River Cruising is a great experience. I suggest a first timer research all the wonderful places along the river and chose the country/countries of most interest. Enjoy the history. After touring the cities and villages, cruising on the ship is relaxing. The food is excellent and the crew treats you very well. Since there are only between 138 and 150 vacationers on the ship, you get to enjoy everyone’s company. Don’t hesitate to make plans with Avalon.