Avalon Vista Cruise Review to Europe

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Vote
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5 out of 5

Magical Memories

Sail Date: October 04, 2016

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 221

This cruise by far exceeded our expectations, as I told Hans our amazing cruise director, "we are forever spoiled from going on big boat cruises after this riverboat experience".   From the exquisite appointment of the ship and personal accommodations, the intimacy of the crew, dining experiences, non stop excursion and passenger interactions is superb.  I also surprised my husband with a vow renewal for our 10th anniversary and the entire leadership team participated in making the day truly memorable for not only myself and husband but the entire ship was included in the festivities.  I cannot say enough about Hans, the Banquet Manager, the Captain for making every effort to get us past the shallow waters and see nearly everything on our itinerary.

Cabin / Stateroom
Outstanding!
Lots of room, perfectly appointed
Adequate Storage
Loved the bottled water every day
Big and beautifully tiled bathroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Hans Beckert - Cruise Director
Reinhardt, Banquet Manager
Gabbie, Hairdresser
Adi, Our Cabin Seward
Food and Dining
Budapest, Hungary
The wine excursion was fun, the nightlights not so much - we had a driver who rushed us on and off the bus and complained about the people on the tour being slow when he didn't know his microphone was on.
Bratislava, Slovakia
Vienna, Austria
Breathtaking - we will go back, not enough time to see this place would take at least a week.
Durnstein, Austria
Passau, Germany
We didn't get to this location due to low waters but did get to go to the gorge instead!
Regensburg, Germany
Nuremberg, Germany
Should have taken the parade grounds trip instead of the city center.
Bamberg, Germany
Wurzburg, Germany
Rudesheim, Germany
If your going to purchase a Black Forrest Coo Coo Clock this was the absolute best price on the entire trip! We are so glad to have bought ours here - all other stops were 200-300EU more for the same clock and they didn't charge the 12% tax and shipped right to our home door.
Cologne, Germany
We missed this due to the low water but they made it up by letting everyone go to the Czheck Republic excursions for free!
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tip

Make friends with staff and fellow passengers they all have such great stories and experiences to share!
Be flexible - the water levels are unpredictable and the team will do everything they can to meet your itinerary and when it is not possible still substitute wonderful experiences and excursions!



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