September 14, 2021


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Contact: Melanie Gravdal

Avalon Waterways Expands Storyteller Series of Celebrity-Hosted Cruises – ON SALE NOW!


LITTLETON, Colorado – September 14, 2021 – Today, Avalon Waterways announced that it has expanded its STORYTELLER SERIES to include a NEW “All For You” cruise, featuring Sister Hazel. This exclusive Storyteller Series sailing from Frankfurt to Amsterdam will gift “Hazelnuts” a cruise through time and tales as they wind, bend and meander their way through hillside castles, terraced vineyards and medieval towns along the Rhine River with their favorite band. A featured host in Avalon Waterways’ Storyteller Series, Sister Hazel joins a line-up of other world-renowned storytellers, including Candace Bushnell, Cheryl Strayed, Gillian Flynn, Edwin McCain and Christopher Moore. Diana Gabaldon’s cruise, departing October 30, 2021, has sold-out.

Inviting cruisers to turn the page on their vacation plans, these celebrity-hosted itineraries sail through storybook settings, giving travel enthusiasts a week in Europe with chart-topping troubadours to capture insider narratives outside the pages of novels, scripts and song lyrics.

“Our exclusive Storyteller Series invites travelers to embark on incredible, ‘once upon a river’ vacations,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “With no more than 160 fellow travelers, fans of our celebrity hosts will be privy to a week of special gatherings – from book-signings to concerts and Q&A sessions – not to mention, off-the-cuff opportunities to interact with their host.”

Avalon Waterways’ NEW Storyteller Series is being offered on Europe’s most popular waterways – the Rhine, Danube and Seine Rivers – on the river cruise line’s highest-rated itineraries, sailing aboard its award-winning Suite Ships.

Of this series of cruises, the celebrity storytellers involved said the following:

  • “We don’t get a lot of firsts this far into our career.  Playing our music to our fans on a Rhine River cruise is an experience none of us would have imagined.  We’re grateful for the opportunity and excited for the experience!” – Jett Beres from Sister Hazel (NEW All For You cruise)
  • “One of the great pleasures of life is the setting, and what better backdrop to enjoy art, history, food and camaraderie than a river cruise on the Seine, a magical waterway that’s mesmerized and inspired since medieval times. This Avalon Active & Discovery Cruise will allow you to flow between the centuries without leaving the comforts of the present. Can’t wait to take this journey with you.” Candace Bushnell (Sex & The City of Lights cruise)
  • “Travel has long been a source of inspiration and rejuvenation for me and I cannot imagine a better place to seek (and find) both of those things than on the legendary Danube River. I could not be more excited to sail from Budapest to Deggendorf on the Avalon Active & Discovery cruise and I’m especially thrilled to be doing it with group of like-minded travelers. Together we’ll explore, connect, relax, and revel in the wild beauty that every adventure brings.” Cheryl Strayed (Wild & Whimsy on the Water cruise)
  • “I grew up alongside a river in the middle of America and have always been mesmerized by not just their beauty but their symbolism: of movement, change and possibility. So I’m truly thrilled to be spending time on the Avalon Waterways’ Active & Discovery cruise on the Danube River, in a part of the world I’ve not yet explored, learning and enjoying each day with true fellow travelers.” Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl! cruise)
  • “Nothing fires the imagination like travel; and traveling on a river cruise allows you to enjoy art, culture, and history, with an ease that frees the imagination to fly to the greatest heights of invention. I can’t wait to share the joy of discovery with fellow travelers.” Christopher Moore (Storybook Scenery, Sarcasm & Satire cruise)
  • “As a history lover I am very excited to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience.   My favorite shows I play are the most intimate ones.  This cruise is going to provide such a great setting.  Really looking forward to sharing an incredible trip with you all.” Edwin McCain (I’ll Be … Romancing the Rhine cruise)

BOOK NOW INCENTIVE: SAVE $500/couple on 2022 Europe Storyteller Series Cruises and enjoy special access to meet & greet event. For more information, visit, email, call 866.755.8573 or contact a preferred travel advisor.

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