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Sail Date: September 2017
We sailed on the 2 night Prague, 7 nights Nuremberg to Luxembourg, 2 night Paris itinerary at the end of September. The ship itself is very comfortable and we had a cabin on the highest deck, which I recommend since it puts you a little ... Read More
We sailed on the 2 night Prague, 7 nights Nuremberg to Luxembourg, 2 night Paris itinerary at the end of September. The ship itself is very comfortable and we had a cabin on the highest deck, which I recommend since it puts you a little higher above the water. Very well put together cabins, excellent free internet service, lovely to turn your entire cabin into a balcony by opening the floor to ceiling window all the way on a nice day, and very well stocked and designed bathroom. The itinerary itself is highlighted by the amazingly wonderful tour guides on all the included and optional tours. We took optional tours to Rothenburg, Luxembourg City and Versailles. The hotel choices in Prague and Paris were also top of the line and very well located. Meals on the ship were accompanied by beer and wine and we were pleased that dinner wine usually had four options: one or two whites and reds and a rose! One of the nice things about the cabin is the refrigerator, which came in handy when we bought wine or other local beverages in Germany. (You should bring back some federweisser from Wurzburg or one of the other German towns if it is in season to enjoy on the ship.) One of the best meals offered is a tasting menu called the Panorama Bistro which does not cost extra, but seating is limited to you must sign up for it in advance. We loved it so much we went back a second time. It should not be missed. All in all, we think the Avalon experience exceeded expectations and would not hesitate to go on another river cruise with Avalon. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We love Avalon Waterways, have had great experiences with their ships! Embarking and disembarking smooth as can be, love the way you can place your suitcase at end of cruise for early morning pickup and not midnight like big ships! 2 ... Read More
We love Avalon Waterways, have had great experiences with their ships! Embarking and disembarking smooth as can be, love the way you can place your suitcase at end of cruise for early morning pickup and not midnight like big ships! 2 nights in Prague before boarding the ship was a good start. Cabins have plenty of room, love the full glass sliding doors with bed facing the doors. Dining room beautiful with terrific service, flowing wine, and many food choices at all meals! Great room with coffee/snacks available at back of ship all day. The staff and cruise director Tony on our cruise were exceptional! All ports and shore excursions were so well planned, afternoons at leisure to go off on your own, easy access on and off boat. If thinking about river cruising, don't wait any longer!! We really loved our trip and will definitely sail again with Avalon! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
From a previous European river cruise, I learned there is no place not worth seeing here thus we couldn't wait to take another. We booked this less than 2 months after returning from our last one. The main reason we choose this ... Read More
From a previous European river cruise, I learned there is no place not worth seeing here thus we couldn't wait to take another. We booked this less than 2 months after returning from our last one. The main reason we choose this particular cruise was we always wanted to visit Paris and some of the other places included. It was amazing how well organized the entire trip went. One night one of the locks broke and the ship was delayed for several hours, but our cruise director and captain was able to dock at a different location and have buses waiting to take us to our scheduled excursion. We never missed a single planned activity. As far as the planned activities and shore excursions, everyone involved from the ships crew to the on shore guides they provided us with perfect combination of informative historic and cultural experiences. Everything thing Avalon was responsible for flawless. The only glitch we had during the entire 12 days was when we arrived at our hotel in Prague, our room wasn't ready and we had to wait over 3 hours in the lobby. The hotel didn't seem to make any effort to expedite the situation. Our Avalon guide made several enquires with the hotel personnel but it was obvious that they didn't seem too concerned. Thus that is why I titled this review "ALMOST perfect". This was completely out of Avalon's control. I will definitely consider Avalon for any future river cruises. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2013
First, let me say that the crew of the Avalon Visionary were wonderful. They did everything in their power to make the trip a pleasure, but couldn't overcome the shortcomings of stateroom 202. The continuous sound of running, ... Read More
First, let me say that the crew of the Avalon Visionary were wonderful. They did everything in their power to make the trip a pleasure, but couldn't overcome the shortcomings of stateroom 202. The continuous sound of running, splashing, gurgling water beneath our cabin floor caused us endless sleepless nights. We would emerge in the morning for breakfast looking like zombies. When exhaustion did bring on sleep, we were frequently awakened green and gasping as diesel exhaust fumes wafted through our cabin courtesy of the air conditioning system. There was no fear of motion sickness on board, but carbon monoxide poisoning was a real possibility. The on-board entertainment system was nice, but only worked sporadically. Then there was the day when our room inexplicably locked us out. This was surely an omen. Only a crew member with a master key could let us in that day until the entire lock system was replaced. On the final evening of the trip we had a silent tour of Budapest at night when our local guide was given a dead audio transmitter. Note to beer lovers: The complimentary on-board beer served with dinner is awful. It looks and tastes like....well....you know. After the first night nobody touched the beer. We all switched to wine, which was quite good. Small (0.3L) bottles of German beer were available at the bar but cost 3.5 Euros (about $5). Slake your beer thirst in Prague, where delicious Czech beer cost less than $2 for a half liter. Wish we had brought a case on board. 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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