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Avalon Passion Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Passion of Europe

Avalon Passion Cruise Review by sammy4813

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Panorama Suite with French Balcony

Traveled with a teen and since it was summer there were other teens on board. There are no programs or plans for children/teens though so not recommended if you are looking for someone to entertain them. Ship crew is very friendly and hard working, overall great. Included tours are perfect for an intro to the area although not so great if you want to sleep as most are in the morning. They use local guides that are quite knowledgeable and some are also very entertaining. Schedules are dependent on water levels so some changes to ports and shore excursions may affect your cruise. Be sure you are not too set on seeing a particular site from the cruise as it could be changed. Highly recommend flying in at least one day prior to relax, rest and see the starting destination (you may be bused to a new starting destination and not see that destination at all). Dining was open seating ala carte for dinner, buffet for breakfast and lunch. There was also dining options in the lounge which is recommended to try for a more casual, relaxed meal at your own pace (same menu as the dining room but smaller portions and a buffet). Overall the ship is extremely clean. Beverage service was a little slow. Disembarkation was wonderful, smooth, efficient and quick. There was a variety of ages on the ship with several teens traveling with family up to retired adults. This cruise attracts more active travelers rather than passive although everyone is welcome.

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Cabin Review

Panorama Suite with French Balcony

Definitely recommend the french balcony over the window but this ship is not the one they show in the commercials. The door only slides from the corner and the view isn't quite as grand as they make it look in the commercials. But still very enjoyable. Bathroom is nice size and shower is excellent. Ample storage space for belongings but not a great amount of space for getting around the furniture.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


This is a very pretty city with wonderful buildings.


Driving tour of city was not a great way to see the city. Had a difficult time staying awake.

Walking Tour

Walking tour was good. Wanted to watch the horses training and tour the stables but must purchase tickets for both and stable tours are at designated times. Missed both as the timing did not work out but could have with some advance planning.

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City Tour

Started with a driving tour, the up to the castle with some free time. Tour could have been more fun if free time was longer or included stop at market. But ship was close enough to walk to the market. Had pre-purchased another tour but it was canceled.

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