ABOUT AVALON WATERWAYS
Embark on an unforgettable journey with Avalon Waterways as you choose from a wide range of over 70 river cruises, spanning 10 remarkable rivers across 24 captivating countries. Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of Europe, Asia, South America, and Egypt.
Redefining the essence of river cruising, Avalon Waterways steers far away from the ordinary, offering unrivalled experiences and endless opportunities for exploration. Avalon guests are encouraged to take the helm of their own journeys, and to enjoy their cruise at their own pace, their own way. With Avalon Waterways, the ordinary is always left behind as you navigate the world’s most captivating and enchanting waterways.
⚓ Explore the World’s Legendary Rivers
Avalon Waterways offer river cruise itineraries across 24 countries in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Let the European continent unveil its wonders as you immerse yourself in timeless traditions and marvel at the beauty that graces the renowned Rhine, Danube, Seine, Rhône, and Douro rivers, to name just a taste of what awaits you. For those seeking adventure, you can discover the mighty Amazon or set sail on an expedition to the mystical Galápagos Islands, where nature’s miracles will leave you captivated. Or you may want to uncover the ancient tapestry of traditions as you navigate the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, or embark on an expedition down the mysterious Nile in Egypt.
Turning the Tide in Cruising
The Onboard Experience
⚓ Stateroom and Suites
Designed to offer the ultimate in comfort, Avalon’s Suite Ships℠ – featuring Panorama Suites℠ that are 30% larger than the industry standard – have been thoughtfully crafted to ensure your utmost relaxation. With these one-of-a-kind suites accounting for 80% of the staterooms on board, Panorama Suites offer wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that open fully to create river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony℠. Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds℠ make for a great night’s sleep, and your large private bathroom featuring a full shower, hairdryer and premium L’Occiane bath products, round off the ultimate in luxury.
⚓ Dining, Bars and Lounges
Indulge your taste buds with Avalon Waterway’s dining options. You can choose from a variety of venues on board and embrace Avalon’s innovative FlexDining approach, where you can eat when and where you want. No predetermined seating times and limited settings. Instead, choose to eat where you want and when you want. Here’s a snapshot of the incredible dining options included in your Avalon river cruise:
⚓ Choose from regional recipes, familiar favourites and Avalon Fresh vegetarian and health cuisine, including fresh, local ingredients at every meal
⚓ Daily buffet breakfast and lunch, with alternative lunch options available at the Sky Grill and the Panorama Lounge
⚓ Daily Afternoon Tea
⚓ Daily four-course a la carte dinners in the Panorama Dining Room, including complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
⚓ Complimentary room service available for breakfast, lunch and dinner
⚓ And much more!
Whatever you choose, rest assured that Avalon’s inspired menus share the flavours of the world, using fresh local ingredients. Dining is all part of the journey.
Each ship in the Avalon fleet offers a number of venues and options for onboard entertainment. In the Club Lounge, help yourself to books, cards and on board games. Or simply relax and watch the world go by in the Observation Lounge. The Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, deluxe lounge chairs, a shaded area, and an array of deck games. And, utlising their extensive network of local contacts, Avalon brings aboard local guides, artisans, musicians and entertainers to provide captivating onboard presentations and entertainment.
⚓ Facilities and Amenities
All of the ships in the Avalon Waterways’ fleet offer a number of facilities and amenities for guest convenience. You can view the specifics of each ship in the fleet section below, but in general you will find the following onboard:
⚓ Easy to use onboard kiosks to access daily cruise details, information, and digital signage
⚓ Sky Deck shade system and premium lounge chairs
⚓ Sky Deck whirlpool or swimming pool, plus games area
⚓ Panorama Lounge with cozy seating, panoramic windows, and a dance floor
⚓ Club Lounge with a 24-hour self-service beverage station
⚓ Observation Lounge
⚓ The Adventure Centre, stocked with active gear including bicycles, maps and more for active pursuits on ship and off
⚓ Fitness Centre with state-of-the-art equipment
⚓ Club Lounge Library with books, cards and board games
⚓ English-speaking TV channels with 50+ free movie options
The Avalon Waterways Fleet
Avalon Waterways has rewritten the rule book on what it means to be all-inclusive. That’s why every Avalon cruise includes:
⚓ Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner
⚓ The option to have a complimentary continental breakfast, lunch or dinner served in the comfort of your own room
⚓ Inspiring onboard cultural presentations and local entertainment
⚓ Onshore excursions with expert Local Guides
⚓ Avalon’s innovative FlexDining® concept, offering a range of menus and venues on board so that you can dine when and where you like
⚓ Round-the-clock cappuccinos and Happy hour every evening, featuring house beer, wine, cocktails and a drink of the day
⚓ Free Wi-Fi to keep you connected
⚓ Access to the Avalon Adventure Centre, fully stocked with top-notch gear and expert guidance, allowing you to explore your way
⚓ The company of an Avalon Adventure Host℠ for you active pursuits
⚓ Plus freedom – to enjoy your cruise your way
On the last day of your river cruise, Avalon Waterways can print out a full set of the dinner menus from your cruise, which is a wonderful keepsake of all of the amazing meals you’ve experienced along the journey. And, if there was a particular dish you loved, you can ask your server for the chef to provide you with the recipe to try recreate it at home.
⚓ Cruising with Children
Avalon Waterways does not permit children under the age of eight to sail aboard their ships. However, they welcome older children when they are accompanied by an adult over the age of 21 years. For further details on cruising with children on Avalon Waterways, please contact your cruise consultant.
⚓ On Shore Experiences
Avalon Waterways offers a meticulously crafted selection of onshore excursions and activities that are designed to fully immerse you in your destination. With Avalon Choice℠, the possibilities are endless.
CLASSIC – There’s nothing quite like the classics, especially when it comes to taking a journey back to bygone eras. Avalon’s Classic excursions offer a wide selection of guided walking tours that will transport you through ancient fortresses, capitals and castles, turning your adventure into a world of fairytales.
DISCOVERY – Channel the spirit of Van Gogh as you roll up your sleeves and bring a canvas to life. Grab an apron and immerse yourself in the vibrant flavours of local delicacies in farmhouse settings. Be enchanted by the melodies of a Viennese waltz. Avalon’s Discovery excursions are where simplicity meets extraordinary.
ACTIVE – For those who prefer to explore at their own pace, Avalon’s Active excursions are the perfect fit. You can start your day off with an invigorating hike up to a stunning hilltop castle, grab a paddle and hop on a kayak to discover the waterways on your own terms, or hop on a bike for some heart-pumping sightseeing.
Avalon Waterways prioritises the comfort and well-being of all of their guests, and will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled and mobility-impaired travellers. However, they are unable to provide individual assistance to travellers in many situations, and most of their transportation services are not equipped with wheelchair ramps. It’s important to view Avalon Waterway’s full terms and conditions for more details on accessibility options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a Dress Code?
At Avalon Waterways, when it comes to cruise attire, comfort is the only dress code. During your Avalon journey, your days will be filled with exciting excursions, so dress for enjoyment and practicality. Onboard, dinner attire is casual, with most guests opting for open-neck shirts, slacks, skirts, or dresses. Some guests do prefer to dress up for special evenings like the Captain’s Reception or Farewell Dinner. A quick note – while Avalon doesn’t impose a strict dress code, some excursions may require specific attire. For example, holy places may require covered knees and shoulders. Please respect local customs and traditions and check any dress code requirements before you embark.
Can I add days or nights before or after my cruise for a longer holiday?
Avalon Waterways makes it easy to extend your holiday. All details can be looked after, including hotel-to-ship and ship-to-hotel transfers, transportation between cities, superior hotel accommodations, and guided sightseeing. Start your holiday sooner. Stay even longer. The choice is up to you.
Are there any special interest cruises available?
Avalon Waterways has crafted a range of special interest cruise itineraries to unite guests with their passions and pastimes, both on board and on shore. These include:
⚓ Storyteller Series
⚓ Active & Discovery
⚓ Beer Tasting
⚓ Wine Appreciation
⚓ Garden & Nature
⚓ Taster Cruises
⚓ Jewish Heritage
⚓ Habsburg & Royalty