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Cruise Ship Information
Accommodating a maximum of 138 passengers for an intimate cruise experience, the Avalon Affinity set sail in 2009. Sister ship to the Luminary and Felicity and reflects the uniqueness of the rivers it cruises. After a day of exploring some of Europe's most exciting cities, relax in the ship's two lounges, soak in the whirlpool, or unwind in a deck chair atop the Sky Deck.
 
There is Wi-Fi available onboard the ship or access to computers for 5 Euros per hour in reception so can email family and friends. There is also a direct dial telephone in every stateroom the cost of any ship to shore calls will be added to passengers account.
 
For accommodations, the Avalon Affinity boasts spacious and well-appointed deluxe staterooms and suites. With most staterooms featuring a large floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with a French Balcony, passengers experience Europe's beauty and history even when on board.
 
Itineraries focus on the inland waterways of Holland, Belgium, France and Germany, with cruises sailing on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle Rivers. Here's what you can expect on an Avalon Affinity cruise.

Atmosphere on board  
Avalon Affinity has four decks, including a sky deck for sunning and relaxing by the whirlpool. There are multiple lounges, an open-seating dining room, a hairdresser and a fitness center. Smoking is not permitted in interior areas. An onboard elevator is available for guest use.
 
Family with Kids/Teens
Children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, Avalon Waterways do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on their ships
 
Past Passenger Programs
Avalon Waterways Past Passenger Program is called the Journeys Club. Journeys Club is the frequent travelers club for the Globus family of brands. Through it, Avalon will reward their frequent travelers with attractive perks. Cruisers must enroll in the club to receive benefits including exclusive promotions, special perks, and customized service.

Fitness And Spa
Avalon Affinity provide Fitness Center, Sky Deck whirlpool and Hair salon (manicures available). Line provide walking tours, guided bike excursions in Amsterdam, Breisach and Durnstein.
 
Food & Dining
Dining was open seating with buffet for breakfast and lunch. There are freshly prepared eggs/omelets for breakfast and a carving station at lunchtime in addition to the other buffet items. Dinners were served open seating with a 5-course meal each evening. Main courses usually varied from beef, fish and a pasta or vegetarian offering along with 3 always available items - salmon, steak and chicken. Meals to be very good with very nice presentation. The wait staff varied in its efficiency depending upon who served a specific table. Alternatively a "light" breakfast and lunch are also served in the main lounge.
 
Choice of complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks will be included with dinner on Avalon Europe river cruises. In Europe, Asia and South America, coffee and tea are available free of charge throughout the day from "early riser" breakfast through dinner. On the Yangtze wine is included with all dinners. On the Mekong and Irrawaddy river complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer/spirits is available throughout the day and wine is included with dinner.
 
Avalon can cater for vegetarians and all special diets as long as it is made clear at the time of booking and also mentioned again to the cruise director on the day of embarkation; we also offer a healthy option with all buffets.
 
Entertainment
Educate yourself while sailing onboard Avalon Affinity by attending various lectures as well as other culturally-enriching experiences. Look forward to various onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, and artisans. Spend an afternoon on the Sky Deck for breathtaking scenery that you pass by along the waterways. Next, grab your beverage of choice, and mingle and unwind with like-minded travelers in the lounges and bar.
 
Every cruise includes two or three evenings of onboard entertainment, at least one show performed by the crew and nightly piano music. On certain cruises their may be guest speakers, local musicians performing folklore shows or classical recitals. A resident Pianist will also perform nightly. There is a selection of board game and a small library available onboard.
 
Staterooms
With contemporary-designed cabins and suites ranging from 172 to 258-square feet, you’re sure to feel the comforts of home onboard Avalon Affinity. 
 
Cabin amenities include flat-screen satellite TV, radio, mini-bar, safe and hair dryers. Beds can be configured into two twins or one queen and come with Deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers and high-quality pillows and duvets and Egyptian cotton linens.
 
Standart staterooms are small, but well laid out with enough room for all clothes and other belongings. French balcony is interesting, but you really cannot open it at night because it will attract insects
 
Wheelchair users should be warned that the cabin doors and shower entrances are not wide enough to fit a wheelchair through. For safety reasons passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on ramps in ports where the ship is at anchor. There is a lift onboard but this does not allow access to the sky deck. The showers do have handrails for passengers to support themselves on.
 
Tipping
Gratuities are not included in the price of the cruise and are entirely discretionary. If it is a wish to reward good service we recommend 3 euro per passenger per day for the cruise director and 12 euro passenger per day for the crew, which will be divided amongst all of the ships personnel. Gratuities envelopes will be left in staterooms the day before the cruise ends, and a designated box for envelopes will be in the reception area when passengers are leaving the ship. It is also customary to acknowledge good performance by a local guide with a tip of 1 euro per tour.
 
Fellow Passengers
American/Canadian/UK/Australians and New Zealanders. An Avalon passenger is typically near retirement age or retired. They enjoy experiencing and learning about new places and seeing new sights. They have an interest for history and culture. An Avalon passenger enjoys relaxed, quiet environments with fine food and wine on offer.
 
Our recommendation
We found that exchanging money with a Debit card at an ATM in the Amsterdam airport was easy and cheaper than buying Euros from my bank at home. We used a credit card that didn't charge any foreign transaction fees when we bought our goodies and gifts to bring home. We didn't need a "chip" in our credit card. If you are buying something BIG, like an expensive clock or jewelry, you might consider starting in Zurich and ending in Amsterdam, if you want your VAT refund. You must exit through an EU country and Switzerland doesn't belong.  Don't over pack, it's a very casual cruise, although they did request the men wear long pants to dinner at night. Upgrade your seats on the airplane, if you can... it's a l-o-n-g flight to/from the States.  We bought wine and beer on shore and brought it on board with no problems. We usually drank it with our friends on the top deck for "Happy Hour".