Discover enchanted towns and cities along the Saone and Rhone Rivers aboard the inviting the Avalon Creativity. This modern river cruise ship offers guests a relaxing way to explore the sights and sounds of France. The minute you step onboard you'll be warmly greeted by staff, settle into your river-view stateroom or suite and unpack only once. Catch the every changing scenery as the ship sails from town to town in the panoramic lounge, dining room or sky deck. Dine on delicious cuisine and sample regional wines and beers at dinner, curl up with a good read in the lounge or sooth your muscles after a long day of sight seeing with a dip in the hot tub. Along with planned tours, English speaking staff and outstanding service the Avalon Creativity will make your exploration of France effortless and enjoyable.

5 out of 5

First cruise; impressive start..!! by joycechlebowski

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We were somewhat hesitant to start our European travel with a cruise as the "main" feature. This Avalon River cruise through Paris to Normandy was a great experience. The river boat's crew and the clever rooms and cleanliness was well worth the trip. We found good history and friendly people throughout the trip. We would try another river cruise of this type.

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4 out of 5

Experience History in Authenticity by ratrent943

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Amazing ports of call provide opportunity to "feel" historic events in authentic surroundings. Local guides demonstrate wide-spread knowledge, enthusiastic narration, and personal warmth and interaction with cruise guests.

 

"Cruise Director" assumed a curious role. He did not appear to ever leave the ship, and displayed little effort to get to know but a relatively few guests. Other, similar, cruise lines have Director in the field with local guides.

 

Beds were particularly comfortable. Food plentiful, but not very variable.

 

Ships crew personable and friendly. Ship facilities excellent.

Delightful, educational, and enriching cruise.

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5 out of 5

More than I expected by TravelLover

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From the moment I stepped on board, I was pleased by the service and courteousness of the crew.  The ship was elegant and comfortable, the food was wonderful, and the itinerary kept me interested in every part of the cruise.  All our off ship excursions had wonderful tour guides that spoke English.  I don't speak French, but there was never a problem with this in any of the towns we visited. 

I really feel that it was an excellent value for the cost of the trip.   

This was my first river cruise, and I called my travel agent the day after I returned to book one next year. 

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TravelLover
Sep 05, 2014

Take some time outside on the front open deck area outside the lounge when going through the locks. It is incredible to watch the process as the ship is lifted by the water! Also, don't forget your camera - the scenery is amazing!

ratrent943
Jun 19, 2017

Do a little homework on the history of specific locations to be visited.

joycechlebowski
Oct 26, 2015

This ship Captain and the other supervisory types were extremely knowledgeable and personable . We should have started using their input immediately.

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