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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Wanted to go on a relaxing and upscale Riverboat Cruise and this was Not my first one. I was really disappointed in the service and the staff. The food presentation was very nice but the food was not great. The Service from the ... Read More
Wanted to go on a relaxing and upscale Riverboat Cruise and this was Not my first one. I was really disappointed in the service and the staff. The food presentation was very nice but the food was not great. The Service from the dining room was really below par. Not at all what I expected. They were taking our dishes before we were even finished with our food. G-d help you if you were a few minutes later than others at a table. They rushed you out and even told you the others were almost done. What does that have to do with your dining? A majority of the staff, including the Hotel Manager and Dining room manager were wearing so much cologne that the trail followed them all the time. I have an allergy to perfumes and they were asked not wear it and after the request was made, they wore more. They were totally inconsiderate!!!! Made my trip a living hell.! I do not understand why people working in close quarters with the public have to wear fragrances and so much of it. It really is a pollutant. The ship was a new one and was pretty and well laid out. A shame the Customer Relations was So Poor. Also, I thought the included tours were really minimal. I guess thats how they get you to spend more for additional excursions. Avalon , I was told was upscale. I think Not. Last time I went on AMA and thought they did a much better job. The added entertainment on board was pretty bad also. They used the lounge for yoga, so you really could not relax during the classes. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Great cruise with a company that made our trip so memorable. Cabin was very comfortable and staff was so helpful and friendly. Our ports and excursions were very informative. Since they were in the morning it left us ample time to explore ... Read More
Great cruise with a company that made our trip so memorable. Cabin was very comfortable and staff was so helpful and friendly. Our ports and excursions were very informative. Since they were in the morning it left us ample time to explore on our own or just lounge on the deck. Extra excursions were very reasonably priced and enjoyable. Our excursion to 2 wineries and wine tastings was the highlight of our day in Budapest. Most included excursions offer a guide for “gentle walkers” that needed a a somewhat slower pace. I would advise to bring some loose clothes because the food was phenomenal, with included wine or beer at lunch and dinner. Our cruise director Tabia was superb and made sure that everything was perfect. The wait staff in the dining room were friendly and ensured that our meals were to our liking. This was our second Avelon cruise and will not hesitate to take a third with this company. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
About the Avalon river cruise we first learned from the internet. We booked the river cruise from Nuremberg to Luxemburg on the Main river and the Rhine river. The deal included two nights in a five stars hotel in Prague. We left ... Read More
About the Avalon river cruise we first learned from the internet. We booked the river cruise from Nuremberg to Luxemburg on the Main river and the Rhine river. The deal included two nights in a five stars hotel in Prague. We left home with high expectations and immediately in Prague we realized it was really going to be great. We met the cruise manager Tamas who was extremely friendly and helpful. From Prague we were taken by bus to Nuremberg in Germany to board the ship. And here too everything was perfect and the cabin was indeed what we saw in the advertisement. The dinner turned out to be really very good with plenty of good wines to choose from and the food was very decorative and nicely served and we had plenty of food choices. We have nothing but compliments to the organization, the cabin, the maintenance, the excellent food and the way it was served, the friendly staff, the included tours, and the whole cruising area. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise and cruise line because they were less expensive than others, and had good reviews. I also wanted to see Europe at Christmas time. I was not disappointed. Had a wonderful time. This cruise was so well done, every ... Read More
We chose this cruise and cruise line because they were less expensive than others, and had good reviews. I also wanted to see Europe at Christmas time. I was not disappointed. Had a wonderful time. This cruise was so well done, every excursion, guided tour, and everything in between was exceptional. The staff on the ship were so nice, kind, and very helpful! The food was amazing, so many choices on the menus, but not overwhelming where it was super hard to decide. I loved that the cruise was rather small in size a very intimate atmosphere. The ship was easy to get around, and felt quite cozy no matter where you were. Our cruise director Bart was just a super great guy! So personable, and knowledgeable. Anything we needed he was right there to take care of it. I loved this cruise so much we are already planning our next one. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Our cruise down the Danube in December was truly a trip of a lifetime. The entire staff aboard the Avalon Illumination were amazing. We received first class treatment in a very relaxed, friendly and professional environment. The ... Read More
Our cruise down the Danube in December was truly a trip of a lifetime. The entire staff aboard the Avalon Illumination were amazing. We received first class treatment in a very relaxed, friendly and professional environment. The Christmas Markets and all the sites along the way were beautiful. The Illumination was the prettiest boat on the river and was "decked out" for the holidays. The food and wine selections at all meals were wonderful and the lounge/bar was perfect place to unwind and get together with fellow guests after dinner and various times throughout the day. Sabine, our Cruise Director, was very helpful with suggestions and detailed information about how to navigate each stop along the way when we wanted to go out and explore on our own. Avalon is a top notch company and we have recommended this cruise line to all of our friends back home. Thank you, Avalon, for making the beginning of our holiday season so merry and bright! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Looked like a great vacation but cut short in Vienna do to low water level. We where to board the ship In Nuremberg but didn't , disappointed. Wanted to see the city. Staff on the ship where friendly and very good at their jobs. ... Read More
Looked like a great vacation but cut short in Vienna do to low water level. We where to board the ship In Nuremberg but didn't , disappointed. Wanted to see the city. Staff on the ship where friendly and very good at their jobs. People on board seemed to be having a good time until we where notified the cruise would not be sailing south of Austria. Most peoples chose to end their trip and return home. We chose to continue our trip. Gusta, our tour director was very patient and helpful in planing our continued trip arrangements. The food was very good, food service and waiter staff was attentive and friendly. Excursions where handle well and the tour guides did a good job. We enjoyed Avalon and think they where very responsible in handling the problem of not being able to sail the entire Danube. Avalon's refund for our disruption in sailing says a lot about your integrity, honesty and professional approach to providing a quality vacation experience. I would give serious consideration to traveling with Avalon again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Always wanted to cruise the Danube. River was low so we had to do a bus for the first 3 days, missing the Nuremberg tour, which wasn't a big deal because we arrived there a day early and explored the old city by ourselves. Avalon ... Read More
Always wanted to cruise the Danube. River was low so we had to do a bus for the first 3 days, missing the Nuremberg tour, which wasn't a big deal because we arrived there a day early and explored the old city by ourselves. Avalon made up for it by giving us the Vienna concert complimentary. The ship was great, very comfortable. We really enjoyed the food and the service. The wine tasting excursion in Budapest was disappointing, but that is the only real complaint we had. Avalon seems very well organized and communicative. Very professional. One thing we really like was the intimacy of the cruise. The river cruise ships are understandably small as ships go, with room for about 160 passengers on our ship. That gave us a great opportunity to meet folks and get together with them routinely. We traveled by ourselves, not with friends we already knew, and met some really wonderful people. Loved Regensberg and Passau. Vienna is spectacular, but almost overwhelming in scope. The concert there is a must do, especially if you love classical music. The night lights tour in Budapest is also a must. Truly spectacular. We will definitely do another cruise with Avalon. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
What a fabulous trip! Ship and crew were great. I was disappointed that the top deck was closed for so long as I was planning/hoping to spend most of my time up there. I understand WHY (height of the bridges & locks) but would ... Read More
What a fabulous trip! Ship and crew were great. I was disappointed that the top deck was closed for so long as I was planning/hoping to spend most of my time up there. I understand WHY (height of the bridges & locks) but would suggest starting the cruise in Bamberg maybe? The canal from N'berg to Bamberg was less than spectacular. That would allow for more time in the cities which were all AMAZING! Bamberg, Wurzberg, Miltenberg, Rudeshiem, Bernkastel, Trier, etc....it's hard to pick a favorite! ALL picture-postcard perfect cities. Would have loved to have more time in each. Miltenberg & Bernkastel were probably my personnal favorites. Wish we could have stopped in Koblenz; looked like a neat town from the ship. Rhine river gorge was spectacular and definitely the highlight of the actual time spent sailing/cruising the river. The top deck was a great place to be in the evenings after dinner. The service was good overall, a bit slow at times when clearing the tables but we had a few newbies. Lubo, the server/bartender was the best! Great sense of humor and very fast service. Jana, our waitress most times when we could get to her section, was very good as well and adorable. The food was fabulous! Great choices and variety. I couldn't fathom people ordering cheeseburgers and fries! Americans, geez!!! Chef was awesome with a great personality. I really enjoyed the galley tour. We found it ironic that most of the free/included tours/excursions was as good, if not better, than the paid ones. We enjoyed them all but thought that some of the excursions were over priced. The free visit to the wine cellar was exceptional! We bought numerous bottles which I think is/was the point of offering it free to the entire boat. I was shocked so many people left so soon. The in-cabin TV offerings were good; really liked the GPS map w/ ship's location and front facing camera; more camera options /angles would be cool, too. A few more stations would be nice but we obviously aren't there to watch TV. Miko, the pianist, was talented and knew a wide variety of tunes. The special guest entertainers were fun, too. I really enjoyed the guy who talked about the history, state of & future of the EU, Brexit, etc. Extremely interesting to an American. He was very gracious in answering what were probably dumb questions. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze; very nice to have our giants bags lugged around for us and waiting for us when we got to our rooms! Nothing was broke or damaged!!Teach the airlines how to do it! LOL We hope to do another river cruise! It would be great if they could offer packages airfare and/or all-inclusive options. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose the Avalon Waterways version of this Danube River Cruise, because it included a 3-night pre-trip extension in Prague (#1 on my wife's bucket list). We stayed in the Prague Hilton for 3 nights, had several included Local ... Read More
We chose the Avalon Waterways version of this Danube River Cruise, because it included a 3-night pre-trip extension in Prague (#1 on my wife's bucket list). We stayed in the Prague Hilton for 3 nights, had several included Local Tours, and thoroughly enjoyed Prague. A barge was stuck in the section of the Danube below Nuremberg, so instead of busing us to Nuremberg to embark on Avalon Vista, they bused us by way of Cesky Krumlov ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site) at their expense. This village was amazing, and probably one of the highlights of the entire trip. Once we embarked on the Vista, the fun began. Each port included a Local Tour, optional tours, great food and beverages aboard the ship, and entertainment each night. The service was outstanding, our fellow passengers were fun, and the Cruise Director was very organized and responsive. We had Avalon handle the airline tickets (one less detail for us to handle) -- I think we got free airport transfers at the start and finish for them doing this. We saw many really neat old buildings (no wonder they call North America the 'new world'), learned a lot about the history of this region, and truly had a great time. I rated everything with this cruise as excellent, including dining, activities, service, cabin, entertainment, staff, etc. There were no children on our cruise, and taking children would probably not be appropriate on a river cruise. We really loved this river cruise, and would go with Avalon Waterways again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I chose Avalon because of their state rooms - wonderful to have the entire room become your balcony. I can’t say enough good about this trip! There was not one single flaw in the entire experience. It was absolutely wonderful and we ... Read More
I chose Avalon because of their state rooms - wonderful to have the entire room become your balcony. I can’t say enough good about this trip! There was not one single flaw in the entire experience. It was absolutely wonderful and we will choose Avalon again! The ship was wonderful, the service fantastic and the food was delicious! I felt pampered the entire week. It was our first river cruise and it was a wonderful experience! We started with 3 days in Prague which we loved and then cruised the Danube river from Nuremberg to Budapest for 7 nights. We got to see a lot of history as well as the beauty of the countryside. I loved the sailing part - nice and slow so you could take in the scenery. It was fun going through all the Locke’s. The ships staff was wonderful - attentive and willing to always make you happy. Cruise director Carolina was the BEST!!! We will definitely do another river cruise with Avalon. Would not even consider another cruise line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We have been on multiple ocean cruises and wanted to try something different. This cruise traveled to countries we wanted to visit. Avalon exceeded our expectations. The ship was very comfortable and clean. The personal products used are ... Read More
We have been on multiple ocean cruises and wanted to try something different. This cruise traveled to countries we wanted to visit. Avalon exceeded our expectations. The ship was very comfortable and clean. The personal products used are top of the line. The ports of call were interesting and we appreciated that a city tour was included in our price. Each guide we had was informative and knowledgeable. Perhaps our most favorite part was tasting food, wine and beers from the various different countries. We generally sat in the same spot in the dining room and our server, Laura, was delightful. The cruise director, Gusta, is very efficient. We had no difficulties with any tours we chose as options. We actually can’t wait to go again. In addition, we appreciated that beer and wine was included in our price. We have absolutely no complaints about any part of this experience. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I chose this cruise because Diana Gabaldon was going to be featured. I’d been interested in a River Cruise but with the added bonus of my favorite author meant I had to go on this trip. It truly was an experience of a lifetime. It ... Read More
I chose this cruise because Diana Gabaldon was going to be featured. I’d been interested in a River Cruise but with the added bonus of my favorite author meant I had to go on this trip. It truly was an experience of a lifetime. It went beyond my expectations. The food was great and the staff friendly and helpful. Historically interesting sites, beautiful scenery and knowledgeable guides really added to the enjoyment. There were plenty of excursion options so while it made choosing one difficult at times, it meant there was something for everyone. The events with Diana Gabaldon were well organized and thoughtfully planned. These were particularly enjoyable for us fans. Diana herself was very gracious and approachable. Sharing a meal with her and her husband was one of the highlights. My husband especially liked the lightning over Vienna but we really can’t credit Avalon for that! Overall, the cruise gave us memories that will last our whole lives. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Like Avalon lots, my 2nd Avalon trip, (1st was Nov 2016 to Peru, Macchu Picchu & Amazon cruise) our friends 1st time picked this Danube cruise- very satisfying journey! Ship was lovely; crew excellent & genuinely eager to please; ... Read More
Like Avalon lots, my 2nd Avalon trip, (1st was Nov 2016 to Peru, Macchu Picchu & Amazon cruise) our friends 1st time picked this Danube cruise- very satisfying journey! Ship was lovely; crew excellent & genuinely eager to please; food varied & high quality; service was personalized, attentive & accommodating; cabin spacious, well appointed with great bath amenities from L'Occitane! Learned quite a bit never knew before. Well presented info by knowledgeable local guides. Tour Coordinator Gusta was exceptionally good, friendly, highly educated & informative, au courant! My husband's birthday was made very special for him with surprise decorations in cabin & scrumptious chocolate cake ablaze with candles, Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This cruise was the Legendary Danube Author Cruise, featuring Diana Gabaldon. Our Cruise director Robert was outstanding. Tours in Prague led by Helenna were excellent. The waiter/waitress staff were very attentive. Food variety was ... Read More
This cruise was the Legendary Danube Author Cruise, featuring Diana Gabaldon. Our Cruise director Robert was outstanding. Tours in Prague led by Helenna were excellent. The waiter/waitress staff were very attentive. Food variety was geared for each of the countries being visited. Great way to try something new to you. Access to Diana Gabaldon was very open and had set times for interaction, book signing, Q&A session. What entertainment I participated in was top notch. It was a good mix of subjects, How the lock's work and the history, Beer tasting and it's history of the regions. Musicians boarded at the lock's and debarked at the locks. I will be using Avalon in the future. I now prefer river cruising over ocean cruising. The smaller size is easy and relaxing. I never felt overwhelmed with to many people in one place at one time. Cabin size was ok with 2 twin beds. Definitely had to jocky for position. The sliding doors were great, just couldn't leave open to much due to the bugs. This was explained to us in our opening ceremonies. It was fun in the locks with other ships side by side. There was not any stop that I wasn't satisfied. Prague was a great start (3 day land) beautiful city and so much history. In Nuremberg had a guided tour of Roth and it's city center. Met the Mayor who was very excited that they were hosting the "Challenge races" same as the "Ironman triathlon". Regensburg was having it's yearly antique fair, art museum opening and the bridge opening. This was on Sunday and 95% of the shops were closed. Not a problem because of all the street vendors, beer gardens and restaurants were happy to accommodate. Linz had a great city and Cathedral tour. Passau was a great sight seeing stop a quick look and we were off to Vienna. Melk is picturesque and the Melk Abbey was amazing. So much history. Vienna is amazing. Had a city tour, then embarked on our own. Used subway system, watch out for the pick pocketers. Went to the Belvedere Museum, upper and lower. Monet, Picasso and Klimt to name a few of the outstanding art pieces there. Transit system is excellent. Ending in Budapest. Such a beautiful city. Did city tour and the walking culinary tour. Outstanding. Amazingly the passenger age group in my estimation was mid 20's to 80's. Average around 60. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We took this cruise because Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Book Series, was the hostess. It was our 50th wedding anniversary celebration and everything was perfect, Prague through Budapest the inclusive tours were outstanding! The food was ... Read More
We took this cruise because Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Book Series, was the hostess. It was our 50th wedding anniversary celebration and everything was perfect, Prague through Budapest the inclusive tours were outstanding! The food was great matching the town we were in. The room was more than comfortable and service was above and beyond!! The tours were informative and well planned, walking was long but reasonably! The breakfast bar was well balanced with fruit, cereal, omelets and pastries!! Lunch was either light or buffet with local choices. Dinner was the highlight with several choices, wine and beer included! My glass was never near empty and the beer was cold!! The cruise director was a hoot, your not on vacation you’re on a cruise!!! Eastern Europe is beautiful and historic with plenty to see and lots of beer to drink! The ‘crew’ looked after us from boarding to departure with smiles all around!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We traveled eastward on the Danube River from near Nuremberg to Budapest. Totally enjoyed ourselves! Cities we visited were so interesting, and the ship tours were terrific! We loved sailing into Budapest, which the tour director ... Read More
We traveled eastward on the Danube River from near Nuremberg to Budapest. Totally enjoyed ourselves! Cities we visited were so interesting, and the ship tours were terrific! We loved sailing into Budapest, which the tour director prepared us for by telling us all to be on top of the ship at 8 a.m. for an experience we'd never forget. And it was just that! We were taking photos on all sides of the ship as quickly as we could. What a city! Also enjoyed the entertainment the ship brought on board. There was a beer tasting as well as musical entertainment that was first class. There was one singer who was absolutely fabulous. We also enjoyed the night concert at the music hall in Vienna, and the view of the city lights in Budapest. Crew was extremely friendly and attentive. Room on this ship are spacious and very nicely appointed. Bathrooms are wonderful! Love the bed facing the sliding glass door. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
The Avalon Illumination is a beautiful vessel, essentially a floating luxury hotel. Lovely experience on board with a wonderful Czech hotel manager, Barbora, and a smiling, mostly Romanian, crew. Top-notch organization from Dutch cruise ... Read More
The Avalon Illumination is a beautiful vessel, essentially a floating luxury hotel. Lovely experience on board with a wonderful Czech hotel manager, Barbora, and a smiling, mostly Romanian, crew. Top-notch organization from Dutch cruise director, Mark. Excellent meals and many charming small touches, such as glasses of lemonade awaiting us when we returned from excursions, or dining hall decorations that reflected our ports of call. The Prague to Budapest route was great, with visits to three great capitals and fascinating smaller cities (e.g. Regensburg, Linz). There were also enrichment activities such as a lock expert who gave a fascinating power point presentation; a tour of the wheelhouse; and various musical acts in the evenings. However, I didn't like most of the side trips at additional cost, which were fairly aggressively up-sold. Wherever we went there were hordes of other river cruisers on the same itinerary. A particular disappointment was an expensive day trip to Cesky-Krumlov. A concert evening in Vienna, which I attended to accompany a friend, was truly lame in a city famed for its music, and similarly overpriced. My advice would be to research all stops well in advance; get off and wander on foot or hire local drivers; and take time to enjoy the river cruising rather than feeling compelled to do excursions. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We wanted to see the architecture in Germany along with the castles on the Rhine river. Every town in Germany on the cruise had its own style, and with nearly 30 castles to ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We wanted to see the architecture in Germany along with the castles on the Rhine river. Every town in Germany on the cruise had its own style, and with nearly 30 castles to view, it was amazing to see. The guides that walked us through each town were locals and very knowledgeable with the town's history. The food was very delicious. We did not have one bad meal and there were many choices at all 3 meals every day on the ship. The ship was always clean and the cabin was just the right size, since you don't spend much time there. There were about 113 passengers, and the lounge is a little small for that many people, but that was the only negative since we did have a meeting in there every night right before dinner. This was everything we were hoping for, as a first time river cruiser, and would definitely take another river cruise in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I wanted to see Prague,Vienna and Budapest. This trip had a 4 day land trip (prague) and 7 days sailing. Sailing was by far the best part!. Prague was nice but of the 3 days we were there, there was only one included tour. Would have ... Read More
I wanted to see Prague,Vienna and Budapest. This trip had a 4 day land trip (prague) and 7 days sailing. Sailing was by far the best part!. Prague was nice but of the 3 days we were there, there was only one included tour. Would have appreciated something included each day. Smooth bus trip (4hours) to Nuremberg where you boarded the ship and departed that night for Roth and then bussed back to Nuremberg for a tour the next day. That was not clear on the itinerary thus no chance to spend the day in Nuremberg- the tour was maybe 1.5 hours with little free time before back on the boat for lunch and departure. The rooms were perfect with plenty of storage space the bathrooms large with large showers and good water pressure. The rooms without the sliding glass doors (lower deck) had very small showers that would not be comfortable for tall or large people while the rooms on 2nd and 3rd floor (those with the large sliding glass doors) had large showers. The large sliding glass doors were fabulous while sailing and while in port. We only rafted to another vessel once so had good views The sailing was soooo smooth (and i am so sensitive to motion sickness) that at times you were not sure if you were moving! Even going through the 26 locks was a smooth ride. The city tours were good- they did have a “gentle walker group” for those using canes or just needed more time. The funny thing was one tour guide was told that the group she had would be the gentle walkers and thus she both walked and talked slowly! We did the optional excursion of the Budapest at night but i think it should have been included- you did get the classic night pictures of Budapest. The concert in Vienna was just for Avalon- it was held in an ornate room but not a concert hall- nevertheless it was both beautiful and funny. The orchestra members and the ballet members involved the audience. Use the bikes! The paths along the Danube are flat and easy to traverse by bike. We tried to do 5 miles on the days we could. It was great- bring a breakfast roll to feed the swans - you would see 20-30 along the Danube as you biked. The cruise director was great at calling a cab to the port so you could go into town for nightlife or giving you directions for public (take the U 1 and get off on the 4th stop). The food- spectacular. Those who were not impressed clearly are gourmet cooks! On our cruise i never heard a complaint. The 24 hour coffee/hot chocolate machine in the game room was popular all day. The onboard entertainment was OK. The best was an opera singer brought on board who was so funny we laughed so much-she sang and took selfies with the passengers! The informational talks on Austria, beer tasting were fine. The music quartet was just Ok. Mostly they wanted you to buy their CDs! Visit the great market in Budapest- it was not on the city tour but only a block from the boat so easy to visit- worth the trip-get paprika- we al did! I found that Euros worked in all the countries. But bring some coins as toilet use in town is pay only and sometimes no attendant to make change Casual dress everywhere- a bit dressier for the Vienna Concert however. The crew is first rate- excellent passenger service. They clean everything all the time (daily dusting of the wall art and multiple times a day cleaning of the hand rails). Multiple hand sanitation stations. After dinner when you return to your room the TV in the room displays a roaring fire in a fireplace- nich touch. Bring a jacket. The wind on the Danube was brisker than i expected and i needed a jacket especially when on the sky deck at night (this was mid May). They have umbrellas on board but i brought a small one on only used it once in the middle of a city tour. Streets are cobblestone thus uneven. We had turned ankles and one fall on our trip. The tri was as busy as you wanted to make it- lots of extra excursions- we only did 3 of the maybe 20 offered. Not much time for shopping- maybe 30 minutes in a city. But you could go back. Everything closed on Sunday so figure that in when youare planning your trip. English spoken everywhere- not an issue at all. The passengers were predominately American aged 50-70 with a few outliers. People friendly non complainers and having a great time. I was very sad when the trip ended. WIll definitely take another cruise with Avalon! Hope you choose to go on a river cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
The food,wine, staff and other travelors made this trip the perfect cruise. The cruise director brought on board some evenings special entertainment, who were always very interesting . There were nightly meetings from the cruise director, ... Read More
The food,wine, staff and other travelors made this trip the perfect cruise. The cruise director brought on board some evenings special entertainment, who were always very interesting . There were nightly meetings from the cruise director, which were just the right amount of time. Everyone on board was appraised of what to expect on our next day”s itiererary. Each evening we were given a paper copy left on our bed at night to go into a folder, of where to be the next morning, what to see, etc. This paper folder of what Grandmother saw for the two weeks before Christmas, made a great gift for my grandson. It was something he could share in his school classroom after Christmas. I would definitely recommend adding the extra nights on the beginning and the end of the cruise. The hotels were absolutely right in the middle of “old town” in both cities, very close within walking blocks of the Christmas markets. I would not change anything about this trip. I will definitely take another Avalon Cruise. It was worth every penny, and if it got a grade. Definitely an A plus! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I was invited by a friend who wanted to try river cruising. This had never been on my radar but it was worth every penny and more. At first glance, the ship is not an eye catcher. Someone on our bus likened it to a 1970s Holiday Inn. ... Read More
I was invited by a friend who wanted to try river cruising. This had never been on my radar but it was worth every penny and more. At first glance, the ship is not an eye catcher. Someone on our bus likened it to a 1970s Holiday Inn. But, that being said, stepping onboard, revealed our home for the next 10 days. Oh boy. The rooms were roomier than I expected. Two twins with end tables so you could walk around the beds. Closet for hanging but not much drawer space. We used our luggage under the beds for incidentals and worked out great. The room was sparklingly clean and kept that way every day. The meals were diverse and yummy. Local fare as we cruised downriver. We had a 'port talk' every evening where our cruise director, Bart, explained what the next day would bring us. I must toot the horn of Bart. I asked him if he knew where a Harley Davidson dealer was in Regensberg. Perfect souvenir for the hubby! He not only knew where it was but offered to go there and buy a shirt for me as it was not near where out tour for the day was. I asked him the next day if he had a chance to go there and he immediately handed me a perfect shirt. I paid him and thought about how lucky that he was our cruise director. He stopped me when we got to Budapest and handed me a map with the route highlighted to another HD dealer in Budapest. I thought that was above and beyond and really appreciate that Avalon employs such great guys. There were some entertainers that boarded the ship in some ports and were truly enjoyable and entertaining evenings. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I chose this cruise because we were interested in a river cruise and our local Tavel Agency had a cruise night for river cruises on Avalon. Avalon was offering free air and a $2000 discount plus the agency gave us a percentage off, so we ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we were interested in a river cruise and our local Tavel Agency had a cruise night for river cruises on Avalon. Avalon was offering free air and a $2000 discount plus the agency gave us a percentage off, so we thought we would try it. The embarkation was so easy, we have been on a number of ocean cruises and it was frustrating having to wait in lines to get on board. We arrived a little early and I knew that they didn't start boarding until 4:00pm so we decided to wait outside. A very nice man from Avalon came up to us and said we could go on. The receptionist was very nice and had someone take our luggage right away and we waited a few minutes in the lounge until our room was ready. We were the first passengers on board! We chose a cabin with windows rather than a more expensive one with a view but we were fine with it. It was very nice. The next time we go we will probably choose a cabin with a full view. The dining was excellent with the best food! It was great to try different foods from the countries we visited! Wine and beer were included. The only problem that we had with the dining was on the day of disembarkation. Our newsletter said breakfast was at 6:00am in the dining room but it did not open until 7:00am and we were told that there was breakfast food in the lounge so we went up there and most of the food was gone and no one came to refill it. Also we had to look in the drawers to get out coffee cups. The entertainment on board was very good. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed the ports and shore excursions! We would definitely go on another Avalon river cruise! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This experience was ok, not great, not bad. The highlights were the included orientation tours at each stop, and the great, friendly and efficient crew. Everyone on the ship tried hard to please, but it is hard to say it was an ... Read More
This experience was ok, not great, not bad. The highlights were the included orientation tours at each stop, and the great, friendly and efficient crew. Everyone on the ship tried hard to please, but it is hard to say it was an outstanding experience, relative to the price. Port stops were often rushed and inconvenient. Although this was indicated as a Danube River Cruise, in fact at the start of the journey, for more then a day we were cruising along a not very pretty canal. Yes the locks are interesting, but not beautiful, except in a mechanical, scientific way. The chef, the galley crew and the servers all worked hard to serve meals. It is not their fault, but the menu was rather boring, staid and not particularly tasty. Dessert choices were extremely limited, usually one pastry, one ice cream and one fruit dessert at dinner. Dinner service included beverages, and although wine flowed freely, it wasn't always good. The ship was tastefully decorated, but I found the seating in public spaces uncomfortable and too low to the ground. Often at night the longe area seemed very chilly. Last year I took a Uniworld River cruise and thought it was far superior. Maybe it was the itinerary, maybe the company policies, but dollar for dollar it was a far better experience. Read Less
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