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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
Avalon Artistry II

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

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Oct 23, 2023
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7 Night
A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Budapest &...Details

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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6 Night
Danube Symphony With 1 Night In BudapestDetails

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Tapestry II
Avalon Tapestry II

15 Night
Britain Sampler With Paris To NormandyDetails

Leaving:London
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Active & Discovery On The SeineDetails

Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Active & Discovery On The Danube With 2 Nights In...Details

Leaving:Prague
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Magnificent Rivers Of EuropeDetails

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Sep 27, 2022
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Tulip Time CruiseDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Magnificent Rivers Of EuropeDetails

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Burgundy & Provence For Wine LoversDetails

Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Christmastime On The DanubeDetails

Leaving:Vienna
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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20 Night
The Heart Of Cambodia & Vietnam With BangkokDetails

Leaving:Bangkok
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Paris To NormandyDetails

Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Balkan DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Paris To Normandy With 3 Nights In LondonDetails

Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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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

Superlative in every aspect

Every aspect of the cruise - ship, cabin, food, staff, excursions, fellow travellers - were superlative.The enormous choice of food was plentiful and delicious, the bar well stocked and very reasonably priced, the public areas stylish, roomy and comfortable.Read More
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hughc59

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Excellent experience - especially for families & those with mobility issues

The shower is the basic room is very small - but water pressure was good.You really only spend about one day cruising during daytime hours, so there's not much opportunity to view scenery from your room as we had thought.Read More
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TLSLP1

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Almost Back to Normal

Food ranged from spectacular (grill on the sky deck, German feast for lunch one day when most passengers were ashore for all day excursion) to just good but not great.One optional excursion in Amsterdam that we had prepaid (Floriade 2022) had apparently not been communicated to the ship's CD.Read More
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coyboy1971

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Highly recommended

It was our first river cruise, chosen because it would be a new experience, but also because of the ports of call, which looked very interesting.This was a southbound Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Basel.Read More
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BernardU

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

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