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Avalon Artistry II Cruise Review
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Vienna to Basel in Style and Grace through Bavaria

Avalon Artistry II Cruise Review by medillon

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony

This well organized and thoughtfully planned cruise itinerary allowed time at the beginning to explore the culturally rich and historically important city of Vienna and thereafter offered a diverse and fascinating trip up the Danube and then the Rhine with dockings and tours along the way at the most important burgs and cities.

The assigned tour guides were well versed in the history and current places of interest.

The ship was well appointed, clean and well provisioned. The crew were there whenever needed or wanted and invisible when not, The food was spectacular. It was diverse in its offerings, delicious, and presented all as if you were in one of Europe's fine dining establishments. My special compliments go to the Chef de Cuisine, the Hotel Manager, and the Cruise Director.

The on board entertainment was very good to excellent. It consisted of a crew member pianist every afternoon and into the late evening supplemented by a range of extraordinary talent brought on for occasional evenings.

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Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin A 313

The cabin was well accommodated with flat screen TV, king bed, comfortable bedding in separate duvets a well and constantly a stocked refrigerator with reasonably priced items, wi-fi, a spacious and clean bathroom. and ample storage for clothes and suitcases.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Well planned and well narrated.

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Schonbrunn Palace


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Walking Tour

Well planned and well narrated.

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Brewery Tour

The brewery is not to be missed. Best beer in Bavaria!

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St. Stephen's Cathedral


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Walking Tour

Excellent tour guide with encyclopedic knowledge of the site.

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Typical modern German big city. Lots to do and see. Very good German food but so?

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Wonderfull but wet. Rained the whole time we were there.

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