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6 Zurich to Europe - River Cruise Avalon Affinity Cruise Reviews

I love cruises as it gives you a taste of several areas without having to drive yourself around and only unpack your suitcase once. I have also been on many ocean cruises so the river cruise was much more intimate. This made it much easier ... Read More
I love cruises as it gives you a taste of several areas without having to drive yourself around and only unpack your suitcase once. I have also been on many ocean cruises so the river cruise was much more intimate. This made it much easier to learn the staff by name and easier for them to treat us special as well. I was really surprised at how easy embarkation and disembarkation went. I was envisioning long lines and there was none of that. This was our first trip to Europe to celebrate my 50th birthday. I loved the excursions that came with the trip. It helped us get a taste of the area and allowed some free time to either explore on our own or relax back on the ship. We made sure to utilize the bicycles, hot tub, gym and lounge area. The gym could use to be bigger, maybe atleast 2-3 treadmills and a weight set (other than the 3 pounds weights that were there). Oh and a bigger window so you can look outside while working out would be a plus. I do wish we had longer days or perhaps overnight stays in some ports as there wasn't enough free time to really get to experience the town in a more relaxed pace. But unfortunately, most cruises are that way. We hadn't even finished our trip yet and my husband was asking where else can we go? And how soon can we come back. We loved it that much. I told him you don't have to twist my arm, I love to travel and definitely so much more to see in Europe. Just need to save up the vacation days and we will plan another trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was out 2nd cruise with Avalon. The first was on the Senn River to Normandy. The crew and dinning staff were always fantastic. The excursions were always planned well with almost perfect guides. The food on board was awesome and ... Read More
This was out 2nd cruise with Avalon. The first was on the Senn River to Normandy. The crew and dinning staff were always fantastic. The excursions were always planned well with almost perfect guides. The food on board was awesome and perfect. What i might suggest is a rating on excursions that require a lot of walking. We took the Maggot Line excursion, and while we were fine, there were a few that had to cut the tour short. During the cruise, there was an issue with low water, however the staff and Captain kept us advised as we approached the area in question. It turned out that there was no need for a transfer as the Captain was able to get the craft thru the area in question without any inconvenience to the passengers, which is a big credit to the staff of Avalon. The entertainment was great, and what i thought was really good was the pre-dinner briefing by the Cruise Director who always did a fantastic job. Avalon always does the best!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We looked at Viking and Avalon seemed to offer the identical itinerary with a smaller ship. We were very happy with the cruise, the stateroom, the itinerary,the excursions, the staff, the service, the food, and the entire experience. We ... Read More
We looked at Viking and Avalon seemed to offer the identical itinerary with a smaller ship. We were very happy with the cruise, the stateroom, the itinerary,the excursions, the staff, the service, the food, and the entire experience. We have cruised on Ocean liners many times and this was comparable yet more intimate. We had some issues with our toilet, and it needed to be replaced before the end of the cruise. That was annoying and then our neighbors, who had the adjacent cabin and whom we were traveling with, also had issues with their toilet. The issues were resolved promptly but it detracted from our cruise a bit. The food in the dining experience was excellent. While the choices were limited, there was always an option for diners that didn't want the main fare. I did wish there were (included) sparkling wine options, as I am not a regular wine drinker as much. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We were extremely impressed by the staff and crew of the Avalon Affinity. The ship may be the oldest in the fleet, but it is not showing it's age. The crew was absolutely wonderful. Meals were top notch and selection of local wines ... Read More
We were extremely impressed by the staff and crew of the Avalon Affinity. The ship may be the oldest in the fleet, but it is not showing it's age. The crew was absolutely wonderful. Meals were top notch and selection of local wines and beer were perfect. The excursions were always entertaining. Much to see in this part of the world. Tour guides were always well spoken and very personable. We highly recommend seeing the Maginot Line when in Strasbourg. It is a sobering reminder of the last world war. Kiril (Entertainer) was great at keeping the energy high in the lounge on nights when we were all tired from exploring during the day. Our only complaint is that it all had to come to an end eventually. I'd highly recommend extending the trip on both ends of the cruise in both Switzerland and Amsterdam. So much to see and experience. "Chapeau" to everyone involved in pulling off such a wonderful cruise. See you next time! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our second river cruise, the first being on a different cruise line. Our cruise started out with our flight being delayed causing us to “miss the boat”. We weren’t sure what we were supposed to do once we arrived in ... Read More
This was our second river cruise, the first being on a different cruise line. Our cruise started out with our flight being delayed causing us to “miss the boat”. We weren’t sure what we were supposed to do once we arrived in Zurich. Friends we were traveling with told us Avalon would have someone meet us to take us to the next port, but we did not receive communication from the boat. Once in Zurich, no one was there. After wandering around for almost an hour and almost getting on the train, someone finally showed up. Heading to our next port we discovered we were responsible for the cost of transportation, over $500. Had we known this before getting in the van, we would have taken the less costly train. Avalon did finally pay for half of the cost. Overall the cruise was nice. The food was very good, service not as good as our other cruise, and the dining room was very noisy. The excursions were nice and the local guides were very knowledgeable. Our overall experience with Avalon was good, but if I had a choice between cruise lines, I would probably go with the other. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I saw more on this trip than on any other. The cruise director and crew were great. It would be nice to have a little more transportation through cities. I appreciated attention to our restroom needs. Most of us were older, so that was ... Read More
I saw more on this trip than on any other. The cruise director and crew were great. It would be nice to have a little more transportation through cities. I appreciated attention to our restroom needs. Most of us were older, so that was helpful. The dining was steller. The waiters were attentive and helped in every way. The preparation was excellent and the presentation artful. The captain was very skilled. I couldn't believe how he slipped into those locks without bumping the walls. Most of the time I didn't know we docked. Each port was clean and often had gardens around. The people were friendly and everyone spoke English. They seemed to appreciate my little German and French. Most of the shopping was touristy but we had chances to order lunch and snacks in towns. I enjoyed the historic sites and would like to do even more with museums. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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