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Sail Date: October 2018
I chose this cruise because the tour started in Prague, a city I have wanted visit for years. It is one of my husband's favorite cities. It also ended in Budapest; a city that neither of us had visited before. Even with the low ... Read More
I chose this cruise because the tour started in Prague, a city I have wanted visit for years. It is one of my husband's favorite cities. It also ended in Budapest; a city that neither of us had visited before. Even with the low water conditions and starting the cruise in a different spot that was further from Prague than Nuremberg and ending in Vienna, rather than Budapest, our cruise director, Danielle, did a fabulous job of jockeying for excellent alternatives for tours, hotel rooms, and entertainment options. The on board accommodations, dining and amenities were outstanding with exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. There was a small fitness room on board, emphasis on small. However, there were very nice bicycles on board that we used when we didn't want to pay for a 4-hour round trip excursion for the day. The only downside with respect to other river cruises was that there were far more "not included" excursions than with other cruise companies that we have traveled with. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise was to celebrate my retirement from teaching and my brother-in-law's retirement as well. We wanted to take a river cruise on the Danube. We had an excellent time with all of the excursions, the onboard entertainment. The ... Read More
This cruise was to celebrate my retirement from teaching and my brother-in-law's retirement as well. We wanted to take a river cruise on the Danube. We had an excellent time with all of the excursions, the onboard entertainment. The crew and wait staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. They also made sure that our needs were met. Everyone always had a smile on their face when talking to the passengers. Our rooms were always clean as well as the ship's public areas. The food was outstanding. Every meal had so many choices to meet everyone's tastes and dietary needs. The dinners were exquisite choices all of which were delicious. The desserts were works of art. The entertainment provided was outstanding as well. In each region we visited, there was an evening show that was excellent. The off-ship excursions were full of history of the places we visited. I love history and my favorite place to visit was Salzburg. I would definitely take another river cruise in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
These tours are wonderful way to see lovely ports and hear of the history of europe without having to re-pack suitcase each day. I am a solo traveler, but a girlfriend was also on the cruise. I felt we still had a good time even though ... Read More
These tours are wonderful way to see lovely ports and hear of the history of europe without having to re-pack suitcase each day. I am a solo traveler, but a girlfriend was also on the cruise. I felt we still had a good time even though there were almost no actual solo travelers or girlfriend groups onboard. The panoramic staterooms are just wonderful. Being able to lie on bed and see the lovely scenery was breathtaking. I enjoyed sitting by the window and seeing the countryside as well as the towns drift by. Our tour did have low water conditions which caused us to miss a day on the boat - two nights at the beginning and one at the end. Avalon compensates you for this inconvenience and missing some of the river. They do put you up at a 5 star hotel. The bus rides were not so far, and the tours proceeded as they normally would if we had docked in town. So I never had to repack a suitcase. If the lower water was in the center, it might have had a more dramatic impact. I paid for the optional excursion to Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic, and it was a highlight for me. Beautiful bus ride through the countryside too. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was a fantastic cruise! We cruised from Vienna to Passau and then were transported to Munich where we spent an additional three nights. We arrived in Vienna two days early so that we could spend a day at the Spanish Riding School, ... Read More
This was a fantastic cruise! We cruised from Vienna to Passau and then were transported to Munich where we spent an additional three nights. We arrived in Vienna two days early so that we could spend a day at the Spanish Riding School, attend morning exercise and take an afternoon tour of the stables. This was a trip highlight! Vienna is a beautiful, relaxed city with wonderful outdoor cafes. Another cruise highlight was a side trip arranged by Avalon to Dachau Concentration Camp, a highlight for us since my father was part of the U.S. Army liberation forces there. Everyone should visit this site! The cruise also offered a day trip to southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic to Cesny Kremlov, a beautiful, historic town and a UNESCO world heritage site. Another trip highlight was a shore excursion from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle - this was a fabulous side trip and another UNESCO world heritage site. Finally, we arrived in Munich on the day Oktoberfest started which was a pleasant surprise, as the city was in festival mode and many people were dressed in traditional lederhosen and dirndls. Beer was abundant! We went on a river cruise on the Rhine about 4 years ago on another cruise line and had issues with our cabin that were never resolved. Avalon's cabin, dining and services were all excellent and much better than our previous experience on Viking. We will definitely cruise on Avalon again! We could not have been more satisfied! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I liked the idea of NOT having to move my stuff...bus tours are not my idea of relaxing... Ship and staff were fabulous. Food plentiful, variety and quality. Wine was lovely....room was nice size, shower/bathroom quite lovely ....loved ... Read More
I liked the idea of NOT having to move my stuff...bus tours are not my idea of relaxing... Ship and staff were fabulous. Food plentiful, variety and quality. Wine was lovely....room was nice size, shower/bathroom quite lovely ....loved the panoramic windows, but views were of the boat docked next to us, or the wall. Only once did I have a day time sail to Passau Germany which was lovely....otherwise panoramic windows were of no use...bugs get in if you leave an inside light on...and diesel smells... Once we got to Passau Germany, we were told the ship could not go any further because of LOW water levels...6 nights of 15 day tour, we were to be bussed for the rest of the tour...Was offered to leave tour, but couldn't get help to make arrangements..Called Avalonwaterways, and the airlines...not able to get any help....I was also getting sick and having trouble just trying to get well....The bus went to the cities we would have seen by day excursions...that was lovely...only two times able to stay where I could rest if I didn't want to go...out of the 7 days of bus tour....Our Tour Director Monica did a smashing job dealing with all of us and the arrangements....Just DID NOT WANT a bus tour, not what I signed up for...very DISAPPOINTED....Customer service after you buy the tour was not there to help if you needed to make other arrangements to cut short your tour because of Mother Nature...Avalonwaterways needs more customer service department to help when these disasters happen....not be put on hold for 15 minutes before anyone can help also the time difference...a 24 hour help line would be wonderful. Tour director should not have to deal with all of this....Namaste' Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
Have not previously had an opportunity to visit/your this part of Europe. The cruise and the audio guided tours were so informative and inspiring of the historical significance of each region. I would do the same cruise again were it not ... Read More
Have not previously had an opportunity to visit/your this part of Europe. The cruise and the audio guided tours were so informative and inspiring of the historical significance of each region. I would do the same cruise again were it not for need to explore other areas of Europe as well. The cruise director Katy as the face of Avalon was most informative, humorous, accomodating and professional. The local onboard extra entertainment with musicians added to the overall enjoyment. The changes in the shops schedule due to low water levels were made up by some of the extra included tours that would have been optional. The food service personnel were most accomodating with special doet needs of my travel partner eho is gluten and dairy free. I especially enjoyed the barrista machine available 24/7. Also appreciated the early (6am) continental breakfast prior to dining room opening at 7am. Highly recommend this cruise and expect to explore another area of Europe by river soon. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Loved our trip! Fabulous cruise! Great service everywhere on the ship, everywhere. That includes the tour director Katy, she was amazing. A few issues with low water levels, but Katy had a solution for every issue. She handled it all ... Read More
Loved our trip! Fabulous cruise! Great service everywhere on the ship, everywhere. That includes the tour director Katy, she was amazing. A few issues with low water levels, but Katy had a solution for every issue. She handled it all with a smile and good humor. Food was fabulous - I'm a picky eater and there was more to eat then I needed. You could be as good or bad (LOL) as you wanted. One couple was vegetarian and they worked hard to keep them full and happy. BTW, generous pours of wine at lunch and dinner! Loved the carving station, great french fries, wonderful omelettes and croissant for breakfast. The service was up there with the very best. Fabulous activities and excursions - all the tours and tour guides we great. Absolutely no complaints. My only complaint was the music during the cocktail hour. It was an electric piano with added musical sound effects. I'm 66 and the music would have made my 93 year old father happy. I think most of the guests were baby boomers - it would have been so much more fun for us if we were relaxing and drinking to Motown, 60's 70's and 80's, etc. rock or pop. Hearing our memories - instead of my father's memories would have been a huge improvement. Sorry to be so harsh, but the music often painful and elicited moans from the group. Other than that it was all we wanted and needed. Will definitely look into another Avalon cruise. Already recommended it to our friends that travel. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
We began our 15 day, Amsterdam to Budapest-cruise on 8/18/18 on the Avalon Visionary. Due to low water, we had to get off the boat and go to a hotel in Frankfurt fir two night. We then biarded the Avalon Visionary. We were told that in ... Read More
We began our 15 day, Amsterdam to Budapest-cruise on 8/18/18 on the Avalon Visionary. Due to low water, we had to get off the boat and go to a hotel in Frankfurt fir two night. We then biarded the Avalon Visionary. We were told that in order to “catch a wave “we had to skip Nuremberg. We were okay with all this and Avalon did offer compensation in the way if extra excursions and some reimbursement. We were given the impression that all would be well from then on. However, three days before the end of our trip we were told that the last two days would be in a hotel in Budapest because the boat was scheduled for another trip. Half of us were in one hotel and half in another so we never got to say good-bye to friends we had made, had mediocre hotel buffet/cafeteria food and lost two days of the riverboat experience because of Avalon’s unnecessary decusion. At first they lied to us and said in writing thst it was the water situation. When we saw our ship in Budapest, we demanded answers and we were then told in writing “The shipwas due to begin new cruise today in Budapest on an already scheduled deoarture. In order to not disrupt another cruise.......we scheduled your last nights in Budapest in a hotel.” Shame on them! In all fairness, we lived our time on the biat. Staterooms and oanoramic windows were beautiful, Food was excellent and the entire staff was friendly and helpful. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
The Avalon Impression is a beautiful ship, but the staff and especially the cruise director (Bram Van Dyke) made the cruise a marvelous experience. We boarded early in Amsterdam and while our cabin was being serviced we borrowed the ... Read More
The Avalon Impression is a beautiful ship, but the staff and especially the cruise director (Bram Van Dyke) made the cruise a marvelous experience. We boarded early in Amsterdam and while our cabin was being serviced we borrowed the bicycles and rode around "bike city". Our cabin was ready at boarding time and a wonderful welcome aboard dinner afterward. The ship is spacious and beautifully decorated. Our stateroom was well appointed and storage space and closets were more than adequate for the requirements of a 14 day cruise. It was surprising how quiet the staterooms were (even underway and docking). Included excursions were well organized, informative and efficient. There were generally three groups and sometimes a fourth for "gentle walkers" All of the transportation was on air conditioned buses with WC. The guides were pleasant, informative and fluent. Due to low water levels on the Danube we were unable to continue the cruise on our ship. In these adverse conditions, I have to commend Avalon for the care, concern and professionalism in how they transported the passengers from our ship to another ship that was beyond the low water area of the Danube. I am a retired airline captain and I understand disruptions in service due to environmental factors. Our cruise director and the management of Avalon performed in an exemplarly manner in these adverse situations. Our cruise was to end in Budapest but once again the water level on the Danube made it impossible to cruise to the City. Avalon responded again with excellent transportation and beautiful hotels in Budapest. Including tours and meal reimbursement. Another logistical miracle. Well done!! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
I have been on several ocean cruises but this was my first river cruise. My travel agent suggested the Avalon cruise to me as a great way to see a part of Europe. I have seen Europe before and recently spent time in Germany but this ... Read More
I have been on several ocean cruises but this was my first river cruise. My travel agent suggested the Avalon cruise to me as a great way to see a part of Europe. I have seen Europe before and recently spent time in Germany but this cruise gave me a whole new perspective of travel and seeing the sights. Land tours take you to the big cities and towns but river cruising gives you the opportunity to see the small villages and how people really live. The ship is truly a floating hotel with all the amenities. There are a wide variety of shore excursion options to choose from including fully guided tours, orientation tours with time to sight see on your own to just grabbing a bike (with helmet) and taking off on your own (maps provided). There were a variety of lectures and nightly entertainment by local artists from the villages we visited. It was interesting to see them get on and off the ship at the locks we went through; 68 locks in all! The food was amazing! It was locally sourced and the lunch and dinner menus featured local dishes of the towns we were visiting that day. All the staff were so gracious and personable and it was fun getting to know them. I can't wait to book another river cruise on Avalon; especially if it is as great a trip as this one was! Read Less
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