We were interested in trying a river cruise because several of our friends had enjoyed them. Our travel agent recommended Avalon--highly!! And this particular tour included a number of places we had not visited on our previous travels.
The ships we sailed on were both fantastic. They were in excellent condition. Our rooms were actually roomy. The food was superb. The crews were most accommodating, and Christina (our cruise director) did a masterful job making everything happen, despite the challenges of a medical emergency, inclement weather, and the low water levels on the Danube.
The optional excursions were well worth the extra expense. All of the tour guides were knowledgeable and personable. The shipboard activities were also well done, and entertaining.
We also had a grand time exploring on our own, especially in Prague.
We were also very well taken care of during both our arrival in Prague and departure from Budapest, even at 3.30AM!!.
Maybe the most lasting impression will be the experience of meeting and getting to know people from all over the world during our cruise. We met many people who we will remember for a very long time.
Given all this, and so much more, there is no doubt that we would love to do another river cruise in the future, and if it happens, it will be on a Avalon ship.
The room was well-designed--roomy, warm when necessary and cool when the weather cooperated. The storage space was remarkably large. The bathroom also far beyond adequate. The staff maintained the rooms flawlessly. I especially liked returning to the room after dinner to see a fireplace burning on the tv screen!