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Avalon Waterways River Cruises are brought to you by the Globus Family of Brands. Avalon Waterways sets the standard in river and small-ship cruising with the newest fleet, the most included shore excursions, the widest range of choices and extraordinary itineraries. Experienced travelers agree that an Avalon Waterways (Globus) river cruise is one of the most enjoyable and hassle-free ways to discover a destination. Avalon Waterways offers river-cruise itineraries in Europe, China, Egypt and the Galapagos Islands. *Save up to 50% on select itineraries. Our cruises have amazing low prices. Please call or submit a quote request for details.

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Avalon Waterways (Globus) Ships

  • Artistry II

    Artistry II

    The Avalon Artistry II delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an expanded fitness center a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful open-air bistro.

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  • Envision

    Envision

    The Avalon Envision is the newest addition to the 2019 Avalon Suite Ship fleet. Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard. Avalon's outstanding commitment to comfortable luxury and excellence with the Envision.

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  • Expression

    Expression

    The Avalon Expression sets sail in Europe, adding to the unique offering of Suite Ships. The Expression's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite.

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  • Ganges Voyager

    Ganges Voyager

    The pioneering Ganges Voyager takes you back in time with the grace and style of the colonial era with wood furniture and hand-stenciled murals. From the air-conditioned indoor lounge to the outdoor lounge, you'll find plenty of seating and spots to relax. You'll never feel cramped or crowded. Plus, the indoor lounge features large windows, so no matter where you sit, you'll always have a great view.

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  • Illumination

    Illumination

    The Illumination's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite.

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  • Imagery II

    Imagery II

    Avalon Waterways (Globus) Imagery II, continues all of Avalon's outstanding Suite Ship traditions with two full decks of Panorama Suites, wall-to-wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, alternative light dining options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro, and an expansive Sky Deck with whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, and shade system.

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  • Impression

    Impression

    The striking Avalon Impression graces the waters of Europe's Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. The Impression features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery.

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  • Panorama

    Panorama

    Avalon Waterways (Globus) Panorama is a very unique 'Suite Ship,' it is the first of its kind in the industry - with two full decks of suites featuring a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window that transforms the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. As you cruise through Europe's finest rivers - the Danube, Rhine, or Main - enjoy the fresh breeze and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. This ship will set the standard that all luxury river cruise vessels will follow.

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  • Passion

    Passion

    The Avalon Passion welcomes passengers to their home-away-from-home with two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform into a unique Open-Air Balcony. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access, complimentary computer use at the Internet Corner, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, a hair salon, elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare. 

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  • Poetry II

    Poetry II

    New to the legendary waters of Europe, the Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Poetry II features two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony.

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  • Saigon

    Saigon

    The Saigon has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features you expect, yet it retains the colonial charm fitting to Vietnam and Cambodia. While the number of guests on the ship may be small, the ship isn't. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there is plenty of seating and spots to relax. With Avalon, Saigon becomes your home away from home. 

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  • Siem Reap

    Siem Reap

    The Avalon Siem Reap was specifically designed to offer an intimate experience, so you can truly immerse yourself in the culture, people, and sights along the Mekong River. Time on board delivers a refreshing outdoor experience, as all suites open to the outside. The design also allows her to be the only ship in the industry cruising all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (or vice versa). This eliminates over 7 hours of motorcoach travel time to and from your ship, which means you get to enjoy more cruising!

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  • Tapestry II

    Tapestry II

    The Avalon Tapestry II is a true haven on the river - two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With plenty of onboard amenities, services and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.

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  • Tranquility II

    Tranquility II

    The Avalon Waterways (Globus) Tranquility is another ship that feature the Silent Drive System (SDS). With the navigational bridge located in the stern, behind the passenger section, more room is allowed for a spacious interior design. The ship's lounge and restaurant, located in the front of the vessel, offer fine cuisine, regional wines, and magnificent, unobstructed views of the passing landscape.

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  • View

    View

    The Avalon View is the newest addition to the Avalon Suite Ship fleet. With the youngest fleet of ships on Europe's waterways, Avalon Waterways continues their outstanding commitment to comfortable luxury and excellence with the View. Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games-against a backdrop of Europe's most spectacular scenery.

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  • Visionary

    Visionary

    The Avalon Visionary Suite Ship cruising along Europe's glorious Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. The Visionary delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes.

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  • Vista

    Vista

    The Avalon Vista features two full decks of suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery.

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Learn More About Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises

Avalon Waterways is one of the most luxurious river cruise operations in the world, specializing in some unique destinations, and world class guest service. You simply need to see it to believe it. Having been in operation for many years, Avalon Waterways knows what it means to provide a vacation experience that you will leave you absolutely speechless. They have access to hundreds of ports around much of Europe, Africa, Asia, and even North America. Their incredible crew will have you completely relax and wanting for nothing during your stay aboard any one of our incredible luxury cruise ships. On average you will generally have 1 crew member for every 3 people onboard, meaning you will never need to wait or want for anything, with our team ready to assist you with anything that you may need. Their specialists and tour guides offer you some of the best in the way of insider travel, giving you access to places that are otherwise unreachable to tourists. They are knowledgeable in every aspect of the areas that we will be visiting and are ready to answer any questions that you may have. Whether you are looking for the next shopping area or simply want to know where to grab a quick bite near to the ship, they are ready to assist you in any what that they can. Their ships are what set them apart from other companies. While most ships offer you decent views from your rooms, they are one of the few cruise lines that offer you a fully unencumbered view from your stateroom. With our incredible wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, you will be able to see absolutely everything there is to see while we are travelling and will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the cities and ports where they dock. They have a wide variety of travel routes that can be chosen from, giving you almost complete control over your vacation destinations. Their incredible team of customer service representatives and agents are ready to assist you any time, day or night, with any questions that you may have. If you aren't really sure where you want to go, they can help you make an informed decision so that you can start planning your next incredible vacation with Avalon Waterways River Cruises.

  • Incredible tour company that has river cruises in many various locals around the globe.
  • Some of the best ships that you will find anywhere, with incredible staterooms and state of the art engineering and architectural features.
  • Plenty of space on the ship with a limited capacity of guests, making your stay more enjoyable.
  • Amazing guest service to make your trip a relaxing and unforgettable one.
  • Knowledgeable tour guides to take you to places that you may have never even known of before.
  • Specialized onboard itinerary items such as wellness classes, dancing, and other activities.
  • The most incredible food you will find onboard any ship.
  • Numerous travel awards including the Cruiser's Choice and Traveler's Choice.

Top Reasons To Choose Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises

  • Specializing in luxury travel experiences, they are always striving to enhance your travel experiences.
  • Unpack once and never worry about anything else while you are with us enjoying your stay.
  • Quick embarkation and disembarkation mean more time to explore, and quicker access to the ship for anything you may need from us or your room.
  • Smaller accommodations mean a more spacious and uncrowded experience all around. 
  • Incredible windows in each stateroom offering you a fully unencumbered view of the bypassing scenery.
  • Incredible personalized experience, offering you a more family-like experience.
  • Knowledgeable cruise managers and tour guide, offering you the best guided experiences that you can find.
  • Excursions available for every comfort level. From walking tours, to guided biking tours, and even hikes.
  • Smaller tour groups, often 10-15 guests, means more personal attention.
  • Dining experiences like no other, offering you incredible food options for each meal of the day.

Frequently Asked Questions About Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises

  • What kind of trips can I take with you?

    The trips that you can book with Avalon Waterways are endless; you just have to make the difficult decision of deciding where you want to go! Whether you are thinking about travelling through Europe, Africa, Asia, or even North America, we have some incredible cruise options available to you. If you are unsure as to where you would like to go, then let any one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives get you started by showing you some of our more popular options.

  • How much would a tour cost?

    The cost of your tour is dependent on a few different factors, including your choice of destination and the length of time that you wish to travel for. Your excursions and tour options are also taken into consideration during the pricing of your trip. Some trips can start as low as $2,500, while some can increase to $4,000 or more. The important thing to remember is that this price includes all of your meals and your lodging. When you take that into account, the prices are reasonable and affordable.

  • Can I take my family with the guide and not be stuck with other people?

    We understand that sometimes the idea of vacationing with strangers can be less than ideal, and we are happy to make any accommodations you request providing we are able to do so. We have no issue providing you and your family with a personalized tour experience, without other guests, as long as we have the tour guides available. Family requests are taken on a first come, first served basis.

  • Can I tell the agent what I want out of the trip?

    Absolutely! Our agents are standing by to help you decide on the best trip for you. If you are unsure about what you are looking for, or where you are looking to go, our team can help you narrow out your options and help decide on the perfect place for you. Simply give them a call and start listing off items that you look for in travel and tours and let them do the rest!

  • Do they have support that can help me regardless of what time?

    The desire to travel can often hit at any time of the day, and as such, we have customer services representatives ready and willing to take your call at any time of the day or night. If there are any questions that need to be asked to supporting providers you may be asked to wait until the following business day for an answer, but those circumstances are extremely rare. In most cases, our agents are able to answer every question you have and book your trip regardless of the time of day.

  • What do the guides do for you?

    The guides offer you a more in-depth look into the places that you are travelling. Perhaps you are choosing to revisit a place that you have already been; we can guarantee that our guides will show you things that you may have missed before or didn't have the chance to see. They are knowledgeable in everything that you will see on your trip and are available for any questions that you may have as well.

  • Do they have specialists that are working in each place?

    Yes, we do. We believe that each and every trip should be completely unique and unlike any other, which means having specialists in each place to ensure a truly unique and enriching experience.

  • What type of way can you travel when you are traveling through Avalon Waterways?

    Your first mode of transport will likely be a commercial plane to bring you to the first port of departure, and then the cruise for the remainder of the trip. However, while on location in each port, you can expect to be shuttled around by car, bus, train, or even ferry in some cases. Each mode of transportation while on the cruise is covered by the initial cost. If you choose to venture on your own, then you will incur the cost of transportation that you need.

  • Who customizes the itinerary or things you are going to do ahead of time?

    Our knowledgeable agents and crews all plan the itinerary ahead of time, ensuring that you know all the details at the time of your booking. Some items may change throughout the year to make room for more seasonal items and events in each location that we believe you won't want to miss. Rest assured that we are packing the most into your vacation as we possibly can!

  • Where do you stay while you are at the destinations?

    That is the best part of the cruise option for vacationing, your room travels with you. When you arrive on the ship, you will unpack in your stateroom and not have to worry about packing up until your final disembarkation from the ship. In each port you will be able to explore, enjoy your tours, take part in exciting excursions, and rest easy knowing that you have a comfortable bed and lodging waiting for your inevitable return to the ship.

  • Why is Avalon Waterways known as an ‘insider’ travel experience?

    The inside experience is something that Avalon Waterways river cruises prides itself in. We offer you some of the most unique and interesting travel experiences while in each port. By cruising with us our tours are able to take you to places that are otherwise unreachable to tourists. Some events and attractions are only available to the locals, but our insider experience grants you access to most, if not all, of these exciting things.

  • Is there a single supplement that can be used for travelers who are solo?

    There is a single supplement that can be used if you choose to travel solo. We believe that anyone should be free to travel, and we ensure that a great time will be had by all who choose to travel with us, regardless of party size.

  • On average, what is the group size like?

    The group size is dependent on the cruise option that you are looking to take part in, but on average our groups sizes are roughly 130-150 passengers per ship. We also take pride in having an abundance of crew available, often having 1 crew member to every 3 passengers onboard.

Health and Safety Protocols on Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Avalon Waterways' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Avalon Waterways has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Avalon Waterways' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Avalon Waterways' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

WELCOME ABOARD

New embarkation procedures to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including:

  • Social distancing throughout embarkation
  • Mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests and crew
  • Luggage disinfection prior to onboarding (with crew wearing gloves and masks)

FRESH AIR, INSIDE AND OUT:

In addition to Avalon Waterways' Open-Air staterooms, the air in the ships is not circulated between staterooms; only within an individual stateroom and mixed with fresh, outside air.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE:

New social distancing guidelines for guests throughout their Avalon cruise include:

  • Reducing ship capacity as required for more space on board per guest
  • Introducing more dining venues for more dining space per person
  • Crew wearing masks for the duration of the cruise during any guest interaction
  • Providing masks for guests to wear during any event where social proximity could become an issue, including disembarkation for excursions and safety drills
  • Adjusting ratio of guides and coaches for excursions, as required

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS:

  • Electrostatic disinfecting systems
  • UV disinfecting systems

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS:

Reducing risk with hands-free service, including:

  • More hand-sanitizing stations throughout the ship
  • Required use of hand-sanitizing stations when leaving the ship, returning to the ship and entering dining venues as well as entering each public/common space
  • Self-serve stations, including buffets, drinks, specialty coffees and snacks have been replaced with crew service
  • All buffets (breakfast and lunch) replaced by a full range of á la carte menu choices
  • Hourly (or more frequent) disinfection of all public areas

COMMITMENT TO THE CLEANEST SHIPS:

Enhanced cleaning procedures throughout each ship, including these additional steps that go above-and-beyond Avalon’s already strict procedures:

  • Deep disinfection of each stateroom between cruises, including:
    • Use of disinfectants and cleaning materials that meet the highest standards
    • Soft goods in each stateroom (mattress, sofa, window coverings, chairs, etc.) disinfected between cruises
  • Disinfection of all dining areas between meals
  • Disinfection of all shared items like umbrellas, bicycles and other Adventure Center items
  • Disinfection of all goods prior to loading on the ship
  • Ongoing crew training in protective equipment use and hygiene

FOCUS ON CREW HEALTH:

Ensuring a healthy crew, including:

  • Medical certificate required prior to start of contract
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Social distancing in crew living quarters
  • Regular health screenings

Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises Customer Reviews

Ratings based off 1,085 reviews about Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only
KK
Kenneth
Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River With Bangkok - Northbound 2020
5/5 - Excellent
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Cruise Line
5
Value for Money
5
Reviewed on Feb 03, 2020

Great trip for cultural experiences with local people, customs and way of life.

DH
Donna
Reviewed on Nov 30, 2019

Avalon River Cruise was wonderful. Accommodations, meals and crew were all amazing. The only negative was the bus tours to the Christmas Markets which falls on the tour guides. They did not take into consideration the passengers ability to keep up with the tour and spent too much time on other aspects of the tour and rushed us through the markets. Would be better if the bus dropped us off and the markets and let us walk around and tell us up front a meeting place to return to the ship.

AW
Adrienne

Our river cruise was excellent especially visiting Omaha Beach which was the highlight of the whole experience. We enjoy meeting people from all over the world. The food was superb and our room was very comfortable.

DZ
Diann

Love Avalon river cruises. This was our third and we love it!!

JR
Janet

The ship is beautiful and the rooms very comfortable. Avalon seems to attract a very friendly and social group of travelers. It is also welcoming to the solo traveler.


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