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Sail Date: July 2019
The ship it was built in 2012 and it still looked brand new, our cabin was spacious and well equipped. We arrived on 12 July 2019 and checked into the Movenpick Hotel, Amsterdam City Center, the next morning to Breakfast and finally ... Read More
The ship it was built in 2012 and it still looked brand new, our cabin was spacious and well equipped. We arrived on 12 July 2019 and checked into the Movenpick Hotel, Amsterdam City Center, the next morning to Breakfast and finally closed up all our bags ready to board the Avalon Vista to get settled. We had breakfast and prep for our Amsterdam Canal Cruse plus a walking tour, every day there was tours to a lot of the sights. The meals that were provided were very delicious, for those that didn't want a large meal there was a small were served in the Panorama Lounge, it was also the location for all the briefings for the next day’s activities and music/dancing. Each day was filled with tours provided by the cruise lines or optional fee. There were never wants for service because what you might want it was provided. The ports and shore excursions were very well arranged and informative. We know that it takes a lot of planning but the only disappointment was the day of disembarkment from the ship would we would like a mini tour of Basel. This was our first trip on a long ship but it won't be our last because we truly enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We had a great time with Avalon in China in 2017. We wanted to see the Danube and thought Avalon would be good again. They did not disappoint. The service was magnificent, the food very good, the tours were great. We enjoyed every ... Read More
We had a great time with Avalon in China in 2017. We wanted to see the Danube and thought Avalon would be good again. They did not disappoint. The service was magnificent, the food very good, the tours were great. We enjoyed every minute of it. We had plenty of time to explore Budapest and were able to store our luggage on board on embarkation day. The staff was so accommodating. One evening, we didn't not realize that Vienna closed so completely and early. We made our way back to the ship knowing we had missed dinner. We did not even ask, the crew said "you have missed dinner, can we get you something?" We will be taking other Avalon cruises because they have not disappointed at all. We needed to make alternative arrangements at the end of the cruise and the staff was very accommodating and helped us get to the train station in Regensburg to catch the train to Munich. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
My husband wanted to book a cruise that would be as easy or as difficult physically as I could handle with knee surgery looming. A friend and I found everything was perfect, especially for a first time river cruise. Everything about this ... Read More
My husband wanted to book a cruise that would be as easy or as difficult physically as I could handle with knee surgery looming. A friend and I found everything was perfect, especially for a first time river cruise. Everything about this cruise went smoothly from the moment we joined up. No worries and every question was answered promptly and fully. Our disembarkation was remarkably easy as well. The ship shines, the crew from captain down to the behind the scenes people were welcoming,cheerful and pleasant. The cabin was more than adequate, beds extremely comfortable for one with a bad back and the food and bar outstanding. I could not have wished for better service. The planned shore excursions and ports of call have a lovely overview of several countries and some of their highlights, loads of information from a local guide, with shortened or modified tours (gentle walks) for those needing them. Personally, I found most of the tour very doable with a walking stick which the ship provided. As we were told at the beginning of the cruise, very little of the entertainment took place aboard ship--most was only e o the planned excursions. My husband did not accompany me on this trip, so I am going to try and get him to go next year. I certainly hope to go again several times, preferably with Avalon Waterways. I simply can't say enough good about them. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Recommended by friends who have been on prior AVALON cruises, including this summer on the same one we took but at an earlier time. We also chose it for size of boat, lack of children, number of stops and excursions. The ports were ... Read More
Recommended by friends who have been on prior AVALON cruises, including this summer on the same one we took but at an earlier time. We also chose it for size of boat, lack of children, number of stops and excursions. The ports were excellent, with variation of guides in ports from super to ok. Enough free time and also enough information provided. In fact, everything was timed perfectly - no mixups. The ship was lovely, well designed to encourage socialization and choices for meals. The staterooms were roomy for a cruise, with plenty of storage and it was great that all had outside windows (we never opened ours but there were Juliette balconies). Food was excellent and abundant. Our on-board director, NANCY, was fantastic. She made everything work with great spirit and enthusiasm and problem solving. And she gave precise and well-articulated "briefings" every day. Terrific. A real pro. 99% of our "problems" were of our own making in that we had a small fold-up wheel chair which does not work easily on the old town streets and hills - FYI for anyone traveling with a wheel chair or limited walking ability. Luckily we are used to me parking the chair for my husband somewhere interesting and galloping off on my own to see things beyond his range. As to Nancy and the crew, they made the wheel chair part no problem as much as humanly possible. I would recommend for entertainment that there be more organized after dinner things like scavenger hunts or bingo of some variety or other group games - we did a few but mainly it was passive entertainment and then people went to the bar or their rooms. The days were filled very well; no too long stretches of sailing. We did run out of Danube at the Budapest stop - hardly the fault of Avalon. We were impressed with everything. Met lovely people, all similar enough in age/life stage to fit together well. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The cruise staff all around was amazing. From the crew to the waiters, to everybody we saw on board. We loved all the activities we could choose from. Being able to pick between included excursions made our experience wonderful. The ... Read More
The cruise staff all around was amazing. From the crew to the waiters, to everybody we saw on board. We loved all the activities we could choose from. Being able to pick between included excursions made our experience wonderful. The hardest decision was deciding between red and white wine or how many desserts to have! I had allergies, and the maître d’ was able to walk me through the menu each day in order for me to be successful. In our 40s, we were one of the youngest people on the trip, however everybody was welcoming and we enjoyed hanging out with people on the ship. Being able to sit wherever we want it allowed us to have dinner with different people each evening. Sometimes we wanted a more casual dinner and we would sit in the bistro, this was nice because you could pick smaller portions of several different entrées. We would definitely choose an Avalon vacation again. Read Less
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
Sail Date: April 2018
Friends who have had very positive experiences with Avalon Waterways, highly recommended it to us. It was our first and all our experiences exceeded our expectations. The crew, each one, was extremely efficient, courteous, and especially ... Read More
Friends who have had very positive experiences with Avalon Waterways, highly recommended it to us. It was our first and all our experiences exceeded our expectations. The crew, each one, was extremely efficient, courteous, and especially friendly to the guests which, I must say, were a delight to meet and great to become friends and socialize with. A plus was the knowledgeable cruise director and his meticulous attention to detail, schedules, and in simply directing everyone to where they should be at any given time and in a timely way. What a guy he is! Also, the tour guides were knowledgeable about the various venues we visited. The food served in the lounge and in the dining room was excellent, as well as the friendly ship's company who cooked and served the guests. No complaint or mistake, if any, went uncorrected as far as we know. I might add that the musical entertainment that was presented on the vessel was a pleasant and unexpected plus. The berthing was perfecto. Comfortable, very accommodating, and with marvelous riverside scenery. We are looking forward our booking another river cruise with Avalon Waterways. Our big and heart-felt thanks for making our vacation one of the best ever. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Just heard Viking is restricting all cruises to NO KIDS. Wow! That really saddens me, because our 2017 multi-generational family vacation aboard the Avalon Vista from Budapest to Nuremburg was amazing. Our Group included 10 family ... Read More
Just heard Viking is restricting all cruises to NO KIDS. Wow! That really saddens me, because our 2017 multi-generational family vacation aboard the Avalon Vista from Budapest to Nuremburg was amazing. Our Group included 10 family members- ages 12 to 85 years. We travelled with two (2) children who would not be welcomed aboard Viking Cruise lines. The senior members of our group and junior members also loved the chess board on the deck! At any rate - Avalon was simply amazing!!! Rooms were fantastic and the itinerary literally had something for everyone. On one particular day my son and his cousin (12 and 13) road bikes with their aunt through Regensburg, while Grandpa and Great Aunt Barbara enjoyed an afternoon of folk music and a beer at the Monk's Abbey. Grandpa loved the opportunity to take his 13 year-old grandson to a classical concert in Vienna. Every single person in our group loved this vacation and would do it again in a heartbeat. If you are thinking about booking a multi-generational family vacation, don't hesitate! Grandpa says it was his best birthday gift of his life! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Wow, greeted with champagne, h, ow good is that. My advice to travelers is get to Paris a day early so you are not stressed by the travel. They pick you up at the Airport, they take your luggage, bring you to a staging place ( Hotel ... Read More
Wow, greeted with champagne, h, ow good is that. My advice to travelers is get to Paris a day early so you are not stressed by the travel. They pick you up at the Airport, they take your luggage, bring you to a staging place ( Hotel Pullman) and you wait several hours to take the bus to the meals were( for a cruise ship) bathroom. Real live orchids, a window wall that opens to a French Balcony. A very comfortable bed. We went to the lounge to here Caty our cruise director, tell us about the ship, the one time emergency drill and other features. Everybody loved Caty, everyday and evening she was there for our concerns and questions, thank you. We found out that we had 95 people cruising on the Tapestry II, not a lot when we have been on cruise ships with thousands. Our dining experience was fantastic, Gabriel our server made sure our wine glasses were full, take a drink and he would top it off. Thank you Gabriel for taking such good care of us. Just to mention, when we came on board the Matrei d asked if anyone had allergies, my wife is allergic to shell fish, informed him and at every meal he stopped by to see what she ordered. Caring and considering the welfare of the guests made us feel we made the right choice. Hard to be on a very personal cruise and not make new friends, we were grateful to the many new ones we made. The tours are many and fun, from the American cemetery at Normandy, Van Gogh, Monet, Paris and the many others we took, very interesting and knowledgeable guides. Would do it again. Thanks to the Captain for his singing New York, New York in French. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Our travel agent selected it for us. She liked the company. We sailed on the most beautiful, new ship, the Tranquility II. Every detail was sparkling and clean. The ship was beautifully appointed and there was attention to every ... Read More
Our travel agent selected it for us. She liked the company. We sailed on the most beautiful, new ship, the Tranquility II. Every detail was sparkling and clean. The ship was beautifully appointed and there was attention to every detail. From candies on the front desk to refreshing face towels and juice to greet us upon our return to the ship from an excursion. The meals were course after course of appealing and country-oriented flavors. Breakfasts included made-to-order eggs and omelettes, lunches were also buffet style and offered a huge array of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and breads. Dinners were multiple courses with plenty of options. The wait staff were efficient and friendly, quick to refill our wines and sodas, and eager to get something special for us if it was our wish. We were always treated by the captain when we returned from an excursion. The organization of all 122 passengers was smooth and friendly. With a group of this size, it was easy to meet people more than once and actually refer to them as friends. Best experience EVER! Why would anyone want to go on a traveling city of thousands when there is this amazing, personable experience available? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2014
Both my husband and I are disable. We can only walk short distances, very short. So we purchased two "Travelscoots" These are the smallest mobility scooters. They are only 28 lbs and can fold up into a size of a umbrella ... Read More
Both my husband and I are disable. We can only walk short distances, very short. So we purchased two "Travelscoots" These are the smallest mobility scooters. They are only 28 lbs and can fold up into a size of a umbrella stroller. These are highly rated by owners that traveled around the world. We have traveled on 40 plus "big" ship cruises, but never a river cruise, so this was a test..We took the AVALON illumination maiden voyage from Amsterdam to Vienna, 13 days, with walking tours everyday offered with the booking. I was so impressed with the entire crew and the Captain. Avalon had no problems with our scooters. Since we were able to walk throughout the entire ship without any problems, we never used our scooters aboard, This ship had an lovely elevator, but we did not need to use it. We choose the first cabin #201, which was close to all the public area, lobby, lounge, dinning. No problems. Our cruise director recommended the "gentle walking" tour daily and alerted each tour guild of our use of the "travelscoots". If the tour started with a bus ride, arrangements were made to transport our scooters in the bus storage, and every bus driver helped us on and off the bus. Avalon had the scoots ready in the lobby of the ship for us. Avalon crew carried our scoots on and off the ramps, Once our ship was alongside another ship, Avalon crew carried our scooters thru the other ship too!! The Captain was very, very friendly. He was always around and about the ship, greeting all the passengers with a personal warm manner. The crew was very attentive, the meals were delicious, the walking tours were daily. We took some excursions too. One was a all day trip to the lake region by bus and stops at three villages. Our "travelscoot" came along. Scooting up hills, thru cobblestone villages were no problem with these scooters. We had a wonderful time, THANKS to the Avalon captain and crew, they made the difference...I really recommend AVALON to any disable traveler...be sure to use the Travelscoots too!! Read Less
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