New to river cruising?
Welcome to Avalon Waterways river cruises, where five-star service comes free from stuffiness, accommodation is spacious, food is top-restaurant quality and everything is included - right down to the gratuities.
A river cruise is a fantastic way to explore Europe's most beautiful towns, villages and landmarks. Join an included excursion, plump for an optional guided visit, or explore on your own - that's the beauty of an Avalon river cruise.
The on-board experience
People who have never been on a river cruise sometimes wonder what it's like on board a ship. Will it be small and cramped? Do you get a porthole window? Will there be hundreds of people on board?
Happily, the answer to all these questions is 'no'. River cruising with Avalon Waterways is the epitome of relaxed luxury. Our beautiful ships are small and intimate, offering a refined but unpretentious atmosphere.
Their staterooms offer 30 per cent more space than the industry standard, and most include wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that open to create your own open-air balcony.
Evenings are spent enjoying a drink on deck or in the lounge, chatting with friends new and old, admiring the view from your open-air balcony or simply snuggling up to watch a movie in your stateroom. Grab a book, listen to a guest speaker or local musicians, or perhaps even take part in an onboard tasting of wine, beer or regional delicacies.
The dining experience
On an Avalon cruise, every meal is part of the journey. Using the freshest local ingredients, their talented chefs prepare delicious recipes from the region through which you’re travelling and present them in a variety of inspiring settings.
Try an al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro or a light dinner in the Panorama Bistro. With à la carte waiter service in an elegant dining room with panoramic windows, you’re always assured of stunning views and superb service, with complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner.
With eggs cooked the way you like them and daily fresh bread, breakfast is a tempting international selection of hot dishes and continental options. Tuck into hearty soups, hot dishes, salads, cold cuts and desserts at a lunch buffet. Dinner is a five-star gourmet experience complimented by regional wines selected by a professional sommelier: a full-bodied and velvety Brogsitter along the Rhine in Germany or an invigorating Le Chant du Moulin on the River Seine in France.
Avalaon cater for a range of dietary requirements. And if you’d like to explore a port destination by yourself, there’s no need to miss out on our quality cuisine, as we’ll prepare you a delicious packed lunch.