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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!

Very Relaxing

Avalon Expression Cruise Review by Beanie51

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Window
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!
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