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  1. I also endorse Emily based on experience from last spring.
  2. To the original poster: as a follow-up, how did you find the foliage and temps to be for your early-November Rhine trip in 2019?
  3. I also endorse tourguideemily. Had her for a day in Budapest last May and felt like I got an "authentic" local tour. She is good to reply via email about bookings and to answer your advance questions.
  4. On the topic of laundry.... I used the laundry service on Avalon last spring and it was reasonable in price and efficient. My dress shirts were returned on hangers. Does anyone know if you can have shirts laundered on board to be returned folded and ready for packing, rather than on hangers? Thanks.
  5. Thanks. I read somewhere that the Eurostar upgrade is not worth it. But I am 6-5 in height and legroom matters, so I will look into that! To Turtles06: Travel agent says they don't have info yet on our assigned time slot for the train from Paris.
  6. Thanks, all, for your replies. Doverboy, I do not have the Eurostar ticket yet. I presume there will be a number of us who booked the cruise+London land extension and that they will put us all on the same train departure so that they can bus us together in both cities. I was guessing we would depart by mid-morning, but it sounds from the posting above that it could be later.
  7. My Paris-Normandy river cruise package with Avalon in May includes a London extension, with travel to London via Eurostar train. For those who have done this, do you recall how early the train departure was from Paris? Is it super early, or at a reasonable time? I presume we will arrive in London via Eurostar by lunchtime and can plan on a half-day of sightseeing on our own? Thank you!
  8. I wore a nice sweater and buttondown shirt to our Vienna concert in early May, and it was fine. I was advised on this board to "leave the blazer at home," which I did and didn't feel out of place. The room was warm.
  9. I just returned from my first river cruise -- the Danube on Avalon Envision. I traveled for first time as a single (age 65, male, recently divorced) and wasn't sure what it would be like after 40 years of travel with spouse and/or family. It was great and I recommend it to others. I found it rather easy to meet others, and I am not an extrovert. The variety of people I met and conversed with was among highlights of the trip. I found there were people who sort of watch out for single travelers. At dinner the first night I sat by myself at a two-top but was adjacent to two couples I met on the bus from Prague to the port. It probably appeared that I was "all alone" and soon an outgoing lady from a nearby table got up and came over and introduced herself and told me about the group she was traveling with. Very nice gesture. In the next few days I found myself "adopted" by two other groups of four people and tended to hang out, do excursions and have meals with them. (They were varying ages, and one was asked by another cruiser if I was their uncle, because we were hanging out so much). By the end of the week we knew everything about each other's backgrounds and families and will stay in touch. It was easy. Just ask others that you come in contact with if this is their first river cruise (I found that it usually was), and conversation flows from there. By the way, the no-single-supplement is capacity controlled. There are only so many "single cabins" per sailing, so be aware. You can track the availability on the Avalon website, for example (although I used a travel agent to book). The no-supplement is highlighted in yellow if available for a particular sailing date. I just booked Paris to Normandy for May 2020 the day before leaving for the Danube. I planned to wait until I returned, in order to see how I liked river cruising before committing, but was tracking availability for several dates and noticed the no-supplement was starting to dry up for spring 2020. So I jumped in (deposit only $250, what the heck). When I returned, there was no single availability for my three weeks of choice, so it was the right decision not to wait. For this early May 2019 trip, there was single availability when I booked in late July 2018. But the Danube has more ships/capacity than the Seine (Normandy), according to TA. Some cruise lines, such as Viking, do not cater to singles, FYI.
  10. I am just off the Envision May 7 (Prague to Budapest) and sent laundry out twice around 8 a.m. It was back in my cabin during the evening while I was at dinner. Unsure what time it actually arrived. Everything was fine. They didn't shrink my underwear!
  11. For anyone who has done this excursion in Prague, can you share some thoughts about the food, the show and the overall experience? Would you recommend it? Thank you.
  12. Is it a matter of turn it in by 9 am and get it back by 6 pm? Or 24 hours+ for turnaround? It affects packing decisions. Thank you.
  13. Doing Prague-Budapest with Avalon starting April 28. Sailing on the brand new Envision.
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