Best dining room side
For breakfast and dinner, sit in the shady (not sunny) side. The colors of the passing landscapes will be more vibrant and you won't be squinting at low-lying sun rays.
Keep it a secret
The comfortably appointed, panoramic windowed Club Lounge located at the far end of the Royal Deck passageway is often quiet and lightly used. This make it a relaxful place to curl up with a book.
Most are Americans, Canadians, British, and Australians. Most are in their 50s and 60s - and are active and well-traveled.
Free onboard Wi-Fi is available for laptop, tablet, and other electronic devices.
If you didn't bring yours, use the free-internet-access computers in the reception area.
Keep in mind that those computers are most likely to be busy just before and after dinner.
You need a converter if your charger is not compatible with the ship's 220 Volt current. And you need a plug adapter if your charger doesn't have the ship's European-style round two-prong plugs.
For fire safety purposes, you may not smoke anywhere in the ship's interior (including in your cabin). The rear-facing outdoor deck behind the Club Lounge is the designated smoking venue.
You do not tip waiters, bartenders, and other staff members during the cruise. However, you are encouraged to tip the staff collectively and the cruise director individually at the end of cruise. Guidelines are given.
Unlike with some ocean-going cruises, there are no formal nights. However, for Artistry's Welcome Dinner and Captain's Farewell dinner, a sport jacket, slacks, and a dress shirt with a tie or open collar will do for men. And the equivalent for women would be fine. For all other nights, resort casual (for instance, polo shirt and slacks for men) is the norm.
Learn my other
Avalon Artistry II tips & insights
Know what my fellow passengers
think about the Artistry II
More Artistry II insights
Click Avalon Waterways
to visit its website.
Photo credits: HQP/hillmanwonders.com