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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.


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Avalon Waterways (Globus) Ships

  • Alegria

    Alegria

    Explore Portugal's dazzling Douro River on Avalon's newest addition, Avalon Alegria. The Avalon Alegria delights river cruisers with exceptional experiences and the elegant yet relaxed luxury you've come to expect from Avalon Waterways. Choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, enjoy onboard amenities, exceptional cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Relax and watch the world go by in the Observation Lounge for the perfect vantage point to peruse Portugal's stunning Douro Valley and vineyards.

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  • 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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  • Delfin III

    Delfin III

    The Delfin III is one of the newest luxury vessels cruising Peru's Amazon. On board this 22 all-suite ship, the rainforest is never far away, yet 5-star comforts and conveniences abound on board. Explore one of the wildest and bio-diverse places on earth while enjoying luxury aboard this intimate yet spacious vessel. Spend time relaxing on the open-air sun deck, take a dip in the refreshing plunge pool, or take a cooking class in the indoor lounge. The Delfin III's expert Naturalists guide you to explore the small Amazon tributaries, flooded forests, and jungle villages along the river, and introduce you to the locals who call the Amazon home.

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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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  • MS Farah

    MS Farah

    In Arabic, Farah means Happiness and Joy. In this spirit, you'll sail on the MS Farah-one of Egypt's most elite ships on the Nile. Cruise in style and comfort, while enjoying the mysterious and magnificent sights and experiences only found in the Egyptian landscapes. The MS Farah ship offers 60 deluxe cabins and 2 Royal Suites that feature style and comfort with oversized French balconies that are virtually wall-sized. Avalon insists on the best view and the best crew to treat you like royalty while exploring the treasures of the pharaohs on this Nile River cruise!

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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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  • 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 a river cruise company that offers travelers a unique and unforgettable way to explore the world's waterways. The company has redefined cruising with its innovative and transformative approach that takes passengers off the beaten path and away from the ordinary. With unparalleled experiences and boundless exploration, Avalon Waterways puts guests in the captain's seat to navigate their journey, fuel their passions, and steer clear of the unexpected.

Avalon Waterways' Suite Ships offer guests a modern and luxurious cruising experience with the most impressive views of the water. Their Open-Air Balconies are unparalleled in the industry, with the widest-opening windows, allowing guests to indulge in the stunning scenery. Moreover, guests can enjoy their Comfort Collection beds strategically placed to face the picturesque surroundings. The company's commitment to excellence has been recognized with several awards, making it a top choice for both seasoned travelers and industry experts.

Avalon Waterways offers a curated collection of the most intriguing experiences to immerse guests in both on-board and off-board activities. Guests can see more than just the sea as they explore legendary landmarks and postcard-perfect landscapes, with dock-to-discovery taking mere minutes. The company also presents the signature delicacies of the regions visited, with multiple dining venues and unexpected culinary experiences to enrich the gastronomic journey.

At Avalon Waterways, the crew is devoted to enhancing the cruising experience while reducing the company's impact on the world. Sustainability is a top priority, with energy conservation, water-saving, and waste-reducing practices implemented across operations, dining, and housekeeping on each ship.

Avalon Waterways has a 3:1 guest-to-crew ratio, ensuring guests receive the right amount of anticipation, attention, and space. The crew is devoted without being daunting, focused but not fussy, and supportive without being overbearing. Guests cherish the warmth of the crew members, and the feeling is mutual.

On-board dining experiences are varied, with a focus on local, healthy, and fresh ingredients. Collaborating with renowned Austrian chefs Leo and Karl Wrenkh, pioneers of the healthy dining movement, Avalon Waterways presents exclusive Avalon Fresh selections to its guests. Additionally, the company sources the finest regional wines from local vineyards of the regions they traverse, further enriching the guests' culinary experience.

  • Avalon Waterways is a river cruising company that offers unique and immersive experiences on the world's most legendary waterways.
  • The company's ships have an average of just 150 guests on board, allowing for a more intimate and personalized experience.
  • Avalon Waterways' ships are built to sail on the world's most legendary rivers, including the Danube, Rhine, and Yangtze.
  • The company offers a variety of itineraries, including Christmas Market cruises and wine-themed cruises.
  • The company's ships are designed to sail under centuries-old bridges and dock in charming villages, offering guests an intimate and immersive experience.
  • Avalon Waterways offers a variety of curated experiences both on board and off, allowing guests to pack their passions and explore new cultures with ease.
  • Avalon Waterways emphasizes shore excursions and offers a variety of options, including Classic, Discovery, and Active inclusions.
  • Avalon Waterways' ships offer all-exterior suites, showcasing the views of the world passing by.
  • The company's Suite Ships feature Panorama Suites with Open-Air Balconies that provide guests with unparalleled views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Avalon Waterways has a 3:1 guest-to-crew ratio and provides personalized service to its guests.
  • The company is committed to reducing its environmental impact through sustainable practices in operations, dining, and housekeeping.
  • The company's dining experiences feature local and regional cuisine, as well as healthy options created in collaboration with leading chefs in the healthy dining movement.
  • Avalon Waterways offers a variety of libations, including craft cocktails designed by its award-winning mixologist and local wines produced by the best vineyards in the regions through which the ships sail.
  • The company's beWell water stations promote hydration and reduce plastic use.
  • Avalon Waterways has won numerous awards, including Best River Cruise Line, Best Cabins, and Best Shore Excursions.

Top Reasons To Choose Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises

  • Unforgettable Experiences:  Avalon Waterways offers unparalleled experiences and boundless exploration. The company's modern and luxurious Suite Ships with the grandest views in cruising ensure that you have an unforgettable cruising experience.
  • All-Exterior Suites:  Over 80% of Avalon Waterways' staterooms are Panorama Suites with Open-Air Balconies, showcasing the views of the world passing by. These wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows open up to 7 feet wide in Europe and 11 feet wide in Southeast Asia - wider than any other balconies on the world's rivers and oceans.
  • Dock to Discovery:  With Avalon Waterways, legendary landmarks, and postcard-perfect landscapes are always in view. Dock-to-discovery takes mere minutes, making it easy for you to see more of the world and less of the sea.
  • All-Inclusive Cruising:  Avalon Waterways offers all-inclusive cruising, with everything from regional wines and beer to on-board dining and excursion options included in the price. You'll have everything you need to make the most of your cruise experience without having to worry about additional expenses.
  • Gastronomic Journey:  Avalon Waterways enhances the culinary voyage by providing several dining options, bringing delightful and unique culinary experiences to guests. The company presents the signature delicacies of the regions you visit while offering local, healthy, and sustainable dining options.
  • Small Ships, Big Experiences:  Avalon Waterways' award-winning Suite Ships are built to sail under centuries-old bridges and right up to the charming villages of the Old World with ease. And with an average of just 150 guests on board, their ships promise dock-to-discovery in mere minutes, so you can skip queues and get straight to your "to-dos" when your local guides whisk you away for intimate and immersive excursions on shore.
  • Avalon Choice:  With Avalon Choice, guests can personalize their cruising experience with a range of excursion options, from Classic to Discovery and Active inclusions. This makes it easy for guests to tailor their cruise to their interests and preferred level of activity.
  • Local Flavors:  Avalon Waterways' FlexDining approach to onboard dining experiences brings back the question, "Where should we eat?" The company shares the flavors of the world with fresh local ingredients prepared by talented chefs.
  • Avalon Fresh:  The culinary team at Avalon Waterways collaborates with renowned chefs in the healthy dining movement to offer Avalon Fresh selections. These dishes are exclusively created using the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and suppliers, allowing guests to savor flavorful meals that are both healthy and innovative. With Avalon Fresh, guests can indulge in energizing and nourishing meals without compromising their healthy habits while on vacation.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology:  Avalon Waterways uses state-of-the-art technology on board, including the beWell water stations, which reduce plastic use and promote hydration, and the industry's only Open-Air Balconies, which allow guests to experience stunning views while enjoying the fresh air from their private balcony.
  • Sustainability:  Avalon Waterways is committed to enhancing the cruising experience while reducing its impact on the world. The company is devoted to reducing, recycling, and repurposing at every turn, with a long list of green practices that are longer than the blue Danube.
  • Exceptional Service:  Avalon Waterways has its 3:1 guest-to-crew ratio down to a science, providing guests with the right amount of anticipation, attention, and space to give each guest an exceptional and personalized experience. The crew is devoted, focused, and supportive, ensuring guests feel cherished and appreciated throughout their cruise.
  • Cultural Immersion: With Avalon Waterways, cultural immersion is a top priority. From regional cuisine to unique excursions, guests have the opportunity to experience the local culture firsthand. Onshore activities include guided tours of historic landmarks, culinary experiences with local chefs, and visits to local markets and shops.

Frequently Asked Questions About Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises

  • What is the difference between river cruising and ocean cruising with Avalon Waterways?

    Avalon Waterways offers river cruises that allow guests to sail through some of the world's most legendary rivers. Unlike ocean cruises, river cruises offer guests the opportunity to see the scenic and storied shoreline that is dotted with fairytale villages, rolling vineyards, and towering castles, which are always in view. Moreover, Avalon's award-winning Suite Ships are built to sail under centuries-old bridges and right up to the charming villages of the Old World with ease.

  • How many people can each Avalon Waterways ship accommodate?

    Avalon Waterways offers intimate and luxurious ships that can accommodate up to 166 guests. With an exceptional guest-to-crew ratio of 3:1, guests can expect personalized service and attention to detail throughout their journey.

  • What is included in an Avalon Waterways river cruise?

    Avalon Waterways offers an all-inclusive river cruise experience that includes a range of amenities, such as a daily buffet breakfast with a full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options, and daily specials. Guests can also enjoy daily lunch buffets featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options, and rotating chef's features, including carving & pasta stations.

  • What kind of excursions are offered on Avalon Waterways river cruises?

    Avalon Waterways offers a curated collection of the most interesting experiences to immerse yourself in both on board and off. Onshore excursions are led by certified local guides who provide insider knowledge and behind-the-scenes access to must-see sights. Guests can choose from a range of options, such as Avalon Choice® selections of Classic, Discovery, and Active inclusions that elevate cruising with off-the-chart possibilities.

  • What is the dining experience like with Avalon Waterways?

    Avalon Waterways presents guests with a myriad of dining options, catering to a range of tastes and preferences. From indulgent four-course dinners to complimentary room service that delivers Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner straight to the cabin door, the company provides a diverse culinary experience. Unlike other cruise lines that offer restrictive seating times in limited settings, Avalon Waterways adopts the innovative Avalon FlexDining® approach, giving guests the flexibility to dine as they please. The options include a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Grill, an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled Panorama Dining Room, or a more casual culinary experience in the Panorama Bistro.

  • What are the staterooms like on Avalon Waterways ships?

    Avalon Waterways offers spacious and elegantly appointed staterooms that are equipped with modern amenities, such as flat-screen televisions, premium bedding, and private bathrooms with showers and L'Occitane® bath products.

Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises Customer Reviews

Ratings based off 1,300 reviews about Avalon Waterways (Globus) River Cruises - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only
DB
Donna

Absolutely pleased with the Avalon experience.

CA
Cecil
Reviewed on May 28, 2024

There were adjustments to the itinerary along the way due to high water levels but the Cruise Director and Captain did a great job of adjusting. Avalon also compensated us for the issues even though they were not within their control.

MS
Margaret
Active Discovery on the Seine with Nights in SaintMalo and excursion to Mont St Michel Southbound
4.2/5 - Very Good
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Cruise Line
3
Value for Money
3
Reviewed on May 18, 2024

As a past Viking traveler, with this being my first Avalon trip, I still favor Viking. Both river cruise experiences were comparable but there were some procedural differences that I feel were handled better with Viking. I would travel with either cruise line in the future based on price and/or itinerary.

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Sandra

This was my fifth river cruise with Avalon, and I’ve loved everyone of them. The ship is beautifully designed for travelers; the staff is efficient, enthusiastic, and accommodating; the local guides are knowledgeable; and the food is quite good. I definitely would embark on another cruise with Avalon.

BB
Brian

We found Avalon Waterways to be an excellent experience. The rooms were good sized and well appointed. The food was outstanding and the staff went above our expectations to make the trip comfortable and enjoyable.


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