Avalon Tapestry II Review

Saine and Mont St. Michele

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carolina_yankee
6-10 Cruises • Age 2020s

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Sail Date: Apr 2022
Cabin: Outside Stateroom with French Balcony
Avalon Tapestry II docked in Paris.
Richard the Lion Heart's castle on the way to Les Andelys
Ramparts of St. Malo.
Rouen Cathedral in the morning before the crowds.
Panorama Lounge
Seine in he early morning at Auvers Sur Oise
Sunset on the Seine near Rouen.
Omaha Beach.
Last view of Paris before turning to head down the Seine to the English Channel.
Chartres Cathedral
Snails at the snail farm on the excursion.
Mont St Michele from our hotel.
Our first locks on the Seine.
Mont St. Michele in the distance.
Avalon Tapestry II docked at Les Andelys.
Van Gogh's church in Auvers Sur Oise
Sunrise at St. Malo.
Monet's house at Giverny.

This was our first river cruise after five ocean cruises on Disney ships. We chose the Seine because friends reported a wonderful experience on another line, and we chose Avalon because of the Tapestry II design, the price of the cruise, and the add-on for Mont St. Michele, St. Malo, and Chartres that would significantly check off our "must-sees" for our first trip to France.

We flew into Paris four days early and stayed in the 7th Arrondissement on our own. It was a quick taxi ride to the dock for boarding the Tapestry II. Be aware that taxi drivers may not be exactly aware of the port location since river cruises dock at random spots on Paris, so have the Avalon map on your phone if needed. We boarded around 2 pm and spent the afternoon relaxing after having done some Paris things on our own in the AM.

We were about 35% full at 39 guests, Our stateroom was a panorama view room. The room is small but well appointed, and the full French balcony with sliding doors excellent. The bathroom was well designed with a comfortable walk-in shower and night-lighting under the sing cabinets. The bed was comfortable, and while the room was smaller than an ocean cruise offering, it was quite comfortable for to relax in between excursions or meals.

Cabin Review

Outside Stateroom with French Balcony

Room 215 - panorama suite. There was plenty of desk space and seating in addition to the bed. The glass doors extend the full width and open 2/3 of the way. Very comfortable bed and well designed bath.

Port Reviews

Vernon

10-15 minute bus ride from Giverny. Beautiful area.

Rouen

A full day to be able to explore the Cathedral and the city. Much to do, many great shops, and lots of great restarurants. A true medieval treasure!

Le Havre

Much to see in this area!

Paris

It's Paris. What more is there to say?!! A beautiful city, easy to explore, and yet you still only scratch the service after several days.

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