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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 Envision
Avalon Envision (Photo: Avalon Waterways)

15 Night
Magnificent Europe With 1 Night In Amsterdam

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9 Night
Danube Dreams With 2 Nights In Prague

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Avalon Envision
Avalon Envision (Photo: Avalon Waterways)

6 Night
Christmastime On The Danube

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Christmastime On The Danube

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10 Night
Paris To Normandy With 3 Nights In London

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9 Night
Burgundy & Provence With 2 Nights In Paris For Win...

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Balkan Discovery With 1 Night In Bucharest & 2 Nig...

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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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15 Night
Britain Sampler With Paris To Normandy

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Danube Dreams For Wine Lovers

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

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Festive Time On The Romantic Rhine

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Kiltn' It: Facts, Fiction & Fairytale Settings On...

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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River

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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

Outstanding experience

Food was so delicious every day and meal without fail, lots of choice and healthy options available, food all felt fresh.Entertainment was mixed but I think there was something for everyone during the cruise, the violinist was particularly brilliant, so talented and great they were well known pieces.Read More
William233

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 33s

France River Cruise on the Rhone

We enjoyed this Avalon River Cruise very much.This was our second river cruise with Avalon.Read More
Larry and Carolyn

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 82s

Some Hits, Too Many Misses to Recommend

Avalon provided the Hotel Barchetta Excelsior and provided us with a wonderful dinner during our first night and offered an excellent breakfast service.Avalon put us on a first class train and what should have been a wonderful train ride was a major disappointment for us.Read More
cbr663

many10+ Cruises

Age 57s

Trip up the Danube on the Avalon View

All the excursions do give you some free time to buy gifts or experience the local culture.Excursions were well done with local hosts- very knowledgeable.Read More
Otto Man

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 65s

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