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Avalon Waterways


Avalon Waterways
Avalon cruises provide some of the most exciting river and small-ship trips across the world, with over 80 years’ experience planning and executing such unique vacations. Avalon Waterways are continuing to expand too, with one of the most modern fleets around and more new ships set to join in the next few years.
Sail down the Irrawaddy through Burma or explore Europe via its intricate waterways with one of our fascinating Avalon river cruises. Uncover the culinary delights of Asia as you stop off in the likes of Vietnam, Cambodia and China. The smaller number of passengers allows true engagement with the locals and creates a more welcoming atmosphere.
Experience rarely seen wildlife in the Amazon jungle or the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of your own cabin. Being aboard smaller ships, relative to the huge cruise-liners, means you can see a lot more while on the water, really get up close and stop off in more intimate ports.
The majority of ships have been launched in the last six or seven years, ensuring some of the most contemporary accommodation and facilities are available for every Avalon cruise. Each vessel has been designed and created with the culture and style of the region it sails through in mind, forming an array of attractive and different ships.
From the largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen which traverses the USA’s waterways, to Asia’s Siem Reap which was built by local craftsmen and features traditional Vietnamese elements, each boat is unique.
An array of cabins are available, from luxurious staterooms with accompanying verandas to those with bay windows. Where possible most accommodation has been arranged so the beds face a window. Book your next trip with Avalon Waterways UK so you can wake up to a different yet equally stunning view every morning.



Amazon Discovery

The 169-foot-long, Amazon Discovery has been tailor made to suit its environment, while maintaining its integrity as a true luxury river cruise ship. The Amazon Discovery offers an extraordinary level of comfort and style. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 44 cruise ship guests in 4 different styles of suites featuring floor to ceiling panoramic picture-windows. Cruise along the Amazon enjoying views of the vast rainforest full of wildlife and natural beauty from the comfort of your air-conditioned suite. This luxury river cruise ship is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River, providing an extremely comfortable indoor and outdoor lounge, outdoor plunge pool, exercise room, spa, dining room, and sleeping accommodations.


Launched:
1/01/2015
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
169 feet
Crew:
30
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Aria

Offering an extraordinary level of comfort, Aria is a true luxury river cruise ship designed to enhance and enrich an already fascinating journey along the Amazon River. Aria is air conditioned throughout and provides just 16 large, deluxe suites, each with floor-to-ceiling panoramic picture windows so you enjoy the natural beauty of the vast rainforest from the comfort of your suite. Aria is also proud of its unrivalled on board culinary experience and its expert guides who offer a rich narrative about life on the river.


Launched:
1/01/2010
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
147 feet
Crew:
24
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Affinity

Accommodating a maximum of 138 passengers for an intimate cruise experience, the Avalon Affinity set sail in 2009 and reflects the uniqueness of the rivers it cruises. After a day of exploring some of Europe's most exciting cities, relax in the ship's two lounges, soak in the whirlpool, or unwind in a deck chair atop the Sky Deck. This elegant, contemporary ship features popular amenities such as complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access throughout the ship, a Fitness Center, hair salon, and elevator. For accommodations, the Avalon Affinity boasts spacious and well-appointed deluxe staterooms and suites. With most staterooms featuring a large floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with a French Balcony, passengers experience Europe's beauty and history even when on board.


Launched:
1/01/2009
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
39
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Artistry II

With 2013 came another exciting Suite Ship®. The Avalon Artistry II delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.


Launched:
1/01/2013
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
37
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Creativity

Enjoy unmatched service, sumptuous cuisine, panoramic views, first-class amenities, and spacious staterooms as you cruise on the Avalon Creativity. Carrying a maximum of just 140 passengers, the Creativity offers staterooms that are a full 15% larger than the industry standard-with floor-to-ceiling windows on two decks-so you'll be comfortable, relaxed, and fully engaged with the passing countryside. From a Fitness Center and hair salon to complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access throughout the ship, the Creativity was built with an impressive collection of remarkable amenities to enhance your journey. The whirlpool on the Sky Deck allows for a refreshing dip after a day of sightseeing, while the self-serve beverage station serves up complimentary premium cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, teas, and more throughout the day.


Launched:
1/01/2009
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
39
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Expression

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Expression came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.


Launched:
1/01/2013
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
443 feet
Crew:
47
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Felicity

Enjoy cruising along Europe's celebrated rivers aboard this magnificent ship. Accommodating only 138 passengers, the Avalon Felicity offers the intimate feeling of a small ship while providing the spaciousness passengers have come to expect from the Avalon fleet. The roomy and well-appointed staterooms feature a minimum of 172 square feet of space and are the largest of the European rivers today. All staterooms and suites include a well-stocked minibar, spacious closet, flatscreen satellite TV and radio, Comfort Collection Beds, and a large private bathroom complete with a full shower, hairdryer, and premium bath amenities. For the more active guests, desirable onboard amenities include a Fitness Center and Sky Deck complete with whirlpool. Complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access allow passengers to share their experience with friends and family at home.


Launched:
1/01/2010
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
39
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Illumination

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Illumination came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.


Launched:
1/06/2014
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
443 feet
Crew:
47
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Imagery II

One of 2016's two new additions to the youngest fleet on Europe's waterways, the Imagery II continues all of Avalon's outstanding Suite Ship traditions. Passengers can choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. At a spacious 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording the incomparable opportunity to awaken each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, hair salon, an elevator, alternative light dining options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro, and an expansive Sky Deck with whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, a shade system, and deck games.


Launched:
1/01/2016
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
37
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Impression

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Impression came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.


Launched:
1/01/2014
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
443 feet
Crew:
47
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Luminary

Cruising on the Avalon Luminary is the ideal way to experience the majesty, extensive history and fascinating culture of some of Europe's oldest cities along its legendary rivers. Built in 2010, the Avalon Luminary holds a maximum of just 138 passengers. Visit multiple countries and cities and unpack only once, so you spend your time experiencing and enjoying Europe rather than dealing with the logistics of travel. Enjoy a highly personalized cruise experience, spacious deluxe staterooms and suites, contemporary décor, and popular onboard amenities, including a large Sky Deck with whirlpool and Sky Bistro, lounge and a bar serving premium spirits, complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi throughout the ship, Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, hair salon, and elevator.


Launched:
1/01/2010
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
39
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Myanmar

Joining the Avalon family of remarkable Suite Ships®, the all-suite Avalon Myanmar offers an unrivaled small-ship river cruise experience ensuring you engage the locals, experience their culture, and revel in the unique sights along the majestic Irrawaddy. The pioneering design allows Avalon to cruise the spectacular, and untouched Upper Irrawaddy on each departure, a feat not possible on any other ship.

The ship has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features you expect, yet it reflects the character, symbols, and traditions of Myanmar. While the maximum number of guests on the ship may be small, the ship isn't. Built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, the public spaces never feel congested. From the open-air observation lounge to the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge, there is plenty of seating and places to relax. Plus, our lounges are located at the front of the ship, not the back, so no matter where you sit, you'll always have a great view.

Crew embodies the spirt of you first, no matter what. From the reception staff and bartender to wait staff and room attendant, we always deliver exquisite service that's comfortable and friendly, never stuffy! With Avalon, our ship becomes your home away from home.


Launched:
1/01/2015
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
200 feet
Crew:
24
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Panorama

A brand new kind of ship, the Avalon Panorama set sail in 2011, taking inspired design to a whole new level. A unique Suite Ship®, the Avalon Panorama was the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks of suites featuring a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window that transforms the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. As you cruise along Europe's finest rivers, enjoy the fresh breeze and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, the Panorama Suite is more than 30% larger than the industry standard, and it gives you the unparalleled opportunity to wake up each morning facing the magnificent passing scenery. Exciting onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a well-stocked library, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and delightful Sky Bistro. There's no better way to cruise in Europe than in the spacious comfort offered on the Avalon Panorama.


Launched:
1/01/2011
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
443 feet
Crew:
47
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Passion

Yet another beautiful Suite Ship graces the rivers of Europe in 2016. The Avalon Passion welcomes passengers to their home-away-from-home with two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than industry standard and ideal for stretching out and relaxing-or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access, complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, a hair salon, elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.


Launched:
1/01/2016
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
443 feet
Crew:
47
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Poetry II

New to the legendary waters of Europe in 2014, the Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting. Like its sister Suite Ships, the Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Visionary, Avalon Tapestry II, and Avalon Tranquility II, the Poetry II features two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.


Launched:
1/01/2014
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
37
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Siem Reap

The all-suite Avalon Siem Reap, one of our incredible new Suite Ships®, was specifically designed to offer the best river cruise experience on the Mekong River. She is the only ship in the industry cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap* (or vice versa) eliminating hours of motorcoach travel time, which means you enjoy more cruising along the Mekong River!

The ship has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features you expect, yet it retains the colonial charm fitting to Vietnam and Cambodia. While the number of guests on the ship may be small, the ship isn't. Built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, the public spaces never feel congested. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there is plenty of seating and spots to relax. Plus, our lounges are located at the front of the ship, not the back, so no matter where you sit you'll always have a great view.

Crew embodies the spirit of you first, no matter what. From the reception staff and bartender to wait staff and room attendant, we always deliver exquisite service that's comfortable and friendly, never stuffy! With Avalon, our ship becomes your home away from home.


Launched:
1/01/2015
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
195 feet
Crew:
24
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Tapestry II

2015 brings with it another extraordinary Suite Ship® to the Avalon fleet. The Avalon Tapestry II is a true haven on the river - two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities and services include complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, a hair salon, elevator, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.


Launched:
1/01/2015
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
37
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Tranquility II

Another exciting Suite Ship® graces the rivers of Europe in 2015. The intimate setting of the Avalon Tranquility II features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard-perfect for stretching out and relaxing-or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. Onboard amenities and services include complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, a hair salon, elevator, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.


Launched:
1/01/2015
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
37
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Visionary

2012 ushered in another exciting Suite Ship® cruising along Europe's glorious rivers. The Avalon Visionary delivers an intimate setting, along with two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.


Launched:
1/01/2012
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
361 feet
Crew:
37
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Avalon Vista

It didn't take us long to expand Europe's youngest fleet! The Avalon Vista set sail in 2012, adding to our unique offering of Suite Ships®. The Vista's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®. Enjoy fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an expanded Fitness Center,complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.


Launched:
1/01/2012
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
443 feet
Crew:
47
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Century Legend

Cruise in style and comfort on board one of the newest ships on the Yangtze, the Century Legend. As you embark your contemporary, elegant ship, a friendly, English-speaking crew and stunning 7-story atrium lobby welcome you aboard. The Century Legend is charting a new course for Yangtze River cruising. The ship features a state-of-the-art propulsion system that reduces vibration and decreases emissions to reduce environmental impact. Other innovations include a pillar less multifunction lounge with unobstructed views of evening entertainment, and a large indoor swimming pool, both firsts on the Yangtze.


Launched:
1/01/2013
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
465 feet
Crew:
150
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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Century Paragon

Cruise in style and comfort on board one of the newest ships on the Yangtze, the Century Paragon. As you embark your contemporary, elegant ship, a friendly, English-speaking crew and stunning 7-story atrium lobby welcome you aboard. The Century Paragon is charting a new course for Yangtze River cruising. The ship features a state-of-the-art propulsion system that reduces vibration and decreases emissions to reduce environmental impact. Other innovations include a pillar less multifunction lounge with unobstructed views of evening entertainment, and a large indoor swimming pool, both firsts on the Yangtze.


Launched:
1/01/2013
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
465 feet
Crew:
150
Occupancy:
398
Rating:
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Isabela II

Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the 21-stateroom Isabela II goes beyond traditional cruising. It's an expeditionary approach that allows you to authentically discover and explore the natural wonders of this region. The Isabela II is built to luxurious standards and features an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy all that the Galápagos is famous for intimate contact with the wildlife! Delve into this unique world with the Isabela II's crew and expert Naturalists, who share their passion for nature and conservation of this mysterious part of the world. The Isabela II features a Jacuzzi, exercise room, outdoor lounge, and an observation platform for dolphin and whale watching on the top deck. The ship's dining room, lounge, and bar are elegantly appointed, as is the well-stocked library/reading room. All staterooms are outside and feature air-conditioning, private bathrooms, hairdryers, and safety deposit boxes.


Launched:
1/01/2000
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
166 feet
Crew:
27
Occupancy:
Unknown
Rating:
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MV Aria

Venture deep into the Amazon Jungle in search of elusive wildlife on board one of the world's most luxurious small ships - the Aria.

Sixteen 250-square-foot luxury suites feature en-suite sitting areas, private bathroom and shower and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame nature at its most exotic.


Launched:
/00/2014
Tonnage:
Unknown
Length:
147 feet
Crew:
24
Occupancy:
32
Rating:
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Avalon Chauffeur Service

For your convenience and comfort, all of our cruises include return personal Avalon Chauffeur Service*. All of our executive cars are chauffeur driven and fully equipped for your comfort and, unlike some other cruise companies, the car is dedicated to you. You don't have to lift a finger as your luggage will be loaded and unloaded for you when you are collected from home and taken to and from your international departure airport or Eurostar station. Everything will be fully explained when you book, including how to change your pick-up point and how to contact your driver.

This service is available if you live within 100 miles of your chosen international airport or Eurostar station. If you live further than 100 miles by road from the airport or station you can still take advantage of the service by paying for the excess mileage at £1.70 per car, per mile. Mileage is calculated using the quickest route on www.googlemaps.co.uk. This service is only applicable to the UK mainland. - UK Only

The Avalon Experience

River cruises with Avalon are like no other. As the world’s youngest fleet, our ships have an average age of just two years. With a sleek, modern design and contemporary feel on board, most of our ships feature lifts between ship decks, sun-deck pools and all the latest modern technology – from satellite TVs to individual climate control. All of which set the scene for a stunning cruise experience.

The Best in European River Cruising

You’ll eat, sleep and dine in comfort on board Avalon’s modern river cruise ships. And you’ll experience the excitement of new surroundings – with all the fascinating sights and sounds on offer. Expect nightly entertainment on board and daily discoveries on our well-planned, included shore excursions with expert local guides. We’re here to give you a fantastic cruise experience and to make sure you’re catered for in every way. View our wide selection of European cruises here.

Worldwide Cruises

Not only do Avalon ships grace the richly terraced vineyards of the Moselle, the fairy tale castles of the Rhine and the classical cities of the Danube; a new era of luxury worldwide river cruises is surfacing. Showcasing an inspirational range of exotic locations, Avalon are pleased to sail through stunning locations, from the legendary Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, to China’s dramatic Yangtze River. Discover once in a lifetime Worldwide cruises here.


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