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Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways

4.8/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in Littleton, CO, USA
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  • Introducing an entirely new concept in river cruising
  • Offering expansive views and wider perspectives
  • Enjoy the luxury of choice at every turn
  • Experienced team and expert attentive staff

Introducing Avalon ChoiceSM Cruising, Customized to You. Designed with the only opinion that matters: yours. Introducing an entirely new concept in river cruising. We didn't just design our cruises with you in mind. We developed them for you to design. At every turn...

Introducing Avalon ChoiceSM Cruising, Customized to You. Designed with the only opinion that matters: yours. Introducing an entirely new concept in river cruising. We didn't just design our cruises with you in mind. We developed them for you to design. At every turn, you'll enjoy the luxury of choice — something you'll only find with Avalon ChoiceSM cruising. From deciding what and where you eat. To selecting your room configuration and cruising style. From choosing your on-land discoveries and onboard enrichments, to making online, pre-sail customizations via MyAvalonSM. Every experience and every nuance — is yours. Avalon dining has always freed taste buds from the ordinary. And now — it frees you from restrictions. At every meal, you'll have the ability to choose from a multitude of dining experiences. All feature the highest-quality local ingredients, hand crafted by true culinary artisans. And all are included at no extra cost. Choose from multiple venues — from the casual Panorama Bistro on our Suite Ships to our open-air Sky Bistro. From our elegant Main Dining Room to continental breakfast delivered to your own room. From a lighter nighttime fare to Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee and sweet treats. Choose to dine à la carte — selecting from a variety of options for each course. We always accommodate guests with dietary preferences. Choose from our exclusive culinary events — from a five-course welcome dinner, to special chef "tastings". Choose to experience the local culture — through delectable regional fare, or select gourmet options prepared for the Western palate. We've done our due diligence pre-selecting Certified Local Guides who truly are the best in the world. But what you see and the pace in which you see it, is completely up to you. And the best part? Unlike other cruise operators, our preplanned discoveries are included at no extra charge to you. We even provide Nordic walking sticks for active guests looking for an extra spring in their step. Excursion Type – Do you prefer a traditional guided tour or an alternative option? Would you enjoy a more in-depth view? Or one geared toward a special interest? With Avalon, the choice is yours. Sightseeing Pace – Are you up for exploring a wide variety of sights or do you prefer a more relaxed pace? Would you rather just focus on the essentials? Or see it all on your own? All are available with Avalon. Create Your Own – How about working with our Guest Services experts to design a customized sightseeing adventure planned perfectly for you? Avalon makes it easy. We definitely didn't design our onboard entertainment for the indecisive. Day and night you'll be provided with a plethora of ways to have fun and be enlightened. Take in a performance by local musicians. Play a game in the lounge. Enjoy a behind-the scenes ship tour. Relax on the Sky Deck. Get acquainted with your destinations through Culture & Cruise events. Be pampered in our hair salon. Unwind with a movie. Or try out one of our many new venues for dining or lounging. With Culture & CruiseSM we're bringing onshore culture – onboard to you. You can choose to take part in special experiences that enrich your trip with local chefs, musicians, artisans and experts. Select Your Ship – New. Newer. Or Newest. Avalon continues to be the youngest fleet on the rivers of Europe. In 2013 we're thrilled to introduce two new Panorama Suite Ships — The Avalon ExpressionSM and the Avalon Artistry II® — setting the new standard for river cruising. For our travelers, this means enjoying a ship experience designed with a forward-thinking approach, including all the modern touches, no matter which ship you choose: Our entire fleet is designed in contemporary elegance, with the largest staterooms on the European waterways. Our ships feature the industry's biggest views – thanks to panoramic windows in our common areas and huge, floor-to-ceiling windows in nearly all of our staterooms. You're always treated to luxurious amenities, like premium bedding, Comfort Collection BedsSM and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. A World of Possibilities – Cruises & Itineraries With Avalon, you can choose from 4 continents. From more than 100 packages. From trips lasting 3 nights to 24 days. From cruise-only getaways to cruise-plus-land journeys. And from 5 amazing brand-new itineraries in 2013 – 4 in Europe and 1 in China.

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134 Avalon Waterways Reviews

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Accommodation
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  • L
    Magnificent Europe – Eastbound 2018
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 21, 2018
    We just completed Magnificent Europe (Amsterdam-Budapest) August 30-September 14, 2018. We were originally booked on the PASSION but were told at the Amsterdam …
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  • KK
    The Legendary Danube 2018
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on September 15, 2018
    I thought it very good. I will not repeat it, as it is an extreme indulgence. The tours were quite good. It would be excellent to include scientifically orient…
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  • DS
    The Blue Danube Discovery 2018
    4.0 - Good
    Written on September 12, 2018
    Although I rated tour good for what we actually did do, there was about 2/3 of the Danube cruise omitted due to low water which severely impacted on the cruise …
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  • SR
    The Blue Danube Discovery - Cruise Only
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on September 11, 2018
    A wonderful cruise. Too bad the low water level on the Danube River created difficulties with the embarkation point and final destination. The crew and cruise…
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  • L
    Balkan Discovery – Eastbound
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 6, 2018
    All members of the crew bent over backwards to exceed our expectations. The food was great, the room immaculate, great bathroom,loved the instant balcony just b…
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  • WM
    The Blue Danube Discovery - Cruise Only
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on September 4, 2018
    Low water in the Danube didn't help.
  • JO
    Magnificent Europe – Eastbound 2018
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on September 2, 2018
    Tour was great, just needed more time in the ports to enjoy some of the great sights and explore more.
  • MU
    The Blue Danube Discovery - Cruise Only
    3.0 - Average
    Written on September 1, 2018
    We only had two days of sailing for the whole trip. The rest we were either in a coach going to look at churches or docked in a big city like Vienna or Linz bot…
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  • LP
    Paris to Normandy 2018
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 27, 2018
    Excellent in every respect.
  •  reviewer 10
    Paris to Normandy 2018
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 26, 2018
    Really enjoyed it. excellent boat and very interesting locations.

About Avalon Waterways

Introducing Avalon ChoiceSM Cruising, Customized to You. Designed with the only opinion that matters: yours. Introducing an entirely new concept in river cruising. We didn't just design our cruises with you in mind. We developed them for you to design. At every turn, you'll enjoy the luxury of choice — something you'll only find with Avalon ChoiceSM cruising. From deciding what and where you eat. To selecting your room configuration and cruising style. From choosing your on-land discoveries and onboard enrichments, to making online, pre-sail customizations via MyAvalonSM. Every experience and every nuance — is yours. Avalon dining has always freed taste buds from the ordinary. And now — it frees you from restrictions. At every meal, you'll have the ability to choose from a multitude of dining experiences. All feature the highest-quality local ingredients, hand crafted by true culinary artisans. And all are included at no extra cost. Choose from multiple venues — from the casual Panorama Bistro on our Suite Ships to our open-air Sky Bistro. From our elegant Main Dining Room to continental breakfast delivered to your own room. From a lighter nighttime fare to Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee and sweet treats. Choose to dine à la carte — selecting from a variety of options for each course. We always accommodate guests with dietary preferences. Choose from our exclusive culinary events — from a five-course welcome dinner, to special chef "tastings". Choose to experience the local culture — through delectable regional fare, or select gourmet options prepared for the Western palate. We've done our due diligence pre-selecting Certified Local Guides who truly are the best in the world. But what you see and the pace in which you see it, is completely up to you. And the best part? Unlike other cruise operators, our preplanned discoveries are included at no extra charge to you. We even provide Nordic walking sticks for active guests looking for an extra spring in their step. Excursion Type – Do you prefer a traditional guided tour or an alternative option? Would you enjoy a more in-depth view? Or one geared toward a special interest? With Avalon, the choice is yours. Sightseeing Pace – Are you up for exploring a wide variety of sights or do you prefer a more relaxed pace? Would you rather just focus on the essentials? Or see it all on your own? All are available with Avalon. Create Your Own – How about working with our Guest Services experts to design a customized sightseeing adventure planned perfectly for you? Avalon makes it easy. We definitely didn't design our onboard entertainment for the indecisive. Day and night you'll be provided with a plethora of ways to have fun and be enlightened. Take in a performance by local musicians. Play a game in the lounge. Enjoy a behind-the scenes ship tour. Relax on the Sky Deck. Get acquainted with your destinations through Culture & Cruise events. Be pampered in our hair salon. Unwind with a movie. Or try out one of our many new venues for dining or lounging. With Culture & CruiseSM we're bringing onshore culture – onboard to you. You can choose to take part in special experiences that enrich your trip with local chefs, musicians, artisans and experts. Select Your Ship – New. Newer. Or Newest. Avalon continues to be the youngest fleet on the rivers of Europe. In 2013 we're thrilled to introduce two new Panorama Suite Ships — The Avalon ExpressionSM and the Avalon Artistry II® — setting the new standard for river cruising. For our travelers, this means enjoying a ship experience designed with a forward-thinking approach, including all the modern touches, no matter which ship you choose: Our entire fleet is designed in contemporary elegance, with the largest staterooms on the European waterways. Our ships feature the industry's biggest views – thanks to panoramic windows in our common areas and huge, floor-to-ceiling windows in nearly all of our staterooms. You're always treated to luxurious amenities, like premium bedding, Comfort Collection BedsSM and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. A World of Possibilities – Cruises & Itineraries With Avalon, you can choose from 4 continents. From more than 100 packages. From trips lasting 3 nights to 24 days. From cruise-only getaways to cruise-plus-land journeys. And from 5 amazing brand-new itineraries in 2013 – 4 in Europe and 1 in China.

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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?

    Dress aboard and onshore is casual and Avalon recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. Dinner attire is casual—open-neck shirts, pants, dresses (Coats and ties may be worn if you wish). The Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners are dressy, but not formal. On the Mekong and Irrawaddy coats and ties are not recommended due to the warm humid climate.

  • 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.