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A little bit about Avalon's background...
Any review of Avalon Waterways should start with one of the least known, but most important facts: Avalon is owned by the Globus Family of Brands, a well-established, family-owned 80-plus year old worldwide tour operator. This relationship allows for a seamless integration of the cruise and land portions of your vacation and trust us, there’s a big difference when your vacation provider, in this case a river cruise company, takes care of all the details from arrival to departure and everything in between.

Avalon’s river cruise fleet is one of the newest of all major river cruise lines in Europe with the most spacious cabins of any premium river ship. All of Avalon's "Suite Ships" feature elegant interiors with abundant glass, polished metal, vibrant colors, modern designs with remarkable appointments, and state-of the-art technology. At the heart of an Avalon river cruise is a warm and friendly crew offering personalized service in a relaxed and fun environment. The spacious suites and staterooms can only be aptly described when the word, "remarkable" is used in the same sentence.

The Avalon fleet keeps expanding to meet demand! In 2016, they introduced more incredible "Suite Ships:" the Passion and Imagery II. Those two ships allowed Avalon to offer some of the newest ships sailing in France and along the Rhine and Danube Rivers In 2018, Avalon also launched the beautiful, new, colonial style Avalon Saigon enhancing their fleet in Southeast Asia sailing the Mekong River. The Saigon is a remarkable vessel with very spacious 245sf staterooms, but she only accomodates 36 guests lucky guests in the comfort and style of a wonderful floating resort.

Continuing their Suite Ship expansion, Avalon introduced the beautiful Avalon Envision in 2019, and launched the equally delightful Avalon View in 2020. These two additions to the Suite Ship fleet, embody Avalon's outstanding commitment to comfortable luxury and excellence. On both river ships, passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites. These new suites feature wall-to-wall and unique floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that will transform your living space into a spectacular open-air balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon's incomparable window-facing "beds-with-a-view" floor plans.

Premier has some truly remarkable offers on almost all Avalon sailings, including the View, so take a look at some of our specials in the cruisGENIE cruise locator chart below, and be sure to BOOK EARLY. Their ships are filling up rapidly, so booking early for the best values is an absolute must!

An Avalon Waterways river cruise may be one of the best
values you can enjoy on a premium European river cruise!

Having enjoyed an Avalon river cruise and reading our ongoing surveys from Premier's returning Avalon guests, there are two words that appear to resonate from everyone. Those two words are: "outstanding" and "value," and we would very much agree. Avalon has dramatically elevated the quality of its product while keeping their focus on providing guests with a unique premium product at a value price point. After reading this review, why not take a few minutes to enjoy the Avalon Waterways' videos? Just click the "Videos" button in left column to begin.

We think you'lll find all of Avalon's ships truly delightful and a cut above most other premium river ships. In Europe, all but the Luminary, Felicity, and Affinity are classified as "Suite" ships and while all cabins are not suites, all of the balcony staterooms are at least, 200sf in size. When you reserve your balcony suite, you can enjoy Avalon's, "bed with a view." It's only available on Avalon and what they have done is really cool. The cabins are designed so that the bed faces out toward the river, providing you with some truly spectacular views as you sail the rivers of Europe. Imagine enjoying an early morning cup of coffee in your plush bathrobe while lounging in your bed with a view... sound pretty nice, dosen't it? Beyond the unique "bed with a view" design, the wives of most of our Premier team feel that Avalon staterooms have the absolute best marble bathrooms of any river cruise line, and they may be right.


Avalon's innovations have differentiated them from other
premium river lines with "Active Discovery Cruises."

If you haven't taken a river cruise, you may feel they are for the "older" crowd, but you would be a bit off in your assumption. Yes, river crusing is not for "millennials" (and, that's good thing), but those of us in our 50s or a bit older really and truly don't like to be classified as "old!" Avalon is the first river cruise line to understand this . That's why they introduced "Active Discovery Cruises" on the Rhine and Danube. You can now hike, bike, and explore your way through some of the most historic areas of the world. You'll also spend more time with the locals and learn about local traditions and the culture with hands-on activities. If you like a slower pace, don't worry, that choice is always available, as well as free bicycles on every ship which allow you to take off on your own to explore, or enjoy a guided bike tour along the river banks and through some of the tiny villages and towns. No matter what your speed, you'll find touring with Avalon a cut above.

Aboard an Avalon river cruise, you can also enjoy the world's most
beautiful landscapes from the privacy of your luxury stateroom.

That's because on Avalon river cruise ships, all staterooms enjoy an outside location and are designed to enhance your river cruising experience. Their beautifully appointed staterooms feature a minimum of 172 square feet of space with "Suite Ship" balcony staterooms at 200sf, and suites at a whopping 300sf (larger than most ocean cruise ships); these are among the largest on the European rivers today.

In addition to boasting 17 award-winning Avalon deluxe staterooms on the lower deck, each "Suite Ship" features 64 of these uniquely designed suites on the top two decks. This new suite category showcases a full, 200-square feet of living space, 30% larger than the industry standard. In addition to the really cool location of the bed, these suites come complete with a large seating area adjacent to the wall-to-wall panoramic window. When opened, this floor-to-ceiling window is nearly 11' x 7', and transforms the entire suite into an open-air balcony. At Premier, we feel one of the best features of the "Suite Ships" is that they represent great value. While Avalon calls them suites, these large staterooms are really not priced as suites, but more like standard staterooms of other lines. What that means to you is that they provide possibly the best value of any new ships sailing along the Rhine and Danube, and in France as well.

For those new to river cruising, you may not know that on the main European rivers, most ships are the same length and height as those dimensions are controlled by the length of the locks and height of the bridges. While some new river ships carry upwards of 190 passengers, Avalon's new "Suite Ships" only carry a maximum of 168 which translates to more space and better service for you.

While size is important for a European-based river ship, it may be an actual hinderance in other parts of the world such as Vietnam. In Vietnam, Avalon offers a remarkable, shallow draft 36-passenger ship called the Siem Reap. The name is important because it denotes something that no other major river cruise line can do — sail directly from Siem Reap, as well as into Saigon. While this may not seem important, IT IS! For other lines you have to take a 2+ hour drive to meet the ship outside of Siem Reap and about an hour drive from the port into Saigon... time you could enjoy touring. The ship is marvelous and features monsterous 245sf standard balcony staterooms with the most incredible view (again, the beds face out) you can imagine... and a crew so cool and polite you'll want to take them home with you. One of the other features that sets the Avalon Siem Reap apart from larger ships is the positioning of their "open air" observation lounge in the front of the ship. This is the absolute best place in the world to view the impressive Mekong and the many floating markets and villages you'll sail by. And, there's plenty of room for everyone at the same time.

In the event you encounter a rain shower or two, there's also the enclosed Panorama Lounge just next to the Observation Lounge. Don't fret, as this beauty, too, has floor to ceiling windows for an air-conditioned, panoramic view of the sights and sounds of the fabulous Mekong. CLICK here to read more about this fascinating destination.

The balance of their impeccable European fleet accommodates between 138-178 pampered guests. All the beautifully appointed staterooms enjoy river views and are equipped with individual climate controls, flat-screen TVs, radios, telephones, mini-bars, safes, hair dryers, and wi-fi access. Approximately 80% of all cabins have French balconies with sliding glass doors while the remaining cabins feature large picture windows. Their elegant staterooms and suites are further enhanced by the use of deluxe woven carpets, L’Occitane toiletries, and Avalon-branded premium bedding, including European-style duvets and Egyptian super-combed linens. All ships follow an English language only policy.

Avalon travelers come home with more than photographs and curios, they come home with exciting stories and a new perspective on their travels. Avalon says that they, “transform tourists into travelers by bringing the world’s stories to life.” They can do this because their highly skilled cruise directors — whether it is an Medievalist on the Danube or a Naturalist in the Galapagos — all deliver historical and cultural commentary as the ships glide down the rivers or serenely sail from one island to the next. And of course, all your eye-opening and very interactive shore excursions are INCLUDED in your value-packed price as is your own personal headset for easy listening.


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