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  1. I have done the romantic Rhine & Paris to Normandy with Avalon. I really enjoyed both trips. I posted extensive trip reports on both if you want to read. I would recommend either.
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    Immunizations for Egypt

    I didn’t get any vaccines either. I drank bottled water, rarely used ice, & avoided fresh salads. I didn’t have any problems. I also used bottled water to brush my teeth.
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    All Things Avalon

    i ended up doing this itinerary solo in May 2016 when my mom got sick the day of departure & couldn’t join me. I wrote an extensive trip report on it. Just search this forum for “Paris to Normandy, Felicity” Feel free to ask any questions. I had no problem meeting people, joining others for meals, etc.
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    Really disappointed with Avalon right now

    My understanding is that Avalon cancelled all Myanmar cruises due to lack of interest. The 2018 sailings have not been full & 2019 bookings were even slower. Some have speculated that the political unrest & treatment of the Rohyinga (sp?) people have contributed to the lack of interest.
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    All Things Avalon

    I’ll try to answer. 1. It depends - there are not as many price reductions on river cruises as with ocean cruises. I have been successful getting a price reduction but my travel agent does a lot of business with the Avalon family of businesses. 2. There are significantly less cabins on a river cruise so there may not be any options for an upgrade. 3. I can’t help with this. 4. You can bring alcohol on board to drink in your cabin. There may be a corkage fee to drink it elsewhere on board. 5. I have a travel agent I’ve used for years so I can’t comment. Hope this helps.
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    Crystal Cruise 2017: Episode 17 - A Day & Night At Sea

    Video still blocked.
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    Avalon Rhine Northbound

    We also stayed at the Movenpick Zurich Airport, the Avalon hotel for our cruise. There was a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel and a train station right in front of the hotel. It was easy to take the train into old town Zurich for sightseeing, probably a 20 min. ride. We also took the Mt. Pilates / Lucern trip with a transfer to the ship. It was a great day & a nice way to meet some of our fellow passengers before embarking. You will really enjoy this trip. I wrote a fairly detailed review/ trip report of our cruise, which you can find by searching this board.
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    Viking versus Avalon.

    I have only traveled with Avalon (twice) & not Viking so can’t compare. I can comment about how both lines handled issues with high water /flooding on my Paris to Normandy Cruise one Avalon in May 2016. Our captain was very proactive & moved the ship before we embarked. We had a slightly bus ride to the ship but we sailed. Many companies’ ships were stuck in Paris & didn’t sail. Some of there’s turned into bus trips. Towards the end of our cruise, flooding was worse & ships were held at Rouen. Avalon bused us to Paris & put us in a 5 Star hotel for 2 nights, gave us per deim money for lunch & a significant refund. Viking elected to use the ship in Rouen as a hotel & bused passengers to Paris for a day trip, over 5 hours on the bus in total. Avalon is part of the company that owns Cosmos, Monograms &Globus so has lots of contracts with hotels to use in case of high or low water. I know on some itineraries Viking can have passengers swap ships to go around low or high water spots but this is not possible on every itinerary. Everyone has different things that are important to them so if you are curious I Don’t think trying another line is a bad thing. It will either confirm your preference for Viking or will give you another line to look at.
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    Thought I knew but...

    On Avalon, they took a small group to the Canadian sites as well.
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    Dinner table mates

    When I traveled solo, I rotated tables almost every night. Of course this sailing only had 50 total passengers & they only had half of the dining room open. When I’ve traveled with my mom, we still try to mix it up but also have dined alone. We just try to go with the flow & see what happens.
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    All Things Avalon

    It’s too bad Avalon is retiring the non-suite ships. I have sailed on two of them and enjoyed my cruises. These cruises were substantially cheaper than sailings on the suite ships. I was not in the cabin much so didn’t mind the cabin size. On the rare instance for daytime sailing, I prefer to be in the lounge or on the sun deck to have panorama views. As to coping with jet lag on arrival, I am one of those people who find it very difficult to sleep on the plane. After arriving I try to hit the ground running and walk around / tour the area. I often have a late lunch, early dinner around 4 or so. It is my goal to stay awake until close to 8pm but I don’t always make it. I normally sleep well and then am set for the rest of the trip.
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    All Things Avalon

    I have taken 2 cruises with Avalon. I tipped those guides who I felt were very good & didn’t tip those I felt we’re poor to average. I would say on my cruises, the minority of passengers tipped guides.
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    Does anyone else feel that river cruises are overpriced?

    As stated there are many options for river cruising, to meet different budgets. I have done 2 cruises on Avalon & have been very happy with the value, service, food & inclusions. I have saved money by cruising on the older ships vs. the newer “suite ships”. I like that beer & wine are only included at dinner. If I want to drink more, I’m fine with paying extra. Everyone needs to do research & pick the options that work best for them.
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    Avalon - should we book?

    I’ve done two cruises with Avalon (Rhine Basel - Amsterdam) & Seine (Paris -Normandy). I’ve posted trip reports for both. I would recommend Avalon. I had great experiences on both trips. Last year I was in France during the record flooding and Avalon was wonderful. They made necessary adjustments to the itinerary including putting us up in a hotel in Paris for the end of the trip.
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    All Things Avalon

    You can bring wine or alcohol on board to enjoy in your cabin or on the sun deck. If you want to drink in the restaurant, there may be a corkage fee. No need to sneak it on board.