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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

11 Night
The Blue Danube Discovery With 2 Nights In Budape...Details

59 Reviews
Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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8 Night
The Rhine & Moselle: Canals, Vineyards & Castles...Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Sep 3, 2022
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Avalon Illumination

7 Night
Festive Season On The Legendary DanubeDetails

Leaving:Nuremberg
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Jun 6, 2022
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Avalon Visionary

9 Night
The Rhine & Moselle: Canals, Vineyards & Castles...Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Sep 4, 2022
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12 Night
Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine With 1 Night I...Details

75 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
May 18, 2022
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11 Night
Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine With Mount Pil...Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
May 19, 2022
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7 Night
The Rhine & Moselle For Wine Lovers: Canals, Vine...Details

Leaving:Remich
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Sep 11, 2022
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9 Night
The Rhine & Moselle For Wine Lovers: Canals, Vine...Details

Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Sep 9, 2022
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3 Night
A Taste Of The Danube Details

Leaving:Vienna
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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15 Night
Magnificent Europe With 1 Night In AmsterdamDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Oct 11, 2022
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18 Night
Magnificent Europe With 1 Night In Amsterdam & 3...Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Oct 11, 2022
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13 Night
The Danube From The Black Sea To Budapest With 2...Details

Leaving:Bucharest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Sep 15, 2022
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8 Night
German Grandeur For Beer Enthusiasts Details

Leaving:Nuremberg
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Jun 27, 2023
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8 Night
Active & Discovery On The Danube With 1 Night In...Details

Leaving:Deggendorf
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Jul 15, 2022
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9 Night
Active & Discovery On The Danube With 2 Nights In...Details

Leaving:Prague
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Jul 13, 2022
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6 Night
Christmastime On The Danube Details

Leaving:Vienna
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Dec 4, 2022
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12 Night
Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine With 1 Night I...Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Jun 14, 2022
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7 Night
A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Vienna & 2...Details

Leaving:Vienna
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
May 19, 2022
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5 Night
A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Budapest Details

Leaving:Vienna
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
May 21, 2022
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12 Night
The Rhine & Moselle With 2 Nights In Lucerne Details

Leaving:Luzern
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
May 24, 2022
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11 Night
The Blue Danube Discovery With 2 Nights In Budape...Details

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
May 2, 2022
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9 Night
The Blue Danube Discovery With 2 Nights In PragueDetails

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Oct 22, 2022
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14 Night
Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine With 1 Night I...Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Jun 14, 2022
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14 Night
Springtime In Holland & BelgiumDetails

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Mar 27, 2022
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9 Night
Romantic Rhine With 2 Nights In Lucerne Details

Leaving:Luzern
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Jul 25, 2023
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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

First time River Cruisers

The bathroom was spacious and updated quite nice with the shower producing better water pressure than I have experienced in really any hotel I have been in ;) Pros- Crew was amazing...We very much would like to try another one of these cruises and would consider Avalon again based off this cruise experience.Read More
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goodvino808

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

Would definitely consider cruising the Danube with Avalon based on our great exp

Embarking and disembarking were well organized and it was so nice to have a nice hot drink waiting for us when we returned from our tours which were so informative.Our family decided that this was a very different way for us to spend the Christmas Holiday and we had never been on a river cruise before.Read More
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luipers1

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

A relaxing, stress-free way to enjoy the German Christmas Markets

From the moment we were met at the Prague airport by an Avalon representative who brought us to the hotel to meet our amazing cruise director, then from the moment we boarded our ship, to when the time came to disembark for our return home (again with representatives escorting us to our departure area), we experienced nothing but First Class Service - all the way - by all of the Avalon employees, tour guides and others.It was the most relaxing and stress-free vacation we have ever experienced, and we loved the size of the ship--big enough but quite a nice size for such a cruise.Read More
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VT2019cruiser

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

First time cruisers

The Abbey was spectacular - one of the best we have seen.The markets were interesting, the best being the one in Vienna.Read More
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Virgonz

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

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