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Sail Date: July 2018
This was my first river cruise. We began in Paris with a city tour, then embarked from Remich, Germany to cruise the Mosel River, then cruised down the Rhine to Amsterdam. We stopped at many scenic towns, had time to tour, shop, and check ... Read More
This was my first river cruise. We began in Paris with a city tour, then embarked from Remich, Germany to cruise the Mosel River, then cruised down the Rhine to Amsterdam. We stopped at many scenic towns, had time to tour, shop, and check out local restaurants. The staff was very professional, the boat was clean, comfortable, and beautiful, and the scenery was amazing. The excursions were fun, informative, and while many were included, the ones that were extra were well worth it. The food on the boat was excellent. Our budget room far exceeded my expectations--much more space than I expected, both in the living area and bathroom. Most of the people on this cruise were 60-80, but there were several adult children traveling with their parents, and teen grandchildren traveling with their grandparents--it made for a nice variety. I felt like the staff really anticipated what would make for smooth, worry-free trip for all of the guests. I would definitely take an Avalon cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the ship and the overall value. We looked at the other lines, but for the cost, felt Avalon offered the best of what we were looking for. Boy were we right. The ship was wonderful, the staff ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the ship and the overall value. We looked at the other lines, but for the cost, felt Avalon offered the best of what we were looking for. Boy were we right. The ship was wonderful, the staff incredible and the food outstanding. We've been on over 25+ cruises from Celebrity (large ships) to Windstar (small ships) and Avalon is at the top of the list. It's interesting how the ship felt large, yet intimate. The staff gets to know you so it feels like the high end lines (i.e.: Silver Seas) at which point they go out of their way to accommodate you on many levels. In addition, the rooms are wonderful, large and spacious with balconies (we always do a balcony for viewing and fresh air) in which the bed faces the balcony so you can relax while the world passes by. With beer and wine included with lunch and dinner, the cost savings alone at this level is impressive not to mention the hosted local entertainment. If your next cruise is a river cruise, we would pick Avalon again. This line allows for a worldly experience of culture, wine, food, people and incredible destinations. For us, we'll be back to sail with them in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
We selected this cruise (Visionary - Paris to Prague) as it offered destinations we wanted to experience and certainly the Avalon staff lived up to our expectations and the fine Avalon Waterways reputation as a premier river cruise ... Read More
We selected this cruise (Visionary - Paris to Prague) as it offered destinations we wanted to experience and certainly the Avalon staff lived up to our expectations and the fine Avalon Waterways reputation as a premier river cruise provider. Some things we were ever so pleased with (1) The boat itself - Visionary. It is a modern, well planned out, exceptionally clean and well maintained vessel. (2) Staff - to a person that we encountered during the 12 day cruise, the staff members were all so very accommodating, helpful, cheerful and well presented. (3) Cruise director - Toney is just the right person for the cruise director position - so much knowledge about every aspect of the cruise and countryside, friendly, patient, and most helpful in taking care of the "details." We looked forward to the daily Toney briefing about the subsequent daily events and schedule. (4) Meals - just cannot say enough about the meal experience. Every day the meal selection, taste, and presentation was just award winning! Couple that up with the exceptional dining service , and it became something to look forward to multiple times a day. (5) Pre-cruise information packet and booklets from Avalon was most helpful and so very thorough without being overwhelming. The on-board daily schedules provided, along with the maps of the village stops, etc. was very useful. (6) Promptness - always on target. If Toney announced the bus would depart at 0900 -----it did. That there were no ship-wide announcements was a refreshing policy. (7) Ashore tours were well organized and appropriate length. Some tour guides were better than others however. (8) Post Cruise Service - Over the top! My wife and I met a couple we want to stay in contact with, but lost the contact information paper. With only first names and a state of origin, Avalon went through the 120 passenger list and got our contact information to them. We are now in contact. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Recommended by friends and a travel agent. We were interested in exploring the smaller towns, villages in Germany. We added additional days to the Paris land tour. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and interesting. We learned both ... Read More
Recommended by friends and a travel agent. We were interested in exploring the smaller towns, villages in Germany. We added additional days to the Paris land tour. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and interesting. We learned both the culture and history of each stop. We loved the ship, very well kept, and comfortable rooms and communal areas. The staff aboard were cheerful, helpful and interesting. Food was well prepared and presented with numerous options each meal. Site seeing from the ship was delightful, such a beautiful country. Castles, ruins, vineyards, campgrounds, greenbelts. The onboard entertainment, by the staff musician and special presentations were well done and quite enjoyable. The atmosphere and small number of shipmates, lent itself to meeting many new friends and sharing our adventures. We will definitely consider future cruises with Avalon. They offer a number of unique locations. The value was worth the wonderful experience. Bon Voyage. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Always wanted to cruise the Rhine. We explored Paris on our own to get into the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and the Seine River Cruise as it was school holidays and didn't want to waste time doing the morning bus tour. These three events ... Read More
Always wanted to cruise the Rhine. We explored Paris on our own to get into the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and the Seine River Cruise as it was school holidays and didn't want to waste time doing the morning bus tour. These three events took most of the day waiting in line to get into the event, even with a pre-purchased ticket. After the rustle and bustle of Paris, we were glad to get on the boat and unpack for the next 11 days. We were able to choose extra trips so paid for the Luxemberg trip as an extra. Well worth it. Great service, good room -we had a sapphire deck room with glass sliding doors so well lit and relaxing to just watch the countryside go by in the afternoon. Morning excursions were great with gentle to faster walks provided. Although no irons in room to use. Had to send to laundry. So non crumple clothes a bonus. The dining was excellent with two to three choices each night on a four course dinner. The food for lunch was more like a meal. I would rather have something simple like being able to toast a sandwich or make an egg sandwich. So didn't lose weight on the trip. We are already planning which river trip to take with Avalon for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Objective was to see Germany and picturesque river castes up close. Guides were very knowledgeable and understandable! We want to take another river cruise, maybe in England and Scotland, and to finish our German river cruise on other ... Read More
Objective was to see Germany and picturesque river castes up close. Guides were very knowledgeable and understandable! We want to take another river cruise, maybe in England and Scotland, and to finish our German river cruise on other rivers. Very restful and relaxing. Would like to be able to see ahead in addition to seeing alongside. Would like a "captain's chair" or two in the room. Food and service was excellent with a great variety (but the food labels were too small). Port villages were small clean neat picturesque friendly and easy to walk around with no danger of getting lost or left behind, because the boat and river were so near. A simple map was provided each morning of the town we would be exploring that day. We took a picture of it each day to help us identify the locations of the pictures we took when we got home. Smaller passenger numbers made embarkation and debarkation easy simple and quick. It was also easy to recognize fellow passengers on shore for making acquaintances, sharing stories, and making sure you were among friends and in the right place. This was our 50th wedding anniversary, and the crew and captain made a special presentation of cake, champagne, music, and song at the front of the main window in the dining room! Very special surprise! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We arrived in Paris and was warmly greeted at the airport for a smooth transport to our Hotel for next three days. Our Hotel and Paris were amazing and within walking distance of so many sites. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the ... Read More
We arrived in Paris and was warmly greeted at the airport for a smooth transport to our Hotel for next three days. Our Hotel and Paris were amazing and within walking distance of so many sites. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre...so much to see! Then we took bullet train to our Ship, Avalon Visionary which was beautifully appointed. The staff were so gracious and entertainment was top-notch. We choose Avalon for the room setup with own bed facing the wall of windows. Our views were perfect! Sharing a glass of wine after dinner and looking at the lit towns as we silently drifted by felt like we were in a romance novel. While this was our first river cruise I cannot imagine anything that could have been done better by another. It will not be our last as we are already looking at their culinary cruise for August 2018 - Paris to Normandy. Read Less
Avalon Visionary Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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