Avalon Waterways

Part of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways is backed by more than 80 years of experience in planning itineraries and guiding vacations around the world. And as experts in travel, Avalon continues to raise the bar when it comes to river and small ship cruising by creating truly unique getaways on one of the youngest fleets on the waterways today.

In 2004, excited by the promise of river cruising, they were determined to invigorate the experience that, at the time, was characterized by older ships, limited space and land excursions operated as an afterthought. They were inspired to create a different kind of river cruise experience—one that would embrace and celebrate everything special about the travel style, so they unveiled Avalon Waterways.

With the launch of their very first ship, Avalon’s inspired design innovations became the new standard, including the introduction of floor-to-ceiling windows and French balconies on two decks of every Avalon vessel. They developed a Silent Drive System (SDS) for the stern of each ship to ensure their travellers the most quiet cruise experience possible. They were also the first to bring a larger stateroom with deluxe hotel-style amenities to an entire fleet. And, they elevated interior design from classic and traditional to contemporary and bright.

Maybe it’s their Swiss heritage that gave them their passion for details, but they’re the only river cruise operator that’s personally involved from ship design to delivery – and every point in between. From meticulous millwork to hand-applied finishes, from designer lighting to enhanced soundproofing, from the conception and flow of the lounges to the placement of the windows, their ships are thoughtfully designed and appointed with materials praised for their quality, beauty and functionality. And, that’s just on their ships.

Off their ships, their award-winning land programs transform tourists into travellers and storytellers and help you truly experience each destination with guided sightseeing in every port (complete with headsets), engaging port lectures, VIP access into key destinations, no waiting in lines and great cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.

Year after year, thanks to the continuous feedback and encouragement of their travellers, Cruise Directors and travel agent partners, Avalon Waterways has unveiled new ships, amenities and experiences that set the standard in river cruising. Their views are panoramic and spaces large and inviting; comfort is king and dining is for your taste. And, thanks to their heritage through Globus, their itineraries are legendary.

Like the very rivers they travel, Avalon is continually moving forward, making improvements and embracing the world beyond. And it’s this approach – their drive to exceed guest expectations by pushing the boundaries of the river cruise experience – that makes them not only the most contemporary cruise line on Europe’s waters, but also the most consistent.

Bask in Avalon’s remarkable service – from the minute you step on board your Avalon river cruise ship, an English-speaking crew extends a warm welcome, delivering consummate personal service throughout your journey. The Cruise Director is readily available to help you make the most of each day, and expert Local Guides deliver educational commentary as you pass through interesting landscapes. They even bring local entertainers on board so that you can gain a full appreciation for the region and its culture. It’s this commitment to premium service—as well as their smart ship designs—that has earned Avalon a 98% satisfaction rating!