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Seeing the Old World doesn’t mean you have to cruise on an old ship. Avalon’s remarkable, award-winning fleet is the youngest on the European waterways— significantly younger than the industry average, which means every Avalon ship delivers the largest staterooms, most innovative technologies, inspired designs, and highly desirable features and services. Whether you’re reading under designer lighting in a cozy corner of the Panorama Lounge, sipping a cocktail made from premium spirits after dinner, or watching the passing riverscapes as you keep up with your fitness routine in the fitness center, you’ll experience our passion for details.


The Suite Ship delivers an experience like no other. While Avalon has always provided river cruisers the most spacious staterooms in Europe, we offer cruisers even more room to relax and take in 360-degree views of Europe.

Each Panorama Suite comes complete with a large seating area adjacent to a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window. When opened, this nearly 11' x 7' floor-to-ceiling window transforms the entire Suite into the category's only Open-Air Balcony.

With a focus on bringing the beauty of Europe inside, Avalon's Open-Air Balconies offer travellers a fresh air, panoramic cruising experience complete with epic views, in every weather condition, without compromising room space. And when each room's Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window is closed, the Open-Air Balcony is transformed into a contemporary, light, inviting and inspirationally designed sitting room that's perfect for relaxing, reading a book or taking pleasure in a romantic dinner.

Each of our new Suite Ships also feature a club, main lounge and dining room with sweeping views, hair salon, Sky Deck whirlpool and Sky Bistro. In addition, our Panorama-style ship fitness rooms are more expansive, featuring additional equipment and space to renew.

Our Suite Ships underscore Avalon's dedication to energizing the river cruise category. For ten years, we have inspired upscale design innovations that have elevated the industry standard, including the introduction of floor-to-ceiling windows on two decks of every Avalon vessel. We were also the first to bring a larger stateroom with deluxe hotel-style design, (the Avalon Deluxe Stateroom) to an entire fleet of ships, making us the most contemporary and consistent river cruise operator around. 

Avalon Waterways not only provides travelers the youngest, most innovative fleet of ships in Europe, by design, we create panoramic access to a destination, uncompromising views, space to unwind and the choices that provide our cruisers the most engaging and immersive journeys imaginable.


Your Avalon cruise ship is your home away from home, where the facilities and conveniences you expect are ready and waiting. Tap into the complimentary Wi-Fi to keep in touch with family and friends back home. Our ships are built with an impressive collection of amenities to enhance your journey all along the way, including:

  • Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs & whirlpool (most ships)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Internet corner
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary hot and iced tea, hot chocolate, premium coffees, and ice water
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Well-stocked library
  • Hair salon (manicures available on most ships)
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Sky Deck whirlpool (most ships)
  • Non-smoking interior


Since the moment we came on the river cruising scene in 2004, we have provided the most spacious onboard accommodations in Europe and designed our Suite Ships with an attention to detail river cruising has never seen before. Our innovative Suite Ships feature our one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites. That means a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for you.


To give you some perspective of how much better our rooms are, we’re comparing them to the average river cruise cabin. While others put a small window in their wall, we designed a wall made of window.

And it opens up to some of Europe’s most awe-inspiring views.Which gives you a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall view. It’s the largest standard window in river cruising. More than 30% larger than the others.

To ensure your views from anywhere in your stateroom are unobstructed, we made our chairs low profile enough to not block your view. And we designed our table to slide down all the way when you aren’t using it.


Avalon delivers a full balcony experience that’s perfect in any weather conditions, in any season, without compromising room space. How’d we do it? We pushed your room all the way out to the end of the ship, making the whole wall a panoramic window with a 7-foot opening. Slide the doors wide open and enjoy the feeling of sitting comfortably “outside” as views of castle ruins, vineyards, and ancient cities float by. We even furnished your space with a love seat and chairs, a table where you can savor a meal or evening drink, and enough room for entertaining friends.


Even the placement of the bed is innovative, facing the window to allow you to watch the passing riverscapes as you lie in cozy comfort on your Comfort Collection Beds. To do this, we angled the wall behind the bed, which had two other benefits: it opened up the stateroom to give you more space, and it opened up the bathroom behind the wall to give you a more spacious bathroom vanity.

The bathroom on our Suite Ships was a focus of our attention. First we made them spacious. Then we made them luxurious. We've enlarged the shower, included marble countertops, premium fixtures, floor to ceiling granite tiles, L’Occitane bath products and a feeling of elegance throughout.


At Avalon, we’ve designed our river cruises to offer you choices—so that you can personalise many of your cruise elements daily. Avalon Choice gives you the freedom to customize your voyage. Decide what and where you eat on board. Choose the pace of your included shore excursions (where available). And before you even step on board you can start personalising your vacation by choosing your bed configuration and selecting additional shore excursion options.


Avalon dining has always freed taste buds from the ordinary. And now — it frees you from restrictions. At every meal, you'll have the ability to choose from a multitude of dining experiences. All feature the highest-quality local ingredients, hand crafted by true culinary artisans. And all are included at no extra cost.

Multiple Venues  Dine À La Carte Exclusive Culinary Events Local Culture
From the casual Panorama Bistro on our Suite Ships to our open-air Sky Bistro. From our elegant Main Dining Room to continental breakfast delivered to your own room. From a lighter nighttime fare to Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee and sweet treats.
Selecting from a variety of options for each course. We always accommodate guests with dietary preferences.  From a five-course welcome dinner, to special chef "tastings".  Through delectable regional fare, or select gourmet options prepared for the Western palate. 


We've pre-selecting Certified Local Guides who truly are the best in the world. But what you see and the pace in which you see it, is completely up to you. Our pre-planned discoveries are included at no extra charge to you. We even provide Nordic walking sticks for active guests looking for an extra spring in their step.

Excursion Type  Sightseeing Pace
Do you prefer a traditional guided tour or an alternative option? Would you enjoy a more in-depth view? Or one geared toward a special interest? With Avalon, the choice is yours.
Are you up for exploring a wide variety of sights or do you prefer a more relaxed pace? Would you rather just focus on the essentials? Or see it all on your own? All are available with Avalon.


Day and night you'll be provided with a plethora of ways to have fun and be enlightened. Take in a performance by local musicians. Play a game in the lounge. Enjoy a behind-the scenes ship tour. Relax on the Sky Deck. Get acquainted with your destinations through Culture & Cruise events. Be pampered in our hair salon. Unwind with a movie. Or try out one of our many new venues for dining or lounging.


Avalon makes mealtimes a wonderful part of the adventure with variety and choice you’ll savor. We start with the highest quality ingredients…and delectable recipes that are hand crafted by true culinary artisans. Try mouthwatering cuisine from the region through which you’re travelling—or more familiar Western dishes. Each à la carte meal even includes healthy and vegetarian options, and every dinner is paired with complimentary regional wines. 

Are you an early riser or do you prefer to sleep in? There’s a breakfast option for you. Plus, you even get to choose from a variety of dining venues, like the Main Dining Room with its breathtaking panoramic views, alfresco lunch at the Sky Bistro, or a more casual experience in the Panorama Bistro on our Suite Ships...and we never charge extra for these alternatives. 

With Avalon, it’s all included. From a five-course welcome dinner to local chef-created specialties aboard every cruise, regardless of what you select, you’ll enjoy the freedom of choice your Avalon cruise gives you.

Sample Menus
from the Avalon Panorama

Sample Lunch Menu

Sample Dinner Menu

Sample Welcome Dinner Menu


Meal times may vary depending on cruise schedule.

Early Riser Coffee, 6 a.m. 

Breakfast Buffet, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 
Buffet breakfast items are conveniently color coded on all Avalon Waterways river cruise ships to indicate foods that are low calorie, low fat/low calorie, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy. 

Late Riser Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Self-service coffee, hot water, croissants, cookies and assorted finger foods. 

Lunch Buffet, 12:30 p.m.
Select from intriguing appetizers, hearty soups, hot dishes, homemade breads, cold cuts and cheeses, salads, and delectable desserts. 

Afternoon Tea, 4 p.m.
Take a mid-day break with coffee or tea and cake or cookies served in the lounge or on the top deck. 

Dinner, 7:30 p.m.
Dine elegantly with a sit-down meal served in a single sitting. The chef will delight you with gourmet selections and the perfect, complimentary wines (complimentary beer or soft drinks also available). Menus typically feature an appetizer, soup, entrée, dessert, and coffee or tea.  

Night Fare, 10:30 p.m. 


  • Captain's reception with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Five-course farewell dinner
  • Daily early-riser breakfast
  • Daily late-riser breakfast
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
  • Complimentary juices with breakfast
  • Breakfast buffets with foods that are low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy
  • Open-Air Bistro on Sky Deck
  • Lunch buffet with pasta and carving stations
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunches
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Social Hour and drink specials in Main Lounge
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Chef-inspired regional & Western recipes
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, cheese, entrees & cheese or desserts
  • Spacious, open-seating restaurant
  • Healthy Meal Options
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer or soft drinks with dinner, and coffee or tea after dinner
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Night Fare
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary premium Lavazza coffee, cappuccino, latte, espresso, tea and hot chocolate
  • Room service available featuring Continental breakfast & beverages


Avalon's inspired, 360-degree, engaging cruise experiences offer travelers the chance to immerse themselves into a destination and culture thanks to award-winning land programs and world-class guides. Our Naturalists (in the Galápagos), Cruise Directors (in Europe, Southeast Asia, U.S) and special guest lecturers also offer them a vast onboard educational program, giving cruisers the chance to soak in the history and culture of a region as they drift from village to village or island to island.

Thanks to Avalon's relationship with Globus – an award-winning tour company with more than 89 years of experience and 300 support staff on the ground in 65 countries around the world — our cruisers are privy to the best land programs available.

We transform tourists into travelers and storytellers and help them truly experience each destination with guided sightseeing in every port (complete with headsets), daily 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.



Avalon is also encouraging cruisers to drive their personal enrichment by experiencing ports on two wheels (from the seat of a bicycle). Adding to our already robust roster of activities, we have partnered with bicycle tour specialists in Amsterdam, Lyon, Durnstein, Vienna, and Breisach for optional, guided excursions.


When it comes to showing you the world, we select the very best guides—professionals who are certified locally in each destination and selected by the Globus family of brands. These Certified Local Guides are recognized for their expertise, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the area. They will lead you on engaging, included sightseeing tours, delivering genuine, behind-the-scenes destination experiences. You'll even benefit from the use of personal headsets for sightseeing, which gives you the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary. 


Avalon offers a great selection of optional excursions to help you further personalize your cruise. Whether it's a classical music concert in Vienna, a visit to a French winery, time at the colossal Romanian Parliament building in Bucharest, or a guided bicycle tour through town, with MyAccount, selecting and paying for your optional excursions before your cruise is a cinch!


Sightseeing should never be a one-size-fits-all proposition. Travelers like to see the sights in different ways, so we've developed three sightseeing pace options to choose from:

Leisurely Sightseeing
A Certified Local Guide shows you the destination's highlights in a relaxed and unhurried way.

Traditional Sightseeing
Led by a Certified Local Guide, you'll explore a wide range of sights at a moderate pace. 

Essential Sightseeing
This orientation shows you the must-see sights, with plenty of time to explore on your own.



Feel like discovering your destination on your own? Your onboard Guest Services is happy to assist you in making a dinner reservation on shore, getting tickets to the opera or a local cultural performance, or hiring a taxi so you can visit a friend or explore outlying areas. And for a more active experience on shore, consider the complimentary use of a Nordic walking stick.