Luxury river cruise line, Avalon Waterways has launched its 2018 brochure, with an expanded Panorama Suite Ship fleet in Asia, a new ‘Active Discovery’ cruise on the Rhine, as well as a range of early booking offers.

New Panorama Suite Ship ‘Avalon Saigon’
Due for delivery in September 2018, a new vessel, ‘Avalon Saigon’ will join sister ship, Avalon Siem Reap on River Mekong cruises, sailing the popular 13 day ‘Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong’ cruise. The ships feature 18 Avalon Suites with 245-square-feet of living space and innovative signature Open-Air Balconies featuring floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall panoramic windows. In front of each Open-Air Balcony is a private sitting area, complete with love seat, chairs and table. Facing the passing views are Avalon’s Comfort Collection BedsSM, so guests can relax and enjoy every moment of cruising past the fascinating scenes of daily life on the Mekong, and Irrawaddy Rivers.

Avalon Extends ‘Avalon Active Discovery’ to the Rhine
Following the successful launch of ‘Active Discovery’ river cruises on the Danube this year, Avalon Waterways has added another exciting itinerary on the Rhine, from Wiesbaden to Amsterdam through the beautiful Rhine Gorge. Active guests can choose to hike near Eltville, and in the idyllic landscape around Duisburg, climb up to Marksburg Castle for a guided visit and spectacular views, participate in a reenactment of Roman Games in Xanten, bike along the Rhine River, or join a running tour in Amsterdam. Discover the wine of the Rheinegau region at a tasting in Eltville, the art of chocolate making at Cologne’s Chocolate Museum, and sample German delicacies during a culinary tour in Duisburg. ‘Active Discovery on the Rhine’ (from £2299pp) is available from May-September 2018 with a reverse itinerary available.

Early Booking Offers
A range of early booking offers are available for bookings made before 31 October 2017. These include a low deposit offer of £99pp on European cruises, and £199pp on Asia and Amazon cruises as well as Galapagos coastal cruises. To meet demand for the increase in groups of friends wanting to travel together, Avalon is offering free places with group bookings. One in ten passengers can travel for free on an Avalon Panorama Suite Ship group booking, and one in eight passengers on an Avalon Deluxe Ship group booking.

New ‘Garden & Nature’ theme for Tulip Time Cruise
Meeting customer demand to combine river cruising with a hobby or interest, a new Garden & Nature Themed Cruise has been introduced on Avalon’s 8 day ‘Tulip Time’ Cruise (from £2,299pp – 13 April departure). Highlights include the famous gardens of Keukenhof, Amsterdam’s hidden gardens, as well as private gardens of 17th-century homes.

An expanded range of departures dates for 2018 have been added to Avalon’s most popular themed river cruises based on wine appreciation, culinary, beer, history and festive cruises.

2018 Lead-In Prices
Avalon’s 2018 cruise programme offers a broad range of exciting river cruises holidays in Europe, Asia and South America. Featured rivers include the Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Main, Rhône, Seine, Dutch & Belgian Waterways, Mekong, Irrawaddy and Amazon, as well as coastal sailing around the Galapagos Islands.

Prices for 2018 are as low as £1289pp for the popular 4 day, ‘Taste of the Danube’, or from £1,489pp for the ‘Tulips of Northern Holland’. The 14 day ‘Fascinating, Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong’ is priced from £3,999pp.

As Seen on TV
Avalon Waterways’ newly launched TV advertising campaign across Sky, ITV and Channel 4 channels showcases its unique style of river cruises, from attentive service, sleek designed ships to a la carte dining, and fascinating excursions. The cruise line has also re-launched its website with a totally refreshed look, and an easily navigable design, showcasing its incredible range of cruises. Visitors to the site can select their preferred stateroom category, closest UK departure airport and favourite airline, and with live flight pricing, are guaranteed of the lowest prices available.

The Avalon River Cruise Experience
An Avalon river cruise offers the highest level of service from beginning to end, and offers the most relaxing way to explore by river. Included in the holiday price is a VIP home pick-up service by executive car, providing a smooth journey to and from the UK departure airport. With a ratio of just three passengers to one staff member, guests can look forward to attentive on-board service as well as deluxe full board dining with a choice of mouth-watering dishes accompanied by regional wines at both lunch and dinner.

Avalon customers experience the heart of a destination as ships moor up in city and town centres, providing the perfect base to enjoy included excursions with expert local guides, or explore on their own. Avalon holidays offer great value for money with return flights, on-board gratuities, full board accommodation, overseas transfers and port charges also included in the price.

Avalon’s flexibility gives customers the choice to fly from their local airport (flights from up to 27 UK airports), travel by rail, make their own travel arrangements, or add pre and post cruise hotel stays.

Order a copy of our new 2018 Avalon Waterways brochure, or ring 0330 058 8243, or follow us on Twitter @AvalonCruisesUK



For further press information or images of Avalon cruise ships please contact:
Helen McNaught at the Avalon UK Press Office email: hmcnaught@avaloncruises.co.uk
19 June 2017