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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 Illumination
Avalon Illumination

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

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Avalon Expression
Avalon Expression

7 Night
Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine

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Avalon Envision
Avalon Envision (Photo: Avalon Waterways)

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

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Avalon Imagery II
Avalon Imagery II

6 Night
The Best Of The Rhine With 2 Nights In Frankfurt

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Festive Season In The Heart Of Germany With 2 Nigh...

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Danube Dreams With 2 Nights In Prague

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Active & Discovery On The Danube From Croatia To T...

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Danube Symphony

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Paris To Normandy With 3 Nights In London

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Tulip Time Cruise

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Tulip Time Cruise

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12 Night
Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River

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Kiltn' It: Facts, Fiction & Fairytale Settings On...

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A Taste Of The Danube

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Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine

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Avalon Waterways Cruise 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

The cruise was outstanding on all levels.

They made us feel so very special .The special Avalon service started at the airport where they were there waiting to help with our bags and whisk us off to the ship.Read More
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RobmacBoston

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Truly an unforgettabe trip!

look forward to our next cruise with Avalon, which will be the Paris to Normandy trip or the Portugal cruise.On a river cruise ship you see the same people every day and we had the opportunity to meet many new people.Read More
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rwentz54

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Enjoying the Rhine and Moselle

One of the great things about this trip is the included tours and events as you go port to port.Great reviews and had not visited the areas for this trip.Read More
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BRMHealth

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

nice cabins, friendly competent staff, inferior food and tours

The evening port talk did not include any cultural information about the location, no basic language or cultural tips, only info about the outtings.So, no good alternative to the dining room at all, except it was quiet enough to talk.Read More
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experiencedtraveler59

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

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