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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 Panorama

9 Night
Romantic Rhine With 2 Nights In Lucerne Details

79 Reviews
Leaving:Luzern
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Illumination
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Avalon Illumination

7 Night
The Blue Danube DiscoveryDetails

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

14 Night
Jewels Of Central Europe For Photography Enthusia...Details

61 Reviews
Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Visionary
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Avalon Visionary

4 Night
Christmastime In Alsace & Germany Details

Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Illumination

3 Night
A Taste Of The Danube Details

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Poetry II

12 Night
Burgundy & Provence With 2 Nights In Nice & 3 Nig...Details

Leaving:Lyon
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Tranquility II

7 Night
The Blue Danube DiscoveryDetails

Leaving:Budapest
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Avalon Tranquility II

7 Night
The Legendary DanubeDetails

Leaving:Nuremberg
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Imagery II

5 Night
Festive Season In The Heart Of GermanyDetails

Leaving:Frankfurt
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Tranquility II

6 Night
Christmastime On The Danube Details

Leaving:Vienna
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Impression

7 Night
Romantic Rhine Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Tranquility II

15 Night
Enchanted Europe Details

Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Imagery II

11 Night
Romantic Rhine With 2 Nights In Paris & 2 Nights...Details

Leaving:Basel
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Avalon Tranquility II

13 Night
Romantic Rhine With 3 Nights In Paris & 3 Nights...Details

Leaving:Basel
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Avalon Envision

6 Night
Christmastime On The Danube Details

Leaving:Nuremberg
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Illumination

6 Night
Christmastime On The Danube Details

Leaving:Nuremberg
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Expression

13 Night
Romantic Rhine With 2 Nights In Lucerne, 2 Nights...Details

Leaving:Luzern
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Avalon Tranquility II

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

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Artistry II

8 Night
Danube Symphony With 1 Night In Budapest & 2 Nigh...Details

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Artistry II

14 Night
Jewels Of Central Europe Details

Leaving:Remich
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Artistry II

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

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Envision

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

Leaving:Budapest
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Avalon Artistry II

7 Night
Danube Symphony With 2 Nights In Munich Details

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Impression

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

Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Artistry II

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

Leaving:Budapest
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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

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

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. We have been to Europe with Globus tours and were very happy with their... 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... Read More
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VT2019cruiser

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

First time cruisers

Had always wanted to see Christmas Markets and seeing them via a cruise sounded idyllic - it was. From the time we boarded to disembarking we were looked after superbly. The Cruise Director (Valentin) was very... Read More
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Virgonz

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

We enjoyed the Avalon Romantic Rhine Cruise for our anniversary four year ago and tried the Christmas Market cruise on the Danube two years ago. We enjoyed both so much we did the Avalon Rhine Christmas Market... Read More
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MJMorgan3r

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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