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Avalon Waterways

A long established family owned tour operator, Avalon Waterways serves over 500,000 passengers each year. Since its introduction in 2004, Avalon has launched one new-build each year, with 2014 seeing three introduced. As a small ship cruising company, Avalon has developed a unique cruise experience. The spaces are bigger, and now include 360 panoramic views for an epic viewing experience and the excursions are enrichment focussed and tailor-made.

All river cruise itineraries are designed to showcase a range of inspirational and exotic locations, both near and far-reaching, from the fairy tale castles of the Rhine to China’s dramatic Yangtze River.

As the world’s youngest fleet of river cruise ships, Avalon’s vessels have an average age of two years and feature a sleek, modern design and feel. All of the ships set the scene for a stunning cruising experience, with sun-decks, pools and the latest modern technology on board.

Avalon operates 16 ships for just European rivers alone and a further seven to traverse the worldwide rivers of the Amazon, Mekong, Galapagos and the Yangtze in China. With a wide range of itineraries stretching across the globe, there is a trip for even the most discerning of travellers.

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All of Avalon’s staterooms are designed to be a home away from home, with plenty of comfort touches throughout. Nearly all the staterooms on board feature beds facing the windows, with the Panoramic and Royal suites also offering wall-to-wall windows, allowing for incredible and unparalleled sights of the river cruising.

All suites come with a wide range of facilities to cater for your every need. These include a private bathroom, hairdryer & premium bath products, spacious 3-door closets, a well-stocked minibar with complimentary bottled water, nightly turn-down service,  Flat screen TV, in-room safe and complimentary bathrobes, slippers and Wi-Fi access.


Every meal is made part of the journey on an Avalon River Cruise, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner the very best of regional cuisine. Each cruise begins with Captain's reception, including complimentary sparkling wine and canapés and a five-course welcome dinner. Breakfast and lunch are both served in a buffet style with the option to order additional entrees. Dinner is an open seated affair with four or six-course meal options available catering to all dietary requirements.


Public spaces on board include a sky deck with comfortable lounge chairs and a Whirlpool, large indoor lounge, indoor club lounge and an outdoor seating area perfect for open-air sightseeing. You can also take advantage of the Fitness Centre, Library and Hair & Beauty Salon, for those relaxed pamper days on board.

Avalon also has a rich array of entertainment, featuring regional entertainment as part of the line’s Local Favourites program. Enjoy on ship culinary demonstration in France or Tai Chi and calligraphy lessons as you sail the Yangtze River in China.


Avalon Waterways offer a great selection of optional shore excursions, designed to help you personalise your cruise experience. All the tours provide you with the very best guides to lead you on engaging and immersive site seeing tours. You will also benefit from the use of audio equipment, allowing you to roam through some of Europe’s most famous landmarks without missing a word.

As well as site seeing tours, there is a range of shore excursions to meet everyone’s personal interests, from a visit to a French winery, guided bicycle tours or a classical music concert in the Heart of Vienna. Most of the excursions available are included in your river cruise fares.

Amazon Discovery

Amazon Dream

Avalon Affinity

Avalon Artistry II

A contemporary ship designed with comfort in mind, Avalon Artistry II offers upgrades and enhancements throughout, impeccable personal service and attention to detail, as well as elegant dining and chic, minimalist decor.

Avalon Artistry II

Avalon Creativity

Avalon Envision

With the youngest fleet of ships on Europe's waterways, Avalon continues its outstanding commitment to comfortable luxury and excellence with the Envision, new for 2019. 

Avalon Envision

Avalon Expression

Avalon Felicity

Avalon Illumination

The Avalon Illumination is an impressive ship, launched in June 2014. Constructed to deliver a river cruising experience like no other, Avalon Illumination is an innovatively designed 'Suite Ship', offering two full decks of Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique Open-Air Balconies™. 

Avalon Illumination

Avalon Imagery II

Launched in April 2016 the Avalon Imagery II houses two full decks of unrivalled Panorama Suites, each sized at an impressive 200 square feet and featuring wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform your stateroom into a unique Open-Air Balcony. 

Avalon Imagery II

Avalon Impression

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Impression accommodates 166 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites, each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows.

Avalon Impression

Avalon Luminary

Avalon Myanmar

Avalon Panorama

Launched in May 2011, Avalon Panorama was the first of its kind in the industry, an impressive 'Suite Ship' featuring two full decks of Panorama suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows and open-air balconies, as well as upgrades and enhancements throughout the ship and a host of new onboard facilities and services.

Avalon Panorama

Avalon Passion

Another exciting addition to the Avalon fleet, brand new Suite Ship Avalon Passion launched in April 2016.

Avalon Passion

Avalon Poetry II

The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting for 128 passengers. Like its sister Suite Ships, it features two full decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony.

Avalon Poetry II

Avalon Saigon

With its colonial charm and modern features, Avalon Saigon is specifically designed to offer the best cruise experience on the Mekong River, and is one of only two ships cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap and vice versa. Accommodating up to 36 passengers, the ship is built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, so the public spaces never feel congested. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there are plenty of places to relax, and with lounges located at the front of the ship, you'll always have a great view.

Avalon Saigon

Avalon Scenery

Avalon Tapestry II

Another extraordinary, brand new Suite Ship in the Avalon fleet, Avalon Tapestry II launched in 2015.

Avalon Tapestry II

Avalon Tranquility II

The Avalon Tranquility II accommodates 128 passengers. Its intimate setting features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony.

Avalon Tranquility II

Avalon View

Avalon Visionary

A completely new class of ship, Avalon Visionary was designed to revolutionise river cruising and deliver the ultimate in comfort, style and superb service.

Avalon Visionary

Avalon Vista

<p>Avalon Vista delivers a river cruising experience like no other. As one of Avalon Waterways' innovatively designed 'Suite Ships', Avalon Vista offers two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique Open-Air Balconies™.</p>

Avalon Vista

Delfin III

Isabella II

MY Andaman Explorer

RV Angkor Pandaw

RV Bassac Pandaw

RV Champa Pandaw

RV Ganges Voyager

Cruise along the Lower Ganges aboard the RV Ganges Voyager. Launched in 2015, this vessel was built specifically to explore this unique waterway and rivals the finest hotels of India.

RV Ganges Voyager

RV Indochina Pandaw

RV Kalaw Pandaw

RV Kalay Pandaw

RV Kanee Pandaw

RV Katha Pandaw

RV Kha Byoo Pandaw

RV Kindat Pandaw

RV Laos Pandaw

RV Mekong Pandaw

RV Orient Pandaw

RV Pandaw II

RV Sabaidee Pandaw

RV Tonle Pandaw

RV Tonle Pandaw

RV Yunnan Pandaw

RV Zawgyi Pandaw

Treasure of Galapagos

<p>Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the eight-suite Treasure of Galápagos and exploring this unique archipelago is a wonderfully intimate and relaxed experience. </p>

Treasure of Galapagos



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