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As the newest addition to our fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon View certainly lives up to its name! With the youngest fleet of ships offering the widest views on Europe's waterways, The View continues our outstanding commitment to relaxed luxury. Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon's signature window-facing "Beds with a View." Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center for bikes and active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and activities. Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Library books, cards, and board games are favorites in the Club Lounge, and our Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The expansive Sky Deck features a Jacuzzi, plush lounge chairs, shade system and deck games, all set against some of Europe's most spectacular views.
Tipping is a personal way of showing satisfaction for good service and is common on all vacations. If paying by credit card, tipping is recommended in cash unless there is a special tipping line. Here are some general tipping guidelines: Each European country has different tipping customs and guidelines can be found in country-specific guides.
At Avalon, all hotel taxes, service charges, baggage handling gratuities, and meal gratuities are included in the tour price.
For services with gratuities that are not included in the tour price, we recommend that you follow the gratuity guidelines below. For more information, please refer to the Pre-Travel Verification Documents° and the Country-Specific Sections of Required Travel Documents. These documents will be available 2-3 weeks before the holidays. Due to country specifics, the following information is provided as a guide to assist with budgeting.
A gratuity to the cruise director is not included in the cruise price. To do a good job, Cruise recommends his director a compensation equivalent to 3 euros per passenger per day. There is an envelope in the stateroom for you to put the tip you want to give to the cruise director. You can also pre-pay the cruise director's gratuity when paying the balance of your cruise fare.
Crew gratuities on board Avalon Waterways ships are not included in the voyage fare. To do a good job, the ship's crew recommends the equivalent of twelve euros (euro) per passenger per day for her. This amount will be pooled and distributed equitably among those who have helped you, including the behind-the-scenes staff who provide services equally important to your cruise enjoyment. You can also pre-pay tips for your crew when paying the balance of your cruise.
A gratuity for the sightseeing driver is included in the tour price.
It is customary to tip hotel staff for providing room service, unless the charge is included in the bill. If the ice machine is not available and ice is available at the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated. Avalon includes one baggage handling chip per passenger. Tipping is recommended for excess baggage delivery. Avalon pays the tip for hotel meals.
Certified Local Guides
Travel with us and you'll receive exclusive visits by certified local guides in each major city. These certified local guides share their extensive knowledge of culture and history to bring each location to life during your vacation. Gratuities for certified local guides are included in the tour price.
Gratuities are not included for meals at restaurants not included in the Avalon itinerary. We recommend that you check your country's guidelines for an appropriate tip based on the quality of service. Details and recommendations can be found in important travel documents sent approximately 2-3 weeks before the start of your holiday. Your Cruise Director° is always available to assist you with local tipping customs. Tips at restaurants are usually paid in cash and are not added to credit card payments unless there is a corresponding line on the credit card receipt. Many European restaurants will add her per person charge to your check/bill. This is not a hint.
In most countries, rounding up the fare as a tip for the driver is usually sufficient. A few dollars, usually 10-15% of the fare, is reasonable for this service. If possible, we recommend negotiating international taxi fares in advance to avoid discomfort at the end of your trip. Ask your hotel or ship staff or airport hospitality desk for the best taxi companies and make sure the rates are clearly stated or pre-negotiated before departure. Either way, it's not customary to ask for change when tipping, so it's a good idea to carry some change with you.