Avalon Expression Cruise Review to Europe

Contributor Level: Third Mate

7+ cruises


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5 out of 5

Outstanding Experience

Sail Date: October 04, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Cabin: 111

The overall cruise was outstanding. Two highlights were the Folk Lore dinner and show in Prague and the  entertainers that appeared on board the ship. Dining could be improved. All passengers ate at the same time, The dining room became very noisy. Service got bogged down. On two occasions I ordered Beef that was under cooked and was served cold after a long wait. Most of the items on the buffets were only warm. for breakfast and lunch. I would highly recommend this river cruise to close friends and family

Cabin / Stateroom
Always clean and prepared.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Disembarking became a chore. getting Boarding pass from KLM, Being delivered to wrong terminal in Budapest. Finding some one who spoke English or signs was impossible. Trip home with KLM took 26 hours. Budapest - Amsterdam - Atlanta -Orlando. Much of the time spent waiting for flights
Ship Quality
Ship was kept clean. Design was appropriate for river cruising Europe rivers
Destinations and Excursions
Tours of all destinations were outstanding. The buses were all new and comfortable. Guides were excellent. Cruise Director instituted mild walking tours for guests with limited walking ability.
Onboard Activities
On board activities were limited to three shows.
Leslie and gentlemen playing piano, violin and two local instruments(look like sticks) and the crew show. All were very good
Children's Programs
There wasn't any
On Board entertainment was also very good. Leslie the singer was quite an artist. Both her singing and repartee were excellent. KC the waitress did a splendid job in the crews show
Service and Staff
The servers went out f their way to please the guests. KC a female waitress was excellent.
The Hotel Manager went out of his way to assist me in getting a boarding pass from KLM for my return home
Food and Dining
There was only one seating for all meals. This caused a noisy room and waiting times for ordered food. At the Buffets most of the food was only warm. The omelet station was kept very busy!
Regensburg, Germany
Old Sausage Kitchen
Passau, Germany
Melk, Austria
Benedictine Abbey and cruise Wachau Valley


Please check flight plans for both directions for excessive waiting times

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