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.

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 SuitesSM, with the widest-opening windows in river cruising, the industry's only Open-Air BalconySM, and beds facing the incredible views. Beyond our wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows is a world just waiting to be discovered with Avalon's unmatched choice of included excursions and activities. Whether you want to enjoy a guided walking tour of one of Europe's great cities, join a cooking class or paddle a canoe, our Avalon Choice® selections of Classic, Discovery, and Active excursions offer a wide range of possibilities. When you prefer to explore on your own, we can help you with all the recommendations, information, and gear you need with our new Adventure Center and AvalonGO Mobile App. When it's time to refuel, your onboard dining options are as wide open as your views, with our new FlexDining® choices. Rise and shine when you please, dine where and when you wish, or take a picnic lunch to enjoy on shore.

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 Fleet

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