Beyond your ship is a world waiting to be explored – your way. Whether you prefer to paddle, pedal, paint, or ponder your way through Europe, one thing is for sure. On an Avalon cruise, every adventure is up to you. Choose from extraordinary activities that speak to your passions and pursuits, from in-depth sightseeing to local discoveries and active excursions. Or for the more independent adventure, take plenty of free time to explore on your own— your Avalon Adventure Host can point you in the right direction, and the mobile app can put it all at your fingertips. When it’s time to refuel, your onboard dining options are endless. Choose from options like an alfresco lunch at the Sky Grill, an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room, or a more casual culinary setting in the Panorama Bistro. Whichever you choose, you’ll savour local flavours as well as the familiar favourites you love. Customise your cruise further with pre & post cruise options – from Budapest to Barcelona, Milan to Marseilles, or London to Lucerne, choose from countless combinations of land holidays before or after your itinerary. With 80 cruises to choose from, covering everything from the legendary rivers of Europe to the exotic waterways of Asia, the possibilities are as wide open as the views.

Top five reasons to cruise with Avalon Waterways


  1. Panorama Suites
    Take in sweeping views towards the horizon in one of Avalon's eye-catching Panorama Suites. With opening floor-to-ceiling windows, enjoy the sea breeze in the privacy of some of the largest cabins available on any cruise liner in the world.

  2. Themed cruises
    If you've got a penchant for poetry, enjoy taking time out for a tipple or fancy yourself as a bit of a history buff, then a themed cruise might be just the ticket for you. Avalon offers a vast array of themed cruises catering to a variety of like-minded aficionados.

  3. Delicious dining
    There's no shortage of sumptuous dining on offer on one of Avalon's well-catered cruises, with highly-skilled chefs conjuring up regional and familiar classics. Feel free to indulge in the complimentary wines matched with dinner, as the late breakfast sitting ensures you'll never miss a meal.

  4. Personalised itineraries
    Thanks to 'Avalon Choice,' you can create a personalised daily itinerary for your cruise. Choose your excursions, order your very own food and wine courses and even designate your desired pace of travel based courtesy of Avalon's 'Traditional,' 'Leisurely' or 'Essential' options.

  5. Expansive coverage
    With more than 35 itineraries to choose from, Avalon's reach stretches to all corners of the globe. From a leisurely cruise along the scenic Moselle to an action-packed trip down the Yangtze or a nature-inspired tour to the Galapagos Islands, your cruise options are almost endless.

Avalon Waterways first took to the waters in 2004 and the company has offered top-quality ocean and river cruises ever since. Part of the Globus Family travel network, Avalon's inspiration stems from a desire to combine a modern fleet of ships with a focus on outstanding shore excursions and unforgettable dining experiences. With one of the youngest fleets on the water and a renowned emphasis on quality, Avalon's attention to detail and luxury finishes ensure that passenger comfort is at the forefront of every trip.

Offering 58 distinct global itineraries, Avalon cruises depart from a multitude of ports worldwide. Popular European offerings include special-interest and multi-river cruises along the Rhine, Moselle and Danube rivers, while the Amazon and Galapagos takes on a meaning of its own on a specialised South American cruise. The Mekong Delta in Cambodia and Vietnam and the mysterious Irrawaddy in Myanmar are further options on offer through Avalon's comprehensive global network of cruises.

Who's On Board?

With a focus on boutique river-cruising and highly specialised tours, Avalon is especially popular with couples and travellers looking to indulge in themed cruises.

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