Because it promised active excursions. Have been on an Avalon cruise before and knew we would have a wonderful experience (plus no children on board). Everything goes smoothly. Wonderful food. Enjoy the fact that there is only one sitting for dinner and we can sit anywhere and with anyone.
What was especially wonderful is that even though we could not get into our rooms when we arrived, we could sit in the lounge and light lunch was available. That gave us a chance to relax a bit after our flight. We then explored our departure city with renewed energy.
Service was wonderful. Everyone very polite and helpful. Reception knew what cabins we were in after about the 2nd day...did not have to give them our names. Rooms were very clean (as was the whole ship!). First time needing to use the laundry service...my husband's jeans came back pressed!
small but comfortable. Wonderful shower!