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Avalon Felicity

Avalon Felicity

 

Ship Facts

Ship's Registry: Germany

Passenger Capacity: 138

Crew Members: 39

Year Built: 2010

Length: 361 feet

Passenger Decks: 3

 

Rhine River Lesbian Cruise

 

What's Included?

• Transfer from the Zurich Host Hotel to the ship on April 22

• Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on board the beautifully designed ms Felicity

• All meals while on board

• Wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner

• Soft drinks during lunch

• Coffee, tea, juices during all meals

• Bottled water replenished in cabins daily

• Wireless Internet in public areas of ship

• Olivia entertainment and programming

• Included sightseeing tours in each port

• Headsets for guided tours provided

• Gratuities, port charges/taxes, which are covered in NDA fees

• Welcome cocktail reception

• Olivia Staff assistance throughout

 

What's Not Included?

• Transfer from the ship in Amsterdam to the airport

• Optional tours

• Porterage at host hotel in Zurich before included transfer to the ship (when dropping off luggage)

• Alcoholic beverages, additional bottled water and soft drinks (except where indicated)

• Tips to local guides

• Phone/Fax/Internet (wireless is included on board)

• Salon Services

 

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Switzerland to Amsterdam
All-Lesbian Rhine River Cruise

April 22 – 29, 2018
Avalon Waterways Avalon Felicity

Switzerland to Amsterdam Olivia  All-Lesbian Rhine River Cruise 2018 Cruise the Rhine River with the women of Olivia, starting in delightful Basel, Switzerland and ending in the extremely gay- and lesbian-friendly city of Amsterdam. Experience fields of vividly-colored tulips in bloom and stroll along the canals learning about Amsterdam's amazing history. Included tours in most ports ensure you see the best of the best as you immerse yourself in the rich local cultures. You'll visit Strasbourg, France; explore Mainz and Heidelberg, Germany; cruise the Rhine Gorge with a visit to Koblenz and Cologne, Germany before disembarking for your overnight in Amsterdam.

Be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey. Back on board in the evenings, soak in the hot tub, have a glass of wine or tea, relax with friends, eat delicious meals, learn about the places we're visiting and enjoy nightly Olivia entertainment.

 

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As it winds through castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and picturesque Old World villages, the Rhine River is the essence of romance. Born as an untamed river in the Swiss Alps, the Rhine takes the scenic route to the North Sea, illuminating some of Europe's most fascinating sights and customs. Historically and culturally, the Rhine has been a crucial source of sustenance, pride and inspiration. Fortresses and castles along the Rhine's embankments highlight the value ancient empires placed on these waters. While ancient times saw the Rhine as a dividing force, today the cities along its shores are an intriguing blend of cultures. Vineyards along the Rhine produce world-renowned vintages and riverside cafés and restaurants celebrate the region by pairing local wines with delectably fresh fare. With scenic splendor and enriching surprises around every bend, the waters of the Rhine set the stage for the very finest moments to be had in Europe.

 

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Your Ship - Avalon Felicity

Enjoy cruising the Rhine River, one of Europe's longest rivers, between fascinating Amsterdam and culturally-diverse Basel. Accommodating only 138 passengers, the Avalon Felicity offers the intimate feeling of a small ship while providing plenty of room and amenities. The spacious and well-appointed staterooms feature a minimum of 172 square feet of space and are the largest on the European rivers today. All staterooms and suites include a well-stocked minibar, spacious closet, flatscreen satellite TV and radio, Comfort Collection by Avalon SM premium bedding, and a large private bathroom complete with a full shower, hairdryer, and premium bath amenities.

 

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Some of the features and amenities you'll enjoy onboard:
• Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
• Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
• Sky Deck with shade awnings
• Non-smoking interior
• Elevator
• Elegant, contemporary design
• Outside viewing deck
• Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
• English-speaking crew
• Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
• Cruise Director
• Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
• Revolutionary engineering
• Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
• Sky Deck whirlpool

 

Rhine River lesbian cruise on Avalon Felicity

 

• Internet Corner
• Fitness Center
• Hair salon (manicures available)
• Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
• Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
• Onboard movie nights
• Biking excursions available in Amsterdam
• Avalon Choice cruising experience
• Behind-the-scenes ship tour
• Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing options
• Use of Nordic walking sticks
• Local Favorites onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans & experts
• Expanded "on-demand" in-room entertainment
• Sky Deck game area
• Complimentary Wi-Fi access
• Well-stocked library

 

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Dining:
• Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees
• Captain's reception with sparkling wine & canapés
• Welcome dinner
• Five-course farewell dinner
• Spacious, open-seating dining room
• Daily early-riser breakfast
• Daily late-riser breakfast
• Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
• Complimentary juices with breakfast
• Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck
• Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
• Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
• Breakfast buffets with foods that are low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy

 

Switzerland to Amsterdam lesbian cruise on Avalon Felicity

 

• Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
• Social hour and drink specials in Panorama Lounge
• Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
• Chef-inspired regional & Western recipes
• Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
• Complimentary regional wines, beer, or soft drinks with dinner
• Complimentary soft drinks with lunches
• Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
• Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
• Upscale bar serving premium spirits
• Healthy meal options
• Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
• Coffee or tea after dinner
• Alternative light lunch

 

Switzerland to Amsterdam Rhine lesbian cruise on Avalon Felicity

 

Deluxe Staterooms & Suites Amenities:
• Alarm clock
• Bedside tables with reading lamps
• Comfort Collection BedsSM
• Direct-dial telephone
• Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
• European-style duvets
• Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
• Full shower with glass door
• Individual climate control
• Large mirror in bathroom
• Memory foam mattress toppers
• Soft and firm pillows
• Vanity
• Writing desk

 

Switzerland to Amsterdam Rhine lesbian cruise on Avalon Felicity

 

• Bathrobes & slippers
• Choice of bed configuration
• Complimentary bottled water
• Easy under-bed luggage storage
• Elegant, contemporary design
• Extra blankets
• Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony
• Hairdryer
• In-room safe
L'Occitane bath products
• Nightly turn-down service
• Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
• Well-stocked minibar

 

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Switzerland to Amsterdam Rhine River Cruise Itinerary

  Date

Port

Meals

  22 Apr Basel, Switzerland D
  23 Apr Breisach, Germany

B, L, D

  24 Apr Strasbourg, France B, L, D
  25 Apr Mainz / Heidelberg, Germany B, L, D
  26 Apr Koblenz / Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim, Germany B, L, D
  27 Apr Cologne, Germany B, L, D
  28 Apr Amsterdam, The Netherlands B, L, D
  29 Apr Amsterdam, The Netherlands B
 

Arrive into Zurich prior to 3:00pm. Shuttle from the Zurich Host Hotel to the ship is included and will depart at approximately 4:00pm. The ship is approximately one hour from Zurich.

Departure flights should be for after 10:00am, but because we are overnighting on the ship in Amsterdam, you can set your flights for anytime that morning.

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Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
Saturday, April 22, 2018

All-lesbian Switzerland to Amsterdam Rhine river cruise - Basel, SwitzerlandWelcome to Switzerland, home of the Matterhorn and the majestic Alps! Your bus transfer from Olivia's host hotel in Zurich to the ship in Basel, where your river cruise vessel docked is included. Meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

Breisach, Germany
Sunday, April 23, 2018

Lesbian Only Rhine river cruise - Breisach, GermanyLocated at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks!

Strasbourg, France
Monday, April 24, 2018

Lesbian Only Switzerland to Amsterdam Rhine river cruise - Strasbourg, FranceSituated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is influenced by the culture of both countries and is the capital of the Alsace region. It is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Noteworthy sights are the Gothic Cathedral, the lovely La Petite France district, Place Kléber, and Place Gutenberg with the statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion to the Alsace wine region is available today.

Mainz / Heidelberg, Germany
All-lesbian Rhine river cruise - Heidelberg, GermanyTuesday, April 25, 2018

Situated on the left bank of the Rhine, opposite the mouth of the Main River, Mainz is Germany's largest and most important wine town. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, was born here and you'll visit the Gutenberg Museum.Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town. Take pictures of the ruins of the imposing red sandstone castle towering above the city, and enjoy free time to explore. Ask us about the most delicious hot chocolate at the Illes Café!

Koblenz / Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim, Germany
Wednesday, April 26, 2018

All-lesbian Rhine River cruise - Rhine Gorge, GermanySituated at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. The dramatic Rhine Gorge is the most beautiful stretch of river. Pass the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where sweet songs of local beauties lured enchanted sailors to their doom. In Rüdesheim, Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Museum is a real surprise! Enjoy the special “Rudensheim coffee” or wine tasting, then explore the Drosselgasse and pick up some souvenirs.

Cologne, Germany
Thursday, April 27, 2018

All-lesbian Rhine river cruise - Cologne, GermanyCologne is one of Germany’s largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent gothic cathedral. In 2010, it was the site of the Gay Games. The Germano-Roman Museum located next to the cathedral is a must for history buffs! Try a Kölsch in one of the many beer taverns or shop for a bottle of “4711,” the original eau de cologne.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Friday, April 28, 2018

All-lesbian Rhine River cruise - Amsterdam, The NetherlandsWelcome to Amsterdam! The capital of The Netherlands is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh. There is no better way to see the city than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten-lined canals with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Disembarkation)
Sunday, April 29, 2018

After breakfast, we'll depart the ship and either return home or enjoy a post-vacation stretcher in Amsterdam.

 

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Traveler Info

Being Gay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a very gay-friendly city. The Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage. You can feel very secure holding hands and being yourself while walking the streets. We often work with "Pink Point," the main kiosk near the Homo monument to let them know we are arriving, and you will see many store fronts with Olivia signs, welcoming you all to Amsterdam!

Food

Traditional Dutch cuisine includes raw herring, meat, potatoes and oliebol (fried dough with currants and powdered sugar). Cheese, along with butter and buttermilk, are in abundance because dairy farms saturate the countryside. Cheeses such as Gouda, Edam and Leyden (cumin-infused) can be found in many markets in Amsterdam. Dutch colonization brought Indonesian immigration and cuisine to Holland and Turkish restaurants dot the city. Along the "walking" route, there are several pastry shops, pizza and Chinese food restaurants. There are also many Indian and Thai food choices as well.

There are few women-owned restaurants to enjoy; one we have visited for the past 4 years, Bistro Bij Ons, offers up local treats like stampot and boerenkool at affordable prices (we suggest you get a local to help you with pronunciation!). Run by Carla and Esther, this popular lesbian spot seems to have more people than tables, so make sure to call ahead for reservations.

 

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Travel documentation and identification

You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S., or EU citizen, please check with both your country's consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.

Where to fly into/out of

You will need to fly into Zurich International Airport (ZRH) and out of Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS). We encourage all passengers to extend their trip with our pre- and post-trip stretchers to enjoy all Zurich and Amsterdam have to offer, as well as to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. If you wish to arrive one night prior to the cruise, we will be giving information about the Zurich Airport host hotel so you can book directly with them.

Suggested arrival/departure times

Arrive into Zurich prior to 3 pm. Shuttle from the Zurich Airport Hotel to the ship is included and will depart at approximately 4 pm. The ship is approximately one hour from Zurich. Please note that ship embarkation begins at 5 pm.

Your flight can depart Amsterdam airport at any time on April 29. Transfer to the airport will be on your own. The ship reception can assist you with your taxi to your next destination.

Luggage allowances

While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances. For travel in Europe, we recommend no more than one large piece and a smaller carry-on for ease of travel.

Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia

If arriving on the day of embarkation, you will meet at a designated airport hotel for your transfer to the ship. A complimentary airport shuttle to the hotel will be available. Your transfer to the ship is included in our group transfer. The transfer should take approximately 60 minutes. Information on ship location will be in your final documents.

Dining

Fine dining on board offers European cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, and dinner is sit-down menu service.

Electricity

The cabins have 110 and 220volt electricity. Adapters should be 2-round prongs.

Excursions

A walking and/or city tour is included in each of the ports visited. Optional tours are available to book on board that range from approximately €39 to €60. These tours do not conflict with the included tours.

We will designate a group on each included tour as a “gentle walkers” group. This is for those who need a little extra time walking, perhaps have scooters, canes and even for photographers who like to stop and take more photos. For those with mobility issues, we suggest purchasing a cane that can also fold out to be a seat so you can rest while the group stops to listen to the guide.

Gratuities

Gratuities are provided for your Avalon Cruise Director, cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’, reception, bar staff and other-behind-the-scenes crew members and are included in the cost of the cruise. Tipping is not included for the local guides. Below is a suggested guideline:
Local Guide: ½ day - €2-€3 or full day €4-€5
Bus driver: €1

Internet / e-mail / fax

Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board in public spaces and in your cabins for use on your personal laptops and iPads. There is an onboard internet center with two desktop computers for guest use. Faxes can be sent from the reception desk for a charge.

Laundry and dry cleaning

Laundry and pressing service is available. Dry-cleaning or self-service laundry facilities are not available on board. Check on board for pricing.

Medical services

The ship is minutes away from hospitals when we are docked and close to local towns along the river. The ship does not have an onboard doctor.

Money: Paying for things on board

The currency used on board is €Euros. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Please check with the front office on the ship for further details.

 

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Avalon Felicity

 

Avalon Felicity

Avalon Felicity Deck Plan

Occupancy: 138 • Crew: 39 • Length: 361 feet • Built: 2010 • Registry: Germany

2018 Switzerland to Amsterdam Rhine River Cruise Rates

Category Description
Reg. Rate US $
Early Bird
Availability

JR -Junior Suite

Avalon Luminary Suite

Royal Deck. Located on the Royal Deck, the highest deck on the ship, this is our largest accommodation at 256 square feet. This spacious accommodation includes a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows, flatscreen TV, radio, minibar, hairdryer, safe, and Egyptian cotton bedding. All rooms are non-smoking.

$ 6,799

$ 5,299

P Category Stateroom

Avalon Felicity Deluxe Stateroom

Royal Deck. Located on the Royal Deck, the highest deck on the ship, these 172 square foot rooms include a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows, flatscreen TV, radio, minibar, hairdryer, safe, and Egyptian cotton bedding. All rooms are non-smoking.

$ 5,699

$ 4,399

A Category Stateroom

Avalon Felicity Deluxe Stateroom

Sapphire Deck. Located on the Sapphire Deck, these centrally-located rooms are 172 square feet and include a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows, flatscreen TV, radio, minibar, hairdryer, safe, and Egyptian cotton bedding. All rooms are non-smoking.

$ 5,399

$ 4,199

B Category Stateroom

Avalon Felicity Deluxe Stateroom

Sapphire Deck. Located on the Sapphire Deck, in the mid to aft of the ship, these 172 square foot rooms include a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows, flatscreen TV, radio, minibar, hairdryer, safe, and Egyptian cotton bedding. All rooms are non-smoking.

$ 5,299

$ 4,099

E Category Stateroom

Avalon Felicity Deluxe Stateroom

Indigo Deck. Located on the Indigo Deck, these centrally-located rooms are 172 square feet and include 2 upper windows, flatscreen TV, radio, minibar, hairdryer, safe, and Egyptian cotton bedding. All rooms are non-smoking.

$ 4,199

$ 3,299

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Pre/Post Cruise Packages

We will have optional 2-night and 3-night pre packages in Zurich and Lucerne, and optional 1-night and 2-night post packages in Amsterdam to extend your visit.

 

 

Special Airfares

Swiss International Air Lines

KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines


 

Rates: Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare, insurance, fuel surcharge or NDA of $499 per person (subject to change).

Early bird prices valid until October 22, 2017.

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