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Avalon Waterways Cruises

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Avalon Vista

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 Envision

8 Night
Christmastime On The Danube With 2 Nights In Prague

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Avalon Illumination

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Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine

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Avalon Passion

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Danube Symphony With 1 Night In Budapest & 2 Nights In Munich

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7 Night
Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine

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Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine

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5 Night
Danube Symphony

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

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Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine

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7 Night
Kiltn' It: Facts, Fiction & Fairytale Settings On The Rhine With Graham Mctavish

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Tulip Time Cruise For Garden & Nature Lovers

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Paris To Normandy

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Kiltn' It: Facts, Fiction & Fairytale Settings On The Rhine With Graham Mctavish

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A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Vienna

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Active & Discovery On The Danube With 2 Nights In Prague

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Romantic Rhine With 3 Nights In Lake Como & 1 Night In Lucerne & Mount Pilatus

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Avalon Waterways Cruises 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

Christmas Markets River Cruise

We could not fault this cruise from start to finish, from the friendly welcome on arrival to the very last day, the staff were so accommodating.The staff are so helpful and nothing is a problem to them, we travelled as a party of 4 and would not hesitate to use Avalon again.Read More
JulesAG

few6-10 Cruises

Age 64s

A Magical Christmas Market Cruise!

Food was plentiful on board and the waitstaff in the dining room was always on hand to refill the wine glasses, clear the dishes and ask what more could be done for each of us.My room was immaculate and thoughtfully designed: a lot of storage, a huge bathroom and a super comfortable bed with a view of the Danube!Read More
RoJiRa

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 66s

Wonderful experience

Food in dining room is good to excellent with lots of options if you like food from home.Several good markets in Vienna, and Regensburg - beware the Nuremburg market may be too crowded for some- Lots of interesting and informative tours and enjoyable bonus experiences ($add on- Opera night and Schönbrunn Castle - both well worth it).Read More
20NewCruiser23

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 65s

My dream river cruise

We had an awesome time and wishing the crew all the best to go back to their home towns and be with their family.Well right from the tome we arrived at the airport in Munich from the time we departed from Budapest its hospitality at its best.Read More
mikey099

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

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