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Avalon Illumination Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Avalon Illumination

11 Night Balkan Discovery With Transylvania (Budapest To Bucharest)

Sail date: July 23, 2019

Ship: Avalon Illumination

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 201

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Very worthwhile and a different experience than trips from Amsterdam to Budapest. Bucharest is remarkable 30 years after its "revolution." Do not be surprised by the economic condition of Bulgaria but beautiful country-side.


5 out of 5
Smooth and efficient

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Limited on board activities (fitness center is a misnomer). Some lectures and local entertainment were quite good


4 out of 5
Piano with electronic backtrack......OK for what it was

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Again, efficient and caring

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship and facilities in very good condition

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin worked well for us

Ship tip

No need to sign up for optional tours unless there is something you really really want to do. Note that in Budapest private/non Avalon tours are available,particularly wine and country-side tours.

Ports of call

Budapest, Hungary

5 out of 5

Mohacs (Pecs), Hungary

4 out of 5
Watermill tour so so. Buso museum and tour interesting and fun

Belgrade, Serbia

4 out of 5
Yugoslavia lecture and local entertainment (Shake and Spear) both worthwhile

Donji Milanovac, Serbia

5 out of 5
Lepenski Vir is a drive but an important site


5 out of 5
Stop at Cetate fun, interesting and could have been longer

Oltenita (Bucharest), Romania

3 out of 5

Bucharest, Romania

5 out of 5
Surprisingly good included guided tour. Good restaurants within walking distance of Hotel.


5 out of 5
Bran Castle and Peles Castle and a must.


5 out of 5
Short night at hotel private transport to airport (you do need 2 plus hours at OTP)
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