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Avalon Vista Cruise Review to Europe

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 32

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Avalon Vista

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

Sail date: October 04, 2016

Ship: Avalon Vista

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 221

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

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.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Hans Beckert - Cruise Director Reinhardt, Banquet Manager Gabbie, Hairdresser Adi, Our Cabin Seward

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Outstanding! Lots of room, perfectly appointed Adequate Storage Loved the bottled water every day Big and beautifully tiled bathroom

Ship 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!

Ports of call

Budapest, Hungary

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5

Vienna, Austria

5 out of 5
Breathtaking - we will go back, not enough time to see this place would take at least a week.

Durnstein, Austria

5 out of 5

Passau, Germany

1 out of 5
We didn't get to this location due to low waters but did get to go to the gorge instead!

Regensburg, Germany

5 out of 5

Nuremberg, Germany

5 out of 5
Should have taken the parade grounds trip instead of the city center.

Bamberg, Germany

5 out of 5

Wurzburg, Germany

5 out of 5

Rudesheim, Germany

5 out of 5
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

1 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
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