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What we wanted - cruising down the river with views from our balcony. What we got - bus trips and views of other ships docked cheek by jowl. The Danube has been in low water state for MONTHS apparently and so each cruise line has restricted the number of ports of call and anchored for days in some, essentially just providing an hotel for the night and bus tours for the days. We were supposed to sail from Budapest to Nuremberg but ended up with less than half of that ( and mostly tied up at dock at that!) The ship, accommodation and staff were very good indeed, but we should have been advised months before we sailed that the brochure was a fiction! Not a happy cruiser! Apparently Viking passengers have been offered a 25% refund, no such offer from Avalon. To say we are disappointed is clearly an understatement Buyer beware, as this may continue in 2019 unless there are floods this winter.

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Avalon Vista Cruise Review by Gobbledygook

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony
What we wanted - cruising down the river with views from our balcony. What we got - bus trips and views of other ships docked cheek by jowl.

The Danube has been in low water state for MONTHS apparently and so each cruise line has restricted the number of ports of call and anchored for days in some, essentially just providing an hotel for the night and bus tours for the days.

We were supposed to sail from Budapest to Nuremberg but ended up with less than half of that ( and mostly tied up at dock at that!)

The ship, accommodation and staff were very good indeed, but we should have been advised months before we sailed that the brochure was a fiction! Not a happy cruiser!

Apparently Viking passengers have been offered a 25% refund, no such offer from Avalon.

To say we are disappointed is clearly an understatement Buyer beware, as this may continue in 2019 unless there are floods this winter.
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