You Are Our Inspiration
October 2018 | By Avalon Waterways | 6 minute read |
Since we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited our travellers to be our inspiration. Thanks to our guests, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result? An incomparable cruise experience, including one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites – with innovative Open-Air Balconies® – on the industry’s only Suite Ships®: Unequaled vessels that feature two full decks of 200-and-300-square-foot suites.
On the spectacular ships of Avalon, “included” is one of our favourite words. Spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax – included. Special touches like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner – included. Complimentary WiFi –included. The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides – included. VIP entrance into must-see sites – included. Unique Local FavoritesSM designed to bring a destination to life – included. In addition to everything that is included, we also give your clients the freedom of Avalon Choice® – a different approach to cruising that invites travellers to personalize their trip.
Whether your clients are looking for a romantic minibreak, an in-depth 24-day exploration or something in between, with award-winning Avalon Waterways, they can choose the cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia or South America– their way!
NEW in 2019! Avalon EnvisionSM
The Avalon Envision is the newest addition to the 2019 Avalon Suite Ship fleet. With the youngest fleet of ships on Europe’s waterways, Avalon continues our outstanding commitment to comfortable luxury and excellence with the Envision. 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, with Avalon’s incomparable window-facing "Beds with a View". Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center for bikes and active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and activities. Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile Flex Dining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Library books, cards, and board games are favorites in the Club Lounge, and our Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. 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.
Crew Members: 47
- Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
- Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, shade awnings, & outdoor deck game area
- State-of-the-art fitness center
- Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior
- Convenient Elevator Service
- Elegant, contemporary design
- Outside viewing deck
- Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
- English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director
- Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides
- Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment
- Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
- Sky Deck whirlpool
- Complimentary computer use in public areas
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access
- Onboard Adventure Center with active gear, bikes, Nordic walking sticks, watercraft & maps
- Light lunch & casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
- Behind-the-scenes galley tour
- Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
- Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
- Onshore & Onboard experiences with regional customs, cultures & tastings with local artisans, experts & entertainers
- Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
- Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
- Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro’s tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
- Sky Deck game area
- Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
- Well-stocked library with books, cards, and board games
- Complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and cookies available throughout the day
- Full-size closet mirror
Wider Openings for the Wide-Eyed
If you want to see the world, cruise down its legendary rivers. If you want to see more of the world, look no further than Avalon Waterways. Our Suite Ships feature one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites, with the widest opening windows in river cruising, the industry’s only Open-Air Balcony℠, and beds facing the incredible views.
Avalon Waterways’ proprietary Open-Air BalconiesSM were designed with your views in mind. They were built to blur the line between outside and in by featuring wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling that open seven-feet-wide – wider than any other windows in river cruising.
Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies do not sacrifice room space. Instead, they open each Panorama SuiteSM into an indoor-outdoor living space with comfortable and spacious seating for six that can be enjoyed 100 percent of the time, day or night, in any weather condition.
In addition, unlike other ships sailing the world’s rivers, two full decks of every Suite Ship® in Europe and Southeast Asia feature staterooms with beds that face the windows and the incredible sights river cruising is famous for. Even seasoned travellers have never seen the world like this.
From View to Table.
Savour the Local Flavours of the World.
From morning breakfast to elegant dinners, Avalon frees your taste buds from the ordinary. Using the freshest local ingredients, our talented chefs prepare mouthwatering recipes from the region through which you’re travelling and present them in a variety of inspiring settings. Our FlexDining℠ approach to onboard dining dispenses with strict seating times and limited restaurant options. Choose the onboard dining venue that suits your mood – from a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Grill to an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room. For a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere, take a more casual approach to fine dining while mingling over several satisfying selections in our Panorama Bistro. Whichever table setting you choose, you’ll savour local flavours and the familiar favourites you may crave – as well as our Avalon Fresh menu options – throughout your vacation. On an Avalon cruise, every meal is part of the journey.
A Tasting Menu with a View.
Craving a more casual dinner with a view? Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro’s tasting menu for a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere while mingling over several satisfying selections. Whichever table setting you choose, you’ll savor local flavors and the familiar favorites you may crave – as well as our Avalon Fresh menu options – throughout your vacation. On an Avalon cruise, every meal is part of the journey.
Fresh Air. Fresh Fare.
Avalon Fresh®. Bringing Amazing to Your Plate.
Who says healthy cuisine can’t be amazing? On an Avalon Waterways river cruise, you can take an indulgent vacation without drifting from your healthy habits. You’ll appreciate the choice to eat healthy at every meal with our Avalon Fresh® options – exclusive selections created in collaboration with Austrian chefs Leo and Karl Wrenkh, leaders in the emerging healthy dining movement. With the freshest ingredients from local farms and suppliers, we serve clean, surprising flavours with a dash of innovation. These creative yet wholesome options are available on board at every meal. Whether you’re looking for an energizing juice at breakfast, an artfully crafted salad at lunch, or a high-protein plate at dinner, Avalon Fresh allows you to fuel your ventures – and nutritional values – day or night.
Chart your own course and make your cruise your own with Avalon Choice®.
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way.
Classic: Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
Discovery: We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities designed to speak to your interests – from cooking classes, to painting workshops – to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Active: Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go – from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
In addition, our selection of optional excursions allows you to personalize your experience to suit your individual interests, passions, and style. Or, enjoy plenty of free-time opportunities for independent adventures. We are there to help with suggestions, and our exclusive AvalonGO Mobile App brings it all to life.
Active Discovery Cruises:
Everyone travels to see new things, but many travel to do new things as well. With our Active Discovery river cruises, Avalon offers activities for travellers with varying interests and for all energy and fitness levels. From action-packed experiences and interactive discoveries, to traditional sightseeing, you can tailor a vacation to suit your interests and pace.
Active: Exploration in Motion
For the traveller who thrives on motion and action, Avalon has created a broad menu of energetic excursions. You might find yourself on a jogging tour through Amsterdam, on a biking tour around Vienna, or even on a canoe trip on the Danube. From a climbing trip up to a medieval castle to hiking in the forest, these included excursions pack real get-up-and-go for those who like to do the same.
Discovery: Engaging Experiences
For those who believe that life is about trying new things, Avalon presents an inspiring selection of interactive excursions created for the different kind of “doer.” These hands-on experiences include joining a painting class in Amsterdam, tasting locally produced cheese and beer at an ancient abbey, or saying “good morning” to Vienna on an early-riser walk to a quaint café. Local traditions come to life as you shift from observer to participant in a variety of creative outings.
The Art of Making You Feel at Home.
We don’t just reserve the warmth and comfort for your room on an Avalon river cruise – we carry our welcoming spirit throughout the entire ship and spill it onto shore. From the Captain and Cruise Director to your stateroom attendant and wait staff, we deliver exquisite service that’s professional, approachable, and informative. Our approach is never stuffy, but creates an atmosphere of relaxed luxury – like our casual and comfortable dress code that’s defined only by your individual preference. After all, your comfort is our top priority, both on and off the ship. Our friendly Local Guides are there to greet you at every port with engaging tales that bring you closer to your destination. Whether you’re on board or on shore, we take special care to ensure that you are perfectly taken care of every step of the way.
Exclusive Meets Inclusive.
The right inclusions on board and on shore.
Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Onboard enrichment activities. Onshore excursions with Local Guides. Special onboard entertainment. Even a customized mobile app loaded with navigation and suggestions to fuel your free time. An exclusive experience features all the right inclusions, yet still leaves room for personalization – like our FlexDining℠ options to give you the freedom to choose when and where you dine on board. In addition to little luxuries like complimentary Wi-Fi and around-the-clock cappuccinos, Avalon gives you the greatest luxury of all – the freedom to customize your cruise with endless options and innovative tools.
Small Details. Big Difference.
The Avalon Touch in Every Detail.
When it comes to the little touches, we think big – like your choice of firmness in our exclusive Comfort Collection℠ beds and pillows, the plushest of towels, L’Occitane® bath products atop marble countertops, premium spirits at the upscale bar, and rich Lavazza coffees in the Club Lounge. You deserve the best of everything when you’re on vacation, including what you need to maintain your healthy lifestyle. On our ships, you’ll enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, free bicycles for use in select ports, and a bubbling whirlpool on the Sky Deck awaiting your return.