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Top 10 reasons
why my fellow
the Avalon Artistry II
I informally surveyed many of them during a recent European river cruise to learn why they enjoyed the ship. Their top ten reasons:
Friendly, helpful, caring service
Staffers go out of their way to please you.
Free, quality shore excursions
They are well designed and led by interesting, knowledgeable guides.
Panoramic windows in the dining
room and various lounges
Nearly all the outer walls of these venues have tall, wide windows for viewing the passing scenery.
81% of the cabins sport French balconies. When you slide open the wide floor-to-ceiling glass doors, your cabin becomes a spacious, open-air balcony. (See photo above)
Avalon draws a personable, sophisticated river-cruising clientele. You rarely encounter inconsiderate, loud, or otherwise disturbing fellow cruisers.
Meals are complimentary
These include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Among the best culinary offerings
in the river-cruise industry.
Complimentary wine for dinner
Choice of red or white. Beer and soft drinks are also free.
The cruise director and the printed sheets keep you informed and up to date.
Bear in mind
The Artistry II may not be right for you if ...
You're taking your children and teenagers (there are no specialized facilities or programs for them).
Is the Artistry faultless?
No cruise ship (river or ocean going) can be perfect, including the outstanding Artistry II. Failings are bound to occur because of the physical complexity of a cruise vessel and the number of crew members and passengers involved. For instance, my dining companion was inadvertently served the wrong wine. However, deficiencies were applaudably few and far between on the Avalon Artistry II.
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