Set sail on the seven seas and meander along scenic waterways on Avalon's fleet of luxury liners and river-cruising craft. You won't miss a milestone or moment on their purpose-built modern fleet and global network of cruises.

Raising the bar – a philosophy of change. In 2004, Avalon Waterways set out to revolutionise luxury river cruising. We have the resources and inspiration to create a new and different kind of river cruise experience – one that would embrace and celebrate the best this unique mode of travel has to offer and take it to new levels of luxury and service. Our vision was clear – to visit the choicest destinations, cruising through the most magnificent of scenery, exploring history, heritage and culture, all delivered with the ultimate of luxury 5* hotel standard accommodation on board the most modern of ships. Now, with the youngest, most contemporary fleet of award-winning ships in Europe, Avalon Waterways brings you river cruising at its supreme best. We have taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better – down to the very last detail. Luxurious comfort, an uncompromising level of service, sleek and spacious staterooms, fine cuisine and carefully-crafted itineraries along some of the world’s most beautiful waterways are just some of the reasons why our guests have awarded us a 98% satisfaction rating, and why they choose to return, time after time.

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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