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phillyswans July 23rd, 2008 04:32 PM

Europe River Cruises
We have been on Uniworld and enjoyed it. Are thinking of Tulips & Windmills in 2009 and looking for comparison information on Viking, Vantage and Avalon Waterways. Any information would be appreciated. :D

GoGoTrvl July 23rd, 2008 08:18 PM

My parents used Viking last year from Vienna to Amsterdam and they had a fantastic time. Here's a link of a review on the Viking Sky:

They chose Viking because most of the excursions were included. If it helps, Viking was given an award this year for best overall cruiseline for river cruising.

I have read positive reviews on the Vantage and I did read a review of Avalon and it said the rooms were smaller and service was lacking in the dining room.

Paul Motter December 16th, 2009 08:28 PM

Both Viking River abd Avalon Waterways have some of the newest boats and best rates you will find. Uniworld is a good company, too, but these others have tons of experience and now cater to the American audience so they know exactly what you want in a river cruise.

I just did an article on Viking River:

Viking River Cruises - Better Than Ever by Paul Motter
Americans flocking to European river cruises in record numbers? What's the secret behind the success? Go>

And I also recently did one on Avalon - you decide and let us know:

Avalon Waterways: Next-Generation River Boats 21st-century European river boats offer the amenities of modern cruise ships; Internet and balconies

Marc December 17th, 2009 05:46 PM

We just came back from a Christmas Markets river cruise on AMA Waterways Amacello. It was pretty good. Cabins were 170 sq ft and had a french balcony. Food was pretty good but menu was limited. Wine included with dinner was ok. Excursions were generally excellent. I would recommend AMA primarily for the ships along with decent food.

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