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 Passion
Avalon Passion

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Danube Dreams

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Magnificent Rivers Of Europe With 3 Nights In Prag...

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Avalon Passion
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Balkan Discovery With 1 Night In Budapest, 1 Night...

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Avalon Tapestry II
Avalon Tapestry II

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Paris To Normandy With 3 Nights In London

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Danube Dreams With 2 Nights In Prague For Wine Lov...

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The Rhine & Moselle: Canals, Vineyards & Castles W...

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Paris To Normandy

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Romantic Rhine With Swiss Alps, 1 Night In Lucerne...

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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River W...

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Romantic Rhine With Swiss Alps, 3 Nights In Lake C...

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Active & Discovery On The Danube

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Danube Dreams

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The Rhine & Moselle: Canals, Vineyards And Castles

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Iconic Rivers Of Europe - The Rhine, Main & Danube

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Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine

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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

First Avalon cruise, won't be my last!

They were geared towards giving whoever participated a great time.Take a guided tour including an option for those who walk great distances.Read More
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jmarkp

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 65s

Amazing experience on the Avalon Illumination!

The staff on board were the best, clean rooms, fun activities, tasty drinks, and all the amazing food.Very kind, efficient, knowledgeable, and fun.Read More
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Aaron Warner

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 45s

Amazing first time river cruise adventure!

Each meal was delicious and the chef and the culinary team did a great job of incorporating the local cuisine and specialties to our daily menus.And, the local tour guides and bus drivers were very knowledgeable, professional, witty, and helpful.Read More
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ATXAnn

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Rhine River Cruise

Cruise director needed to give more information regarding length of guided tours and amount of free time to expect.I was disappointed at the amount of free time at each port.Read More
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Rhine Cruiser

couple2-5 Cruises

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