Our customers tell us that Avalon is a hidden gem in the world of river cruising. Once you step on board, you'll be won over by the Avalon difference.
What do we mean by that? It's the fact that you can see the world your way, in relaxed luxury. Of course, everyone's idea of luxury is different; it could be enjoying the finer things in life, or simply having things just the way you like them. At Avalon Waterways, we navigate both with elegance and ease to deliver a 'just right' holiday experience - one that makes you feel right at home, in control of how you spend your time on board and ashore, while having every need taken care of with unobtrusive care.
We all like our holidays to start the moment we close our front door. That's why, with Avalon Waterways we include a private home-pick service to collect you and take you to your departure airport and back in comfort and style. No stress and expense of making your own way - it's all taken care of.
On an Avalon cruise, every meal is part of the journey. Using the freshest local ingredients, our talented chefs prepare delicious recipes from the region through which you’re travelling and present them in a variety of inspiring settings. Our new FlexDining concept for 2019 means you can enjoy flexible meal times at dinner and a variety of options throughout the day - whether you fancy a four-course event in the glass-walled Dining Room, a relaxed buffet from the Sky Grill or light bites in the Club Lounge.
Forget small and poky cabins. Avalon's elegant staterooms are 30% larger than the average on Europe's rivers, and come complete with full-sized bathrooms. Over 80% of staterooms on our Suite Ships are 200-square foot Panorama Suites. Throw back the curtains and you'll see why we have the best views too, with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that open wider than any other in the industry. A comfortable and spacious seating area for six, not to mention the fact that your bed faces the view in most cases, will make it hard to tear yourself away.
How you spend your time on board an Avalon Waterways ship is up to you. We feature onboard talks relating to the areas you're visiting, we invite guest experts to give demonstrations such as wine, cheese or beer tasting, and you can enjoy light evening entertainment provided by local performers. Had a busy day sightseeing? Simply find a quiet corner in the Sky Lounge and admire the beautiful scenery as you sail past.
The beauty of an Avalon river cruise is that you're in control of how you spend your days ashore. We include local excursions in every port of call, and you can also choose from a selection of optional ones. Or, if you prefer, you can explore on your own with the help of our Cruise Directors' local knowledge. The choice is yours!