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Avalon BrochurePart of the Globus family of brands, Avalon Waterways is backed by more than 80 years of experience in planning itineraries and guiding vacations around the world. And as experts in travel, Avalon continues to raise the bar when it comes to river and small-ship cruising by creating truly unique getaways – on one of the youngest fleets on the waterways today. Travellers gave our river cruise vacations a 98% satisfaction rating on post-river cruise surveys.

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 their very first ship, inspired design innovations became the new standard. Avalon 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 they elevated interior design from traditional to contemporary.

Maybe it’s Avalon’s Swiss heritage that gives them their passion for detail and drive to create state-of-the-art ships – Avalon is 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, Avalon’s ships are thoughtfully designed and appointed with materials praised for their quality, beauty and functionality.

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