Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways

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Headquarters in Littleton, CO, USA
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  • Cruisers can be choosers. Who says you can’t rise when you like, dine when you please, and explore as you wish? On an Avalon cruise, unforgiving schedules, inflexible itineraries, and strict dinner bells are tossed overboard, leaving you the freedom to do exactly as you please, when you please. Oodles of included excursions are on every cruise, from in-depth sightseeing to local discoveries and active pursuits...whatever floats your boat. Sail with us and one thing is certain - your stay is your way.

Introduced in 2003, Avalon Waterways sets the standard in river and small-ship cruising with a young fleet, the most included shore excursions, the widest range of choices and extraordinary itineraries. Our Suite Ships® feature one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM, with t...

Introduced in 2003, Avalon Waterways sets the standard in river and small-ship cruising with a young fleet, the most included shore excursions, the widest range of choices and extraordinary itineraries. 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.

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  • R
    Romantic Rhine (Northbound) 2020
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on March 10, 2020
    Awesome! Our first trip was well beyond our expectations. It was only supposed to be one trip, but it was so great, we booked another, this time a Danube River …
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  • S
    Colorful India & the Ganges River 2020
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on February 17, 2020
    The most wonderful experience! The land based element was very full on, so that made having most afternoons free on the river cruise element a nice relaxing ti…
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  • MO
    Christmastime in Alsace & Germany – Southbound
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on January 6, 2020
    After a bad start (to do with booking) it exceeded our expectations
  • IR
    Mekong Discovery (Northbound) 2021
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on January 5, 2020
    Very well Organized tour I thoroughly enjoyed it
  • RM
    Christmastime on the Danube – Westbound
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on December 24, 2019
    It was a wonderful Cruise and even better than expectations. I could not speak more highly about the staff and service and rooms on the Avalon Passion
  • MC
    Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Westbound
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on December 22, 2019
    Good organization, nice people, fantastic experience!!!
  • SF
    Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on December 14, 2019
    This Christmas cruise went beyond expectations. Lovely ship, lovely crew, great tours. All round a great package.
  •  reviewer 8
    Mekong Discovery (Northbound) 2021
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on December 11, 2019
    The boat was beautiful, the staff and director couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating. We had the trip of a lifetime learning so much history of Viet…
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  • MZ
    Christmastime on the Danube – Cruise Only Eastbound
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on December 5, 2019
    The ship was lovely and the food wonderful. The staff did an excellent job. We did what we set out to do--visit Christmas markets. It was lovely.
  • JM
    Romantic Rhine – Southbound
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on November 16, 2019
    Loved the tour and the included excursions. It would have been good to spend less time in Amsterdam and extra time sailing during the day. Also, a disco of an …
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About Avalon Waterways

Introduced in 2003, Avalon Waterways sets the standard in river and small-ship cruising with a young fleet, the most included shore excursions, the widest range of choices and extraordinary itineraries. 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.

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Why 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.

Fuel your mind. Feed your soul

antalizing 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 Panorama Dining Room, you can savor fresh fare and the perspectives you crave day and night.

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.

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.

Avalon Shore Excursions

Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. In addition, our selection of optional excursions (not included) allows you to personalize your experience to suit your individual interests, passions, and style. Or, enjoy plenty of free-time opportunities for independent adventures. Your Avalon Adventure HostSM is there to help with suggestions, and our exclusive AvalonGO mobile app brings it all to life.

Classic

A local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations and the “must see” sites.

Discovery

Inspiring and interactive hands-on activities designed to speak to your interests - you spend your day immersing yourself in the destination’s unique culture.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions keeping you in motion and on the go — from a guided jogging tour, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Avalon Waterways Ships

  • Avalon Affinity
    Avalon Affinity
    Cruise the unique rivers of Europe while visiting historic places aboard the magnificent 361 feet Avalon Affinity, an exciting and intima… Read more
    Built
    2009
    Crew
    39
    Length
    361 ft.
    Suites
    4
    Staterooms
    65
  • Avalon Artistry II
    Avalon Artistry II
    Cruise on Europe's most loved rivers with views that become part of your suite. The Avalon Artistry II delivers an intimate setting,… Read more
    Built
    2013
    Guests
    65 - 130
    Crew
    37
    Length
    110 m / 361 ft
    Width
    12
    Suites
    52
    Gross Tonnage
    2022 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Expression
    Avalon Expression
    Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Expression came onto the European river cruising scene with a ban… Read more
    Built
    2013
    Guests
    84 - 166
    Crew
    47
    Length
    135 m / 443 ft
    Suites
    67
    Staterooms
    16
    Gross Tonnage
    2775 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Felicity
    Avalon Felicity
    Experience Europe through its waterways aboard Avalon’s well-known and beloved cruise ship, the Avalon Felicity. Designed to create… Read more
    Built
    2010
    Guests
    65 - 138
    Crew
    39
    Length
    110 m / 361 ft
    Suites
    4
    Staterooms
    65
    Gross Tonnage
    2022 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Illumination
    Avalon Illumination
    Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Illumination came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This… Read more
    Built
    2014
    Guests
    84 - 166
    Crew
    47
    Length
    135 m / 443 ft
    Suites
    67
    Staterooms
    16
    Gross Tonnage
    2775 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Imagery II
    Avalon Imagery II
    One of 2016's two new additions to the youngest fleet on Europe's waterways, the Imagery II continues all of Avalon's outstan… Read more
    Built
    2016
    Guests
    65 - 130
    Crew
    37
    Length
    110 m / 361 ft
    Suites
    52
    Staterooms
    12
    Gross Tonnage
    2022 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Impression
    Avalon Impression
    Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Impression came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This g… Read more
    Built
    2014
    Guests
    84 - 166
    Crew
    47
    Length
    135 m / 443 ft
    Suites
    67
    Staterooms
    16
    Gross Tonnage
    2775 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Luminary
    Avalon Luminary
    Experience the rich cultural tapestry of Europe’s historic riverside cities with a cruise aboard the Avalon Luminary. This 2010 vess… Read more
    Built
    2010
    Guests
    65 - 138
    Crew
    39
    Length
    110 m / 361 ft
    Suites
    4
    Staterooms
    65
    Gross Tonnage
    2022 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Myanmar
    Avalon Myanmar
    One of our remarkable Suite Ships®, the all-suite Avalon Myanmar offers an unrivaled small-ship river cruise experience ensuring you… Read more
    Built
    2015
    Guests
    18 - 36
    Crew
    24
    Length
    61 m / 200 ft
    Suites
    18
    Gross Tonnage
    950 gt
    Cruising Speed
    9 kn / 17 kph / 10 mph
  • Avalon Panorama
    Avalon Panorama
    A unique Suite Ship®, the Avalon Panorama features unmatched cabin views as the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks… Read more
    Built
    2011
    Guests
    84 - 166
    Crew
    47
    Length
    135 m / 443 ft
    Suites
    66
    Staterooms
    17
    Gross Tonnage
    2775 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Passion
    Avalon Passion
    Offering splendid river views, the Avalon Passion offers an exciting array of state-of-the-art amenities. Each Panorama Suite is fitted w… Read more
    Built
    2016
    Guests
    84 - 166
    Crew
    47
    Length
    135 m / 443 ft
    Suites
    67
    Staterooms
    16
    Gross Tonnage
    2775 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Poetry II
    Avalon Poetry II
    Avalon Poetry II is a classic beauty that has been sailing on the European rivers since 2014. The Poetry II offers 2 full levels of suite… Read more
    Built
    2014
    Crew
    37
    Length
    361 ft.
    Suites
    52
    Staterooms
    12
  • Avalon Siem Reap
    Avalon Siem Reap
    Sailing on the Mekong River, the Avalon Siem Reap is an incredibly beautiful all-suite ship built in 2015 with premium interiors. The shi… Read more
    Built
    2015
    Crew
    24
    Length
    195
    Suites
    18
  • Avalon Tapestry II
    Avalon Tapestry II
    The Avalon Tapestry II is a true haven on the river - two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transf… Read more
    Built
    2015
    Guests
    65 - 130
    Crew
    37
    Length
    110 m / 361 ft
    Suites
    52
    Staterooms
    12
    Gross Tonnage
    2022 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Tranquillity II
    Avalon Tranquillity II
    Another exciting Suite Ship® graces the rivers of Europe in 2015. The intimate setting of the Avalon Tranquility II features two full… Read more
    Built
    2015
    Guests
    65 - 130
    Crew
    37
    Length
    110 m / 361 ft
    Suites
    52
    Staterooms
    12
    Gross Tonnage
    2022 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Avalon Visionary
    Avalon Visionary
    Take in the view like never before on the Avalon Visionary. You'll enjoy the intimate setting achieved with two full decks of suites… Read more
    Built
    2012
    Guests
    65 - 130
    Crew
    37
    Length
    110 m / 361 ft
    Suites
    52
    Staterooms
    12
    Gross Tonnage
    2022 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
  • Avalon Vista
    Avalon Vista
    Experience European river views unlike any other ship can offer. The Avalon Vista's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Pan… Read more
    Built
    2012
    Guests
    84 - 166
    Crew
    47
    Length
    135 m / 443 ft
    Suites
    66
    Staterooms
    17
    Gross Tonnage
    2775 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Treasure of Galapagos
    Treasure of Galapagos
    Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the 9-suite Treasure of Galápagos goes beyond traditional cruising and allows you a t… Read more
    Built
    2009
    Guests
    18
    Crew
    10
    Length
    31 m / 102 ft
    Suites
    1
    Staterooms
    8
    Gross Tonnage
    342 gt
    Beam
    11 m / 36 ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
  • Delfin III
    Delfin III
    The 169-foot-long, Delfin III has been tailor made to suit its environment, while maintaining its integrity as a true luxury river cruise… Read more
    Built
    2015 (refurbished: 2017)
    Guests
    44
    Crew
    29
    Length
    51.5 m / 169 ft
    Suites
    22
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
    Cruising Speed
    10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph
    Draft
    5ft / 1.5m
  • Avalon Saigon
    Avalon Saigon
    The all-suite Avalon SaigonSM, our newest Suite Ship® in Asia, was specifically designed to offer the best cruise experience on the M… Read more
    Built
    2018
    Guests
    18 - 36
    Crew
    24
    Length
    60 m / 197 ft
    Staterooms
    18
    Gross Tonnage
    950 gt
    Cruising Speed
    9 kn / 17 kph / 10 mph
  • Avalon Envision
    Avalon Envision
    The Avalon Envision is the newest addition to the 2019 Avalon Suite Ship fleet. With the youngest fleet of ships on Europe's waterway… Read more
    Built
    2018
    Guests
    83-166
    Crew
    47
    Length
    135 m / 443 ft
    Suites
    67
    Staterooms
    16
    Gross Tonnage
    2775 gt
    Beam
    12 m / 39 ft
  • Ganges Voyager
    Ganges Voyager
    The pioneering Ganges Voyager carries just 56 guests and offers a warm and relaxed experience. The ship takes you back in time with the g… Read more
    Built
    2015
    Guests
    56
    Crew
    35
    Length
    56 m / 185 ft
    Suites
    5
    Staterooms
    23
    Beam
    12 m / 41 ft
    Capacity
    56
    Width
    Registry
    Gross Tonnage
    Electricity
    Cruising Speed
    Generators
    Engines
    Draft
  • Avalon View
    Avalon View
    The Avalon View is the newest addition to the 2020 Avalon Suite Ship fleet. With the youngest fleet of ships on Europe's waterways, Avalon W… Read more
    Capacity
    Built
    2019
    Guests
    166
    Crew
    47
    Length
    443 ft / 135 m
    Width
    12m / 39 ft
    Suites
    67
    Staterooms
    16
    Registry
    Gross Tonnage
    2775 gt
    Electricity
    Beam
    Cruising Speed
    12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
    Generators
    Engines
    Draft

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • What is the difference between a Classic Avalon cruise and an Active Discovery cruise?

    In 2019, every Avalon cruise will now offer three different types of included excursions:
    - Classic excursions – for clients that want to enjoy the iconic, “must see” sites (as an example, a canal cruise in Amsterdam)
    - Discovery excursions – for clients that may have already seen the “must see” sites or that may want to do something more experiential, like do a wine tasting or take a cooking classes (back to Amsterdam, maybe these clients would prefer to take a painting class instead of that canal cruise)
    - Active excursions – for clients that like to stay in motion - jogging, paddling or biking while onshore (sticking with the Amsterdam example, these clients may want to take a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, with stops along the way for commentary)

    So, whether you are on a Classic Avalon cruises OR an Active Discovery cruise, you will have your choice of all 3 types of excursions.

    On a Classic Avalon cruise, the mix of excursions is 80% Classic, and 20% Active and Discovery. On an Active Discovery cruise, the mix of included excursions is 20% Classic and 80% Active and Discovery.

  • What beverages are included?

    Avalon included wine, beer and non-alcoholic alternatives with all onboard dinners. At lunch soft drink is included and in Europe complimentary regional wine and beer are also available. At all other times, alcoholic beverages are available for an additional charge. In Europe and the Mekong and Irrawaddy, regular coffee, tea and iced tea are available free of charge throughout the day from the self service coffee stations. On the Mekong, Irrawaddy and Amazon cruises, local beer, spirits and soft drinks are included. On the Yangtze and Galapagos coffee, tea and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner.

  • Are staterooms air-conditioned?

    All staterooms on the ship are air-conditioned and heated for your own comfort.

  • What is the electricity power in the staterooms?

    Electricity on board the Avalon Waterways ships is 220v which requires a European Adaptor. You will need an adaptor or converter to use in your stateroom.

  • How do we make purchases on the cruise?

    Avalon operates a cashless system on the ships so all purchases and shipboard services are credited to your account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive your account which can be paid with cash or credit cards.

  • Are laundry facilities available?

    A laundry service is available on board for an additional fee with the price list being available in your stateroom. Please note that clothes cannot be dry cleaned onboard, however, an ironing service is available.

    Unfortunately, laundry facilities are not available on the Galapagos cruise.

  • Is smoking allowed on the ship?

    In Europe and in the Galapagos, all ships have non-smoking interiors. with smoking only permitted on the Sky Deck. On the Avalon Siem Reap, Avalon Myanmar, Century Legend and the Amazon Discovery, smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

  • Is there a safe in the cabin?

    Although Avalon recommended that you leave valuables at home, all staterooms are equipped with a safe and any items that exceed the size of the safe can be checked into the ship's reception desk.

  • Is there a dress code?

    Our goal is to make you feel at home on your Avalon cruise. That’s why the dress code on board is casual and comfortable.

    Formality is not our style, and you won’t be required to pack dresses or sport coats for your Avalon cruise. Some guests do prefer to dress up for occasions such as the Captain’s Reception and Farewell Dinner. You’re welcome to wear what suits you best.

    We also like to keep things comfortable for all guests, so we kindly request that shorts not be worn in the Dining Room or Panorama Lounge in the evenings, and that bathing suits are worn only on the Sky Deck.

    With these small suggestions, your style is fine with us, and your comfort is always our priority.

  • How much luggage can I bring?

    Porterage for one suitcase on tour is included in the cruise cost. However please note that due to limited coach capacity and keeping within the guidelines of Occupation Health and safety, Avalon strongly recommends that this single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 76x53x28cm (30"x 21"x 11") and weight not exceeding 22 kg (50 lbs). Avalon do understand that slight variations to these dimensions will occur and provided the variations are only slight, luggage will be accepted on the coach.
    Due to limited space on luggage racks in the coach, carry-on bags should not exceed the dimensions of 30x28x14cm (12"x11"x6"). For safety reasons, wheeled carry-on bags are not suitable as hand luggage on motorcoaches and minibuses as these bags can cause damage to persons and property if it falls from the overhead compartments for any reason. A carry-on bag and a handbag will be suitable inside the coach.

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