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Sail Date: October 2018
Of course I was disappointed that we were only able to be onboard for 6 days of our 13, but Avalon and every crew member, especially our cruise director, went above and beyond to assure that our experience was a wonderful time! ... Read More
Of course I was disappointed that we were only able to be onboard for 6 days of our 13, but Avalon and every crew member, especially our cruise director, went above and beyond to assure that our experience was a wonderful time! Unprecedented drought in the Rhine Region this year halted river traffic and left many ships grounded. Somehow, Avalon was able to arrange alternate transportation, hotels, and meals so that we were able to enjoy almost all of the activities and excursions of the itinerary! The absolute highlight for me was the days we spent on board cruising the Mosel. The lovely scenery, quaint medieval villages, amazing castles, cathedrals, ancient architecture and beautiful vinyards made this one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The shore excursions were excellent, the food and service were top notch, and the accommodations arranged for us off ship were amazing! This was my first river cruise, but it will not be my last! Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2016
after much research, we felt that the room size was larger on the Avalon Visionary boat and more to our liking... which it was. The room was immaculately clean and kept clean and tidy every day. The crew was friendly and accommodating ... Read More
after much research, we felt that the room size was larger on the Avalon Visionary boat and more to our liking... which it was. The room was immaculately clean and kept clean and tidy every day. The crew was friendly and accommodating and the food was fabulous. Every tour had a knowledgeable and thorough guide that was very informative. We didn't expect to have entertainment nightly onboard - however we were pleasantly surprised with the local talent that jumped on board while we were docked or while we passed through a lock..... amazing!!!!! The Hum Pa Pa band was hysterical... I hadn't laughed that hard in a long time. He was fabulous. During the day we had a Zither concert - something new for me - and not to be out done by the beer tasting in the afternoon. I need to compliment the "bar - tender" and the rest of his staff.... they always went out of their way for you. I like Avalon. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose Avalon as we had heard good things about their cruises. The Avalon Visionary is a great ship and we thought our cabin (206) was well appointed with plenty of storage space and seating. We enjoyed the daily entertainment which ... Read More
We chose Avalon as we had heard good things about their cruises. The Avalon Visionary is a great ship and we thought our cabin (206) was well appointed with plenty of storage space and seating. We enjoyed the daily entertainment which was varied, including lectures, musicians, singers, and even a show put on by the crew. The service was excellent from all crew members we encountered. The dining was 4-star quality and varied. Breakfast and lunch were buffets, but always offered a made-to-order specialty from the chef. Ports were as wonderful as we had anticipated, and you can be as busy as you want to be with choices of additional excursions on most days. All the local guides were excellent. An extra shout-out to our cruise director, Karoline, who was outstanding. We though it was really an ideal way to travel and hope to plan another river cruise with Avalon. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Wanted to cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Switzerland, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Austria. Gorgeous. The ship was very nice. Water levels were high so we didn't board until second day. Our cabin was nice, food ... Read More
Wanted to cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Switzerland, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Austria. Gorgeous. The ship was very nice. Water levels were high so we didn't board until second day. Our cabin was nice, food pretty good. Service is excellent. However for the price it was very expensive compared to ocean cruises. Of course river cruises include all the tours guided. Dining room was very warm, it was hard to eat when you are very warm. Scenery was gorgeous and cruise director was excellent. Think for the price all alcohol any time of day should be included. Daily schedule was just the right pace. Lived all the stops but particularly Czech Republic and Wacau Valley. Loved Regensburg a lot. Felt like a Christmas town. I think the best way to describe this river cruise is castles, cathedrals, storks, swans, vineyards and apricot orchards. So breathtaking and unusual. Life onboard was very good. Ship is immaculate. Service was very good. Activities were not too numerous which is good because several days had two excursions and didn't need a lot of entertainment onboard. The food was very good. Absolutely loved the special tasting dinners at the start of each region. The lounges and patios were perfect onboard. Read Less
Avalon Visionary Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.7
Family N/A 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.4
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.3
Rates 3.0 3.6

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