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Avalon Waterways

4.8 | Excellent
  • 99% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 2003
Headquarters
  • Littleton, Colorado, United States
Trips
  • 261

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Avalon Waterways Reviews & Ratings 99% Recommend

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Avalon comes through January 2015

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had heard that Avalon had mostly new ships and that the newest river boats usually had bigger cabins, so decided to give them a try when we sailed the Danube last year. My wife and I were very happy with the choice -- the room had big windows and we enjoyed being able to eat outside, which is something you don't find on some of the older river ships, The shore excursions were good, too, and we didn't have to pay extra for them, which made it more affordable all arouind.
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I couldn’t have been happier October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I couldn’t have been happier. We were worried when we chose a room on the lower deck (no French balcony) but it wasn’t an issue at all. If I could do an Avalon cruise each year I would!

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Mekong River Cruise October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just came back from a Mekong River cruise - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, and it far exceeded my expectations! The cabin was spacious and well appointed. The crew were exceptionally helpful, friendly and kind. They went out of their way to be thoughtful! Our tour guide - Kuong was very knowledgeable and again, worked hard to make this trip a once in a life time experience. Bravo Avalon!!! Most of the passengers (including me) have travelled extensively and the general consensus was that this trip ranked at the top for all of us. I can't wait to take another Avalon boat cruise.
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Great service and lovely staff! October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great service and lovely staff!! Will miss everyone on the cruise!! Also, the passangers on the cruise all became friends just like family!!

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Great service and lovely staff! October 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great service and lovely staff!! Will miss everyone on the cruise!! Also, the passangers on the cruise all became friends just like family!!

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Part of the Globus family of travel brands since 2003, Avalon Waterways has proven to be one of the more innovative of the many river cruise companies now in operation.

Its newest “Suite” ships feature “open-air balconies” with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to serve as indoor-outdoor seating areas, which don’t cut into cabin space as do normal balconies -- meaning you have more room to move around. Bathrooms are also roomy.

What Makes Avalon Waterways Stand Out?

While global in scale, Avalon Waterways is best known for offering high-end cruises on brand new ships on European rivers. The oldest of the 15 Europe-based ships dates from just 2008, which makes it the youngest fleet of any size on European rivers.

Newer ships generally mean that staterooms are larger and amenities are enhanced.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Avalon Waterways?

While the majority of river cruise travelers are in the 50-plus range, more and more middle aged couples have been enjoying river cruises as well. Avalon is a good place to start, particularly for the more exotic destinations like the Mekong in Asia or the Amazon in South America.

Travelers seeking a luxury minded cruise experience, without an overly pomp and circumstance feel, will love cruising the world’s rivers with Avalon.

If you’re wary of river cruising as an extension of the “floating hotel”, Avalon makes sure that a focus on the region itself is felt onboard as well as through the port excursions. Local ingredients are used to make traditional dishes, and beer, wine, and spirits of the area are also showcased.

Casual and comfortable, combining a relaxed atmosphere with a fine dining calibur food and wine, Avalon presents a quiet elegance without being stuffy.

Travelers who like choice will appreciate Avalon’s numerous options when it comes to port excursion activities. Starting in 2019 and unlike many cruises, a majority of these excursions will be included in the price.  

Top Destinations

Avalon is well known for their Europe cruises, but they travel all over the world as well.  They have five ships in Asia (sailing the Yangtze, Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers), and one ship each in the United States (the American Queen, which sails the Mississippi) and South America (the Aria, which plies the Amazon). Avalon runs small-ship cruises through the Galapagos Islands as well.

Avalon Waterways Travel Style

The comfort of their passengers is top of mind for Avalon. Whether this means the spacious viewing deck or numerous excursions available to satisfy different interests.

There is a sense of casual elegance that Avalon portrays. The culture on board is professional while still friendly, and the furnishings are not overly opulent.

Another thing that makes Avalon stand out is their attention to staying active and healthy. They have been a frontrunner in river cruises providing bikes and other ways to be active in each port stop.

Why Choose a Cruise with Avalon Waterways?

Avalon Cruises are comfortable, fun, and active. This is the perfect choice of cruise company for older affluent travelers seeking top notch river cruise experiences around the world.

Considering the spaciousness and innovativeness of its cabins, the fact that shore excursions and multiple dining options are included in the rates, and a chance to take advantage of some attractive early-booking discounts, Avalon can offer excellent value.

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From Avalon Waterways

River Cruising from a Unique Point of View...Yours.

You see life differently. While others chase what's popular, you follow your own path. Your own voice has never led you astray. You've arrived, knowing what it’s taken to get here. At Avalon, we share your unique point of view. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that’s just a bit different. Spaces are bigger. Views are more epic. Excursions are more enriching. It's a step beyond the ordinary, but knowing you, we think you'll feel at home here. Welcome aboard.

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, South America, or Africa-your way!

On the spectacular ships of Avalon, "included" is one of our favorite words. Spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax-included. Special touches, like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner-included. Complimentary Wi-Fi access-included. The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides-included. VIP entrance into the must-see sites-included. Unique Local Favoritessm designed to bring your destination to life-included. Expansive panoramic views throughout the ship-included. And in addition to everything that's included, we also give you the freedom of Avalon Choice®, a different approach to river cruising that lets you personalize many elements of your cruise...to make your experience exclusively yours!

We're Looking Out for the Way You Look Out

When your bed faces a wall, the view never changes. Which is precisely why our beds, unlike other cruise lines, face a window.* Because we think letting you see the incredible views that river cruising is famous for, is a darned good idea. And if we put that much attention into a bed, imagine what we’ve done for the rest of your experience.

Better Views Are Just the Beginning

Come see for yourself and read about how Avalon Waterways is different from all other river cruise companies.

Delicious in Every Flavor

From the first bite to the last "Mmmm," Avalon gives you lots of choices when it comes to dining. And because we start with fresh, quality local ingredients, delectable recipes and expert chefs, you’ll look forward to each meal the same way you look forward to each port. You pick the time, the place and the tastes you are craving, and we'll deliver dining perfection every time.

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, Yangtze, 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 theGalápagos Island.

Associations:

United States Tour Operators Association; Cruise Lines International Associations, Inc.

Awards:

Travel Weekly Critics AwardTravel Weekly Magellan Awards 2009 Gold Winner/Cruise Ship: Best Overall River Cruising - Avalon Waterways Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2011 Silver Winner - Avalon Waterways Conde Nast Top 5 River Cruise Lines - Avalon Waterways Conde Nast Top 5 River Cruise Lines - Avalon Waterways Conde Nast Traveler Top Cruise Ships 2010 - Avalon WaterwaysTravel Age West WAVE Awards Best New River Cruise Ship - Avalon Luminary

11 days
River Cruise
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 4,059

Highlights

  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
  • Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
  • Choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; time at leisure in Boppard
  • Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt
  • Guided walking tour
  • Guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz
  • Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
  • Guided tour in Nuremberg; transfer to Munich
  • Choice of guided tour of Munich, or full day excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle and the Bavarian village of Oberammergau
  • Your picturesque river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland
  • You’ll sail to Breisach, with your choice of a guided tour of charming Colmar, or an excursion to the Black Forest
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5 days
River Cruise
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 1,649

Highlights

  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Excursion to the Black Forest; Christmas markets
  • Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; Christmas market
  • Guided visit of the castle; see the Great Vat; Christmas markets
  • This Christmas river cruise begins in Switzerland and takes you down the Rhine River to France and Germany, with beautiful passing landscapes and quaint villages festively lit and decorated—a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season!

    Board your ship in Basel, Switzerland, then stop in Breisach, considered the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest
  • An area of unrivaled natural beauty, best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock
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16 days
River Cruise
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 6,698

Highlights

  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
  • Guided tour, visit to La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
  • Choice of visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; time at leisure in Boppard
  • Choice of guided tour in Frankfurt, or guided tour in Seligenstadt
  • Guided walking tour
  • Guided tour, visit to the Bishop’s Residenz
  • Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
  • Full day guided tour in Munich
  • Choice of Nuremberg guided tour, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board
  • Guided walk; beer tasting on board
  • Guided walk
  • Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley
  • Guided sightseeing
  • Guided tour, see Heroes’ Square
  • Your breathtaking river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland
  • You’ll sail to Breisach, your starting point for a Black Forest excursion, and to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way
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16 days
River Cruise
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 5,378

Highlights

  • Guided walk, see the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; Mount Pilatus excursion
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Visit a woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

    Day 5 Strasbourg:
  • Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
  • Guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
  • Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim and enjoy a special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

    Day 8 Cologne:
  • Choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

    Day 9 Amsterdam:
  • Canal cruise

    Day 10 Amsterdam (Disembarkation):
  • Transfer to Paris
  • Europe’s most legendary cities, rivers, and sights await you on this mesmerizing river cruise and land vacation
  • Your adventure begins with two overnights in lovely Lucerne, Switzerland, where a guided walk features the ornate historic homes lining the walled Old Town and Chapel Bridge—the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe
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