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We wish this cruise was longer than a wk. We took this cruise to tie into a Celebrity Eclipse cruise from Amsterdam (that's another review). Our Avalon cabin was # 309. This was our 1st time on a small ship (# of passengers) & enjoyed the uncrowded dining room, lounges & gangway. The crew was phenomenal, from our cabin attendant, front desk mgr., the wine sommeliers to our dining room staff, especially Florin who was always friendly, smiling & offering suggestions if we weren't sure what to order for dinner. Christine, Cruise Director, was smiling, pleasant & helpful. The excursions was interesting & informative. The Hotel Mgr, I forget his name, always had a smile on his face, a friendly hello & was quite helpful, esp. since Delta/Air France lost our luggage for 5 days. The food was good & served @ the right temperature. There was a nice selection of food with one afternoon high tea & a daily early risers breakfast. Happy hr. was a way to relax after a busy day. Drinks were 1/2 price & were as good as when they were full price. We never had to ask for beverage refills that were served @ lunch & dinner (wine, beer, soft drinks). The executive chef would always go into town to purchase baked goods from the local bakeries & the bread was excellent. The chef was always available for questions or suggestions & was truly interested in the passengers. The only negative is that we upgraded to the top floor (extra $2600.00 USD) to have a french balcony (couldn't sit outside) & sliding doors that opened. When we were docked, there were quite a few times that another ship was next to us & we couldn't open our doors or curtains. When we were docked in the towns, we were on the land side & couldn't keep our doors or curtains open because of pedestrian traffic & they could look into our cabin. After the 1st night, we closed the curtains because of the lights from the towns or when we would pass into the locks. WHEN we DO this cruise again, I would stay on the 1st floor & have windows rather than doors. We HIGHLY recommend this cruise line & can't wait to take another Avalon cruise.

Excellent Cruise - Rhine River Northbound (Zurich - Amsterdam)

Avalon Imagery II Cruise Review by Mrs. JR

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
We wish this cruise was longer than a wk. We took this cruise to tie into a Celebrity Eclipse cruise from Amsterdam (that's another review). Our Avalon cabin was # 309. This was our 1st time on a small ship (# of passengers) & enjoyed the uncrowded dining room, lounges & gangway.

The crew was phenomenal, from our cabin attendant, front desk mgr., the wine sommeliers to our dining room staff, especially Florin who was always friendly, smiling & offering suggestions if we weren't sure what to order for dinner. Christine, Cruise Director, was smiling, pleasant & helpful. The excursions was interesting & informative. The Hotel Mgr, I forget his name, always had a smile on his face, a friendly hello & was quite helpful, esp. since Delta/Air France lost our luggage for 5 days.

The food was good & served @ the right temperature. There was a nice selection of food with one afternoon high tea & a daily early risers breakfast. Happy hr. was a way to relax after a busy day. Drinks were 1/2 price & were as good as when they were full price. We never had to ask for beverage refills that were served @ lunch & dinner (wine, beer, soft drinks). The executive chef would always go into town to purchase baked goods from the local bakeries & the bread was excellent. The chef was always available for questions or suggestions & was truly interested in the passengers.

The only negative is that we upgraded to the top floor (extra $2600.00 USD) to have a french balcony (couldn't sit outside) & sliding doors that opened. When we were docked, there were quite a few times that another ship was next to us & we couldn't open our doors or curtains. When we were docked in the towns, we were on the land side & couldn't keep our doors or curtains open because of pedestrian traffic & they could look into our cabin. After the 1st night, we closed the curtains because of the lights from the towns or when we would pass into the locks. WHEN we DO this cruise again, I would stay on the 1st floor & have windows rather than doors.

We HIGHLY recommend this cruise line & can't wait to take another Avalon cruise.
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