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  1. Karen, I see what you mean now. I’m not used to an airport hotel for the cruise pre-night. I’d be very surprised if they expected you to schlep your bags back to airport arrivals for your transfer to the ship. But I would call Avalon and ask to make sure.
  2. Karen, I’m confused by your luggage question. You ask about transferring luggage from hotel to ship but then you talk about baggage claim to transfer. So that’s two different things. Once you claim your bags at the airport and clear immigration and customs, you will meet the rep at the meeting point for the transfer to the hotel, bringing your bags to the bus. The next day, your bags will travel with you on the bus from hotel to the shop.
  3. Loreto, we have done that cruise. It’s probably my favorite of the four Avalons we have done in the past six years. We absolutely love Avalon.
  4. Europe is having its own issues with large reflares of Covid in many nations. We are looking forward to booking our 5th Avalon but things are going to have to get better on both sides of the Atlantic.
  5. They usually show pre and post tour hotels in the brochure and website.
  6. Post this on their Facebook page. Maybe a little public shaming will do the trick. Frankly, I would expect better from any Globus brand, especially Avalon. The least they could do is credit your deposit toward a future trip.
  7. Flights to the US are NOT stopped. The order prevents foreign travelers from entering the US. It does not prevent Americans from returning home.
  8. Highly doubtful they will cancel a cruise this close in. You may have a light load on the cruise, which can be great for the pax. Not so great for the company. We’ve been on Avalon with as few as 80 pax to the max of 130. 100 or so is just right.
  9. You could sail from Koblenz in the wee hours and still make Cologne by 0830. . Hard schedule times are not always posted far in advance and everything is subject to change anyway due to lockings and river conditions. itineraries are fluid on river cruises. Just go with the flow.
  10. I haven’t done that particular itinerary but we’ve done Avalon both ways through there had an overnight in Cologne both ways. Yours, however, sounds like just a day stop in Cologne. Early arrival. City tour. A bit of free time then sail to Amsterdam?
  11. The ship won’t even know the assigned dock until a couple days before the cruise, typically.
  12. Just keep in mind that things change from season to season. And even from cruise to cruise due to river and/or lock conditions.
  13. We have sailed both way so have done Rudesheim twice. We skipped the included tour the second time but joined up the coffee house. Both times we were there early in the day and sailed away in the afternoon. For Cologne, I don’t recall the first time (Rhine and Moselle eastbound) but the second one (Vienna to Amsterdam) We were there one afternoon and evening and did not sail until around lunch the next day.
  14. We will typically give a little extra to the lounge waitresses and the dining room servers who take care of us the most. Usually €10 each.
  15. Tips for Avalon’s local guides and drivers are included. Of course, you can always til extra and it should be in Euros at the end of the excursion.
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