Part of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways is backed by more than 85 years of experience in planning itineraries and guiding holidays around the world. As experts in travel, we continue to raise the bar when it comes to river cruising by creating truly unique holidays on one of the youngest fleets on the waterways today.
In 2004, excited by the promise of river cruising that (at the time) was characterized by older ships, limited space and land excursions that operated as an afterthought, Avalon Waterways was established to create a different kind of river cruise experience—one that would embrace and celebrate everything special about the travel style.
With the launch of our very first ship, inspired design innovations became the new standard. We introduced floor-to-ceiling windows and French balconies on two decks of every vessel; noise insulation to ensure customers the most quiet cruise experience possible; larger staterooms with deluxe hotel-style amenities and we elevated interior design from traditional to contemporary.
Maybe it's our Swiss heritage that gives us our passion for detail and drive to create state-of-the-art ships – we are personally involved from ship design to delivery. 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, our ships are thoughtfully designed and appointed with materials praised for their quality, beauty and functionality.
Off our ships, our land excursions are designed to give customers the best local and cultural experience possible at every destination. We include guided sightseeing in every port, VIP access into key destinations, and highly skilled local guides. We even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!
Year after year, thanks to the continuous feedback and encouragement of our customers, Cruise Directors and travel agent partners, Avalon Waterways has unveiled new ships, amenities and experiences that set the standard in river cruising.
Like the very rivers we travel, Avalon Waterways is continually moving forward, making improvements and embracing the world beyond. And it's this approach – our drive to exceed customer expectations by pushing the boundaries of the river cruise experience – that makes us not only the most contemporary cruise line on Europe's waters, but also the most consistent.