2017 - Avalon Waterways River Cruise
I have recently returned from an Avalon Waterways river cruise – Essential Holland and Belgium Southbound. This was my first time on a river cruise and I would definitely do it again. We booked a Panorama Suite. Loved the floor to ceiling windows, and every opportunity we had to open them we did. The service was outstanding! The wait staff was also very good. Our wine glasses were always filled. The food was excellent. Good thing we took all of the walking tours. We had to walk off all of the extra calories we consumed!
The local guides were very informative and showed us all a good time. The whisper sets were the best - our guide in Kinderdijk wore his wooden shoes! What I did not expect were the tours for those with mobility issues, the “gentle walkers” group. There were about 10 people on that tour daily. These are for elderly people and those who walk a little slower. We did the optional excursion to Bruges (a must do) and since you can’t get in by bus, they took them in via a taxi. We just walked from the bus stop.
There were mostly Americans and Canadians on board. We did have a couple from Australia and a group from the Philippines. Also, have several young couples. This sailing was at full capacity but never at all felt crowded. Avalon is the best!