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Avalon River Cruises 2017 Brochure - Avalon Waterways 2017
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Future sailings, availability and fares for Avalon Poetry II 2017-2019 seasons are currently being updated. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

Life aboard Avalon Poetry II
Avalon Affinity and Avalon Poetry II provide a 10-night cruise on the Saône-Rhône river system (with fast rail and coach connections) between Paris and Côte d’Azur on the Mediterranean. Guests embark and disembark from either end, and en route stop at towns for guided walks and excursions. Sailings extend from early April to early November. Extend your tour at start/end to Barcelona, Nice, Paris or London. Also, special cruises include Jazz and Wine Appreciation. The vessel docks in the heart of towns, where travellers are free to roam as they wish, or follow experienced tour guides. Luxury cruising past such a diversity of historical and cultural sites is impressive. Ask about adding pre- or post-cruise land tours.

This cruise can be linked with a 7-night cruise ex Paris on the Seine, to the Normandy coast of the English Channel. Or, join with a 7-night cruise between Amsterdam and France on the Tranquility II. On all cruises many activities are included, and then there is a selection of optional excursions, visits and activities. Tours are graded as leisurely, traditional and independent. No other destinations, in such close proximity, hold greater attractions for travellers than in Europe. (Some Avalon Scenery cruises are ‘special interest’ – Wine Appreciation.) This vessel is modern and spacious, with the comforts of a fine hotel, but without the need to pack and unpack during your holiday or pay for additional costs. The interior is non-smoking.

Accommodation
The ship has 52 Suites and 12 Staterooms, all spacious and well-appointed. All cabins have quality hotel-style bedding and linen with twin or queen-size beds and bed lamps, bathrobes and slippers, nightly turn down service, ample storage, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, writing desk, minibar, personal safe, controllable AC, hair dryer, shower and L’Occitane bath amenities. Twelve Indigo Deck cabins on the lowest accommodation deck have twin picture windows for viewing near the water line.

Each of the 50 Suites on the upper two decks has expanded river views with panoramic floor-to-ceiling French balconies (sliding glass doors with protective railings). They have a sitting area with sofa, chair and coffee table, and more spacious bathroom facilities. Two Royal Suites with king-size beds and double sinks take river cruising to a new level. There are no single or wheelchair accessible cabins. An elevator services the balcony decks.

Food and Dining
Meals are served in a spacious open-seating dining room. Here you will be welcomed with sparkling wine and canapés, and sent off with a five-course farewell dinner. Breakfast is full buffet with made-to-order egg dishes, with complimentary sparkling wine and fruit juices. Lunch is also buffet-style at the open air Bistro, or in the main dining room. Dinners are four-course regional and Western affairs (and vegetarian options) with complimentary regional wine, beers and soft drinks. Afternoon tea, coffee and sweet treats are served, and converse over social-hour drinks in the Panorama Lounge.

Night fare is served after 10.30 pm. The self-service beverage station supplies complimentary tea, hot chocolate and premium coffees. (In addition to complimentary drinks, an all-inclusive drinks package is available for purchase.) Below decks are two lounges: the forward-viewing Panorama Lounge with bar (and Afternoon Tea); and an outside Observation Lounge. There is a rear-viewing Club Lounge. Continental breakfast and beverage room service is available to all staterooms.

Entertainment
Guests have the service of a Cruise Director, and entertainment includes on-board port talks, complimentary tastings, and performances by local entertainers to introduce you to their cultures. The real entertainment focuses on shore excursions using headsets and led by certified local guides, and you have a personal audio headset so that you miss none of the commentary. Select the level of on-shore activity: Leisurely, Traditional, or Independent, along with a Nordic walking stick. Themed cruises feature wine and beer tasting, art, golf, jazz, provincial cuisines, and festive occasions.

On board while sailing relax on a Sky Deck deck-chair (some under shade), have drinks in the Panorama Lounge to a background of piano entertainment, or make use of the large whirlpool. Health and well-being facilities include a small modern fitness centre and a hair salon. An Internet corner and library are available. Some cruises include land stays and all cruises offer land extensions.





































Explore the decks

Avalon Poetry II deckplans

Avalon Poetry II deckplan

Cabins on Deck 11 (Aloha Deck)

AA
Suite with balcony
AB
Mini-suite with balcony
BB
Outside with balcony
CC
Outside
J
Inside
  • Sofa bed
  • Two pullman beds
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Four pullman beds
  • One pullman bed
  • Connecting staterooms
  • Sofa and pullman bed

Cabins

The ship has 52 Suites and 12 Staterooms, all spacious and well-appointed. All cabins have quality hotel-style bedding and linen with twin or queen-size beds and bed lamps, bathrobes and slippers, nightly turn down service, ample storage, flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, writing desk, minibar, personal safe, controllable AC, hair dryer, shower and L’Occitane bath amenities. Twelve Indigo Deck cabins on the lowest accommodation deck have twin picture windows for viewing near the water line.

Each of the 50 Suites on the upper two decks has expanded river views with panoramic floor-to-ceiling French balconies (sliding glass doors with protective railings). They have a sitting area with sofa, chair and coffee table, and more spacious bathroom facilities. Two Royal Suites with king-size beds and double sinks take river cruising to a new level. There are no single or wheelchair accessible cabins. An elevator services the balcony decks.

Decks
Avalon Poetry II

Avalon Waterways

Ship facts

Star rating: Avalon Poetry II star rating
Maiden voyage: 2014
Number of decks: 4
Tonnage: 0
Cabins: 64
Passenger capacity: 128
Number of crew: 37

What's onboard? ▼

  • Tour Director, English on board
  • All outside Deluxe cabins
  • Suite Ship open-air balconies
  • Outside deck, shaded
  • Gift shop
  • Gratuities onboard included
  • DINING
  • Dining, open seating, single sitting
  • Buffet b’fast & lunch
  • Regional dinner wines, beer complimentary
  • B’fast sparkling wine
  • Indoor & outdoor bistros
  • Room service, breakfast
  • Drink packages
  • Hot drinks complimentary
  • Afternoon tea
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Sky Lounge
  • Observation Lounge
  • Bar
  • Lectures, local entertainment
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Shore excursions, audio headset, Certified guides
  • Choice of sight-seeing pace
  • Whirlpool, 6 persons
  • Skydeck game area
  • Hair salon
  • Fitness centre
  • Library
  • Wi-Fi ship-wide complimentary
  • OTHER
  • Elevator (not lowest deck)
  • Cabin power 220V
  • Laundry (pay)
  • Destination guidebook
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Land accommodation & travel as specified
  • Gratuities for Cruise director, crew, local guides & excursion drivers
  • On-shore hotel taxes, service charges, luggage handling, maids, guides
  • Breakfast, lunch, four-course dinner
  • A local chef specialty dinner every cruise
  • Single sitting, open-seated dining
  • Soft-drinks at lunch, wine and beer at dinner
  • Self-serve coffee, hot/ice tea, hot chocolate, ice water
  • Five-course welcome dinner
  • Captain’s reception with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Afternoon tea, Night Fare
  • In-cabin continental breakfast at no charge
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Guest Services for bookings etc.
  • Onboard newsletter
  • Nordic walking sticks
  • Shore excursions & meals as specified
  • Fully hosted shore excursions, wireless headsets
  • Internet access & Wi-Fi complimentary

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Optional excursions in start/end cities (pre-book)
  • Drinks & Celebration packages (pre-order)
  • Room service menu items (unless specified)
  • Bar expenses & snacks
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry charges (unless self-serve)
  • Phone/facsimile charges
  • Phone/facsimile on some ships (pay)
  • Children under eight years (for Family Travel, under 5 years)
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
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Natalya was fantastic and couldn't do enough to assist us in planning a cruise for 26 people to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday."

Reviewer: Peter S, NSW
Date: 4 December 2015
Rating: 10

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