Avalon Expression Review

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grbnjb1
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023

This was our second Avalon cruise. We did the Saone and Rhone river cruise last year through Burgundy and Provence and had a great experience with Avalon so we decided to go with them again. There was also a $250.00 per person incentive for returning patrons.

This cruise began in Amsterdam with stops in Cologne, Rudesheim, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Breach, Basel, and finally Lucerne. The Avalon Expression is a beautiful, well maintained vessel which carried 161 passengers on this journey. We had a Panorama Suite which they advertise as a "Room with a View". The entire wall facing the water is comprised of floor to ceiling windows which provide you with extraordinary views of the river and scenery as you travel. The glass sliding door also opens to provide you with an outside experience without going outside. The room is large enough for two people with more than adequate storage and a lovely bathroom. The room is serviced daily by an excellent staff.

The crew were friendly, courteous, and helpful. The cruise director, Joost, was highly professional and had a great sense of humor. He provided us with daily briefings, which I would recommend you attend, that included all the relevant information and direction that you need for the daily activities and excursions. The meals were very good. Breakfast buffet included an egg station where you can get your eggs to order. Lunch was usually like a dinner with many tasty offerings. Dinner always included a variety of items to choose from. There was always a pasta selection, a seafood option, a vegetarian dish, and a meat dish that might be beef/chicken/veal. They also provide the option of having beef tenderloin, a chicken breast, or salmon for those that do not find something they like on the menu. Dinner service includes an abundance of wine and dishes can be customized by request through the outstanding wait and kitchen staff.

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