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Cruises with Avalon Waterways

Since 2004, US-born Avalon Waterways has offered unforgettable luxury river cruising. Its can-do attitude and innovative engineering has helped to launch a contemporary fleet of vessels onto the world's rivers. From relaxing onboard to exploring onshore, an adventure with Avalon Waterways is one you'll remember for years to come.

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Avalon Waterways: Life on-board

  • Total cruises 245
  • Fleet: 12 Ships
  • Destinations: 1
Travellers choosing Avalon Waterways for their river cruise adventure can expect an onboard experience which features impeccable service, exquisite cuisine from morning until evening, and regional entertainment which showcases the destinations.

Shore Excursions

Courtesy of Avalon Waterways' well-organised shore excursions and small ships, guests will get the chance to explore fantastic ports of call along their chosen river. With many activities to choose from, as well as the option to explore alone, enjoy your time ashore at your own pace.


With Avalon Waterways, dining is yet another unforgettable part of your river cruise, giving you the chance to try expertly prepared dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. The fleet’s flexible dining approach allows travellers to enjoy a menu that suits their tastes and appetite, whether it’s a continental breakfast, alfresco lunch on the sky deck, lighter fare in the Panoramic Bistro (onboard Suite Ships) or an elegant four-course meal.

What's more, unique ‘Local Favourites’ are an aspect of all Avalon’s river cruises, enriching the experience through the palate as well as through the excursions. Professional sommeliers ensure wine pairings are regional and perfectly matched, and accomplished chefs use top quality local produce. A local chef is also brought onboard to prepare a special, signature dinner during every cruise, too.


As part of the ‘Local Favourites’ programme, Avalon’s entertainment is often based on what region you are travelling through, and ensures local culture and customs are brought to life, both onboard and off. You will find varied entertainment, including movie nights, local musicians and piano music in the lounge, or simply sit back with a drink in hand and soak up the views amongst like-minded guests.


From onboard lectures and presentations, to expertly guided shore excursions, Avalon’s enrichment programme complements the region you’re travelling through perfectly. Embrace the local customs and cultures with educational commentaries, and learn a new skill that the area specialises in - from Tai Chi on the Yangtze, to a culinary masterclass on the Rhone.

You will also find a complimentary internet corner and Wi-Fi access on all Avalon ships, so that you can stay connected with loved ones back home. A well-stocked library will keep bookworms happy, while the onboard fitness centre will appeal to those who love to stay active. Deck games are also available on newer ships.

On newer ships, you will find the Sky Deck shade system to allow you to enjoy the beautiful weather, including premium lounge chairs and whirlpool (all European ships). Ship-specific facilities including spas offering a range of massages and treatments, indoor swimming pools (Century ships), biking excursions and the use of Nordic walking sticks are also available.

Avalon Waterways Ships

Boasting a large fleet, every Avalon Waterways' ship provides an experience akin to that of a five star hotel, meaning guests can enjoy modern, sleek décor with spacious rooms and views of the beautiful landscapes wherever they are.

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Avalon Waterways Destinations

Whether you want to stay closer to home with a beautiful cruise along the rivers of Europe, or head further afield on an exotic adventure, Avalon Waterways has an itinerary to suit whichever holiday you're looking for.

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Peave of Mind Travel Plan

Move any 2021 bookings, to a different 2021 or 2022 departure at no additional charge. Notice of change must be given by the final payment date. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you apply for full cancellation. 2022 bookings can also be moved to a 2021, 2022 or 2023 departure for the duration in which Covid-19 is determined to still be affecting travel in your country.

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Avalon Waterways Covid-19 safety measures

  • Before Cruising

    To reduce the onboard risk, at embarkation guests will undergo health screenings and temperature checks, and luggage will be disinfected before embarking.

  • Onboard

    Once onboard, there will be more hand sanitising stations located across the ship, which must be used when disembarking, boarding and before entering any public spaces. There will also be hands-free service onboard, with self-service stations and buffets being replaced with table service.

  • Cleaning

    Cleaning procedures onboard Avalon Waterways have been enhanced, with electrostatic and UV disinfection systems being used. There will also be deep cleaning of staterooms between cruises, disinfection of dining areas between meals and frequent cleaning of shared items such as bikes, as well as cleaning of public areas at least hourly.

  • Crew

    Crew health is extremely important, so all crew must present a medical certificate before the start of their contract, undergo regular health screenings and temperature checks, and maintain social distancing in crew areas. They will also be trained in hygiene procedures and how to use protective equipment.

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