1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Avalon Waterways
  4. Avalon Tapestry II Review
  5. Avalon Tapestry II Cruise Reviews
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first-ever river cruise. MUCH prefer the small ship experience to the big cruise ships. The Avalon Paris-Normandy trip itinerary was appealing, especially since my husband is a WWII buff. I really loved the visits to the Monet ... Read More
This was our first-ever river cruise. MUCH prefer the small ship experience to the big cruise ships. The Avalon Paris-Normandy trip itinerary was appealing, especially since my husband is a WWII buff. I really loved the visits to the Monet and Van Gogh home sites. Each stop was fascinating, however. Thoroughly enjoyed every single day! Avalon's service is superb. Cannot say enough good things about the dining and bar wait staff - excellent. Our dining room waiter Andre was charming and super attentive. Marie in the bar knew what we drank and was always a sweetheart. The cruise director Tony was also top notch. No request was too much. He went out of his way to ensure the ship's passengers were happy. The tour guides each day were also extremely impressive; very knowledgeable, organized, and accommodating. And I forgot the food. Very good!! Fresh, creative, and very tasty. One night my husband noted that his portion of lamb seemed small and was quickly offered a double portion, no problem. One criticism: The day trip to Normandy beaches was very rushed. Understandably difficult, since getting there takes 1.5 hours each way. But perhaps instead of a formal lunch, which ate into the day, I would recommend a quick box lunch. Realistically, it would be much better to extend Normandy into a two-day experience. There is so much to see - the one-day tour is but a little taste of what that area offers. But overall, we had an absolutely AMAZING trip. I highly recommend Avalon Waterways, without reservation. They are excellent in pretty much every area. Hard to beat! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We loved this cruise and it’s excursions but the pace was so grueling. If we’ve never been to an area we want to do the excursions but it was exhausting. It would be nice to have a couple of days built in where we don’t ... Read More
We loved this cruise and it’s excursions but the pace was so grueling. If we’ve never been to an area we want to do the excursions but it was exhausting. It would be nice to have a couple of days built in where we don’t feel like we have to go go go. Just cruise and relax. With that in mind you’d need to add something to do that makes staying on board worth while. The food was excellent, Our excursions were great and the guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. The entertainment was just so so on board and there was nothing to do on board if you were not on an excursion. Absolutely nothing. Our room staff, Waite staff and all other staff were excellent. The gym left a lot to be desired and there was no spa on board. So yes I recommend but not without words to let folks know that you will be expected to go at a grueling pace and there is not much extra on board. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this Avalon Waterways cruise for three main reasons. Avalon Tapestry II's elegant accommodations, the professionalism of Avalon Waterways team members, and a desire to see some of northern France. We were on a previous Avalon ... Read More
We chose this Avalon Waterways cruise for three main reasons. Avalon Tapestry II's elegant accommodations, the professionalism of Avalon Waterways team members, and a desire to see some of northern France. We were on a previous Avalon Waterways cruise several years ago and were very impressed with the cleanliness of the ships, the crew (friendly, helpful, always aiming to please so that you have a great vacation experience), and of course, the food ... WOW ... delicious every time! So, with this latest Avalon Waterways cruise that we took on the Seine in France, we were happy to experience another consistently excellent cruise! We were very pleased precautions were taken to ensure the health of the passengers. It is so easy (as you may have read in the news) for health issues to arise whilst on board a ship, due to the close proximity of everyone. Thankfully we have no such worries while cruising with Avalon Waterways. Well done, Avalon Waterways! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our first river cruise, but we have been on 5 ocean cruises, and this was far more intimate and relaxing. We explored Paris for only one day before the cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation could NOT have gone smoother, with ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, but we have been on 5 ocean cruises, and this was far more intimate and relaxing. We explored Paris for only one day before the cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation could NOT have gone smoother, with the Avalon staff meeting us immediately upon arrival, and seeing us off after the cruise. The ship, Tapestry II is a cozy and comfortable modern home away from home. The cabin and amenities were top notch. Dining was a pleasant experience at EVERY meal with fine food, and a wonderfully attentive staff. Our galley tour was eye opening, and a marvel to behold. Shore excursions were as advertised, with an emphasis on explanations of the sites, a fine selection of sites, knowledgeable, and friendly local tour guides. Our transfer to the airport was professionally handled, with our cruise director making sure that we saw that our luggage was totally on the van. We met many of the other people on board, and they were extremely pleasant. Casual dress was a definite plus, and not a gown or sport jacket were necessary. We would definitely cruise Avalon again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Travel Agent recommended it. Staff was so friendly, especially the cruise director and captain, dining and cleaning staff, and they really made our trip special. Beds were very comfortable and bathroom nice and large.Our servers were ... Read More
Travel Agent recommended it. Staff was so friendly, especially the cruise director and captain, dining and cleaning staff, and they really made our trip special. Beds were very comfortable and bathroom nice and large.Our servers were outstanding and kind and the bar staff fun.The food was outstanding and offered such a variety at every meal. Especially like offering the filet mignon every nt. and the Eggs Benedict was the best I ever had. Liked the exposure to different French dishes.Also liked that you could have a lighter menu in the upper lounge. Loved the chef making crepes right in front of us. Appreciated the lounge with tea and coffee at the back of the ship. Enjoyed the excursions to Giverny and Normandy the most, and also Rouen and Honfleur. Guides were outstanding and very knowageble. Not crazy about metro tour or city walk except for the tour of Notre Dame. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
My wife andI have made many ocean and river cruises. Our latest trip on the Avalon Tapestry II has been the best ever. The route is Paris to Normandy with many charming and informative stops. The guides provided by Avalon were without ... Read More
My wife andI have made many ocean and river cruises. Our latest trip on the Avalon Tapestry II has been the best ever. The route is Paris to Normandy with many charming and informative stops. The guides provided by Avalon were without exception top flight. The only negative was the 5 hour round trip on a bus to get to Omaha Beach. Listening devices were provided fo all guided tours and they worked marvelously l. The personnel on this ship are extraordinarily thoughtful. The food is as good as Oceania and special effort is made to cater to special diets. All the public spaces are well maintained and put the passenger at ease. Our room was well designed with plenty of closet and shelf space. The bathroom was smallish but well designed, with a great deal of space to lay out personal items. Because we booked late we had a room with just a high, not full, window. But there were plenty of comfortable chairs on the upper deck, and the windows in the interior public areas provided a full view of the passing shore line. The cruise director provided a lot of good information without the false heartiness so many of that breed are prone to. The dress code was very relaxed without a sports jacket in sight. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We have always been independent travelers and so were surprised to enjoy the Tapestry so much. Jean-Loup, the cruise director, was tireless as he assured everything was handled beautifully. The housekeeping was excellent, the food very ... Read More
We have always been independent travelers and so were surprised to enjoy the Tapestry so much. Jean-Loup, the cruise director, was tireless as he assured everything was handled beautifully. The housekeeping was excellent, the food very nice, the staff was helpful. My husband and I are both art lovers and wish the boat would replace the identical poorly designed flower paintings with black and white images of Avalon's destinations. We wish all the cruise directors from other lines would take time to meet and assure that each is Not following the same itinerary so every cruise and bus tour descends on Giverny simultaneously. We have been there often in September and, unfortunately, this trip there were thousands of visitors who all arrived within a few minutes of each other making that excursion of one of our favorite places unbearable. A little pre-planning with business colleagues would enable a great visit for everyone. Because we wanted to incorporate all three options for tours one day, we asked Jean-Loup for a driver. Four of us were met at the boat by an excellent tour guide/driver. We saw both the English and the American WWII sites and the Bayeux tapestry. That day was exceptional as buses are not usually a first choice for us. The cabin was spacious with great windows. We wish the on board musician had been better as the tinny-sounding drum machine and depressed lounge music could have been replaced with an upbeat, fun professional who would have encouraged us to be in the lounge rather than steer clear any time he was there. The lectures were great, the pastry chef, and the local musicians brought on board were fun events. Thank you for a lovely cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This is our first river cruise. We opted for Avalon to book our flights which included transfers and sure glad we did. We were met at the airport by our escort who loaded our luggage into his car a immediately drove us to the ship, which ... Read More
This is our first river cruise. We opted for Avalon to book our flights which included transfers and sure glad we did. We were met at the airport by our escort who loaded our luggage into his car a immediately drove us to the ship, which was berthed mid-Paris within view of the Eiffel Tower. The ship left that evening and headed north. We had several stops for tours before taking a bus tour Normandy's Omaha Beach, the American cemetery, and Point du Hoc. The tour guides were very dedicated and informative. Our cruise director Jean Loup took very good care of us and was always there to patiently answer any questions from us passengers. The food was outstanding and the wine was excellent and plentiful. The bar had several happy hour nights with drinks at half price but the full price drinks were very reasonably priced. There is always complimentary coffee, tea, and cappuccino. Our cabin was outstanding with plenty of room in the bath and our studio. We spend some of our time on the river taking in the amazing scenery. We had the huge sliding door open sitting on the couch and chair with our feet on the rail sipping a glass of wine. Everything on the trip was very well organized. When we got home we booked another cruise, this time 11 days starting in Paris and heading south. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
My wife's #1 bucket list item was Paris. We chose this cruise because of the varied destinations. From the moment we landed in Paris until the day we left the ship we were treated to the finest experience we'd ever received. The ... Read More
My wife's #1 bucket list item was Paris. We chose this cruise because of the varied destinations. From the moment we landed in Paris until the day we left the ship we were treated to the finest experience we'd ever received. The crew and staff were first rate. The Captain and Cruise Director spent every waking moment assuring we had everything we needed. The service provide was beyond compare. All meals were included. The Chef and his staff provided us some of the finest meals you would ever have. The variety of choices was excellent. Some meals were served as buffets, but you would never consider them to be buffet food. They were delicious, and the choices were many. Nightly entertainment was provided and it was wonderful. The daily tours were wonderful. The guides and drivers were wonderful people. Will do it again, but only with Avalon. Thanks for a wonderful memorable trip down the River Seine. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Avalon was recommended to me by a friend. I reviewed the destination choices, lengths of trips and cruises available and decided on the Paris to Normandy cruise. The trip exceeded all of my expectations from the planning and ... Read More
Avalon was recommended to me by a friend. I reviewed the destination choices, lengths of trips and cruises available and decided on the Paris to Normandy cruise. The trip exceeded all of my expectations from the planning and communication to the arrival, ground transfers, itineary, quality and variety of food and wines. My room was a good size and very comfortable. The size of the ship was just what I was looking for, approximately 120 passengers. The excursions were fun, informative and gave me a great flavor of France. I met many wonderful people, many of whom I will stay in touch with. The staff were great. All very friendly and went above and beyond to make sure that I had everything that I needed. The trip was perfect. I would love to take another cruise and will highly recommend Avalon to my friends. Thank you for a wonderful experience that I will always remember! Read Less
Avalon Tapestry II Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.9
Dining 3.0 4.8
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.9
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.1
Family 1.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.8
Service 4.0 5.0
Value For Money 4.0 4.7

Find an Avalon Tapestry II Cruise