Avalon Expression

Avalon Waterways


Beauty Salon
Fitness Center
Hot Tub

Ship Info

What's Included


  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements | Sparkling wine with breakfast | Robes & slippers in every room

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
5000 Tons
Public Decks
Passenger Capacity
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A trip of a lifetime

By: travelling seniors

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2015

What a fabulous cruise, crew and ambience! This was our first river cruise and it exceeded our high expectations. The cabin was one of the nicest we have had on any cruise line. The tour guides were all professional and excellent speakers of English and all came across as really enjoying what they were doing. We didn't feel like "just another tourist". Entertainment was first rate! The ship, Captain Jeff and crew were excellent and very approachable. The only thing I would comment on was the one night we had a buffet, it was a bit of a zoo and poorly laid out (although I recognize in such small quarters it is difficult to funnel 135 people through). Wine was wonderful and so was the beer and we enjoyed the wine/beer tastings. Yes we will be back!
Travel Advisor:  Jackie Matthews

Great cruise ship and staff

By: PR

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2016

Well organized cruise. Helpful and friendly staff. Food was very good. Guides were excellent. The cruise director, Mark, was outstanding. Regarding the ship itself, the cabin was roomy and the Fench balcony allowed for extra space and provided a great view. The entertainment on board the ship was fantastic.

Easy Traveling

By: Boatlady

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2017

Our time on board was great. River cruisers are small compared to ocean liners and easy to get around. The people we met were friendly, the food good, room maintenance thorough and timely. On land tours were varied and always interesting.
Travel Advisor:  Lynda Coltrane


By: Anna K

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2017

Wonderful ship with an outstanding crew
Travel Advisor:  Lynda Coltrane

Danube cruise

By: Popcorn

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

Above all expectations!! I would definitely recommend Avalon and would travel with them again.
Travel Advisor:  Kim Davis-Smith


By: Anne Clarkson

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2018

An amazing experience!
Travel Advisor:  Rhonda Tobiasz

Danube River Cruise

By: Marylou

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

We love Avalon...this was our second trip. The people are very friendly, excursions are great and guides are great. Even with the problem of low water they made the changes seamless.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Dooling

Holiday spent on Avalon Expression

By: Smitty

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2018

The trip was most interesting and enjoyable.
Travel Advisor:  Paola Molinari-Shaw

Excellent Service

By: Bravo Zulu

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2018

This was our first river cruise and was very much appreciated as this was our 50th anniversary. The WHOLE staff, cruise director, wait staff, chefs, cleaners, hotel staff showed a true want to please and went above and beyond to do so. The nautical crew were very competent, running a 440 ft. ship with ease, a great show of seamanship. Although we were unable to have the whole trip by river, because of low water, the trip made us feel like we were the most important items on board. We will use Avalon again in the future

Rhine River Cruise

By: Carole

Reviewed on: 02 May 2019

The food was delicious; boat was great; crew was better! We had a wonderful time and loved the fact that there weren't too many passengers on board. We had time to meet many of them.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Holbrook

Rhine River Cruise

By: Hal R

Reviewed on: 07 May 2019

Our Avalon Rhine River cruise was super. All aspects of our cruise were top-notch ... from the ship staff, to the food, to the accommodations. We would travel again with Avalon in a heart beat.
Travel Advisor:  Krista Wissinger

Rhine cruise

By: Pete

Reviewed on: 28 May 2019

very enjoyable, well run ship and good cruise director

Avalon expression 2019

By: Will

Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2019

This was my second Avalon cruise (2011) but the first with my partner. We were both very impressed with the level of service, the cuisine, the quality of wines served with lunch and dinner and of course the "Happy Hour". The staff were all very friendly and efficient. We had an outstanding cruise director (Katy) - always willing to take the time to explain our excursion options and what to see on our own. Avalon has definitely increased their level of service and cuisine since 2011. Loved this cruise.

Great accommodations and service

By: Lee

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2019

The stateroom was very nice. The bed and pillows were very comfortable - the best I've ever had outside my home. The bathroom was spacious for a cruise ship and was made with quality materials. The meals were good and served at good times. The condition of the ship was very good. Is it new?
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Grubb

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By: Mary

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2019

We enjoyed our time on board this riverboat. The Cruise Director was fantastic. Catee was very pleasant and humorous. Everybody loved her, she was helpful and patient. She even set up transportation for us to go to the airport in Zurich a day before the cruise ended. The food on board was very delicious and the staff were very helpful. Really enjoyed this cruise as compared to the one two years ago. Very much improved.

Avalon Waterways, Basel to Amsterdam

By: CB Anderson

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2019

The crew, staff and all who make it possible were outstanding. All were very pleasant and friendly.
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham

Avalon Rhine River Cruise 10/19

By: OneAdam12

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2019

Service was outstanding, so much so that we gave our dining room server and our room steward extra tips. We liked the country themed dinners (never before had heard of Dutch Seaweed Fritters). Buffet breakfast &lunches had lots of choices and either cook to order eggs or a carving station. The drinks were reasonably prices, even more so during happy hour. And, the beer & wine was free flowing during lunch & diner. The included shore excursions were very well done with great (!!!) local guides. We choose 3 optional excursions and they were well worth the expense. Both embarking and disembarking were easy.
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Marrapese