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Contact: Melanie Gravdal


Avalon Waterways Answers The Call With New “Special Interest” Cruises in 2015


LITTLETON, Colorado – April 22, 2014 – From wine and wellness to culinary and culture, year after year, Avalon Waterways’ “special interest” cruises sell out.  And they sell out early.  In 2015, once again, the river cruise company is continuing its special interest cruise offerings to meet demand, including adding author and opera cruises to an already diverse and robust “passion” cruise lineup.

Avalon’s NEW Author Cruise will feature renowned author Patricia Schultz of the international bestsellers, 1000 Places to See Before You Die.  On this special 7-night, 8-day cruise (departing August 11, 2015), Patricia will be offering fellow cruisers the chance to sit-in on guest lectures about must-see destinations around the world and have their books signed by her as the Expression sails the Blue Danube from Budapest to Vienna, Durnstein-Melk, Linz-Passau and Regensburg before reaching Nuremburg.  Patricia previously served as the Avalon Expression godmother, christening the ship in May 2013.

“Patricia has inspired thousands of people driven by wanderlust to travel the world,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways.  “She was the perfect godmother for the Expression and a wonderful choice to lead a cruise on the Expression in 2015.  We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with her to a group of lucky Avalon travelers – all of whom are sure to be as enamored with her, thanks to their shared passion of travel, as we are.”

And, extending its strong series of music-themed cruises including jazz and classical genres, Avalon Waterways is introducing music-lovers to a NEW Opera Cruise in 2015.  On this 13-day cruise – a July 15, 2015 departure – travelers will be transported to a symphony of destinations, from Budapest to Prague, enjoying live opera music along the way.

For 2015, Avalon is also bringing back the following, extremely popular themed itineraries:

DEAL ALERT:  To celebrate the launch of the 2015 cruise season, Avalon Waterways is offering travelers THREE WAYS TO SAVE: 1) Guaranteed air price with $250 air credit; 2) Save 10% on select “Book Now” sailings; 3) FREE pre-paid gratuities.

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Since we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited you – our traveler – to be our muse. Thanks to you, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result?  An incomparable river cruise experience, including one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites℠ – with innovative Open-Air Balconies® – on the industry’s only Suite Ships®: Unequaled vessels that feature two full decks of 200- and 300-square-foot suites.  And on the spectacular ships of Avalon, “included” is one of our favorite words.  Spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax – included.  Special touches like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner – included.  Complimentary Wi-Fi – included.  The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides – included.  VIP entrance into must-see sites – included. Unique Local Favorites℠ designed to bring your destination to life – included.  In addition to everything that is included, we also give you the freedom of Avalon Choice® – a different approach to river cruising that invites travelers to personalize their trip.
 Whether you’re looking for a romantic mini-break, an in-depth 24-day exploration or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you can choose the river cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia or South America– your way!
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