Avalon Luminary Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

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4 out of 5

Loved the Rhine and Moselle

Sail Date: August 18, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Cabin: 225

Overall, we loved the cruise. The Avalon ship and its practices could use some improvement, however. Lectures could only be heard from top deck or the lounge, but not in your cabin. On days where morning and afternoon tours were scheduled, we barely had time to get back, eat and rush out again. Dinner options weren't great, tho food presentation was good. The dining room was stifling hot on several dates when temps got into the 90's. There was only one pillow option--too soft for me. Cabin was quite cozy--only one chair. Our bed faced aft, so not good viewing from the bed. Needed more tour options in Cologne, as it was Sunday, the included tour was less than 90 minutes and we were there all day. Aside from seeing the cathedral, we were bored. Most of the tours were quite good.  I would choose a different cruise company next time--we liked Uniworld overall much better, but they didnt offer the same itinerary....

Cabin / Stateroom
The cabin was cozy (difficult to get around). would have liked more drawer storage and a firm pillow option. The bed itself was very comfortable.
We only had one chair, so no opportunity to both sit by the slider as we cruised. Our bed faced rear, so didnt enjoy trying to watch the world go by!
The bathroom was tiny, but had great storage!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hoorn, Netherlands
Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Cologne, Germany
Ship only offered a short walking tour. Find other things to see and do as you are there all day. Town is not as quaint as most other towns.
Koblenz, Germany
Trier, Germany
Do the city tour--it is a beautiful, unique city. We loved it!! One of our favorites.
Bernkastel, Germany
Rudesheim, Germany
Mainz (Heidelberg), Germany
Did the guttenburg museum/walking tour in am and afternoon tour of heidelburg. Enjoyed both. Take advantage of the tours. The ship itself is a place to sleep and eat--i would hate to spend hours on the ship while in port--it just isnt that comfortable!
Strasbourg, France
Breisach Am Rhine, Germany We did the tour to colmar, france, which was very nice. My husband did the bike tour and really enjoyed that.....
Basel, Switzerland
We left ship, went to train station andbooked a train to Lucerne, only an hour away. It was expensive, but beautiful!! Glad we sampled switzerland at the end.


Be aware there are bikes on board that can be used in most every stop--there are wonderful bike paths all along the rivers. The crew did not make that clear. My husband looked into it because our prior ship had them and he used them many times. It really added to his enjoyment of the cruise!!

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