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  1. I have a cruise with Crystal booked for mid April 2012. This was rescheduled from our June 2020 cruise that was cancelled. I’m cautiously optimistic at this point. I’m traveling with my 80 year old mother, so if there isn’t a vaccine by then, I’m not sure if she will go if the cruise isn’t cancelled. If she doesn’t go, then I have to decide if I go without her. If the cruise is cancelled, we’ll take a cash refund at that point.
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    It’s been a few years since my last Avalon’s river cruise but your have a few options. You can bring on your own alcohol to consume in your cabin. Avalon also had a happy hour every night with discounted alcoholic drinks and 2-for-1 specials on the drink of the day.
  3. Please add us to Symphony Apr 24 - 31 Barcelona to Rome Kelly & Mary. I can’t find the voyage number. Sorry. Thanks
  4. My cruise that was supposed to leave May 31 from Barcelona to Lisbon was cancelled. Instead of a refund we took the 125% FCC and applied to a Barcelona to Rome cruise in April 2021. I’m not sure if cruising will be back to normal by next year, but i”m hopeful. We were able to get a 7 category upgrade on our cabin because of the 125% FCC and discounts on the cruise for next year. Here’s hoping we get to go.
  5. I was also on the May 31 Barcelona to Lisbon cruise. My mother and I have elected to take the 125% FCC and apply it to an April 24, 2021 Barcelona to Rome cruise. We actually like the ports better on this cruise. I’m really hoping that by this time next year, things are a bit back to a more normal state. We had booked our flights and pre and post hotel through Delta Vacations and my travel agent thinks that we will be able to apply the funds from that trip to next year’s. I’ll obviously know more in a few days but I want to be hopeful that we can travel next year.
  6. Just waiting on the official word about my May 31 Barcelona to Lisbon. Now I have to hope Delta cancels our flights. We actually booked a Delta vacation package with hotels pre & post because with premium economy flight we were able to get 3 night hotel almost free. I hope I can get a full refund from them. Considering the US State Dept. just issued a Level 4 travel advisory for Europe, I’m not surprised at the continued cancellations.
  7. I’m scheduled for May 31 on Symphony and scheduled to leave the States on May 28 for a few days in Barcelona pre cruise. I plan to make a decision on Apr 25 if flights and cruise hasn’t been cancelled at that time.
  8. I was on Avalon Paris to Normandy in 2016 during the flooding. We had 50 passengers on the ship. It was a great cruise. Avalon did a great job adjusting the itinerary due to the flooding.
  9. I’m booked on Barcelona to Lisbon at the end of May. I’m really hoping that the warm weather helps stop the spread of COVID-19, similar to what happened with SARS and the seasonal flu. I’ve been planning this trip for over a year and am hoping that we can still travel. Fingers crossed for all with future plans.
  10. Anyone planning to do their own things while in port on a river cruise need to keep in mind that arrival / departure times can vary greatly depending on river traffic, lock timing, etc. You may be given a rough idea of arrival time in a port before you leave but that can fluctuate greatly, so if you are pre-booking DIY tours, check to see if there is flexibility in the timing. You will get a better idea of arrival time the day before, but that can still change.
  11. 75snow - the Rhine is known for its stretch for castles. I did this trip with Avalon back in 2012 and wrote an extensive trip report on these boards. This was our first river cruise & I was very happy with the itinerary. I think this is a link to my trip report: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/1577278-trip-report-avalon-felicity-romantic-rhine-basel-amsterdam/
  12. I haven’t done this trip but would encourage you to read the sticky at the top of this board for new river cruisers. Avalon includes beer and wine at lunch and dinner and offers sparkling at breakfast. If you want hard alcohol (spirits) you have to pay for each drink, although there is a happy hour during which the drink of the day is 2 for 1. I think AMAwaterways and Uniworld may include more things than Avalon does, but I’m not positive on this. I have done two Avalon cruises and have been very happy with all aspects including food, service, included things, excursions, etc. I was very impressed with how Avalon handled a high water situation on the Seine in 2016.
  13. My travel agent takes care of all arrangements. She does check with the cruise line for air prices but she can normally book cheaper flights not going through the cruise line. This may be because I don’t live in a gateway city.
  14. I am sailing with my 79 year old mother on the Barcelona to Lisbon cruise on Symphony departing May 31, 2020. We booked a D-guarantee as the only D available was the one cabin farthest forward. We figured we’d take a chance, as we would really be happy with any D-cabin. I made final payment this morning and when I logged into PCPC - or whatever it is called to make our specialty reservations, I discovered we have a cabin assignment already. We are booked into a C1 cabin. We are still a bit forward, although not as forward as the D cabin. My mom is very happy to learn we are on Deck 7 - Promenade deck. This is our 2nd Crystal cruise and we are really looking forward to it. I’ve booked a few excursions. Now I get to start working on our itinerary for the 2 1/2 days we are in Barcelona before we board, as well as the 1 1/2 days in Lisbon at the end.
  15. Barbrox- Avalon used this hotel for my Seine trip in 2016. I was there in May and there was lot of flooding. The ship was stuck in Rouen and Avalon bused us into Paris to finish the trip and put us up at the Hotel du Collectionneur Arc du Triumph. It is a 5 star hotel that is about a 10 min walk to the Arc du Triumph. There was a metro stop within walking distance that made it convenient to explore Paris. I enjoyed the hotel and thought the location was great.
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