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Your River Cruise Voyage Your Way

On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, "included" is the name of the game. Spacious outside staterooms with expansive riverscape views—included. VIP access into the must-see sites—included. Your choice of enriching shore excursions led by Certified Local Guides—included. Wi-Fi access—included. Sparkling wines with breakfast, regional beers and wines at every onboard dinner, and unlimited lattes and premium coffees—included. And we're proud to offer Avalon Choice®, an exciting concept in river cruising that gives you the freedom to personalize so many elements of your cruise.

Our Cuisine is Choice — So are the ways to Enjoy it.

Avalon dining has always freed taste buds from the ordinary. And now — it frees you from restrictions. At every meal, you'll have the ability to choose from a multitude of dining experiences. All feature the highest-quality local ingredients, hand crafted by true culinary artisans. And all are included at no extra cost.

Discovery By Your Design — Cruise Excursions.

We've done our due diligence pre-selecting Certified Local Guides who truly are the best in the world. But what you see and the pace in which you see it, is completely up to you. And the best part? Unlike other cruise operators, our preplanned discoveries are included at no extra charge to you. We even provide Nordic walking sticks for active guests looking for an extra spring in their step.

Endless Options Onboard.

We definitely didn't design our onboard entertainment for the indecisive. Day and night you'll be provided with a plethora of ways to have fun and be enlightened. Take in a performance by local musicians. Play a game in the lounge. Enjoy a behind-the scenes ship tour. Relax on the Sky Deck. Get acquainted with your destinations through Culture & Cruise events. Be pampered in our hair salon. Unwind with a movie. Or try out one of our many new venues for dining or lounging.

The Ships

Presenting the Panorama SuitesSM

While others ask you to compromise, we present staterooms that never will. At Avalon, we’ve taken a radically different approach to stateroom design than other cruise lines. We didn’t compromise. We didn’t cut corners. We didn’t make our rooms an afterthought. We didn’t crowd and jam and squish. And we didn’t let our accountants design them. Instead we designed our Suite Ships® with an attention to detail river cruising has never seen before. We brought innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space to our one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM. And that means a more comfortable, more relaxing, more enjoyable vacation for you.

They Started with Walls. We started with windows.

To help illustrate how much better our staterooms are, we’re comparing them to the typical river cruise cabin. And we’ll start with the windows. While others put a small window in their wall, we designed a wall made of window. Which gives you a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall view. It’s the largest standard window in river cruising. More than 30% larger than the others. And it opens up to some of Europe’s most awe-inspiring views. Then we thought of the smallest details to ensure your views from anywhere in your stateroom are unobstructed. We made our chairs low profile enough to not block your view. And we designed our table to slide down all the way when you aren’t using it. Small things that make a big difference.

A bed for those who like to look at a view. Not a wall.

In the average cabin, the view from the bed never changes. You’re looking at the same scene throughout your voyage: the wall. Meanwhile, outside your window, breathtaking views of the European countryside are passing by. We had a better idea. Let’s turn our bed so it faces out the giant window. And to do that we angled the wall behind the bed, which had two other benefits: it opened up the stateroom to give you more space, and it opened up the bathroom behind the wall to give you a more spacious and bathroom vanity. More space and a better view. That’s what happens when you pay attention to the details.

The ShipsPhoto: Avalon Waterways


The Roomiest Staterooms.

We have always provided river cruisers the most spacious staterooms in Europe. With our Panorama-style Suite Ships®, we're not only offering cruisers our award-winning Avalon Deluxe Staterooms, we're featuring 200-square foot Panorama Suites (30 percent larger than the average stateroom) and 300-square foot Royal Suites, offering cruisers even more room to relax and take in 360-degree views of Europe.

Inspired by design, our ships are crafted to entice all five senses. Some enhancements, including deluxe woven carpeting, flowers, premium L'Occitane products and scented sticks in our staterooms are subtle. Other offerings, such as Avalon-branded premium bedding (Comfort Collection BedsSM), marble bathrooms as well as a perfect balance of warm interiors, natural lighting and panoramic views are distinctive and unexpected. Combined, all elements provide travelers with a unique feeling of space, freedom and comfort not found with any other river cruise line.

Peering through the looking glass to determine how we can continue to improve our cruisers on-board experiences, we have invested in the finest bathroom appointments available and such luxury touch-points such as L'Occitane toiletries, quality robes and slippers in each room, fleet-wide. We've also designed contemporary staterooms with the most available storage space, and plenty of "comfort touches" like complimentary bottled water and fully stocked mini-bars.

On any deck, your well-appointed Avalon Deluxe Stateroom is a spacious refuge of inviting home-awayfrom- home features. Delight in the large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass shower door; deluxe beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, and a choice of soft or firm pillows; and ample closet space. And, of course, don't miss out on the never-ending views from the large windows or floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors. In fact, you'll love your Avalon Deluxe Stateroom so much, you may never want to go home!

A ship bathroom that doesn’t feel like a ship bathroom.

There’s something about space in a bathroom. Whether it’s at home, in a hotel, or on a ship. We figured that out. Which is why we made the bathroom on our Suite Ships® a focus of our attention. First we made them spacious. Then we made them luxurious.

We’ve enlarged our shower. We’ve included marble countertops, premium fixtures, floor to ceiling granite tiles and a feeling of elegance throughout.

AccommodationsPhoto: Avalon Waterways


The way we see it, every dining experience with Avalon is an opportunity to bring your destination to life. We put care into creating every day's menu using fresh, quality ingredients. All prepared to perfection by our culinary artisans.

Dinners become the perfect complement to a day of discovery. We craft our recipes using high-quality, prime-cut beef, fresh fish, and an accompaniment of hand-picked local fruits, vegetables, and garden greens.

The perfect complement to your day's journey is a choice of regional fare. Every dinner features a specialty dish from your destination as well as a choice of wine, including a special wine of the region, selected by a professional sommelier and always complimentary. And on each Avalon cruise, we bring a local chef on board to interact and prepare a special dinner, offering a true taste of the culture of your destination.

And aboard our Suite Ships®, why not take advantage of our new Panorama Bistro — a casual atmosphere offering a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.

Our lunches are a reason to return to the ship. Enjoy hand carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups. And enjoy a sunny day and lunch with a view courtesy of our Sky Bistro, featuring grilled meats and local favorites.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast buffet: choose a made-to-order omelet, fresh fruit, or among an assortment of just-baked breads. Or try our daily breakfast special. Up early or sleeping in? No problem. Our Early and Late Riser Continental breakfast ensure you're off to a great start.

And with Avalon ChoiceSM Dining, our guests can choose their dining experience, morning, noon and night. In the mood for an extensive buffets, al fresco grill or a light lunch? Prefer an à la carte dining experience or a casual dinner in our new Panorama Bistro? Regardless of taste or interest, all options feature the highest quality local ingredients, hand-crafted with care by our chefs.

Rest assured that on your Avalon cruise, you'll look forward to each meal the same way you look forward to each port.

DiningPhoto: Avalon Waterways


Included Guided Sightseeing & Excursions

When it comes to showing you the world, we select the very best guides—professionals who are certified locally in each destination and selected by the Globus family of brands. These Certified Local Guides are recognized for their expertise, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the area. They will lead you on engaging, included sightseeing tours, delivering genuine, behind-the-scenes destination experiences. You'll even benefit from the use of personal headsets for sightseeing, which gives you the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.

Sightseeing at Just the Right Pace

Sightseeing should never be a one-size-fits-all proposition. Travelers like to see the sights in different ways, so we've developed three sightseeing pace options to choose from:

  • Leisurely Sightseeing: A Certified Local Guide shows you the destination's highlights in a relaxed and unhurried way.
  • Traditional Sightseeing: Led by a Certified Local Guide, you'll explore a wide range of sights at a moderate pace.
  • Essential Sightseeing: This orientation shows you the must-see sights, with plenty of time to explore on your own.

Explore on Your Own

Feel like discovering your destination on your own? Your onboard Guest Services is happy to assist you in making a dinner reservation on shore, getting tickets to the opera or a local cultural performance, or hiring a taxi so you can visit a friend or explore outlying areas. And for a more active experience on shore, consider the complimentary use of a Nordic walking stick.

Let Us Entertain You.

With Avalon, our onboard ship experience is as lively and captivating as your time on shore! Get behind the scenes as you tour the Galley and Bridge. Join new friends for special events or movie nights. Attend our exclusive Culture & CruiseSM activities—like beer and wine tastings, demonstrations by local artisans, and talks by local experts about the areas through which you're traveling. We even bring local entertainers on board so that you can gain a full appreciation for the region and its culture.

ActivitiesPhoto: Avalon Waterways


Are you looking to travel with a special group of people; to celebrate an anniversary, reconnect with old friends, or explore with family? Whatever the reason may be, an Avalon Waterways River Cruise is an ideal way for groups to travel together.

We offer itineraries for almost every experience! Cruise through some of the most captivating places while enjoying onboard amenities of the newest ships on the waterways. And with Avalon Waterways we'll do our best to ensure your group comes away with lasting memories.

Avalon offers more than 70 cruise options, with unique itineraries, exciting themes, cruise combinations, and pre- and post-cruise extensions. From 3 night cruises to 24 night journeys, Avalon has the cruise for your group.

So let us help you book a one-of-a-kind cruise experience for your group.

FamilyPhoto: Avalon Waterways


At Your Service On Board.

From the moment you step on board your Avalon river cruise ship, an English-speaking crew extends a warm welcome, delivering consummate personal service throughout your journey. The Cruise Director is readily available to help you make the most of each day, delivering educational commentary as you pass through interesting landscapes, and Guest Services is at your disposal to help make your time on board—and on shore—perfect. It's this commitment to premium service that has earned us a 98% satisfaction rating!

Special Touches Available

  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service in all staterooms
  • Private cocktail parties in Panorama & Avalon Suites
  • Avalon Celebration packages

Everything you could want is right at your fingertips.

Your Avalon cruise ship is your home away from home, where the facilities and conveniences you expect are ready and waiting. Tap into the complimentary Wi-Fi to keep in touch with family and friends back home. Stay perfectly in style with a visit to the hair salon. Keep up with your daily workouts at the fitness center. Avalon ships are built with an impressive collection of amenities to enhance your journey all along the way

  • Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs & whirlpool (most ships)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Internet corner
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary hot and iced tea, hot chocolate, premium coffees, and ice water
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Well-stocked library
  • Hair salon (manicures available on most ships)
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Sky Deck whirlpool (most ships)
  • Non-smoking interior

ServicesPhoto: Avalon Waterways

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