Ocean vs. River Cruising

Q&A with Asia Product Manager

January 6, 2015

A Guide to European River Cruising

A river cruise through Europe is truly a treat for your senses. Imagine the different cultures that line each river. The diversity of food, architecture, history and traditions you’ll find as you pass through each captivating country, each more fascinating than the last. A European river cruise promises visually stunning panoramas around every bend. Lush rolling green hills, medieval castles, villages and forests are right outside your window. And on shore await famous museums, churches, ruins, cathedrals, outdoor cafés and cobblestoned villages for you to explore.

If you’d like to experience the wonders of Europe, the best way to do it is on its waterways – on a stunning Avalon ship. At Avalon, we have an incredible variety of choices for you, with 27 different itineraries on 15 spectacular ships. You can travel on seven different European rivers. And with everything from a quick 4-night cruise to a leisurely 22-night cruise, you can pick the getaway that’s right for you. Plus, we offer 10 special interest cruises. So wherever you want to go, or whatever you want to do, we’ve got you covered.

The Suite Ships® of Avalon have revolutionized the way people river cruise. Our spacious,
innovative Panorama SuitesSM are some of the largest in river cruising, featuring our unique Open-Air Balconies® with giant wall-to-wall windows that provide spectacular views. And once you leave your room you will find that same attention to detail everywhere onboard. You’ll also find fewer people. Which means more space everywhere you go. More space. Bigger views. More comfort. Our innovative Suite Ships deliver more of everything to you.

It begins with the newest ships on the rivers of Europe, and continues down to the smallest details, like L’Occitane® bath products in your stateroom. And everywhere in between, we stand far above our competition. We boast the largest staterooms and suites on the European waters. We offer awe-inspiring views out our wall-to-wall windows and luxurious amenities throughout our ships. With the best Certified Local Guides in the business, our land excursions are second to none. Our amenities are countless, including fitness centers, flatscreen TVs, Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs and whirlpool, free Wi-Fi and many more. And assistance is always available through our guest services. With our new Avalon Choice® cruising, you can now customize every last detail of your river cruise, so it’s a one-of-a-kind experience created specifically for you. Come experience a cruise unlike any other.

In order to deliver a cruise unlike any other, we’re constantly evolving the Avalon experience, adding intriguing features—and exciting new ships—every year! For 2015, we’re adding two more Suite Ships® to our fleet. Joining the Artistry II®, Expression®, PanoramaSM, Visionary®, VistaSM, IlluminationSM, ImpressionSM, and Avalon Poetry II®, the gorgeous Avalon Tranquility II® and Tapestry II® will grace the legendary waters of Europe. So, what makes a Suite Ship so sweet? Our exclusive Panorama Suites – exquisite accommodations with more space to stretch out and enjoy your cruise, innovative room configuration to highlight every view, and a huge Open-Air Balcony® that provides an indoor/outdoor seating area without sacrificing room space. Plus, we offer Avalon Choice®…for a uniquely customizable river cruise adventure.


With inviting spaces, luxurious appointments and comfortable amenities, our contemporary design is
what separates an Avalon ship from every other ship in river cruising. With the largest staterooms on European waters, Avalon staterooms are magnificent retreats that boast a minimum of 172 square feet of spaciousness. Choose your room size, choose your room configuration, choose your pillow—no one offers you the room choices Avalon does.

Avalon ships were built with your comfort and pleasure in mind. Wherever you find yourself on the ship, elegant, contemporary spaces provide plenty of seating and cozy spots to relax. Meticulous millwork, hand-applied finishes, contemporary décor and designer lighting surround you, providing a place you’ll enjoy just relaxing and immersing yourself in the wonders of your river cruise adventures.


Introducing an entirely new concept in river cruising. We didn’t just design our cruises with you in mind. We developed them for you to design. At every turn, you’ll enjoy the luxury of choice—something you’ll only find with Avalon Choice® cruising; from deciding what and where you eat, to selecting your room configuration and cruising style. From choosing your on-land discoveries and onboard enrichments, to making online, pre-sail customizations via MyAvalon,SM every experience and every nuance—is yours.