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Due to navigational restrictions caused by low water levels in sections of the Rhine and Danube rivers, Avalon is making adjustments to select cruises in order to continue operations.  This includes modified itineraries and ship changes, when needed, while still maintaining the original itinerary as closely as possible. As soon as Avalon has confirmation that a cruise requires significant changes, we will notify guests and travel advisors, so they are aware of the modifications (whenever possible, prior to departure).

We have been operating successfully over the past couple of weeks with mostly minor adjustments and are hopeful we can continue to do so as these conditions remain. We are doing all we can to avoid departure cancellations, but if the experience and itinerary of the cruise is significantly compromised, we will cancel. Whenever possible, Avalon will notify guests and travel advisors ahead of time and offer them options for rebooking, alternative itineraries (with adequate compensation), or refunds. 

For guests and travel advisors that have cruises in the coming weeks and are inquiring about the status of operation

Water level conditions can change within hours especially when rain/showers are forecast. Because of the fluid nature of conditions and the unreliability of weather forecasts, we do not modify or cancel cruises until we are certain changes are needed or operation is not possible. This is typically 2-3 days prior to the cruising day that requires the change, although in the case of persistent low-water requiring major itinerary changes or cancellations, it could be as early as 5-7 days prior to travel.  If your departure falls outside of this time frame, consider the status of your original itinerary unchanged unless otherwise notified by Avalon.  Avalon will update all guests and travel advisors directly with options.  

Thank you for your understanding.

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Better By Design


(And thank you, by the way)

Cruise Critic Awards

Cruise Critic named Avalon’s staterooms the best in the business, and yes, we’re blushing a bit. But it’s only because we’ve taken such pride in bringing you river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony stateroom design, featuring beds with a view. Rest easy (literally) as you enjoy bigger views, more space and 24/7 access to open-air cruising. With Avalon, the views are as wide open as the possibilities.

Flowing Praise

We're humbled and honoured to share kudos we've received from some of the industry's most respected experts in river cruising, including readers and editors of Cruise Critic, USA Today, Conde Nast, and TravelAge. We're proud to announce that Avalon has recently been nominated for more exciting awards, but we can't win without your support. Please spare a few minutes to vote for us... 

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Introducing Storyteller Series

Interested in turning the page on the classic river cruise? Transport yourself through time and tales with revered raconteurs on Avalon Waterways' NEW Storyteller Series of Suite Ship sailings along the Rhine, Danube and Seine Rivers in 2022.

These celebrity-hosted European river cruises invite travel enthusiasts, like you, to meet legends in legendary landscapes. To sail past cliffside castles while uncovering cliff-hangers in the company of award-winning artists. And capture insider narratives outside the pages of novels, scripts and song lyrics.

Add to the storytelling tapestry of your life when you join Avalon Waterways – and your favorite chart-topping troubadour – for a "once upon a river" experience through Europe's vineyard-clad vistas and storybook settings.

Legends & Legendary Rivers

Sail the Storied Seine River with Candace Bushnell
International bestselling author of the Sex in the City anthology

Suite Sailing Down the Legendary Danube with Cheryl Strayed
International bestselling author of Wild

Come Sail Away on the Danube with Gillian Flynn
International bestselling author of Gone Girl

Make Memories on the Rhine with Christopher Moore
International bestselling comic fantasy novelist

The Adventure is Up to You

We travel to see new things, do new things, and break away from life as we know it. Active & Discovery cruises are packed with excursions and activities not found on ordinary river cruises. Whether you have an explorer’s heart or you’re a lover of art, Avalon invites you to join us for extraordinary experiences on the Danube, Rhine, Rhône, Moselle and Seine Rivers as well as the waterways of Holland & Belgium.

No two travellers are alike and one sight does not fit all. On an Active & Discovery sailing, you can enjoy dozens of included exploration choices on every itinerary, personalized to pique your passions and customized to cure your curiosities. Discover local culture, cuisine, and everything in-between. Explore by boat, bike, or hike. Warm-up on a kayak or chill over a glass of wine. With us, you’re invited to enjoy the Old World in new ways.

So, go ahead, pick up a paintbrush, a paddle, or the perfect vintage. The possibilities are as wide open as the views.

Exploration in Motion

On an Avalon cruise, every day is an adventure and every adventure is up to you. If you prefer to dive into destinations, grab an oar or a pair of handle bars to kayak, canoe or bike through vineyard-clad valleys. Drink-in the scenery after a hike to Count Dracula’s medieval prison or breathe-in the beauty of flora and fauna in a forest. You can even turn viewing into doing by customizing your activities with help from your Avalon Adventure Host. The world is yours to discover your way and at your pace.

Engaging Experiences

Explore with hands-on discoveries of local cultures, cuisine, and customs by rolling up your sleeves in a French cooking class in Lyon, or a Dutch painting class in Amsterdam. Explore the chocolate museum in Cologne, and visit the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. Take a walking tour of Budapest while learning Hungarian phrases, meet an Austrian count in his castle, and mimic the strokes of Van Gogh in a workshop in Arles. Your interests, your passions, your way!

Flowing History on the Waterways of Asia

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The Mighty

Mekong River

A journey with Avalon Waterways® along the legendary rivers of Asia is an unforgettable fusion of distinctive sights, colorful cultures, and ancient traditions. Inspired by cruisers, our ships and itineraries stand out from the crowd. And because bigger isn't always better, we focus on intimate experiences with personalized service. Cruise with a maximum of 36 guests on our award-winning Avalon Suite Ships® in Southeast Asia and just 56 passengers on the Ganges Voyager in India. Cruise in comfort and get closer to the must-see sights and the unique stories and welcoming people on the Mekong and Ganges Rivers to experience local culture, cuisine, and traditions in Vietnam, Cambodia, and India. An expert Cruise Director and expert Local Guides accompany you throughout your adventure, with seamless logistics and inside tips only locals know. So, come discover the magic of Asia—and the Avalon advantage.

See What People Are Saying

Voted Best Cabins in River Cruising by Cruise Critic Logo

There are cruise ships that sail various destinations and then there are cruise ships built specifically for destinations.

-Gina Kramer, Cruise Critic Editor

The piece de resistance in the cabin, however, is the lack of a balcony. Not having an actual carved out balcony is just one of the things that Avalon does marvelously. Suites all boast an 11-foot floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door/window that opens 7-feet wide, which essentially makes your entire room a balcony. Pop a chair in front of the railing or lay in bed (which faces the water) for the view of your life and fresh air on your skin.

-Elizabeth, Porthole Magazine

...Taking a cruise on the Danube at Christmas time (all the Christmas markets are magical) was truly the trip of a lifetime. It was life changing and saved me. The smile on my face won't go away and neither will all the wonderful memories I take with me and the newfound friends I have. I'll cherish this trip forever.

-Mimi, Avalon Waterways Passenger

From the Avalon Waterways Travel Blog

As you plan, or just dream about your next vacation, we invite you to get inspired by the Avalon travel blog showcasing news, tips, and stories! Plus, you can read articles where Avalon Waterways and Avalon ships have been featured in the news. Every great traveller has someone on the inside who knows all of the best kept secrets about their travel destinations. Let us be your inside source!