Avalon Illumination Review

Excellent Christmas Market cruise on the Danube

Review for Europe River Cruise on Avalon Illumination
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First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2018
Cabin: Panorama Suite with French Balcony

We traveled with another couple and chose December to experience Christmas Markets. Our vacation started with 3 days in Prague. The local tour guides were excellent. We joined the city tour, Terezin, and the Avalon-sponsored Czech dinner at a local hall. We toured on our own the last full day. We weren't able to embark at Nuremberg as planned because of low water. Instead we traveled to Nuremberg by coach, checked out the Christmas market for a couple hours, and then were bussed to Straubing for embarkation. The following day, the Illumination cruised back to Regensburg. That, and the additional stop at Linz, Austria were the only 2 changes on the entire cruise. We were relieved that low water didn't impact our trip significantly. We enjoyed wonderful local city tours at every port. Every guide was top-notch. The ship was beautiful, clean, and all staff were so friendly and accommodating. Sabine, the cruise director, was amazing! We can't say enough about how well we were treated. We met lots of fellow cruisers and enjoyed social time with them. We will definitely cruise with Avalon again!

Cabin Review

Panorama Suite with French Balcony

Cabin A

Beautiful cabin with lots of storage and space to move around. We loved the bed arrangement, facing the window. The only downside - we were double-docked at most of the ports. Our view was another river boat and we had to keep our drapes closed. The bathroom was beautifully appointed.

Port Reviews


Excellent city tour and plenty of time for browsing the Christmas markets and cathedral.


Excellent tour with a local guide. We learned an amazing amount about Passau in just 2 hours!

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