Cruise & Travel Lifestyles

Springtime Cruising on the Rhine

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Avalon Waterways is one of Canada's finest river brands, and they really focus on ensuring all guests have a terrific time on board. The atmosphere was one of great camaraderie enhanced by the wonderful personality and care taken by Tibor, our proficient Cruise Director. He is one of the finest I have sailed with and knows his craft very well, enhancing everyone's experience.

And how is river cruising these days, you might ask? Well, we did not have to take an antigen test before boarding (although every guest must be vaccinated), and while staff wore masks at all times, the guests did not have to – unless by choice. And at no time were tests or masks required on our journey through four countries – we just wore them when we felt it appropriate. And no one became unwell!

Avalon includes many interesting and well-thought-out shore excursions as well as wine and beer with lunch and dinner. One of the delights of river cruising is the service from the staff, who hail from a variety of European countries and pride themselves on delighting every guest! The chefs, as is typical on a ship, do a great job of offering diverse and tasty menu options and, on one memorable day, set up a wonderful al fresco bbq lunch on the top deck for us to enjoy.

Avalon features an Active and Discovery program on many cruises with a dedicated Adventure host to organize such “active” moments. Guests enjoyed a few guided bike rides – one occurred in Cologne, another in Strasbourg and others in the countryside near the river as we meandered our way down the Rhine. A few hikes were offered during the week – a highlight being one of two hours up Philosophers Way in Heidelberg with a view of the magnificent castle as a reward. Cardio strength and yoga classes took place every morning for early risers. It was simple to sign up for the excursions one found most appealing.

If you’ve been considering a river cruise, now is the time to take that trip. Read on for some of the offers and promotions – as there’s still time to travel this year!

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