LIGHTING THE PATH TO A BETTER TOMORROW

Dedicated to making a difference

From our inception, Avalon Waterways has cast a light on the world’s most fascinating places and people – inviting wayfarers and wanderers like you to bask in their glory, intrigue and wonder. Along the way, we’ve helped travelers uncover ancient traditions while meeting the locals dedicated to preserving them; to meander historic hallways while giving back to the societies that safeguard them; and to put down the guidebooks and pick up a greater understanding of the world and its people.

Immersed in enlightening experiences, we naturally gain a deeper appreciation – one that leads to greater compassion, consideration and curiosity as we ask ourselves, what else can we do to protect our planet, preserve our sacred places and help humankind?

 

Globus family of brands Lighthouse Project
 

Enter the Avalon Waterways® Lighthouse Project – an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe’s greater good. Avalon, along with sister companies Globus, Cosmos and Monograms, invite our travelers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.

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How are we making an impact to the places we are taking you to

Environmental Initiatives

New! The ocean cleanup

Nature's beauty is a gift to travelers and it is our commitment to preserve the precious environment around us. When you use disposable plastic products like straws and utensils, they can wind up in our rivers and oceans forever. The Globus family of brands is proud to partner with The Ocean Cleanup in an effort to remove and reduce the presence of plastics in our oceans.

Eliminating plastic use

We have taken great measures to make a positive impact on our guests while also reducing our own impact on the environment. Taking sustainability to greater depths, we are committed to removing single-use plastic products—from straws to disposable water bottles on our motor coaches and ships by 2020

CREATING A SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW

Avalon is charting an ambitious course toward zero emissions and sustainability in every aspect of cruising. Our state-of-the-art fleet of Suite Ships and top-of-the-line technology limit energy, consumption and emissions. Plus, Avalon’s waste and recycling programs reduce our environmental footprint, save water and foster a sustainability culture among crew and guests worldwide. Even better? This is just the beginning of what we have planned to protect our beautiful Mother Earth, and her fans.

TODAY, AVALON HAS:

  • Eliminated single-use plastics onboard our ships and at operations offices, worldwide
  • Reduced paper waste by 80% onboard by favoring digital communications
  • Invested in local farmers to secure locally produced foods, reducing food miles while supporting local economies
  • Installed LED lighting throughout ships, fleet-wide
  • Worked with dozens of ports to use shore energy while docked
  • Committed to using shore power while docked wherever it is available, allowing us to turn off engines and reduce emissions
  • Signed an agreement with the river cruise trade union providing heightened employment standards and protection of our crew. No other river cruise line has made this commitment to their team.

TOMORROW, AVALON PLEDGES TO:

  • Pilot a program to use bio-fuel, aiming to reduce total carbon emissions by 50%
  • Utilize electric bow thrusters to further reduce emissions
  • Reduce paper waste further – to less than 1%
  • Partner with more destinations to generate sustainable electricity, while docked
  • Invest more in our partners at The Ocean Cleanup in their mission to succeed at the world’s largest cleanup project: Removing 90% of ocean plastic pollution and ridding the world’s waters of plastic
  • Unveil the first, fully electric river cruise vessel by 2027

 


 Social Initiatives

It’s not just the splendid landscapes and landmarks that make travel so rewarding – it’s the unique people we meet along the way and the cultures they hold dear. We are dedicated to protecting, respecting and supporting the extraordinary communities of the world as well as improving the individual lives within them. The measure of the Lighthouse Project’s success? – The megawatt smiles we see along the way.

The people-focused organizations we support include:

MAKE-A-WISH

Bringing families together to experience some of the world's most remarkable destinations is what we do best. Globus family of brands is committed to supporting our local communities and is honored to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to offer trips to children and their families facing life-threatening illnesses.

Landmine Design

Our partnership with Landmine Design, a social enterprise committed to educate and provide jobs for women living in poverty in Cambodia, has provided dozens of women with the opportunity to work at home with their children and avoid the dangers of traveling to neighboring cities for work. By hand rolling paper beads and crafting them into beautiful jewelry, we are creating hope where there once was despair.


Childsafe network

We are committed to improving the lives of the individuals who call our travel destinations home. As a partner of the Childsafe Network, we help raise awareness, provide education, training, employment, and shelter for children and their families who otherwise live on the streets, including the Kaliyan Mith program in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Wildland Firefighter Foundation

For over three decades, we have introduced travelers to the beauty of America's national parks. We are proud to recognize and honor the brave firefighters who risk their lives to help protect our private and public lands from fire. Each year, we contribute to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which provides immediate financial and crisis assistance to families of injured or fallen wildland firefighters.


Wildlife Conservation Network

When you travel with us, you are securing the future of the world's wildlife! By partnering with Wildlife Conservation Network, Globus helps to support a world network of leading conservationists with the most effective solutions to saving our planet's wildlife—with every dollar translating into tangible, lasting impact on endangered wildlife and the long-term protection of 87 species in crisis across 38 countries.

South African National Parks Honorary Rangers

Education is critical to preserving protected lands and its inhabitants. That is why we make a contribution to the South African National Parks Honorary Rangers, who work tirelessly to protect and preserve South African National Parks. This includes the Lion Recovery Fund, which provides education to protect African Lion habitats and populations by preventing poaching and promoting co-existence for local farmers and communities.


UNICEF

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and inclusive environment. That is why we are proud to support UNICEF in their efforts to help all children – especially the most disadvantaged and marginalized – to lead safe, healthy lives and realize their full potential.

Globus gives back 

Every year, Globus family of brands gives back to each of our local office communities. Every year, on Earth Day, we come together to help restore trails at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater to preserve the beauty of our state parks for future generations.


The other people-focused organisations we support include:

Childsafe Network

Rural Aid

Foundation Galápagos

 

Additionally, we shine a light on the following organizations through a combination of vacation visits and donations:

Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity

KOTO Hospitality Training Center, Vietnam

Local orphanage, Cambodia

Local school English class, Cambodia

Local school, Tanzania

Indigenous Amazon communities (via lodge stays), Ecuador and Peru

Home visits, Peru


 Economic Initiatives

Tourism cares, Traveller icons

Our passion for showing you the world is only matched by our dedication to help preserve both historic treasures and natural resources to be enjoyed for generations to come. That's why we partner with Tourism CaresTM, a non-profit initiative that focuses funding of "Traveler Icons" of North and South America.

Sustainable Tourism Association

Our family maintains a policy of "Leave Only Footprints and Take Only Photos." Our staff and major service providers strive to ensure that no removal of any natural or cultural artifacts or materials to ensure our environment looks and functions the same before and after our visit. Our Tour Directors educate passengers on our "do no harm" code of conduct to ensure that the passengers comply.


Rural Aid

Australia is not only home to some of the world's most unique wildlife, but its vast and varied landscapes makes it one of the most interesting places on Earth. That is why we are dedicated to helping support Rural Aid, which focuses on providing assistance to farmers and rural communities in times of natural disaster as well as supporting the sustainability of the agricultural community.


NAVIGATING THE WAY TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE ON THE WORLD’S WATERWAYS

Avalon Waterways has undertaken an ambitious mission to lead the way in sustainable operation and practices. Part of our mission to preserve the precious environment river cruising affords travelers.

This commitment extends to every aspect of cruising. From how we power and propel our fleet of Suite Ships to the care and attention we give to environmentally friendly practices onboard. Not to mention the many causes we support. All to ensure that we're helping to make tomorrow on these incredible rivers as special as the experiences they gift us today.


Helping the communities of the world shine.

The parks, palaces, museums and monuments we enjoy today are the result of previous generations passionately committed to preservation. By way of the Lighthouse Project, we aim to pay it forward – staying light years ahead of preservation – so that future generations can enjoy the same glorious places to relax, renew and reflect.

While every one of our destinations is precious to us, here are some of the sights and attractions Globus has supported – many of which we also visit on trip:

 
  • National Civil Rights Museum, Tennessee*
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho*
  • Yosemite National Park, Nevada, California*
  • Zion National History Association, Utah*
  • Redwoods National Park, California*
  • Denali National Park, Alaska*
  • Squamish Lil’Wat Centre, British Columbia*
  • Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska*
  • Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii*
  • The Freedom Trail, Massachusetts*
  • Independence Hall at Independence National Park, Pennsylvania*
  • George Washington’s Birthplace, Virginia*
  • Santa Barbara Mission, California
  • USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii*
  • World War II Memorial Museum, Louisiana
  • Crazy Horse Monument, South Dakota*
  • Old State House, Massachusetts*
  • Memphis Rock & Soul Museum*
  • Louis Armstrong Memorial Park, Louisiana
  • St. Louis Cemetery #1, Louisiana
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, New Mexico*
  • Alaska Native American Heritage Center, Alaska*
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, Alberta*
  • Museum of the Cherokee Indian, North Carolina*
 

*Visit on trip.

Additionally, Avalon Waterways’ team members take pride in being active participants in the travel community, spearheading and participating in dozens of volunteer programmes and events.