Avalon Choice® River Cruising

Avalon River Cruising & Small-Ship Cruising

The Possibilities are as Wide Open as the Views

Avalon Waterways - Voted Best Cabins in River Cruising by Cruise CriticIf you want to see the world, cruise down its legendary rivers. If you want to see more of the world, look no further than Avalon Waterways. Our Suite Ships® feature one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM, with the widest opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only Open-Air BalconySM, and beds facing the incredible views.

Beyond our wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows is a world waiting to be explored—your way. Whether you want to enjoy a guided walking tour of one of Europe's great cities, join a cooking class or paddle a canoe, our Avalon Choice® selections of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions offer a wide range of possibilities. When you prefer to explore on your own, we can help you with all the recommendations, information and gear you need with our new Adventure Center and AvalonGO Mobile App. And when it's time to refuel, your dining options on board are as wide open as your views, with our new FlexDining® choices.

"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, Senior Writer – Travel Pulse
Read what everyone is saying about Avalon

Wider Windows for Wide-eyed Adventurers

The Open-Air BalconySM is 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 to Dream. Room to Relax.

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 Fresh® - the perfect pairing of fresh air and fresh fare.

Avalon Fresh® 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.

Multiple Menus & Venues

With FlexDining® 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, the Galápagos Island or the Peruvian Amazon. A journey on the Mekong or on the Ganges in India 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.

Asia

Experience the industry’s only Open-Air BalconySM of our new all-Panorama SuiteSM ships in Asia - accommodating no more than 36 travelers.

Mekong River Ganges River

South America

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

Amazon River Galápagos Islands

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!

See the Avalon Travel Blog