River Cruising with Avalon - Avalon Waterways®
Avalon Choice® River Cruising

Avalon River Cruising & Small-Ship Cruising

"(Avalon) is gathering many of the industry's best elements together while introducing a number of its own, and guests will be mighty happy with the results."
- Jason

See the World Your Way

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. With river cruising's only Open-Air BalconySM, these wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows open wider than any other in the industry, blurring the line between outside and in, forming a spacious seating area for six, and creating an open invitation to discover and dream. Even if you're a seasoned traveler, you've never seen Europe like this.

Whether you'd like a romantic mini-break, an extended exploration, or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you get to choose the river cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia or South America.

Wider openings for the wide-eyed

The Open-Air BalconySM - designed with your views in mind. For those who have always looked deeper, we redefined the window of opportunity with river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony. A Panorama SuiteSM feature on the Suite Ships® of Avalon, these wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows open wider than any other in the industry, blurring the line between outside and in, forming a comfortable and spacious seating area for six, and creating an open invitation to discover and dream. Even if you’re a seasoned traveler, you’ve never seen Europe like this.

*70% of the Avalon Europe fleet features beds facing the window.

Freedom, Not Confinement

30% more space makes you feel 100% more comfortable. Over 80% of our staterooms in our Suite Ships® are 200-square foot Panorama Suites, 30% larger than the average stateroom. And at 172 square feet, our Deluxe Staterooms are still spacious, comfortable, and quiet (thank you, sound insulation!).
Beds with a View
Staterooms & Comfort

The "Just Right" Way to River Cruise

What defines luxury? Is it the enjoyment of the good things in life, or is it simply having things just the way you prefer them? At Avalon Waterways, we navigate with both elegance and ease to deliver a "just right" experience - one that transports you at just the right pace, with just the right amenities, and just the right views. Along the legendary waterways of Europe, we balance enriching activities, included excursions, mouthwatering cuisine, and unmatched service to offer the perfect degree of relaxed indulgence. We call this the Avalon difference.

We Measure in Smiles, Not Stars.

We'd rather have smiles on our guests' faces than white gloves on our crew. Our focus on board is to ensure each guest is comfortable and relaxed, leaving the pomp and circumstance to others. It’s service that you'll find is in perfect balance with the warm, inviting spaces throughout your Avalon ship.

Small Details Make a Big Impression

When it comes to the little touches, we think big-like L'Occitane® products atop your bathroom's marble countertop and a well-stocked library in the espresso lounge. Included wine with dinner is nice. The fact that it's from the same region as the view outside your window is even nicer. That's the kind of attention we put into every detail.

Fuel your mind. Feed your soul.

Tantalizing flavors to suit your distinct taste. When you travel for fresh perspectives, shouldn’t every experience feel the same? We think so. Avalon is committed to delivering local flavor - right down to the table. Using fresh and local ingredients, our chefs introduce you to regional delights as well as comfort you with Western favorites in a variety of tasteful settings. From breezy al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro to elegant four-course dinners in the glass-walled dining room, you can savor fresh fare and the perspectives you crave day and night.

Additional Dining Information & Sample Menus

Avalon FreshSM - the perfect pairing of fresh air and fresh fare.

Avalon FreshSM is the perfect pairing of fresh air and fresh fare. Brothers Karl and Leo Wrenkh - two of Europe's rising culinary stars – have partnered with Avalon to present the latest concept in "haute cuisine." With Avalon Fresh, travelers can guiltlessly indulge in a mouthwatering menu that combines the freshest ingredients with surprising flavors and a dash of innovation. With the philosophy of procuring ingredients from small farms and local producers, the Wrenkh brothers bring the passing landscape to the plate for an inspiring, fulfilling and healthful dining experience.

Choose from multiple venues

With Avalon Choice® you choose your dining experience morning, noon, and night on our Suite Ships®. Up early or prefer to sleep in? No problem. Our Early and Late-Riser Continental breakfasts ensure you're off to a great start. Whether it's surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views in the Main Dining Room, an al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro (weather permitting), or a casual light lunch or dinner in the Panorama Bistro, the choice is yours. And we never charge extra for these alternatives.

Choose to dine à la carte

Each à la carte meal includes a variety of options for each course. Plus, enjoy complimentary sparkling wine and juices with breakfast, soft drinks with lunch, and every dinner is paired with complimentary wines selected by a professional sommelier.

Choose from our exclusive culinary events

From a five-course welcome dinner to special "tastings," our onboard culinary events will truly enhance your cruise experience.

Cruises to Exotic Destinations.

Experience all that Avalon has to offer in exotic locations like Southeast Asia, China, the Galápagos Island, Egypt or the Peruvian Amazon. A journey on one of Asia’s great rivers, Mekong, or Irrawaddy, offers a tapestry of fascinating sights, colorful cultures, and ancient traditions. In South America you may embark down one of the world's vastly unexplored regions, the mighty Amazon, or explore the home of some of the world's most fascinating animal life in the Galápagos Island.

Southeast Asia & China

Experience one of our new all-suite ships in Southeast Asia with no more than 36 travelers or cruise the Yangtze, the longest river in Asia and the 3rd longest in the world at more than 3,915 miles.

Mekong Irrawaddy

South America

Imagine venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife, taking a swim with pink dolphins, and visiting native communities, or exploring the remarkable volcanic isles of the Galápagos firsthand, where you'll discover the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin.

Amazon Galápagos Island

Tips & Tricks

Revealing Travel: The Avalon River Cruise Blog
As you plan, or just dream about your next vacation, we invite you to get inspired by the Avalon travel blog showcasing news, tips, and stories! Plus, you can read articles where Avalon Waterways and Avalon ships have been featured in the news.

Every great traveler has someone on the inside who knows all of the best kept secrets about their travel destinations. Let us be your inside source!

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