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Avalon Waterways Cruises

939 Reviews
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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 Tranquility II
Avalon Tranquility II

7 Night
Tulip Time CruiseDetails

88 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Imagery II
Avalon Imagery II

7 Night
Active & Discovery On The MoselleDetails

78 Reviews
Leaving:Remich
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Imagery II
Avalon Imagery II

4 Night
The Best Of The RhineDetails

78 Reviews
Leaving:Frankfurt
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Avalon Impression
Avalon Impression

7 Night
Festive Season In The Heart Of Germany With 2 Nigh...Details

68 Reviews
Leaving:Frankfurt
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Dec 16, 2023
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10 Night
Paris To Normandy With 3 Nights In LondonDetails

94 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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9 Night
Danube Dreams With 2 Nights In PragueDetails

18 Reviews
Leaving:Prague
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Danube DreamsDetails

61 Reviews
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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24 Night
Iconic Rivers Of Europe - The Rhine, Main & Danube...Details

68 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
May 24, 2024
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Danube Dreams With 2 Nights In PragueDetails

61 Reviews
Leaving:Prague
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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7 Night
A Culinary Experience In Burgundy & ProvenceDetails

62 Reviews
Leaving:Arles
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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7 Night
Festive Season In The Heart Of Germany With 2 Nigh...Details

68 Reviews
Leaving:Prague
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
Dec 9, 2023
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The Rhine & MoselleDetails

88 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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7 Night
Burgundy & Provence For Wine LoversDetails

62 Reviews
Leaving:France
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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Paris To NormandyDetails

94 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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The Best Of The Rhine With 2 Nights In Frankfurt A...Details

78 Reviews
Leaving:Frankfurt
Cruise Line:Avalon Waterways
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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

Germany and Austria cruise on the Danube

Istvan the cruise director was friendly, well prepared, a comfortable speaker, and a funny stand up comic.The ships staff was friendly and always ready to serve us.Read More
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Tomas Mya Dundzila

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

5 Day Christmas Market Cruise

This is not the cruise for you if you enjoy good food as part of your trip.It was a nice trip, but not s good as we were expecting.Read More
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cleobella

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Exceeded expectations

Unfortunately my partner injured knee several days prior to the trip, so we were grateful for the short ride from the hotel to the ship (it normally would have been an easy walk}.We had two night stay in Amsterdam prior to the cruise.Read More
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IMMTS

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Well planned excursions, good food, superb service & great scenery on Avalon Panorama

After dinner, recorded music was played in the upstairs Lounge and there was plenty of space & seating for all to enjoy a drink there with new friends.Its a 4 course affair, so plenty of time to socialize with your fellow passengers, we made friends with US, Canadian, Australian & UK guests.Read More
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ighten

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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