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Avalon Waterways 2020-2021 

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Avalon Waterways 2019-2021 Avalon Waterways is a river cruise company owned by the Globus travel companies. Its young fleet of fourteen European river ships is aimed at Australian, New Zealand and North American guests in their 50s or older, as reflected by its cuisine, hotel-style twin beds (or queen), and English-speaking crew. Fares are all inclusive – meals, guides, activities, internet access and tips – providing hotel comforts, as guests arrive at a new destination every day. New features include FlexDining, night fare on request at the bar, and complimentary picnic lunches for guests looking to take their meal off the ship. Cruise only, and if you wish add a pre- or post-cruise tour, or short stays at most any European capital. Cruises of 3- to 26-nights include seasonal themes. All vessels feature a smooth and quiet propulsion system, and outside accommodations on three decks are among the largest staterooms of the river fleets.

All Avalon Waterways Ships 

Ship Name Stars Passengers Launched
Avalon Affinity    0 View Cruises
Avalon Artistry II    128 2013 View Cruises
Avalon Creativity    0 View Cruises
Avalon Expression    166 2013 View Cruises
Avalon Felicity    0 View Cruises
Avalon Illumination    166 2014 View Cruises
Avalon Impression    166 2014 View Cruises
Avalon Luminary    0 View Cruises
Avalon Panorama    166 2011 View Cruises
Avalon Poetry II    128 2014 View Cruises
Avalon Scenery    0 View Cruises
Avalon Tapestry II    128 2015 View Cruises
Avalon Tranquility II    128 2015 View Cruises
Avalon Visionary    128 2012 View Cruises
Avalon Vista    166 2012 View Cruises

Avalon Waterways has an overall score of 4.8 out of 5
based on 19 guests we surveyed after their cruise.

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In Europe special interest itineraries include Wine Appreciation, History, Beer Tasting. Festive Time, Culinary, Jewish Heritage, Gardens & Nature, and Photography. Land tours of nearby countrysides and major cities link with cruises. Avalon tours extend to China’s Yangtze River, the Galapagos Islands (with nearby Peru and Ecuador), Amazon River, the Nile, Ganges River, Vietnam/Cambodia’s Mekong River, as well as overland excursions in the associated countries. Expert tour directors deliver educational, cultural, wildlife and historical backgrounds of the regions. Traveller post-vacation surveys give Avalon a 98% satisfaction rating. Avalon Waterways has earned river cruise operator awards including "Best European river line" in 2019.

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Avalon Waterways — Cruiseline Review Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.

What's included?

  • Land accommodation & travel as specified
  • Gratuities for crew & Cruise Director in Europe
  • 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
  • Gratuities in Egypt, Asia, South America
  • Gratuities for Globus tour Director, drivers, local guides