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Avalon Waterways Cruises

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About Avalon Waterways Cruises

Avalon Waterways launched in 2004 as part of the long-established Globus family of travel brands. The company's fleet is made up entirely of "Suite Ships" that feature rooms with a floor-to-ceiling window wall with sliding glass doors that that open to turn the accommodations themselves into a balcony in good weather.

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Avalon Imagery II

10 Night
The Rhine & Moselle For Wine Lovers

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Avalon Illumination

7 Night
A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Vienna & 2...

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Avalon Expression

10 Night
Romantic Rhine With 1 Night In Amsterdam & 2 Night...

91 Reviews
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Avalon Tranquility II

10 Night
The Rhine & Moselle

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15 Night
Magnificent Europe With 1 Night In Amsterdam

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The Best Of The Rhine

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8 Night
Christmastime On The Danube With 2 Nights In Pragu...

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Burgundy & Provence With 2 Nights In Paris For Win...

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Active & Discovery On The Rhône With 2 Nights In P...

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Tulip Time In Holland & Belgium With 1 Night In Am...

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6 Night
Christmastime On The Danube

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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River W...

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Rhine & Rhône Revealed With 1 Night In Amsterdam F...

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A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Vienna & 2...

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Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine With 1 Night In...

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Avalon Waterways Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Avalon Waterways cruise ships?

Avalon caters to English-speaking travelers from North America, the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand. The average age of passengers is mid-50s to 60s, but the mix varies by itinerary, and on four- and five-night cruises, you'll find more 40-something travelers and others trying out river cruises for the first time. Children ages 8 and older are welcome onboard, but there is no formal youth program.

Do I have to dress up on a Avalon Waterways cruise?

No, not really. You can't wear shorts at dinner, but, other than that the dress code is casual. At dinner you'll see mostly open-neck shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts or dresses for women. Some people op to dress up a bit nicer, though still relatively casual, for the welcome and farewell dinners (only on Europe river cruises).

Is everything free on Avalon Waterways cruises?

Exactly what is included varies somewhat with the itineraries. In Europe, Asia and South America, coffee and tea are available free of charge all day long. In Europe a choice of complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks is included with lunch and dinner, and sparkling wine with breakfast. On the Mekong, Ganges and Amazon rivers, select soft drinks and local beer/spirits are available throughout the day and wine is included with lunch and dinner. Wi-Fi is free (except in the Amazon or Galapagos, where it's not available), as is dining (including breakfast in bed and picnic lunches to take on shore) and all onboard entertainment and enrichment. Most shore excursions are complimentary, including the line's Active Adventure options.

You'll pay extra for gratuities, salon or spa treatments, laundry, onboard shop purchases and some special excursions.

What are Avalon Waterways’s most popular activities?

Shore excursions are at the heart of activities on any Avalon sailing. Options can range from active excursions, such as canoeing the Danube or jogging through Amsterdam, to cultural experiences, like following the life of an Austrian worker or taking part in an Amsterdam painting class. Passengers who prefer to explore on their own can use the AvalonGO app loaded with a list of nearby attractions and hours of operation, historical facts, maps and directions as well as local cafes, restaurants, bars and entertainment options.

Onboard, most passengers attend enrichment sessions, and the Local Favorites program brings regional performances onboard, as well as classes: tai chi or Mandarin lessons on the Yangtze, culinary demonstrations in France, etc.

Why go with Avalon Waterways?

  • Suite class ships feature floor-to-ceiling, retractable windows
  • Locally sourced wines and shore excursion included in fare
  • Cruises great rivers in Europe and Asia
  • Best For: English-speaking travelers who want to sail the world by river, exploring at their own pace
  • Not For: Families with young children or travelers who depend on wheelchairs

Best for: English-speaking travelers who want to sail the world by river, exploring at their own pace

Not for: Families with young children or travelers who depend on wheelchairs

Avalon Waterways Cruises Cruiser Reviews

My dream river cruise

We had an awesome time and wishing the crew all the best to go back to their home towns and be with their family.Well right from the tome we arrived at the airport in Munich from the time we departed from Budapest its hospitality at its best.Read More
mikey099

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

Heaven on a river!

We could not fault one thing about the whole trip & we now will only do river cruises, we are already looking for our next one.It was a first river cruise for us & once on the boat, it was sheer luxury!Read More
Waynos

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Our 1st River Cruise

No complaints about the ship As long as we can take a river cruise in a beautiful and interesting area I would not hesitate to use Avalon again.TIPS: Did no realize they were not included - suggested was 15 Euros each/day so 240 E for our 8 day cruise.Read More
Arizona Budgies

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Passau to Budapest in the fall of '23

As we were the last cruise of the season and the weather was so good, our captain gave us an added bonus by cruising thru Budapest by night.This ship is excellent, modern, thoughtful design with great amenities and superb helpful and friendly staff.Read More
britgirl61

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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