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Sail Date: April 2018
Wanted a river cruise along the Danube from Vienna to Passau to enjoy the scenery----especially in the wine-growing region of the Wachau--- and Benedictine monastery MELK (featured in the film "In the Name of the Rose") on my way ... Read More
Wanted a river cruise along the Danube from Vienna to Passau to enjoy the scenery----especially in the wine-growing region of the Wachau--- and Benedictine monastery MELK (featured in the film "In the Name of the Rose") on my way to my old hometown in Munich. The cabin and ship were in excellent shape, clean, wonderful stateroom amenities (L'Occident products). Food was fabulous, with an incredible selection of local food, delicacies and wine. And for those who don't want international food, filet mignons and steak were available every night if one preferred. Service aboard was impeccable. Cruise director very knowledgeable, interesting, funny and personable. Staff couldn't have been more caring. Excursions excellent and interesting. My only complaint is that the cruise wasn't long enough. Having grown up in Europe never would have thought years ago that I would do such a cruise. But now hooked on river cruising. Didn't miss the throngs of people found on ocean cruises. Enjoyed the sights and sounds of the beautiful countryside calmly and quietly floating by. Read Less
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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
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