Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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The Avalon Envision is the newest addition to the 2019 Avalon Suite Ship fleet. Avalon continues our outstanding commitment to comfortable luxury and excellence with the Envision. Two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows.

The all-suite Avalon SaigonSM, our newest Suite Ship® in Asia, along with her sister ship cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh (or vice versa) eliminating hours of motorcoach travel time.

The Avalon View is the newest addition to the 2020 Avalon Suite Ship fleet. Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows that transform living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony & beds that face the view.

The 169-foot-long, Delfin III has been tailor made to suit its environment, while maintaining its integrity as a true luxury river cruise ship. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 44 cruise ship guests in 4 different styles of suites featuring floor to ceiling panoramic picture-windows.

The pioneering Ganges Voyager carries just 56 guests and offers a warm and relaxed experience. The ship takes you back in time with the grace and style of the colonial era with wood furniture and hand-stenciled murals.

Chartered exclusively for Avalon guests, the Treasure of Galapagos features spacious suites with balconies and takes you around the archipelago to explore the natural wonders of the region.

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By: Pete

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2016

This is a great line. All dinners have endless wine and it is good stuff. Food was excellent at every occasion. The shore tours were well organized and the staff was exceptional. Like this cruise line better than all the other river cruisers. The affinity was clean and appeared to be new. This cruise had about 150 passengers.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Cruise Ship

By: Schatzie

Reviewed on: 24 May 2017

Looked like it had just been taken out of overhaul. The ship is one of the older ships but in mint condition. Staff was wonderful as well
Travel Advisor:  Ramona Holbrook

Fabulous France

By: Carol

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2017

We had an awesome time on this ship. Monica, our cruise director, was truly amazing in her ability to coordinate activities and needs of that many people and always stay gracious and professional. Every one of the ships crew were delightful and helpful. I would travel with them again if given the opportunity.

France cruise

By: Mary

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2017

Excellent 1st time on a river cruise. Will differently do this again.

Overall experience

By: Anon

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2017

Excellent....cabin excellent...food excellent .....crew excellent

Excellent Overall Experience

By: K63

Reviewed on: 01 Jun 2018

Cruised the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam on the Affinity. Great on-board experience. Terrific, friendly crew, wonderful meals and a very comfortable cabin on the top deck. Shore excursions kept us busy and up early as they started between 8:30 and 9:00 am. Guides were overall pretty good. Cruise Director was personable and on top of things, as were all the managers. Not much to see on the river itself except for the gorge area where there were 15 castles in a row on some hills. The rest was flat, but the shore excursions made up for the lack of scenery. Was very pleased that the on board experience was everything we had hoped for.
Travel Advisor:  Rick Kritschgau

The Cruise

By: Aviva

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

We enjoyed the cruise up the Rhine. Having a smaller boat meant we met and talked to most of the passengers at one time or another. The crew was always helpful and available for information or suggestions about getting around. The boat was always clean and fresh and had many areas to sit outside and take in the views. The cabins while a little small were comfortable and had plenty of storage for 2 people. The large sliding windows offered great unobstructed views of each port and of the river while cruising.
Travel Advisor:  Rene Maillard

Rhine River Cruise

By: J D

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2018

Good service. A very positive experience. Would definitely recommend Avalon.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Schelling

Rhine cruise

By: Eric

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2018

Great ship and crew. My wife and I are very satisfied with the quality of accommodations, tours and food. The staff were attentive and eager to please.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Linda Melnyk

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