After two nights in the city, our private transfer met us at the Wellenberg and drove us 1 hour and 30 minutes to Basel, where our river cruise began. We boarded the Avalon Artistry II just in time to enjoy lunch and drinks in the Panorama Lounge. Since we were celebrating a special occasion, we booked a Royal Suite onboard ship. All of Avalon’s ships are suite ships, with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, that let the outside in. Our suite was HUGE, with a separate seating area and a large bathroom with a walk-in shower.