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Cruise Ship Information
Avalon Felicity is a passenger river cruise ship owned by MS Mosel GmbH & Co. KG. Felicity debuted in March 2010 as the fourth river ship in Avalon Waterway's "Scenery class" (Avalon Scenery debuted in 2008 as the first in the series). Like its predecessors, the 138-passenger riverboat features an all-outside cabin setup, with standard cabins measuring 172 square feet -- healthy footage in the river cruise industry (where cabins can be tiny) -- and junior suites at 258 square feet. A number of the ship's cabins have "French balconies," sliding glass doors with a protective railing (though you can't step out).
 
Onboard, passengers will find a sun deck with small pool, a "Sky Grill" for al fresco dining, two lounges, an open-seating dining room, a hairdresser and a fitness center. Felicity also boasts some of river cruising's most modern touches, including flat-screen TV's in the cabins and an elevator for general passenger use.
 
On an interesting technical note, the ship is outfitted with Avalon's Silent Drive System (SDS), a pod-propulsion system that the company says allows for a much smoother and quieter cruise.
 
Felicity sails traditional river cruise itineraries along Europe's great river ways, including the Rhine River from Basel, Danube and their tributaries.
 
Atmosphere on board 
This ship features everything passengers desire while river cruising, such as panoramic windows, fitness center, elegant dining room, beauty salon, entertaining bar and lounge areas, and more.
 
 
Enjoy cruising along Europe's celebrated rivers aboard this magnificent ship. Accommodating only 138 passengers, the Avalon Felicity offers the intimate feeling of a small ship while providing the spaciousness passengers have come to expect from the Avalon fleet. The roomy and well-appointed staterooms feature a minimum of 172 square feet of space and are the largest of the European rivers today.
 
All staterooms and suites include a well-stocked minibar, spacious closet, flatscreen satellite TV and radio, Comfort Collection Beds, and a large private bathroom complete with a full shower, hairdryer, and premium bath amenities. For the more active guests, desirable onboard amenities include a Fitness Center and Sky Deck complete with whirlpool. An Internet Corner and Wi-Fi access allow passengers to share their experience with friends and family at home.
 
Food & Dining
Traditional single seating dining in the restaurant, complimentary regional wines, beer or soft drinks with dinner. Complimentary soft rrinks with Lunch, open air bistro on Sky Deck and 24 hour room service available
 
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
There is not much to satisfy the fitness aficionado onboard Creativity; as with most riverboats, you get your exercise in port. There is no spa/massage facility, but there is a tiny workout room with two machines -- a treadmill and a cross-trainer. Sky Deck (the uppermost deck) has a hot tub and central sunning area with plenty of loungers, and there is ample space around the periphery for those who feel compelled to jog onboard, though there is no marked or designated track. Unusually, Avalon ships have beauty salons.
 
Many of the tie-up points along the riverbanks have pathways or sidewalks paralleling the river that are ideal for jogging or walking, and there is usually enough time in port to do so. However, shipboard bicycles, which are typical for many river cruises, though the size of Creativity may make them impractical.
 
Entertainment
The evening entertainment onboard the Avalon Felicity  is low key and usually features a regional group or artist and mirrors the area that the ship has just visited.  If you are someone who is looking for a disco with loud thumping music and lots of nightlife, you will need to consider another option.  Oh the other hand, if you enjoy traveling with well travel people who love history, wine, food and culture, then maybe this is what you’ve been looking for.
 
Creativity's evening entertainment offerings are adequate if not exciting. There is a solo pianist who plays background music before and after dinner, and local talent was brought aboard on a couple of occasions (singers, small classical ensembles, etc.).
However, the daytime offerings delivered were superb, ranging from dynamically presented talks on history, art and culture to fun port talks. Handouts were also excellent and included hand-annotated port maps. These materials made it easy to know exactly where we were and which landmarks we were passing.
 
The daily, gratis, off-ship walking tours were almost universally superior. The ship issues passengers personal headsets, which plug into wireless receivers. The off-ship guides are issued microphones and transmitters so that each group of about 20 passengers gets a private tour, conducted through a discreet wireless link.
 
Staterooms
Avalon Felicity can accommodate up to 138 passengers with 69 available passenger cabins.
There are five different categories of cabins aboard Avalon Felicity. All cabins have a number of amenities, including nightly turn-down service, spacious three-door closets, flat-screen TV with movie channels, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary bottled water, and L’Occitane toiletries. Cabins are all double occupancy, with no 3rd and 4th person beds.
 
Located on Indigo Deck, Category E staterooms measure 172 square feet, and feature two windows located near the top of the stateroom. They also feature a full bathroom complete with a glass door enclosed shower, a writing desk, vanity, and of Avalon’s deluxe beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian linens, European-style duvets, and a choice of firm or soft pillows.
 
Categories A, B and P also measure 172 square feet, and are located on the Sapphire and Royal decks. These staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a French style mini-balcony. These rooms are perfect for enjoying Europe’s waterways.
 
Rounding out the accommodations are Avalon Felicity’s 258-square foot Avalon Suites. Located side-by-side on Royal Deck, these four suites pull out all the stops, featuring all the amenities of the above but with more space, a large sitting area, and a larger bathroom.
 
Total Cabins 69 and Suites 4  River view cabins total 54 Limited view (category E) 11  All cabins except category E have a French style mini-balcony.Avalon Felicity Main LoungeCabin Amenities include Luxury Bedding,TV with Movie Channels,  Bathrobes and Slipper,  Complimentary Bottled Water, Private Safe,  Minibar, Alarm Clock and  Hair Dryer.
 
Tipping
Gratuities are included in cruise fares for services during meals and land stays (including porter tips for one piece of luggage per person). Gratuities for the Cruise Director, local hosts, local guides, driver and ship's crew are not included and are discretionary. Avalon recommends $5 to $7 per person, per day, for the Cruise Director; $3 to $5 per person, per day, for the local guide; and $5 to $7 per person, per day, for the crew. All transactions aboard the riverboat are in U.S. dollars.
 
Fellow Passengers
Passengers consist mostly of older couples (55-plus) who are well-traveled. Many have come to Avalon through prior experience with Globus, so the land-touring aspect of the cruise may hold a higher priority for them. We also met a number of English-speaking travelers from Australia and the U.K. Avalon's experience is not designed to be compatible with families (especially those with younger children).
 

Our recommendation
Beware departing from Basel en route to Amsterdam, that the prettiest part of the Rhine - where many castles are, is done in morning FOG! We understand that the return trip approaches this area in the afternoon when the fog has lifted.