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We wanted to try a river cruise. My brother in law was in Holland 50 years ago as a student and wanted to go back. While this cruise only covered one country it was a wonderful experience. First of all, the boat only held about 138 passengers with a crew of 39. All crew member spoke English. Instructions from Avalon were easy to follow; but there is a lot of paperwork and it is important to read it all thoroughly. We met in Amsterdam and a bus took us to Haarlem to board the ship. The embarkation went smoothly. Our room was comfortable, the air conditioning could have been a little cooler. we were able to open our patio door when sailing. The excursions were great - very laid back. There was no pressure if you just wanted to stay on the boat and relax. The entertainment in the evening was simple and enjoyable and offered by locals which is unique to river cruising. The food was wonderful and well-prepared. Everything was attractively served and there was more than enough food to go around. There was always cookies, fruit and beverages available. Wine and beer were available with lunch and dinner; champagne at breakfast. The service staff was pleasant, informative and helpful. Would like to try a Viking cruise just for comparative purposes, but was very pleased by the Avalon experience. It was worth every dime!

Will sail again!

Avalon Luminary Cruise Review by patty ac

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
We wanted to try a river cruise. My brother in law was in Holland 50 years ago as a student and wanted to go back. While this cruise only covered one country it was a wonderful experience.

First of all, the boat only held about 138 passengers with a crew of 39. All crew member spoke English. Instructions from Avalon were easy to follow; but there is a lot of paperwork and it is important to read it all thoroughly.

We met in Amsterdam and a bus took us to Haarlem to board the ship. The embarkation went smoothly. Our room was comfortable, the air conditioning could have been a little cooler. we were able to open our patio door when sailing.

The excursions were great - very laid back. There was no pressure if you just wanted to stay on the boat and relax. The entertainment in the evening was simple and enjoyable and offered by locals which is unique to river cruising.

The food was wonderful and well-prepared. Everything was attractively served and there was more than enough food to go around. There was always cookies, fruit and beverages available. Wine and beer were available with lunch and dinner; champagne at breakfast.

The service staff was pleasant, informative and helpful.

Would like to try a Viking cruise just for comparative purposes, but was very pleased by the Avalon experience. It was worth every dime!
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin A 216
A little small, but plenty of room for all of our belongings. The only drawback, was the air conditioning could have been a little colder
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