Launched in 2004, Avalon Waterways is a cruise line which is part of the Globas family of brands. Avalon Waterways has 11 European ships and has headquarters in various countries around the world. Recognised worldwide for its unique river cruising vacations, Avalon Waterways has been a member of the “Cruise Lines International Association” (CLIA) since 2009.
Avalon features 7 different themes and travels to Europe, Asia, Egypt and Galapagos. The 7 featured themes are:
- Wine River Cruises
- Art River Cruises
- Jazz River Cruises
- History and politics cruises
- Jewish Heritage Cruises
- Music River Cruises
- Culinary River Cruises
Avalon Waterways has won 28 awards including “Best River Cruise Line,” “Best River Cruise Ship,” and the most recent “Top 40 Cruise Ships 2012.” They are a member of associations such as NEST, NACTA, BBB and ASTA to name just a few.
Avalon Waterways ships have a number of bistros which offer grilled al fresco lunches as well as an A La Carte menu. The “Panorama Bistro” offers four-course meals and panorama windows so that you can enjoy the views as you dine. “The special culinary” option includes breakfast, lunch and dinner with a five-course meal at the beginning of your cruise as a “welcome dinner.” Avalon Waterways allows you to experience different cultures through local cuisine cooked by local chefs.
The interior of Avalon Waterways ships is modern and contemporary. They offer a comfortable stay while keeping the design elegant. The staterooms are spacious with various features such as marble bathrooms, subtle scented sticks and deluxe woven carpets. Suites have flat screen televisions which are complete with movie channels. The suits also have bathrobes, slippers and alarm clocks for their guests. Royal Suites and Panorama Suites have spacious balconies, panorama windows and use of the iPad Mobile Digital Devices.
Avalon Waterways offer an all-round cultural experience as they invite local entertainment aboard their ships. You can take part in activities such as wine tasting and movie nights as well as other special events, depending on your site and the culture that you are experiencing. There are also amenities such as a fitness centre, W-Fi, a hair salon, a self-serve beverage station, a library and a whirlpool.
Avalon Waterways allow you to personalise your river cruise by pre-selecting your activities and drink packages. They claim that they give you “choice and personalisation” which ranges from dietary requirements to the length of your itineraries.
During 2013, Avalon Waterways will have a number of new itineraries to choose from including “The Tulips of Northern Holland” and “The Capitals of Central Europe.” They also have two new upcoming ships that will sail on the Danube and Rhine Rivers. Avalon Waterways have deals and savings featured on their website for the year 2013.
Avalon Waterways show a number of testimonials on their website from many happy customers saying how clean the ships were and how friendly the staff were.
The target customers for Avalon Waterways’ are aged fifty plus. The passengers are usually “upscale” North Americans. On the web, 75% out of 55 customers “loved” their stay with Avalon Waterways claiming it to have been “a wonderful experience.”