From View to Table

From View to Table

Savor the Local Flavors of the World

From morning breakfast to elegant dinners, Avalon frees your taste buds from the ordinary. Using the freshest local ingredients, our talented chefs prepare mouthwatering recipes from the region through which you're traveling and present them in a variety of inspiring settings. Our FlexDiningSM approach to onboard dining dispenses with strict seating times and limited restaurant options. Choose the onboard dining venue that suits your mood - from a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Grill to an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room. For a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere, take a more casual approach to fine dining while mingling over several satisfying selections in our Panorama Bistro. Whichever table setting you choose, you'll savor local flavors and the familiar favorites you may crave—as well as our Avalon Fresh® menu options—throughout your vacation. On an Avalon cruise, every meal is part of the journey.

Avalon Fresh®.
Bringing Amazing to Your Plate.

Who says healthy cuisine can’t be inspiring? On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, you can take an indulgent vacation without drifting from your healthy habits. You’ll appreciate the choice to eat healthy at every meal with our Avalon Fresh® options-exclusive selections created in collaboration with Austrian chefs Leo and Karl Wrenkh, leaders in the emerging healthy dining movement. With the freshest ingredients from local farms and suppliers, we serve clean, surprising flavors with a dash of innovation. These creative yet wholesome options are available on board at every meal. Whether you’re looking for an energizing juice at breakfast, an artfully crafted salad at lunch, or a high-protein plate at dinner, Avalon Fresh allows you to fuel your ventures-and nutritional values-day or night.



Chefs Karl & Leo Wrenkh

The Brothers Wrenkh were raised in the first (and up until recently, only) high-quality vegetarian restaurant in Austria. With a family motto, “Eating is Life!” they take cooking very seriously. While Leo attended a classic culinary school, Karl’s cooking background has been more casual. Their styles merge using healthy, quality and locally grown ingredients to create foods with international flair.

These Viennese brothers opened the Wrenkh Vienna Culinary School 2.0 in 2009. Classes include everything from Indian cuisine to forest harvest; team cooking to herb hikes.

Karl and Leo share a lifelong love of good food and a strong desire to provide their guests – in the restaurant and at the culinary school – an unforgettable dining experience. For more information, visit www.wiener-kochsalon.com.

The Dining Options You Crave

Buffets, four course-dinners, Continental breakfasts, al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro, delectable petite portions in the Panorama Bistro so you can sample a wide variety of foods. And because we start with fresh, quality ingredients prepared by expert chefs, you’ll look forward to each meal the same way you look forward to each port.

To Your Health

Maintaining your healthy lifestyle on vacation shouldn’t be difficult-and with Avalon, it isn’t! We make it easy to stay active…with our state-of-the-art, onboard Fitness Center, free bicycles available in select ports, and complimentary Nordic walking sticks. At the end of each busy day, havea relaxing soak in the Sky Deck’s rejuvenating whirlpool?


Sample Menus


Meal Schedule

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.*

*Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices

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, familiar favorites, and Avalon FreshSM vegetarian and healthy cuisine including fresh, local ingredients at every meal
  • Daily full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine & juices
  • Choice of daily early-riser & late-riser continental breakfasts
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge
  • Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buffet of select dishes and beverages
  • 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 premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks
  • Complimentary room service available for Continental breakfast & beverages
  • FlexDiningSM with flexible seating-times to better accommodate your schedule, and more options for menu items and venues, including our Main Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buffet, Sky Grill for al fresco favorites, complimentary continental breakfast via room service, and made-to-order picnic lunch boxes for independent on-shore excursions


Director of Culinary, Joerg Penneke

Executive Chef Joerg Penneke studied in Germany at the Hotel Gaststaetten Berlin under Simon Bolivar. Since then, he has spent nearly three decades working in award-winning restaurants, hotels and cruise ships throughout Europe, New Zealand and Asia in a multitude of positions including executive chef, food & beverage manager, corporate chef and culinary director.

Penneke is bringing to the table nearly 30 years expertise that will continue to help us innovate Avalon's dining experience. In addition to setting up kitchens and menus on seven new river ships in Asia for Haimark, Penneke was the Corporate Chef for Uniworld, the Executive Chef for SilverSeas' Silver Cloud and the Chef Entremetier for Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony.

As the culinary director for Avalon Waterways, Penneke will help Avalon's team of culinary artisans bring each destination to life for guests by creating every day's menu using fresh, quality ingredients that are prepared to perfection ensuring Avalon's dining experience, from start-to-finish, is the perfect complement to a day of discovery. Penneke will also oversee the new Avalon Fresh® program with Chefs Leo and Karl Wrenkh to provide Avalon's guests healthy, vegetarian food options that taste great.