Discover Avalon Waterways

Top 5 Reasons to Cruise on Avalon Waterways
  • Panorama Suites on Suite Ships, featuring Open-Air Balconies, and beds angled to face the view outside the wall-to-wall windows
  • Spacious staterooms featuring Comfort Collection premium bedding, bathrobes, slippers and L'Occitane amenities
  • Complimentary sparkling wines (at breakfast), soft drinks (at lunch) and wines and beer (at dinner) on European itineraries
  • Complimentary shore excursions in each port – provided by Globus, Avalon’s 85+ year experienced parent company
  • Complimentary audio headsets, with shore excursions, for a personalized tour experience
  • Complimentary wi-fi & internet service onboard
  • Conde’ Nast Award winning river cruise line and one of Europe’s youngest river cruise fleets
*Features vary by ship.

About Avalon Waterways
In 2004, excited by the promise of river cruising, we were determined to invigorate the experience that, at the time, was characterized by older ships, limited space and land excursions operated as an afterthought. We were inspired to create a different kind of river cruise experience—one that would embrace and celebrate everything special about the travel style, so we unveiled Avalon Waterways.

With the launch of our very first ship, Avalon's inspired design innovations became the new standard, including the introduction of floor-to-ceiling windows and French balconies on two decks of every Avalon vessel. We developed a Silent Drive System (SDS) for the stern of each ship to ensure our travelers the most quiet cruise experience possible. We were also the first to bring a larger stateroom with deluxe hotel-style amenities to an entire fleet. And, we elevated interior design from classic and traditional to contemporary and bright.

Maybe it's our Swiss heritage that gives us our passion for details, but we're the only river cruise operator that's personally involved from ship design to delivery – and every point in between. From meticulous millwork to hand-applied finishes, from designer lighting to enhanced soundproofing, from the conception and flow of the lounges to the placement of the windows, our ships are thoughtfully designed and appointed with materials praised for their quality, beauty and functionality. And, that's just on our ships.

When designing our new Panorama Suites on our Suite Ships, we focused on creating the best possible use of space for each stateroom, to maximize views and comfort for our guests. Our Panorama Suites account for 80% of the staterooms on Avalon’s Suite Ships and offer:
  • Open-Air Balconies with each stateroom pushed all the way out to the end of the ship so guests can slide the doors wide open and enjoy the feeling of sitting comfortably outside
  • A wall of windows to take in spectacular views
  • A table in front of the wall-to-wall windows that raises up for cocktails and dinner or down when it’s not in use
  • Comfort Collection Beds with fine linens and choice of pillows
  • Bathrooms with larger showers, marble countertops, premium fixtures, and L’Occitane amenities
  • Plush robes, slippers, stocked mini-bars, and complimentary bottled water

Off our ships, our award-winning land programs transform tourists into travelers and storytellers and help them truly experience each destination with guided sightseeing in every port (complete with headsets), engaging port lectures, VIP access into key destinations, no waiting in lines and great cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.

Year after year, thanks to the continuous feedback and encouragement of our travelers, Cruise Directors and travel agent partners, Avalon Waterways has unveiled new ships, amenities and experiences that set the standard in river cruising. Our views are panoramic and spaces large and inviting; comfort is king and dining is for your taste. And, thanks to our heritage through Globus, our itineraries are legendary.

Like the very rivers we travel, Avalon is continually moving forward, making improvements and embracing the world beyond. And it's this approach – our drive to exceed guest expectations by pushing the boundaries of the river cruise experience – that makes us not only the most contemporary cruise line on Europe's waters, but also the most consistent.

Did You Know
Fun Facts About Avalon’s Suite Ships:
  • You could post 1,408 of your favorite vacation Polaroids on one floor-to-ceiling, Wall-to-Wall Panorama Window. If every passenger did this on their suite windows, they could view 92,928 pictures.
  • One hundred (100) cruisers could fit in one 200-square foot Panorama Suite – Let the cocktail party begin!
  • The 304 windows used on the Suite Ships provide the best views available on the world's most picturesque rivers could create an all-weather glass encasement for Lady Liberty (most of the windows measure ~11-feet x 7-feet).
  • Industry experts say that the average television screen size could reach an unprecedented 60-inches in American households by 2015. The ultimate HD experience (floor-to-ceiling Wall-to-Wall Panorama Windows measuring 132-inches x 96-inches, showcasing Europe's passing landscapes) will be available in suites. And, these monster "screens" come complete with fresh air.
  • The average European river cruise ship balcony is used 150 hours a year (and that's being generous). The Open Air BalconyTM in each Suite can be enjoyed 8,760 hours a year – at any time of day, in any weather condition.
  • With beds angled to face the panoramic views as you sail, you'll never miss a thing.
  • The typical cruise ship balcony fits two to five passengers comfortably; the approximately 50-square foot Open-Air BalconyTM on Avalon's new Suite ships allow for a 15-person social gathering.
  • Each Suite bathroom is large enough to fit 1,512 folded, luxury robes: Robes are available on all of Avalon's European ships.
  • Suites are, on average, 30 percent larger than the standard industry stateroom.
  • The Suite Ships boasts 1,550% more suites than any other river cruise vessel on Europe's waters (it's the first ship of its kind!).

Life On-Board
It's about you. You are the reason we've used our 85-plus years of travel expertise to design the very best river cruise experience. Inspired by you, we've taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better. Views become epic. Spaces become inviting. Dining becomes personalized. Itineraries become legendary.

Inspired Dining

In addition to providing travelers the chance to immerse themselves in each destination they visit, we help them enjoy local cuisines, inspired by local ingredients and created by some of Europe's most highly skilled chefs, as well as regional wines on board our ships.

With help from our top European chefs, we offer cruisers the dining experience they crave. Some of the highlights of dining on Avalon Waterways include:
  • Each dinner features a specialty dish from each destination, paired with a regional wine which is complimentary, and selected by a professional sommelier
  • A local chef on each cruise who prepares a dinner offering flavors and ingredients from the culture of each destination
  • The new Panorama Bistro aboard Avalon's Suite Ships, offering regional and tapas-style dishes paired with local wines
  • Extensive buffets for breakfast and lunch
  • Avalon Choice Dining, where guests choose their dining experience and venue at no extra charge

Inspired Enrichment

Having the most thoughtfully designed, newest ships in the industry isn't the only advantage of Avalon. We tailor experiences too. Our handpicked Cruise Directors and Certified Local Guides in Europe, China, Egypt and the Galápagos Islands are the best in the business, and these shore excursions are included at no extra charge. The pace of your tour is up to you, and you can rest assured that you will find an excursion to fit your needs. Avalon’s relationship with Globus – an award-winning tour company with more than 85 years of experience and 300 staff in 65 countries around the world – means that you will have the newest, most exciting options to choose from.

Avalon's inspired, 360-degree, engaging cruise experiences afford travelers the chance to immerse themselves into a destination and culture thanks to award-winning land programs and world-class guides. Our Egyptologists (along the Nile), Naturalists (in the Galápagos), Cruise Directors (in Europe Southeast Asia and China) and special guest lecturers also offer them a vast onboard educational program, giving cruisers the chance to soak in the history and culture of a region as they drift from village to village or island to island.

Onboard, be sure to engage in activities such as:
  • Movie nights
  • Beer and wine tastings
  • Demonstrations by local artisans
  • Presentations by local experts about the areas you are visiting on your cruise
  • Entertainment by local professionals to further immerse you in the culture of the region

Inspired Comfort

We have always provided river cruisers the most spacious staterooms in Europe. Our entire fleet features Avalon Deluxe Staterooms that are, on average, 15 percent larger than the competition. Now, with the introduction of our trio of Panorama-style Suite Ships, we're not only offering cruisers our award-winning Avalon Deluxe Staterooms, we're featuring newly designed 200-square foot Panorama Suites and 300-square foot Royal Suites, offering cruisers even more room to relax and take in 360-degree views of Europe.

Panorama Suites offer:
  • Staterooms that are 30 percent larger than the average river cruise stateroom
  • Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall views
  • Largest standard windows in river cruising – 50% larger than industry standard
  • Open-Air Balconies where your room is pushed all the way out to the edge of the ship
  • Beds that face the window to take in the views
  • Large, luxurious bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling granite tiles and L’Occitane bath products
  • Premium bedding (Comfort Collection beds) in all staterooms, fleet-wide, on Europe itineraries

Fellow Passengers
At Avalon Waterways, it’s our goal and commitment to make sure every traveler enjoys their cruise. Avalon has received numerous industry awards, as well as outstanding feedback from cruisers. Also, as part of the Globus family of brands, cruisers can join a frequent traveler club call Journeys Club and receive Avalon Waterways benefits.

"I was amazed at the size of the suites. The way the suites were configured with the beds and the bathrooms being placed in certain ways, and the color schemes – it just seems like you have a lot of room. Also, it was very smart as far as storage availability.”

“There is a lot of opportunity to explore somewhat untapped areas. A lot of villages were started along the rivers, and the primary way to get into them is by river boat. It's all about the experience."- Lisa B

"There are certainly all the advantages of being on the river. For the Panorama in particular, the food was sensational. I really thought the history and – for lack of a better term – port lecturing was outstanding. It was actually a highlight to get that information while cruising."- Greg N.

"A river-cruising vessel (Avalon Panorama) with an oceangoing soul, thanks to generously sized cabins and thoughtful touches like sliding glass doors that turn your room into a balcony of sorts. Book one of the 64 clean-lined, 200-square-foot Panorama suites. Interiors are modern in a palette of crimson and white, and even the simplest cabin categories are stocked with Egyptian-cotton linens and L'Occitane amenities. The main lounge and boîte have floor-to-ceiling windows, which means you don't have to abandon your cocktail and run out to the deck to see - or risk missing - the castle looming on the riverbank."- Travel & Leisure
Smoking Policy
Smoking is restricted to certain areas of the cruise ship. On European river cruise ships, smoking is allowed only on the outside decks.

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Explore the Ships
In order to deliver a cruise unlike any other, Avalon Waterways is constantly evolving the onboard experience, adding intriguing features - and exciting new ships - every year! For 2015, they're adding two more European river cruise Suite Ships® to the fleet. Joining the Artistry II®, Expression®, PanoramaSM, Visionary®, VistaSM, Illumination®, ImpressionSM, and Avalon Poetry II®, the gorgeous Avalon Tranquility II® and Tapestry II® will grace the legendary waters of Europe. So, what makes a Suite Ship® so sweet? Avalon's exclusive Panorama Suites - exquisite accommodations with more space to stretch out and enjoy your cruise, innovative room configuration to highlight every view, and a huge Open-Air Balcony® that provides an indoor/outdoor seating area without sacrificing room space. Plus, there's Avalon Choice®...for a uniquely customizable river cruise adventure.

Journeys Club
Journeys Club is the frequent travelers club for the Globus family of brands. Through it, we reward our frequent travelers with attractive perks. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for traveling with us.

Members receive a host of benefits, including repeat traveler discounts, privileged access to travel information within the Globus family of brands in advance of the general public, exclusive promotions, special perks, partner discounts and customized service.