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Passengers: 360
Crew Members: 39
Length: 391 ft

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Overview

 

Tailor-made for English speaking tourists, the focus of the river cruises is on the destination, and the ship features are built to suit this purpose. Rooms have floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors. Most days are spent in port, so there aren't a lot of people on board during the day. On board afternoon activities when the ship sails early consist of presentations by local experts, such as wine and beer tasting. This also adds to the regional destination focus of the cruise.

There are only a handful of public areas on the ships on the river cruises - generally a lounge, dining room, small library or gathering area. The best place to be while sailing is on the wide and flat upper deck watching the scenery go by.

Breakfasts and lunches are buffet style. There is one dinner seating and no room service. Should a passenger become sick, with a cold for example, since sea-sickness is almost impossible on these tranquil rivers, they can be accommodated by the traveling companions taking dinner back to their rooms. Afternoon coffee, tea and cake are also served. Dinner includes a choice of two entries, plus chicken and salmon also offered every day. Both red and white wine, frequently regional favorites, are available at dinner, and are included in the cruise fare.


 

 

Best For People Who Want

A large river cruise stateroom

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

kids' programs, big stage shows, room service

Onboard Experience

 

In May 2011, Avalon Waterways unveiled the Avalon Panorama, the industry's first Suite Ship bringing indoor/outdoor living on board. In 2012, the company introduced two more Suite Ships - the Avalon Vista and Avalon Visionary.

While the entire fleet features a minimum room size of 172-square feet, with three new ships boasting suites as large as 200-square foot Panorama Suites (178 total) and 300-square foot Royal Suites (6 total) - the cruise line is offering cruisers even more room to relax.

 

Decor

 

Each suite features a large seating area adjacent to a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window. When opened, this 10' x 7' floor-to-ceiling window transforms the entire suite into the category's only Open-Air Balcony. Some enhancements, including flowers in each stateroom and premium L'Occitane products are subtle. Other offerings, such as marble bathrooms, Avalon-branded deluxe bedding (Comfort Collection by AvalonSM) and the perfect balance of warm interiors and natural lighting are distinct and unexpected.

 
Cuisine

European

Restaurants

 

Breakfasts and lunches are buffet style. There is one dinner seating and no room service. Should a passenger become sick, with a cold for example, since sea-sickness is almost impossible on these tranquil rivers, they can be accommodated by the traveling companions taking dinner back to their rooms. Afternoon coffee, tea and cake are also served. Dinner includes a choice of two entries, plus chicken and salmon also offered every day. Both red and white wine, frequently regional favorites, are available at dinner, and are included in the cruise fare.
Service

no rrom service, excellent dining room service and room stewards, shore excursions included with guides and transportation

Tipping

about $10 per person per day recommended

Entertainment

Onboard lecttures on ports and history, local musicians, folkloric shows

Cabins

 

While the entire fleet features a minimum room size of 172-square feet, with three new ships boasting suites as large as 200-square foot Panorama Suites (178 total) and 300-square foot Royal Suites (6 total) - the cruise line is offering cruisers even more room to relax.

Each suite features a large seating area adjacent to a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window. When opened, this 10' x 7' floor-to-ceiling window transforms the entire suite into the category's only Open-Air Balcony. Some enhancements, including flowers in each stateroom and premium L'Occitane products are subtle. Other offerings, such as marble bathrooms, Avalon-branded deluxe bedding (Comfort Collection by AvalonSM) and the perfect balance of warm interiors and natural lighting are distinct and unexpected.

 

Fitness/Spa

small workout room, treadmill, salon for hair styling

Children's Facilities

none

Attire

country club casual

Fellow Passengers

well to do, well-traveled Americans

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