Elegant Cruise Dining
Tempting Your Tastebuds with Local Flavor
From the first bite to the last "Mmmmm," Avalon frees your tastebuds from the ordinary. At breakfast, lunch, and dinner, try mouthwatering recipes from the region through which you're traveling-or more familiar Western dishes, if that's your preference. With Avalon, we make every meal part of the journey.
The Dining Options You Crave
Buffets, four-course dinners, Continental breakfasts, al fresco lunch on the Sky Deck, delectable petit portions in the Panorama Bistro so that you can sample a wide variety of foods...Avalon gives you choices. Lots of choices when it comes to mealtime. And because we start with fresh, quality ingredients, delectable recipes, and expert chefs, you'll look forward to each meal the same way you look forward to each port.
Dinners become the perfect complement to a day of discovery. We craft our recipes using high-quality, prime-cut beef, fresh fish, and an accompaniment of hand-picked local fruits, vegetables, and garden greens.
The perfect complement to your day's journey is a choice of regional fare. Every dinner features a specialty dish from your destination as well as a choice of wine, including a special wine of the region, selected by a professional sommelier and always complimentary.
And why not take advantage of our Panorama Bistro. This casual dining option offers small tastes of a variety of regional, hand-paired with local wines.
Our lunches are a reason to return to the ship. Enjoy hand-carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups. And enjoy a sunny day and lunch with a view courtesy of our Sky Bistro, featuring grilled meats and local favorites.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast buffet: choose a made-to-order omelet, fresh fruit, or among an assortment of just-baked breads. Or try our daily breakfast special. Up early or sleeping in? No problem. Our Early and Late Riser Continental breakfast ensure you're off to a great start.
And with Avalon Choice® Dining, you can choose your dining experience morning, noon and night. In the mood for an extensive buffets, al fresco grill or a light lunch? Prefer an à la carte dining experience or a casual dinner in our Panorama Bistro? Regardless of taste or interest, all options feature the highest quality local ingredients, hand-crafted with care by our chefs.
Early-Riser Coffee, 6 a.m.
Start your day right with self-service coffee, hot water, croissants, cookies, and assorted finger foods.
Breakfast Buffet, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy a tempting selection of breads, cereals, fruits, cold cuts and cheeses, smoked salmon, pastries, yogurts, and juices. Hot items such as eggs, sausage, and bacon vary daily.*
*Buffet breakfast items are conveniently color coded on all Avalon Waterways river cruise ships to indicate foods that are low calorie, low fat/low calorie, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy
Late-Riser Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Self-service coffee, hot tea, croissants, cookies and assorted finger foods.
Lunch Buffet, 12:30 p.m.
Select from intriguing appetizers, hearty soups, hot dishes, homemade breads, cold cuts and cheeses, salads, and delectable desserts.
Afternoon Tea, 4 p.m.
Take a mid-day break with coffee or tea and cake or cookies served in the lounge or on the top deck.
Dinner, 7:30 p.m.
Dine elegantly at a single-seating, sit-down meal. The chef will delight you with gourmet selections and the perfect, complimentary wines (complimentary beer or soft drinks also available). Menus typically feature an appetizer, soup, entrée, dessert, and coffee or tea.
Night Fare, 10:30 p.m.
Note: Meal times may vary depending on cruise schedule.
Incredible Dining Choices
- Captain's welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine & canapés
- Daily choices of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options
- Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine & juices; low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy foods are offered on the extensive breakfast buffet
- Choice of daily early-riser & late-riser breakfasts
- Daily lunch buffet with pasta & carving stations and complimentary soft drinks
- Choice of alternative grill fare at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
- Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
- Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner coffee/tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks
- Choice of petit portions dinner alternative, featuring regional specialties and wines in the Panorama Bistro
- Welcome dinner & farewell dinner
- Daily Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
- Daily room service available for Continental breakfast & beverages (service charge applies)
As featured in the Top 7 Chefs on the European Rivers
Stefan Bloch, Executive Corporate Chef, Avalon Waterways
Head chef Stefan Bloch studied in Germany and went on to work in five-star hotels, including Hotel Primero Berlin and the Grand Hotel Russicher Hof in Weimar, which won the Five-Star Diamond Award as Germany's Best Restaurant.
He also created dishes at the Hotel Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, where he won awards at the Salon Culinaire and was named Middle East Junior Chef of the year in 2006, moving from sous chef to chef de cuisine. The rivers are in his blood: his parents ran a restaurant near Dresden on the River Elbe. Bloch eventually worked on a seagoing ship, then became executive chef for River Advice/Catering in Limassol, Cyprus.
Since 2009, Bloch has been Avalon's executive corporate chef. He goes from ship to ship throughout the cruising season, assisting the chefs in their galleys, and acts as the head chef on a variety of itineraries to give other chefs time off. He works with 64 chefs on Avalon's various ships and is personally in charge of the ingredients purchased, slipping away in port to check local markets.
Bloch said his guiding philosophy is that the high standards of the line "can only be achieved when every single employee is absolutely convinced that he or she is a vital part of our successful concept."
Chef Bloch created a cookbook for Avalon featuring recipes for international dishes from Bulgaria's Shopska salad to Rhenish Sauerbraten and creme brulee.