Avalon Poetry II

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What's Included


  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements | Sparkling wine with breakfast | Robes & slippers in every room

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
5000 Tons
Public Decks
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Highly recommended

By: Ross

Reviewed on: 27 May 2014

My wife and I choose Avalon and Poetry II primarily from our travel agent recommendations and the itinerary of the cruise.  We had heard a great deal about 'river cruises' but had never gone on one. About 4 years ago we did a 'big' ship cruise on the intercoastal to Alaska, then also our first cruise.Knowing we are novice travelers, therefore, in a word our Avalon experience was 'spectacular'.  The Poetry II was brand new, the crew extremely friendly, and the Tour Director a fine mix of highly organized, funny, personable and caring.  We can not speak highly enough about the quality of the food, the flawless arrangements, and the size of the cabin...all well beyond our expectations.As we can afford it, we will be back.Thanks for a marvelous experience.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Holbrook

Avalon Poetry II

By: Terry

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2014

This was a brand new ship this year, so we expected it to be nice, but it was managed extremely well and exceeded our expectations. Our first 2 choices (Viking and Ama) were booked in the category we were looking for, even 14 months in advance. But because of our favorable experience with Avalon, we'd make them our first choice next time.
Travel Advisor:  Helene Singer

Avalon is the only way to see Europe

By: DH

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2015

This new ship was modern and impeccably clean. In the comfort of our suite, the large patio doors allowed us to view the river, swans, and castles while cruising or docked. We had so many vantage points on the ship that offered relaxation. Cruising the river was quiet and serene. Five course meals greeted us every day or choices to eat light in the lounge, grill on the sky deck or dine royally from the buffet or menu in the dining room. Poetry's crew treated us like we were one big family. Daily meetings in the lounge gave us an opportunity to comment on the tours of the day and expectations for the next so we were all kept informed. The various talent events in the evening, especially the show put on by the crew, were so enjoyable. The captain provided tours of the wheel house and galley and explained the intricate system of 14 locks that we sailed through which was very intriguing. The captain even carried our bags to a waiting taxi! The Poetry II gave us a first class river cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Gastineau

Avlon Cruises

By: MJ

Reviewed on: 13 May 2017

It was fabulous thanks to the cruise director Tony and the crew. The food was great, the service was great. Love the rooms with the large windows.
Travel Advisor:  Patty Perry

World Class

By: GMissyZ

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2017

This was our first river cruise. From what our more experienced travel companions said, it looks lke we are spoiled forever and will accept nothing less than the first class service, food, accommodations and experience we had aboard the Avalon Poetry II. The staff and crew were hospitable and genuine, the food was delicious and varied, the stateroom was comfortable and kept neat and clean all 8 days, the excursions were interesting, nicely paced, lead by great guides. Just perfect.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager

Fantastic Rhone River Cruise

By: Mickie

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2017

Too short! Our cabin, 317, was very comfortable and we loved the bed-always a good night's sleep. The staff of Poetry II seemed to know what we needed before we did! it was really great to have large bottles of water replenished every day in our room. The meals and wine were wonderful! We really enjoyed the alternative lunch dining. The design of the ship allowed passengers to find a quiet nook or chat with the other passengers.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager

Number One!

By: Phannanmd

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

Avalon has its act together! The vessel and crew leave nothing to be desired. The Tour Director,Tony, was absolutely superior; great planner,organizer and goes the "extra mile"! All excursions while on Poetry ll were outstanding- great Guides and subject matter. The menu was out of sight and the service was exceptional. The hotel in Paris was a five star who offered absolutely superior consigliere service. The only disappointment resulted from the Avalon "desk sitter" and Paris at Night guide who performed at a significantly lower level than their contemporaries.
Travel Advisor:  Bob Romano

Rhone River Cruise

By: Rhone RiverCruise

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2017

This was truly the way to spend a "vacation." Pampered service, great food, congenial staff and crew, and luxurious accommodations aboard the ship.
Travel Advisor:  Bob Romano

Cruising the Rhone

By: Bonnie

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

A beautiful river cruising boat with amazingly efficient, professional, and friendly crew. Cruise director, Tony, is the best. He anticipates all of the possibilities that could occur and prepares the guests. Outstanding in every way. Beautiful suite. Delicious food.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Bemis

Fun on the river

By: Rick

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

The trip on Poetry II was outstanding. Great tours with outstanding guides. Excellent food and service. The Captain and crew were professional, friendly and helpful. A first class trip on a first class boat.
Travel Advisor:  Bob Romano

Nice to Paris river cruise


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

We had an excellent and well managed trip with no issues from the airport pick up in Nice to the delivery to Paris airport. The accommodations, food, staff and the organized tour more than met our expectations
Travel Advisor:  Randy Raphael

Burgundy, Provence & Paris

By: John & Karen

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

We felt well provided for, except not enough time to explore on our own in several ports.

Avalone waterways

By: Tillman & Wendy

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2017

Very enjoy able Fairly new ship very well appointed. Great food and wine. State room very comfortable. Had a wonderful time. Most enjoyable
Travel Advisor:  JoAnne Patterson

Rhone trip

By: mickey

Reviewed on: 28 May 2018

Excellent. Exceeded expectations. Ship, accommodations, food. service, tours, guides, all outstanding. Would definitely consider another trip on Avalon.
Travel Advisor:  Betty Lynch

Treated Like Royalty.

By: Peggy

Reviewed on: 29 May 2018

The attention to every detail made the cruise so special. The ship was sparkling clean, the food was amazing and the service was outstanding.
Travel Advisor:  Lee Lennon

River Cruise

By: Wayne

Reviewed on: 03 Sep 2018

The Poetry II was a modern ship, nicely decorated. Cabins were bright and clean. Furniture and washroom were modern and up-to-date.
Travel Advisor:  Randy Raphael

Avalon Poetry II

By: blg

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2018

It's a beautiful ship - clean, like new with very nice cabins. The entire experience was first class, from the ship itself, to the crew, the delicious food, the excursions - everything. Had a fabulous time.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Kotkin

review of cruise in France

By: sherie

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2018

The food and service were great. The rooms were good-sized and the cruise director couldn't have been nicer. The tours were well-planned and personnel on the boat very nice.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Kotkin

Trip through france

By: Paula

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2019

Excellent. Food was excellent and servers very pleasant and helpful..
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Lichty

Avalon River Cruise in southern France

By: Jack

Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2019

It was an exceptional experience. Cruise Director Gayle Walter was engaged and ready to assist at any time. Crew and Ship Captain was also great.
Travel Advisor:  Marilyn Bennett

Grand France

By: Chegs

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2019

Great organisation - Cruise Director and Crew No question or request was too difficult Nice balance of people from around the world Would travel again

Burgundyand Southern France

By: Lana Nana

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2019

Best holiday every. Staff was courteous and very attentive. Presentation of the food was extraordinary not to mention the menu was never repetitive and oh so delicious.
Travel Advisor:  JoAnne Patterson

recommend ship to travellers

By: merrywidow

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2019

In comparison to travelling on a large cruise ship, the numbers of passengers on the river boat made the trip so much better. The cruise staff were excellent, the food out of this world and cabin facilities very comfortable.
Travel Advisor:  JoAnne Patterson

Rhone Cruise

By: Ray

Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on Avalon Poetry II. The Rhone River has much to offer and the onshore excursions gave us a great window on this beautiful part of France. The service on board was first class and the dining was superb. We would certainly cruise with Avalon again.
Travel Advisor:  Kim Paterson


By: John

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2019

Not enough to do on board. More lectures or short classes
Travel Advisor:  Carol Hammond Curry

Burgundy & Provence River Cruise Fall 2019

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2019

Great cruise from Paris to Monaco! Enjoyed the staff - they were wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Hammond Curry