Avalon Waterways unveils ‘personalised’ cruises
In 2013, Avalon Waterways will launch Avalon Choice, claimed to be an 'entirely new concept in river cruising'. Guided bike excursions, on-shore dining and alternative sightseeing options are among the changes to be introduced by Avalon next year.
The company has employed a new guest services team to help passengers choose places to eat and enjoy the local culture off-ship. They will also be offered Avalon Choice Excursions, available in three tour types: the new 'Essential Sightseeing', as well as 'Traditional' and 'Leisurely', sightseeing options.
Essential Sightseeing provides a basic orientation of the must-sees, then free time for passengers to explore on their own. Guided bike excursions will be organised in several European ports, as well as Nordic walking sticks. Also new for 2013 , client can select an alternative sightseeing experience, with help from the guest services team, allowing them to focus on special interests.
Avalon Choice Dining will also allow greater options at every meal, including the addition of a bistro, "tastings" of the destinations' delicacies, and local chefs coming on board to prepare local dishes.
Also new for the coming season is the Culture & Cruise program, featuring activities such as beer tastings, demonstrations by local artisans and talks by local experts.
Avalon Waterways said these developments would "elevate Avalon beyond the ordinary river cruise experience by helping our travellers create an extraordinary small ship cruise vacation".
Source: Cruise Weekly, Thursday 12 April 2012