Avalon Tranquility II Cruise Review by Rivercruiser44
- Sail Date: July 2017
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
We loved our first river cruise. Our stateroom was spacious and we loved the comfortable chairs and table overlooking the river as well as the river facing bed. I hadn't expected as much cruising at night but it was fine. We could not fault the hospitality of the crew, the focus on cleanliness whenever we arrived from outside the ship as well as on entering the restaurant. We loved the meals and service and the waiters and waitresses we wonderful and sociable. The meals seemed to be just the right portions and always good quality and we now will always look for a non-buffet style a la carte dinner. We also booked the tasting menu which was excellent (see photos). The quieter venue for this meal made chatting easier. We met some great people and friends on this trip - many from USA and Australia and those from the UK/Scotland in the minority - but for us this was unexpected but great and we really enjoyed the friendliness of everyone. There was a full range of ages on this trip. The excursions were well managed and the cruise director so professional and helpful. We took all the trips included but relaxed at other times and decided not to go on the optional excursions and never felt we were missing out - although always interested in others' experiences. We are still in touch with some of those we met on this trip. The rooms were serviced regularly during the day and towels changed. Everywhere was spotless - I just couldn't fault the boat. Coffee and tea and cakes available 24/7. We found afternoon tea half way through the week and that was the end of our resolve to be healthy - with tempting cakes. The beginning of our trip was colder than normal for July and this was disappointing but it soon improved. I cannot recommend Avalon enough - and to prove this we booked another as soon as we returned home.
Rivercruiser44’s Full Rating Summary
We were late booking for this trip and there were only two staterooms available so perhaps further back than we might have chosen. However, it was quiet and handy for the coffee in the back lounge. Spacious and clean - I have already written about it. Occasionally when we moved faster at night, it vibrated a little being near the engine at the back but this really was rare and no trouble. We would book this cabin again.
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