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Avalon Panorama Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Low water levels in August caused 3 bus trips.

Avalon Panorama Cruise Review by DogDocDon

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony

After 40 trips and cruises over seas, this 15 day Budapest to Amsterdam was our first river cruise. The record low water levels throughout Europe required us to take 3 bus trips to get around low water sections. The biggest problem is that we missed most of the Rhine River cruise up to Cologne and then on to Amsterdam. We each got compensated $200 and 50% off the daily cruise rate for each of the 3 days we needed to stay in hotels off the boat. A friend of ours took the identical trip 5 days later on the Viking Cruise Line and they were able to get their boat through the low water on the Rhine (they scraped bottom 4 times)! Viking only gave them a 25% off certificate for a future cruise as compensation.

They food, service and entertainment were very good and the champagne flowed freely. No limit on lunch and dinner wine or beer. The ship's construction and maintenance were excellent, it looked brand new even though it is 5 - 6 years old.

There were only about 3 guests under 40 years of age, and no kids.

We appreciated not being steered to very many "factory" shops by our tour guides.

If you take the side trip to Salzburg, be sure to watch the movie "The Sound Of Music" before the cruise.

The WiFi was adequate but poor for streaming video.

Avalon Cruise line doesn't advertise much in America so most of the guests are from Commonwealth English speaking countries.

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Cabin Review

Panorama Suite with French Balcony
Cabin B 222

Excellent and looked brand new. The shower door didn't leak! Slightly larger than the competition. Quiet central location.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Highlights Tour

Limited walking tour bus tour good. needed more free time.

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City Tour

Tour did not go in St Stephens Church

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Linz (Salzburg)

You need to see The Sound Of Music movie before coming here.


Good walking tour and free sausages and beer. Long walk back to the boat.


The Residence is the only great thing here. Shopping is just big city stores. Churches are OK.

Pretty town , long walk back to the boat. Free coffee with brandy was good.

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Walking Tour

Good city walking tour, average lunch with free beer. You need to tour the cathedral on your own and it is the reason to be in Cologne.

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Good tour but museums were closed the only full day we were there.

City Tour

good tour, lookout for the killer bicyclists.

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