Travel Specialist Crystal Hilton experienced the beautiful
wonders of a Normandy River Cruise with Avalon Waterways. She
shares her very enjoyable experiences:
I travelled to Europe with
Singapore airlines, which was a very enjoyable experience. In my
opinion Singapore airlines is one of the best airlines in terms of
service. The air crew are always offering refreshments and I love
how if you ever get peckish and feel like a snack then throughout
the journey of the flight you will always have snacks on hand
whenever you wish. A lot of airlines nowadays charge for
anything and everything so an added wee bonus that you will also
receive with Singapore airlines is your own personal amenity kits
on board the flights.
I was lucky enough to travel in the European summer which is
always great to experience the warm weather, however I would
recommend travelling during the shoulder seasons which are May/June
or Sep/Oct. You will generally experience pleasant weather and
being the shoulder season means less crowds and more economical
Normandy River Cruise
One of the most popular
Itineraries is from Amsterdam - Budapest which is a picturesque
stretch of river where you will sail through spectacular
scenery, historic sites and experience amazing things. You can
decide whether you'd like to go for a short cruise which is usually
a week long or a two week cruise. Europe towns and villages are
generally built around the rivers so the Beauty of river cruising
is that the ships will pull in and dock right in the city centre.
This was fantastic as you basically just step right off the ship
and you are right there in the middle of everything. With Avalon
waterways in the instance that the village our sightseeing
excursion you are intending to see is not where the ship docks then
they will have their fantastic coaches and local guides ready and
waiting right next to the ship to take you to the must
River cruising is a
fantastic way to travel and I recommend everyone to
experience it at least once in their life time. Especially those who are wishing to
view Europe from a whole other way. You get to see the river banks
lined with qaint small villages, amazing landscapes and castles.
Some of the things I saw you would not have been able to see this
by car or train. If you are wanting a more relaxed way of travel
and an option to unpack once then this is for you.
A highlight for me was just
being able to relax but at the same time see the highlights in each
place. I loved being able to sit up on the top deck and have a
drink while I watched castles pass me by, or head down to my cabin
and relax on my bed with the window open ( I was fortunate enough
to have a balcony cabin) and watch the world go by. Also
on board the ships the
crew are fantastic, they go out of their way to get to know you and
are a highlight of the cruise.
I often hear from clients
that they are worried on board it may be "posh" and that you have
to dress up all of the time however this is definitely not the
case. It is very relaxed and you wear what you are comfortable in.
They do have the odd night which gives you the option to dress up
if you wish however it is not expected.
A few things to let you know
in advance is to ake advantage of the wardrobe and draws in your
cabin and unpack your bags. It really does make it feel like a home
away from home. Be prepared to come home with a few
extra kilos, the food on board is amazing and you can't help but
River cruising is extremely
popular so I highly recommend booking well in advance.