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We chose this cruise because we wanted small vessel, low to the water, and slow-moving. No big ships anymore! The service was outstanding and the crew somehow seemed to know everyone by first name after the first couple of days. We will definitely go on Avalon again soon! The food was outstanding at each meal and we really appreciated the included beer and wine with meals. The bar prices were very, very affordable too. The only downside for us is this was a romantic 25th anniversary cruise and we still had to sit with other guests. I know it's fun to meet fellow travelers but sometimes we just wanted to be alone. There were tables for two in the dining room, but they were 2" from the table for 6 so it wasn't really providing us a table for two. The classical trio brought onboard were outstanding. So much so, that we bought one of their CDs. We would also have liked tours that provided more time after the tour to walk alone. By the time our walking tour was over, many times we had only 30 minutes or so to explore on our own. We ended up skipping one entire tour just so we could meander the streets by ourselves.

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Avalon Creativity Cruise Review by jpennington

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
We chose this cruise because we wanted small vessel, low to the water, and slow-moving. No big ships anymore! The service was outstanding and the crew somehow seemed to know everyone by first name after the first couple of days. We will definitely go on Avalon again soon! The food was outstanding at each meal and we really appreciated the included beer and wine with meals. The bar prices were very, very affordable too. The only downside for us is this was a romantic 25th anniversary cruise and we still had to sit with other guests. I know it's fun to meet fellow travelers but sometimes we just wanted to be alone. There were tables for two in the dining room, but they were 2" from the table for 6 so it wasn't really providing us a table for two. The classical trio brought onboard were outstanding. So much so, that we bought one of their CDs. We would also have liked tours that provided more time after the tour to walk alone. By the time our walking tour was over, many times we had only 30 minutes or so to explore on our own. We ended up skipping one entire tour just so we could meander the streets by ourselves.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin B
Beautiful room with plenty of under-bed space, closet, and hangers for clothing. We also really enjoyed the L'Occitane bath essentials in real sizes, not the tiny minis that most hotels provide. Enjoyed renting a movie onboard one afternoon too. We slept with the sliding door open on many nights to enjoy the sounds of the evening and light lapping of water. The only thing I would change is to have light sheet and blanket in-room in case you wanted to go without the comforter. It was sometimes too warm, and we didn't realize we could change to light sheet/blanket until half-way into the cruise.
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