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See the World in a Whole New Way with Avalon Waterways® River Cruises

Uniquely experience the world with Avalon Waterways®. For those who prefer to follow their path and have a distinctive way of looking at things, Avalon Waterways offers a river cruise experience with expansive views and wider perspectives.

Wider Openings for the Wide-Eyed

Avalon Waterways has developed a unique feature called Open-Air BalconiesSM that offers an exceptional view to the passengers while sailing. These balconies were designed to create a seamless transition between the outside and inside of the ship. They feature wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows that can open up to seven feet wide, wider than any other windows in river cruising.

Avalon Waterways® River Cruises. Every Meal is a Part of the Journey

Avalon Waterways® River Cruises. Every Meal is a Part of the Journey



Avalon provides an opportunity for those who love to explore and experience new things with its Active & Discovery itineraries on the Rhine, Danube, and Rhone Rivers. These itineraries offer exciting activities like biking, hiking, and European exploration.


With a maximum capacity of 36 guests, Avalon Waterways’ smaller Mekong Suite Ships® can sail into surprising places in Southeast Asia. These intimate ships glide through narrow passageways to get you close to the sights and cultures of villages in Vietnam and Cambodia.


Special interest cruises allow you to explore your passions on vacation. Some of Avalon Waterways’ most popular themed itineraries spotlight the arts, wine, food, beer and music.


Avalon Waterways has redefined cruising by going against the current and away from the ordinary. Delivering unparalleled experiences and boundless exploration, Avalon places guests in the captain’s seat to navigate their journeys, fuel their passions and steer clear of the unexpected as they cruise down the world’s most memorable and mesmerizing waterways. One step aboard our modern, luxurious Suite Ships with the grandest views in cruising, and it’s easy to see how the tides are changing.

Avalon Waterways® River Cruises – Wide Open Wonder – Better by Design

Critics have consistently praised Avalon’s ships’ exceptional elegance and convenience. Guests can enjoy a luxurious experience with all the necessary amenities conveniently at their fingertips.

Boutique hotels inspire the Panorama Suites on board and are available on two full decks of every Suite Ship. They feature the industry’s only Open-Air Balcony® with the widest-opening windows in cruising. Moreover, every Panorama Suite has Comfort Collection beds that face the ever-changing scenery.

Avalon Open-Air Balcony® Suites

Avalon Waterways® River Cruises designed its Open-Air Balconies with the guests’ views in mind. These balconies are the highlight of Panorama Suites on Avalon’s Suite Ships. They feature wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows open 7 feet wide in Europe and 11 feet wide in Southeast Asia.

Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies create a comfortable seating area for six guests and blur the line between outside and inside. They also provide an open invitation to explore and dream. What’s more, open-air balconies do not compromise room space. Instead, they allow guests to enjoy 100% of their Panorama Suite. When guests choose to cruise with Avalon, they can be sure their outlook on the world has never been brighter.

A New View of the Old World – Board Here for Boundless

As Avalon guests set sail down the world’s most legendary waters, they enjoy a curated collection of the most intriguing experiences to immerse in, on board and off.  

Whether our guests want to take a guided walking tour of one of Europe’s great cities, join a cooking class or paddle a canoe, our Avalon Choice® selections offer a wide range of possibilities. With as many as 28 included excursions on their cruising itinerary, the compass is in guests’ hands to choose any direction they desire. 

And, when Avalon cruisers prefer to explore on their own, they have access to all the recommendations, information and gear they need with Avalon Waterways’ Adventure Center and AvalonGO mobile app. So, it makes it easy to take a complimentary bike out for a spin or enjoy freeing experiences in port.

Let’s Dish: Local Flavours, Your Tastes

From hands-on cooking classes and grotto wine tastings off the ship to a menu of possibilities on board, Avalon serves up a new kind of foodie adventure. While we naturally present the signature delicacies of the regions visited on the trip, we enrich the gastronomic journey by offering multiple dining venues and bringing unexpected culinary experiences to the table.  

For instance, Avalon Waterways has teamed up with brothers Karl and Leo Wrenkh – two of Europe’s rising culinary stars – to present the latest concept in “haute cuisine.” With Avalon FreshSM, travellers can guiltlessly indulge in creative dishes with surprising flavours and a dash of innovation. With a philosophy of procuring ingredients to create inspired healthy dishes, Avalon Fresh brings the passing landscape to the plate.  

While savouring the flavours of the world, Avalon Waterways has also opened up a whole new world of possibilities for guests, inviting them to choose where they’d like to dine with FlexDiningSM.   

Whether they choose a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Grill, an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room, a petite plate at the Panorama Bistro or even breakfast in bed, FlexDining offers our guests the opportunity to enjoy their meals in a multitude of venues as well as open dining times, more two-top tables for couples and bar service on the Sky Deck. We even provide complimentary picnic lunches to those interested in taking their dining experience off the ship. 

Avalon Waterways® River Cruises Have Amazing Included

Avalon Waterways offers a unique and immersive travel experience. They provide on-board and on-shore activities, including regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner, on-board entertainment, and enrichment activities. You can also join on-shore excursions with local guides and use their customized mobile app. Avalon offers an all-inclusive experience that allows travellers to personalize their vacation while providing complimentary Wi-Fi and around-the-clock cappuccinos.

A new, unexpected inclusion guests love is our BeWell water stations that not only provide them with endless hydration (while eliminating the need for single-use water bottles on-board) but also give them invigorating, vitamin-infused options like “Green Hope +15,” “Body Guard +15” and “Pink Positive +15” to keep energy up. 

New and exciting devices called AvalonGO Beyond are now available for travellers to use during their vacation. These devices act as a personal “hot spot” and headset, allowing guests to stay connected with friends and family without the need for expensive phone bills. Additionally, guests can use the headset during excursions to stay connected to their Local Guide and the world around them.

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Sail Away From The Ordinary

A vacation to the legendary riverbanks of the world offers travellers a break from the ordinary but not from their extraordinary interests. Avalon Waterways gives travellers the most dynamic offering of “Special Interest” cruises, inviting them to explore their hobbies and passions on vacation.  

From beer and wine to history, photography, culinary and Christmas cruises, Avalon’s Special Interest itineraries complement stories with stout, nature with national icons and images with ever-changing imagery. These passion-filled vacations unite Avalon’s guests with their pastimes and other like-minded travellers.  

Also exclusive to Avalon Waterways’ are the company’s award-winning Active & DiscoverySM cruise itineraries – available on every major river in Europe – that invite guests to enjoy whim-powered cruising. Untethered and full of included options, our innovative Active & Discovery cruises feature extraordinary activities that give travellers the choice they crave on vacation. On these one-of-a-kind cruises, each day, travellers can choose from a selection of included “Active,” “Discovery,” and “Classic” excursions – an average of 23 of them – giving our guests unparalleled opportunities to customize their cruise.” Avalon Waterways’ engaging and energizing collection of Active & Discovery river cruises take place in Holland and Belgium and itineraries that sail on the Upper & Lower Danube, Rhine & Rhône, Seine and Moselle Rivers. 

Experience the Vibrant Energy of Sustainable and Responsible River Cruising

At Avalon, we’re committed to enhancing guests’ cruising experiences while reducing our impact on the world. Taking sustainability to greater depths, we are conserving energy, saving water and limiting waste production across operations, dining and housekeeping on every ship.  

Devoted to reducing, recycling and repurposing at every tour – plus supporting local businesses and the communities we visit – Avalon’s list of green practices is longer than the blue Danube. 

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