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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 Artistry II

14 Night
Magnificent Europe

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Avalon Envision

5 Night
Danube Symphony

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Avalon Envision

17 Night
Magnificent Europe With 3 Nights In Prague

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Avalon Illumination

5 Night
A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Budapest

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Nachi Cocom Beach Club

7 Night
Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine

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A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Vienna

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A Taste Of The Danube

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Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine With 2 Nights I...

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10 Night
Paris To Normandy With 3 Nights In London

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Tulip Time Cruise For Garden & Nature Lovers

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Festive Season On The Legendary Danube With 2 Nigh...

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Illuminations On The Danube With 2 Nights In Pragu...

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Paris To Normandy

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

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Festive Season In The Heart Of Germany

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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

First Avalon cruise, won't be my last!

They were geared towards giving whoever participated a great time.Take a guided tour including an option for those who walk great distances.Read More
jmarkp

First Time Cruiser

Age 65s

Amazing first time river cruise adventure!

Each meal was delicious and the chef and the culinary team did a great job of incorporating the local cuisine and specialties to our daily menus.And, the local tour guides and bus drivers were very knowledgeable, professional, witty, and helpful.Read More
ATXAnn

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Rhine River Cruise

Cruise director needed to give more information regarding length of guided tours and amount of free time to expect.I was disappointed at the amount of free time at each port.Read More
Rhine Cruiser

2-5 Cruises

Age 71s

Great time on the Rhine!!

Cabins were very nice, food was fantastic, we enjoyed the happy hour which led into dinner, great atmosphere, again the staff was the reason!The ship was very smooth and roomy, lots of space for everyone, never felt crowded, even at the meal times, we decided to stay in Lucerne Switzerland for a couple days after, this was a great choice, Lucerne was a great place to finish off a wonderful trip, it’s about an hour from Basel and an hour to Zurich for the flight home, We would highly recommend Avalon!!Read More
Dunna

First Time Cruiser

Age 64s

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