot milk or tea. There was always a supply of fresh fruit available as well, in the restaurant and lounge.
We did each of the planned daily tours and were very well pleased with our guides. They were locals who really knew their information and were fun as well as informative. The only additional tour we did was the one to the Black Forest area and that was enjoyable with a fun cake and coffee addition. We particularly liked that most of the tours allowed some time at the end to walk around and see things on our own. Many of the people with us went looking for souvenirs while we walked and explored the areas.
The free seating at meals made it nice to sit with and meet different people. We found that everyone was friendly and seemed to enjoy the cruise as much as we did.
We would definitely consider traveling with Avalon again.