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We had been on large cruise ships before and wanted to try a smaller, river cruise. This cruise did not disappoint. The staff was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The ship was just the right size so you didn't get lost trying to find things. They "no specific seating" at meals was great for getting to meet a lot of people. The food was delicious and dining room staff top-notch! There weren't a lot of activities on the ship so people were more inclined to get off and explore the country -- perfect! The excursions were also perfect (even when the guides were sometimes not). Only downfall I can think of was the embarkation procedures. We arrived very early on the first day of our cruise to find we would not be able to take possession of our cabin until later that afternoon (they were still disembarking guests from the previous cruise and had to clean the rooms). This was very unfortunate for those of us who had been flying all night and just needed to rest. The day was spent with all the new guests stretched out on couches and chairs in the lounge. Then, when it was time to get our rooms, it was mass confusion as the reception staff tried to get keys to everyone and the other members of the staff were hauling bags to the rooms. Not a great start. Things definitely picked up from there though and we had a wonderful time. The cruise director was very helpful in finding us whatever we needed. All-in-all a fabulous trip -- and something we can't wait to do again! Thank you Avalon Waterways!

First River Cruise -- Won't Be Our Last!

Avalon Felicity Cruise Review by ATAGGART

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
We had been on large cruise ships before and wanted to try a smaller, river cruise. This cruise did not disappoint. The staff was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The ship was just the right size so you didn't get lost trying to find things. They "no specific seating" at meals was great for getting to meet a lot of people. The food was delicious and dining room staff top-notch! There weren't a lot of activities on the ship so people were more inclined to get off and explore the country -- perfect! The excursions were also perfect (even when the guides were sometimes not). Only downfall I can think of was the embarkation procedures. We arrived very early on the first day of our cruise to find we would not be able to take possession of our cabin until later that afternoon (they were still disembarking guests from the previous cruise and had to clean the rooms). This was very unfortunate for those of us who had been flying all night and just needed to rest. The day was spent with all the new guests stretched out on couches and chairs in the lounge. Then, when it was time to get our rooms, it was mass confusion as the reception staff tried to get keys to everyone and the other members of the staff were hauling bags to the rooms. Not a great start. Things definitely picked up from there though and we had a wonderful time. The cruise director was very helpful in finding us whatever we needed. All-in-all a fabulous trip -- and something we can't wait to do again! Thank you Avalon Waterways!
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Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin B 220
The cabin was smaller than I expected but had plenty of storage space which was great. And we loved having the French door that we could open and even leave open at night. There was much discussion among the passengers about the commercials we had seen where the beds faced the window. No one seemed to have one of these rooms. :)
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