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Avalon Illumination Review

4.0 / 5.0
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61 reviews

Great fall colors on Danube but no royal treatment for suites

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe River
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2017
Cabin: Royal Suite with French Balcony

After numerous ocean cruises, we decided it was time to try a European river cruise and friends suggested Avalon. Choose the Blue Danube Budapest-Prague itinerary for mid-Oct based on the sites, included pre and post-cruise hotels, the price of a Royal Suite and hopes for fall colors. Overall, we were delighted with the stay in Budapest and Prague, the included city tours and the awesome fall colors along the Danube.

Biggest disappointments included the lack of any on-board amenities for a suite, mediocre food and entertainment, an egotistical Cruise Director, poor communications and policies before and during the cruise.

Specifics include poor excursion policies, pricing where excursions booked on-line cannot be changed beyond four days prior to the cruise. After listening to the Cruise Director's on board review I met with him to request changes including canceling and adding some. While able to add excursions, he immediately disclaimed any association with pre-booked excursions and would not cancel. Find this very disappointing, frustrating so warn others not to book pre-cruise as there were always plenty, but pricey, openings.

Cabin Review

Royal Suite with French Balcony

Cabin RS

clean, spacious, enjoyed opening the big windows.

Port Reviews


long included walking tour with very informative guide. one of our fav cities that also incl a "free" sausage lunch near the bridge

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