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Sail Date: July 2019
Delicious food, wonderful service, gorgeous boat and well planned trip from Paris to Normandy! A week in heaven! Each excursion was well Planned .... met a monk in Monastery, Givenchy to see Monet’s gardens, castle of Lionheart, ... Read More
Delicious food, wonderful service, gorgeous boat and well planned trip from Paris to Normandy! A week in heaven! Each excursion was well Planned .... met a monk in Monastery, Givenchy to see Monet’s gardens, castle of Lionheart, Normandy beaches and so much more! The meals were eloquent five course meals. Small boat so we made lots of friends. Sunsets on sky deck was the perfect ending to your busy day! We grew very attached to the staff with lots of ice cream and wine. Beautiful arrangement of fruit waiting for us upon check in. Our suite was throughly cleaned every day. The captain gave my dad a special tour of engine room and wheelhouse with explanation of locks. Cookies and Snacks and coffee 24 / 7. We lacked for nothing and were spoiled royally! The tours had wonderful and knowledgeable guides. We had air conditioned buses filled with water. Head sets and microphones made the tours easy to understand and navigate. We learned so much! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
My husband, son, daughter-in-law and myself all thought the trip was great. My son and his wife had never taken a river cruise and I wasn't sure they would like it. But they found their own enjoyment and had a ball. The food was ... Read More
My husband, son, daughter-in-law and myself all thought the trip was great. My son and his wife had never taken a river cruise and I wasn't sure they would like it. But they found their own enjoyment and had a ball. The food was terrific, the rooms, although not large were very nice. The staff, including the captain and the cruise director were exceptional. We joked that every where you looked the captain was there.He was there greeting you when you left the ship and when you returned. And finally the stops were, especially for someone who appreciates art, top notch. Monet's gardens were beautiful. In Rouen it was great to see the Cathedral that Monet painted multiple times. But of course one of the reasons we selected the trip was the day in Normandy which did not disappoint. It was beautiful, thoughtful and a tribute to the thousands who were buried there. This was our first Avalon cruise, but it won't be our last. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2019
-We were hoping to discover France's culture and French food, but only discovered Avalon's version. -Since we joined this Cruise from another Avalon cruise, there was no welcome aboard, only surprise from the staff ... Read More
-We were hoping to discover France's culture and French food, but only discovered Avalon's version. -Since we joined this Cruise from another Avalon cruise, there was no welcome aboard, only surprise from the staff when we asked for a daily activity sheet.(never did receive one) -Very nice accommodations, loved the large sliding window. -Loved the intimate lite meal options , in the Panorama Lounge. We do not care for the noise of a 'dining hall'. -Liked the option of a top sheet and blanket, instead of a duvet, for the bed. ( not a duvet fan) -Better description of activity levels is needed for excursions, some people on excursions should not have gone due to physical limitations, food restrictions, ect. Staff and or Cruise Director could have resolved these issues and saved some guest embarrassment. -Staff customer service could be improved on. Staff interaction improved as it got closer to the end of the cruse ( tip time) -Disliked the Big ship feel, even though there were only a little more than 120 guests. -Upper deck almost unusable due to height of bridges. -We went with this trip to experience the Seine and experience the 75th Anniversary of D-Day . D-Day remembrance was good, however none of our group had an idea of the plan for the ceremony. Even though we found out that there was a schedule available, Avalon did not supply one. *Probably will not travel with Avalon again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first-ever river cruise. MUCH prefer the small ship experience to the big cruise ships. The Avalon Paris-Normandy trip itinerary was appealing, especially since my husband is a WWII buff. I really loved the visits to the Monet ... Read More
This was our first-ever river cruise. MUCH prefer the small ship experience to the big cruise ships. The Avalon Paris-Normandy trip itinerary was appealing, especially since my husband is a WWII buff. I really loved the visits to the Monet and Van Gogh home sites. Each stop was fascinating, however. Thoroughly enjoyed every single day! Avalon's service is superb. Cannot say enough good things about the dining and bar wait staff - excellent. Our dining room waiter Andre was charming and super attentive. Marie in the bar knew what we drank and was always a sweetheart. The cruise director Tony was also top notch. No request was too much. He went out of his way to ensure the ship's passengers were happy. The tour guides each day were also extremely impressive; very knowledgeable, organized, and accommodating. And I forgot the food. Very good!! Fresh, creative, and very tasty. One night my husband noted that his portion of lamb seemed small and was quickly offered a double portion, no problem. One criticism: The day trip to Normandy beaches was very rushed. Understandably difficult, since getting there takes 1.5 hours each way. But perhaps instead of a formal lunch, which ate into the day, I would recommend a quick box lunch. Realistically, it would be much better to extend Normandy into a two-day experience. There is so much to see - the one-day tour is but a little taste of what that area offers. But overall, we had an absolutely AMAZING trip. I highly recommend Avalon Waterways, without reservation. They are excellent in pretty much every area. Hard to beat! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise after comparing with other cruise lines. We specifically chose this itinerary and the inclusion of a special interest (culinary) was a delightful bonus. Everything could not have gone better. Our transfers, ship, ... Read More
We chose this cruise after comparing with other cruise lines. We specifically chose this itinerary and the inclusion of a special interest (culinary) was a delightful bonus. Everything could not have gone better. Our transfers, ship, cabin, crew, dining, entertainment, ports, shore excursions, all were above and beyond. As my Mom said, it's like being in a 5-star hotel on water! We greatly appreciated the quality of local excursions and guides. Everything was so well organized and our Cruise Director was top notch. The crew on on this ship (Avalon Tapestry II) are extra-special. The atmosphere is so welcoming and relaxing. Food and drink all excellent. Our cabin was spacious including the bathroom. The panoramic windows are beautiful. The ship is gorgeous, very modern and sleek. I can't really say enough about how fantastic our entire experience on this cruise was. We had not been on a river cruise before and were completely blown away by how wonderful it was. Thank you to everyone! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this cruise mostly as a surprise for my boyfriend, who is an artist and loves history, in particular military history. He had never been to France. I had lived in Paris and traveled there a couple of times since. But some of the ... Read More
I chose this cruise mostly as a surprise for my boyfriend, who is an artist and loves history, in particular military history. He had never been to France. I had lived in Paris and traveled there a couple of times since. But some of the places on the itinerary I had never been, too, either. It was our first river cruise and first time with Avalon. I have nothing negative to say. The whole experience from start to finish was amazing. We loved the ship, the cabin, the dining (food and wine), the shore excursions, and the service. Once on board, I was able to discuss my choice of Avalon with other passengers and it reaffirmed that I had made the right decision. We stayed one night in Paris prior to the cruise and Avalon provided the transportation from and back to the airport as well as to the ship from our hotel on the day of embarkation. I prearranged all the tours based on our interests at each port and paid for tips up front. Less to worry about. I was able to rearrange a couple of tours on board after additional details were provided. The last day was Paris, also, so we got in as much as we could in the city considering two days is not nearly enough time. All of the crew worked very hard to make our trip wonderful. They really seemed to love their jobs and it showed. Our cruise director was Jean-Loup. He was excellent - a fountain of knowledge and a whirlwind of activity and organization. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted to have the extra attention to the Arts and especially wanted to see the Normandy region and the beaches and memorials. We also enjoyed the small group of people cruising with us and the ability to get to know people from all ... Read More
We wanted to have the extra attention to the Arts and especially wanted to see the Normandy region and the beaches and memorials. We also enjoyed the small group of people cruising with us and the ability to get to know people from all over the world. The entire cruise was just delightful. The staff was super and the Cruise Director awesome. The weather cooperated and we found the balance of rest and shore excursions to be just right. I enjoyed the variety of having early breakfast, snacks in the afternoon, a lovely sit-down dinner and being able to cruise during the daytime to see the countryside of France. The guides on the shore excursions were easy to understand, full of stories and loads of historical information. I enjoyed each one. The entertainment was delightful as well and the service from the food, to the cabin, to the captain, was outstanding. I couldn't have been more pleased with my choice of Avalon for my first river cruise and to be sure, I am looking forward to the next one. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this as my first river cruise experience because of the dates, duration, itinerary and subject matter. This cruise highlighted the lives and work of various artists as well as the history of Normandy. Prior to embarking, I spent ... Read More
I chose this as my first river cruise experience because of the dates, duration, itinerary and subject matter. This cruise highlighted the lives and work of various artists as well as the history of Normandy. Prior to embarking, I spent 2 weeks enjoying much of the highlights of Paris and wanted to explore more of the countryside of France. I don't care for ocean cruises because the crowds of people and the on-board entertainment and amenities are not for me. This river cruise, however, was delightful. I was able to find quiet, relaxing time and spaces, and I met very interesting people. The nightly entertainment was always enjoyable. Dining was always good with serving hours available for all schedules and the choices varied enough for all tastes. Embarkation was easy, I was greeted warmly and offered food and drink until my cabin was ready earlier than expected. The cruise director was fun, competent, efficient, helpful, accommodating and available. The rest of the crew and the captain were all helpful, cheerful and able. Disembarkation was also a breeze. The Cruise Director made sure every one had transportation to their various destinations and accommodated our late leaving time. My cabin was very comfortable in size, amenities, location and atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed lying in bed and watching the French country roll by through my floor-to-ceiling windows. I also enjoyed being able to walk off the ship and directly into the villages. The shore excursions offered alternatives depending on what I felt like doing on the day. They were well-organized and provided knowledgeable and sociable guides. I was well-briefed prior to the excursions so I knew where and when and what to expect. The only thing I missed was a swimming pool, but I'm not sure I would have found time to use it, even if it were there. There were no children among the guests on this cruise, and I doubt that children would have enjoyed it. I was traveling with my sister and brother-in-law, but I would have felt comfortable being solo on this cruise. I would definitely schedule another river cruise with Avalon. It was a most wonderful experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We really enjoyed our first river cruise. The main reason we picked this cruise was the Normandy destination and history lectures. They were excellent. We are experienced Ocean Cruise people and frankly the river cruise is little too laid ... Read More
We really enjoyed our first river cruise. The main reason we picked this cruise was the Normandy destination and history lectures. They were excellent. We are experienced Ocean Cruise people and frankly the river cruise is little too laid back for me. However, if we do another we would choose Avalon. Great service, excellent food and really nice people. We loved our Royal Suite but have no way to compare to other lines. Except for the lectures we found the little bit of entertainment that was provided just average. Also since there is no gambling there is not much to do when you return from excursions. The people at the reception desk were very helpful and although I need A wheelchair to go off the ship, they made that experience seamless. Our Cruise Director was very helpful and did a nice job keeping people informed of activities. We were a little disappointed that many activities started late but that was not an issue with most people. Overall we had a really great time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I went as an invitation from a friend. I've always been a "cruiser" but this experience has definitely opened my horizons of travel. This provided a more intimate setting. Every aspect from embarkation to disembarking was ... Read More
I went as an invitation from a friend. I've always been a "cruiser" but this experience has definitely opened my horizons of travel. This provided a more intimate setting. Every aspect from embarkation to disembarking was flawless. The accommodations were 5 stars!!! Our room was complete with a "virtual" fireplace which was an awesome touch. The staff became family. The service was impeccable. Every meal was a culinary experience. After going on the kitchen tour, I was in awe of how so many fabulous meals came out of such a small place. I could tell that meticulous attention was paid to the wines that were paired with the evening meals. At the end of our deck was a guest area that had an endless supply of the best cookies I have ever tasted. The shore outings provided multiple choices. We met great people who have now become friends. I will definitely go again....Hats off to Avalon for a fabulous program. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
This was our second Avalon Cruise. The Ship was only 1 month old. We were very pleased again! The daily excursions were informative and our guides were wonderful and well informed. We purchased 1 additional excursion to the Palace of ... Read More
This was our second Avalon Cruise. The Ship was only 1 month old. We were very pleased again! The daily excursions were informative and our guides were wonderful and well informed. We purchased 1 additional excursion to the Palace of Versailles. Well worth it. We used our Journey Member's discount to lower the price. We saw some familiar faces from our cruise last year on the Danube. The Chef came to our table every night and asked how our dinner was. The wine kept flowing. All in all very satisfied and looking forward to our next cruise. The ship was only 1 month old. While the cabins are not large they are comfortable. The bed faces of wall of windows out to the river that slide open if you like. We had Avalon's Panorama Suite. The entertainment onboard was basic. A piano player every night. Our group did dance with the music a few nights. One night a French singer performed. My brother in law used the hot tub on the sundeck several times. He said it was small but enjoyed it. We extended our stay in Paris by 4 days. The ship arranged for a taxi to take us to an flat we rented from VRBO on the day of Disembarkation after breakfast. Read Less
Avalon Tapestry II Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.9
Dining 3.0 4.8
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.1
Family 1.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.7
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 4.0 4.7

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