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This was our first river cruise, so we did not know what to expect. We were familiar with Globus, Avalon’s parent company, and had expectations based on that experience. Our pre-cruise hotel, Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, was very nice and was conveniently located a block from the Eiffel Tower, cafes, and a metro stop. The river was only a couple of blocks away and an easy walk.. There is a pedestrian walkway around much of the river. Avalon’s logistics were very good, getting us to the ship, to/from excursions, and transfers to the train or airport, flawlessly. I enjoyed having fewer guests onboard in a more intimate shipboard environment which allows for easier socializing and making new friends. Cabin size is about what you have on ocean cruise ships. Often we had another river cruise boat nested beside us, so you have to be mindful of that when opening your drapes (make sure you are adequately dressed). Food was outstanding in quality and presentation but we prefer to eat earlier than the 7-7:30 pm 4 course dinner start time. They offered a light dinner fare in the loung which we opted for much of the week but the menu for this option remained the same for the week. I understand Avalon’s dining options for 2019 will offer much better flexibility and options. Crew members were also outstanding, most very personable and engaging. If you needed anything you just needed to ask the crew, and if they could accommodate you, they did. A few, in particular, remembered what we wanted to drink with lunch and supper and brought it to us without having to ask. We were disappointed that there was not much to see along the Seine River landscape as we sailed from Paris to Normandy- a lot of permanently moored river house boats and green landscape. Included and optional excursions were also well-executed. Much of the week required early rising to make the typical 8:30 am departure time. If we do another river cruise, we will definitely look to Avalon first.

Paris to Normandy onboard Avalon Tapestry Ii

Avalon Tapestry II Cruise Review by Mj17ak

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
This was our first river cruise, so we did not know what to expect. We were familiar with Globus, Avalon’s parent company, and had expectations based on that experience. Our pre-cruise hotel, Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, was very nice and was conveniently located a block from the Eiffel Tower, cafes, and a metro stop. The river was only a couple of blocks away and an easy walk.. There is a pedestrian walkway around much of the river. Avalon’s logistics were very good, getting us to the ship, to/from excursions, and transfers to the train or airport, flawlessly.

I enjoyed having fewer guests onboard in a more intimate shipboard environment which allows for easier socializing and making new friends. Cabin size is about what you have on ocean cruise ships. Often we had another river cruise boat nested beside us, so you have to be mindful of that when opening your drapes (make sure you are adequately dressed).

Food was outstanding in quality and presentation but we prefer to eat earlier than the 7-7:30 pm 4 course dinner start time. They offered a light dinner fare in the loung which we opted for much of the week but the menu for this option remained the same for the week. I understand Avalon’s dining options for 2019 will offer much better flexibility and options.

Crew members were also outstanding, most very personable and engaging. If you needed anything you just needed to ask the crew, and if they could accommodate you, they did. A few, in particular, remembered what we wanted to drink with lunch and supper and brought it to us without having to ask.

We were disappointed that there was not much to see along the Seine River landscape as we sailed from Paris to Normandy- a lot of permanently moored river house boats and green landscape. Included and optional excursions were also well-executed. Much of the week required early rising to make the typical 8:30 am departure time.

If we do another river cruise, we will definitely look to Avalon first.
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Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin P 326
Cabin is located at the end of the ship, next to the hairdresser salon and the aft lounge which offered 24/7 coffee, tea, juice, water and cookies/pastries. Also easy access to sun deck. Cabin was quiet. Cabin size and storage was fairly comparable to ocean cruise cabins. The bathroom has an enclosed shower and provided sufficient counter space.
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