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Daisi

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  1. Daisi

    River cruise cabins and windows?

    I am not putting down people who like big master bedrooms, just stating an opinion that I don't see the need for them. I wouldn't want to have my bedroom be a box room, I do need some space. I guess you are not allowed to express any opinion in this forum without having people jump down your throat...I'm out!
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    River cruise cabins and windows?

    Kat. I am not putting down Viking in my comments. I did not mention any line because the line that I saw the pics my Sister & Brother in Law sailed in was NOT Viking. Without first hand experience I wouldn't put down ANY line. I mentioned they sailed on Viking because you assumed my first comment I made to DougK about cabin size was referring to Viking. I have never been on Viking, and would never diss a line that I have no experience on. When Viking moved their corridor off centre, they took room from the French Balcony rooms & gave them to the Veranda rooms, which to me makes sense, as I know on any line I would be upset knowing that the room the "class" below the one I paid for which was cheaper was actually larger. My Sister & Brother in Law have been on several cruises, and are going on 2 more Viking ones this fall. They book the Balcony rooms. The ones they showed us pictures of were tiny, and even though my Brother in Law isn't a big guy, even he was complaining about the shower, as he kept hitting his arms trying to use it. Once again, as I have NOT sailed on Viking, I would not put it down.... cabin wise or service wise. We chose Avalon because it seemed to be a good fit for us, and were very happy with them, so will probably choose them again. My point in my post was to let DougK know that he would hopefully find a room around 200 sq feet large enough for staying in the cabin without being underfoot of his travelling companion. Where you got the idea I was talking about Viking I don't know.
  3. Daisi

    River cruise cabins and windows?

    While we did spend time in the lounge, we did spend a fair amount of time in our cabin. We found that we were off ship so much, that when we got back, it was time to catch up on e-mails, getting ready for lunch or dinner, and then after dinner, back for the evening. Since we only had partial days under sail (one of which was the Rhine Gorge, which you really do want to be out in the public area to see) we enjoyed the "down time" in our cabin. What I meant about the "large master bedroom" is the need for oversized rooms. Our cabin (Panaroma Suite on Avalon approximately 200 sq. feet) was more than adequate for the two of us to be in but not be under each other's feet. I've seen pics from my S-i-L's cruise with a balcony suite on another line (where the space for the balcony was taken from the room) and it looked very cramped. Even our bathroom & shower were a good size, whereas her's was very tiny.
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    River cruise cabins and windows?

    Hi Kat, We didn't go with Viking, we were on Avalon. My Sister & B-i-L go on Viking, but they always get a veranda room. We just chose Avalon because they seemed to fit us best, and we sure weren't disappointed. The room was just the right size (I can never understand the requirement for large bedrooms...all you usually do is sleep in them) for us to both be in and not be in each other's way, and the chair & love seat were great for the times we were in our room. I need bright lighting (guess it's from always being up before the sun) so a large window is great for me...and when the whole wall was glass, it sure was large!
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    River cruise cabins and windows?

    We just like a window that opens.... we appreciated the fresh air when we hadn't been able to open our windows at home as it was still to cold. It wasn't until the 2nd or 3rd day we found out our A/C wasn't working (the sensor was broken, easily & quickly fixed). Would I go for the aquarium class... probably not. When we book a holiday like this, we factor in the cost. If it meant that we couldn't take the trip because of the cost, then yes, but then we probably wouldn't be going anyway. We don't fly first class, so that saves us a big chunk. I guess it's all down to how anyone wants to spend their money, and if you want to save on the room, then there is no reason not to. We appreciated having a comfortable chair & love seat to sit on while we were in our cabin, instead of a wooden chair you would have on the balcony, so the french balcony is our preference, but, as it's been noted, some french balconies have less space than the balcony suite. It's all a matter of what you want, and what you can give up in order to enjoy your holiday rather than worry about it.
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    All Things Avalon

    We enjoyed the large window, both of us could hang out over it while we were in our room. We actually didn't spend much time on the top deck, mostly in the little area in front of the lounge. It was covered, so I didn't have to worry much about the sun, and the chairs were a lot more comfortable.
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    All Things Avalon

    Rouge is Air Canada's "discount" airline. I had heard on here before we even booked our flight that they had suddenly changed some flights from regular AC to Rouge, and so I wanted KLM (we also wanted a direct flight, so our choices for our location were limited). My S-i-L had her flight booked through AC to go to Colombia in April, and they changed it to Rouge. From what I here, it wasn't the best...cramped seating, no entertainment, and not much food wise. She used points to fly, so maybe that made it easier for them to substitute. Our TA told Avalon that we were looking at KLM, so that is who we flew with.
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    Really disappointed with Avalon right now

    We booked our cruise March 2017, the day booking opened as we wanted a certain cabin. Around Sept, they had a sale, so I had our TA call to see if we could get the discount and they said yes. It was a temporary discount, as the price increased a couple of weeks later, but since I put some money down, our invoice reflected the discount. You probably have to have the TA request it, but once you have the invoice, it won't go back up. Our initial "early booking" discount was at least doubled if not almost tripled by the time we made our final payment. Don't forget, early booking prices increase after the first few months, so make sure you check the details and don't lose out if you are really going to do the cruise.
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    Really disappointed with Avalon right now

    Glad things got resolved. One hint... if you happen to see a sale pop up, put some more $$ down on your cruise....your invoice will reflect the sale price. Looking forward for your trip review, I still have to get ours up. Loved Avalon, and we are hoping to do a couple more in the future with them.
  10. Daisi

    Really disappointed with Avalon right now

    Rebel, we found when booking our cruise that the closer it got to booking our air, the better the deal with Avalon. When I first booked it, their prices were crazy, but about 3 months before our cruise (when I was going to book my own air), they beat both the online price & my TA's broker price. Could this be what is going on? We just mentioned when booking the cruise that we may be doing our air with them, just to leave the door open. If you have a bit of time to wait, keep an eye on your prices, and see if they go down.
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    All Things Avalon

    I'll second that. We thought for our first cruise, let's go for it and get the Panorama suite. We chose a cabin in Cat B that was right next door to Cat A, and there was no noise or vibration. It was so nice opening the window and looking out while we were getting ready in the room or waiting for time to go for breakfast/dinner/lunch or tour. We were actually talking today, and if we are ever lucky enough to go on another cruise we will be booking the Cat B again. Once you get where the swans are, we found that opening the window brought them over to check things out....and let us get some great pics!
  12. Daisi

    Torn Between Two...

    I agree. We were very surprised by the various bus' used. Much better than the ones we had here to get to the airport, and lots of legroom.
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    All Things Avalon

    We had no problem booking our seats, we wanted window seats & to be together...Avalon sent us the flight info the day we booked, and I chose our seats through KLM that day. We had to pay KLM for selecting seats, but nothing to Avalon for deviation fee to arrive & depart from Amsterdam or any other charges. They beat both my checking online for KLM & our TA's pricing. We had very limited choices here, and I refused to do Air Canada...they like to downgrade to Rouge with no notice.
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    Torn Between Two...

    We took the Autobahn... I kept looking for people to flash by (they said the bus speed limit was held at 100km/hr), but didn't really see anyone. Just like a regular highway.
  15. The only rule is no shorts in the dining room. I saw one gentleman wearing a tie (no coat) on the gala night, but it's very casual & relaxed dining. Sent from my SM-T810 using Forums mobile app
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