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Avalon Illumination Review

4.0 / 5.0
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60 reviews

Beautiful Boat, Excellent Cruise Director, But Dining Challenges

Review for Avalon Illumination to Europe
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SailawayDC
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2022
Cabin: Panorama Suite with French Balcony

Finally we can travel again and we got to take our cancelled 2020 cruise with Avalon, down the Danube. Overall we were very satisfied with the beautiful boat and cabins. Housekeeping was also excellent, keeping the room clean. Also the bar service was very good and included beer and wine. The cruise director was top notch and kept us well informed and handled all problems very effectively. Most of the tour guides were also very good, although they had persistent technical issues with the headsets provided so you could hear the tour guides. I would say the biggest challenge was the dining room. Service was slow and the food was OK, but lacked much in the way of flavors. I heard from other passengers that Avalon, like so many employers, was struggling to get new staff post-covid and had challenges, though I don't know if that was accurate. The destinations were all very good with the nighttime sail out of Budapest and also cruising along the Wachau Valley in Austria to be the highlights.

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Panorama Suite with French Balcony

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