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Avalon Waterways Cruise Awards & Affiliations

Avalon Waterways Cruise Awards & Affiliations

Recognized as One of the World's Best River Cruise Lines

Choose Avalon Waterways, the most dependable river cruise company, to ensure a superior travel experience.

Avalon Waterways offers award-winning river cruises and small-ship cruises to fascinating destinations like Europe, Asia, the US and South America. Avalon's young fleet boasts large open-air balconies and luxurious staterooms; it's no wonder we're recognized for high customer satisfaction rates. Avalon Waterways is honored to be selected time and time again for Best River Cruise, Best Cruise Ship and other awards.
Awards | Affiliations | Sustainable Travel | Tourism Cares/Cambodia Project

Awards

Avalon Waterways - Cruise Critic 2010 Best River Cruise LineCruise Critic

2010

  • Best River Cruise Line


Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards

Travel Weekly Reader's Choice - Best River Cruise Line, Avalon Waterways2011

  • Best River Cruise Ship (Avalon PanoramaSM)

2010

  • Best River Cruise Ship (Avalon Scenery®)


Shermans Travel Best River Ship Debut - Avalon PanoramaSherman's Travel

2011

  • Best River Ship Debut (Avalon PanoramaSM)


Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2011 Silver Winner - Avalon WaterwaysTravel Weekly Magellan Awards

2011

  • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Advertising/Marketing Campaign (Avalon PanoramaSM)
  • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Overall River Cruise Ship (Avalon PanoramaSM)
  • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Overall River Cruising (Avalon Waterways)

Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2009 Gold Winner/Cruise Ship: Best Overall River Cruising - Avalon Waterways2009

  • Gold Winner/Cruise Ship: Best Overall River Cruising
  • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: River Cruise Ship (Avalon Affinity®)
  • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Marketing Campaign (Virtual Tours)

2008

  • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: River Cruise Ship (Avalon Scenery®)


Conde Nast Traveler

2013

  • Top 40 Cruise Ships 2013 (Avalon Scenery®, Avalon Creativity®)

Conde Nast Top 5 River Cruise Lines - Avalon Waterways2012

  • Top 5 Best River Cruise Lines
  • Top 40 Cruise Ships 2012 (Avalon Scenery®, Avalon Creativity®, Avalon Tranquility®)

2011

  • Top 5 Best River Cruise Lines

Conde Nast Top 5 River Cruise Lines - Avalon Waterways2010

  • Top Cruise Ships 2010

2009

  • Gold List
  • Top Cruise Ships 2009

Conde Nast Traveler Top Cruise Ships 2010 - Avalon Waterways2008

  • Voted a Top 10 Small-Ship Cruise Line in 2008 Reader's Choice awards


Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel

2009

  • Best Value in River Cruising


Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2013 - Avalon Waterways2013

  • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 among River Cruises in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2013 readers' survey.

2011

  • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 5 among River Cruises in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2011 readers' survey.

2010

  • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 5 among River Cruises in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2011 readers' survey.

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2011 - Avalon Waterways2009

  • Top 10 Small-Ship Cruise Line - #2

2007

  • Top 10 Small-Ship Cruise Line


Travel Age West WAVE Awards Best New River Cruise Ship - Avalon LuminaryTravel Age West WAVE Awards

2011

  • Best New River Cruise Ship (Avalon Luminary®)

2009

  • Best New River Cruise Ship (Avalon Scenery®)
  • "Editor's Pick" for Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising

Travel Age West WAVE Awards Best New River Cruise Ship - Avalon Scenery2008

  • "Editor's Pick" for River Cruising

2007

  • Best Trade Advertising Campaign
  • "Editor's Pick" for River Cruising



Affiliations

Avalon Waterways is a proud member of the following associations:

Avalon Waterways is a proud member of several travel associations




Sustainable TravelSustainable Travel

Avalon is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment and to reducing its dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

Avalon maintains a policy of "Leave Only Footprints and Take Only Photos". Our staff and major service providers strive to ensure that no removal of any natural or cultural artifacts or materials to ensure our environment looks and functions the same before and after our visit. Our cruise directors educate passengers on our "do no harm" code of conduct to ensure that the passengers comply.




Avalon Traveler Icons: Cambodia ProjectAvalon Traveler Icons: Cambodia Project

Kailyan Mith program Siem Reap; part of the ChildSafe Network
Visiting Cambodia can be a life-changing experience. Two things that visitors remember are the amazing archaeological treasures and the Cambodian people. Their warm, friendly personalities truly leave a lasting impression—as do their touching stories. Today, there is no story more important to tell than the growing number of children living in poverty.

Siem Reap, with its proximity to the temples of Angkor, has developed into a major tourism center in Cambodia. In 2013, Cambodia saw 4.2 million tourists and over half of these visitors arrived through Siem Reap. This recent growth in tourism has brought a good deal of wealth to the city, which has led a growing number of impoverished families to move to the city from surrounding villages in hopes of a better life. Often unprepared and with few employable skills, the hope for economic opportunities has instead increased the number of children, families, and mothers with small babies begging or selling souvenirs to tourists on the streets and around the temples.

To respond to these challenges, Avalon, in partnership with Tourism Cares, is proud to help fund the ChildSafe Network. Initiated by Friends-International, this powerful, proven program enlists the tourism community, both local and international, to support the welfare, advancement, and safety of children.

In Siem Reap, the ChildSafe Network is run by the Friends-International program Kaliyan Mith, which offers a comprehensive range of services and projects. This includes outreach to children and youth living on the streets, providing a safe space for young people through drop-in centers, an educational center and school re-integration, vocational training and employment for youth and their parents, and the provision of temporary accommodation through a transitional home. The program also includes awareness-raising campaigns where child begging is especially prominent as well as a 24/7 ChildSafe Emergency Hotline.

Avalon is a firm believer in this mission. Education is the key—not only for the children but for all visitors, and we do all we can to ensure that the begging lifestyle is not promoted on our journeys that visit Siem Reap and the rest of Asia.

Avalon Traveler Icons: Cambodia Project

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