Avalon Waterways is including a host of active and off-the-beaten-path activities on a NEW Active Discovery on the Rhine itinerary so guests can see Europe through a whole new lens. The winning formula behind the line’s popular Active Discovery on the Danube cruises will be introduced to the Rhine River in the form of the new Active Discovery on the Rhine itineraries – sailing both northbound and southbound. Guests can bike along the Rhine, climb to a castle, explore mines beneath a volcano, take a painting class, dress up in real Roman attire to reenact Roman Games, and much more. These engaging 8-day itineraries sail between Amsterdam and Frankfurt while introducing guests to unfamiliar experiences sure to enhance our view of the world. The new Active Discovery on the Rhine cruises feature departures from May 2018 – September 2018, all aboard Avalon Waterway’s Felicity river ship.
“Our NEW Active Discovery on the Rhine cruises introduce travelers to the people and places of Europe in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable,” explains Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “On both our Rhine and Danube River Active Discovery itineraries, every port gives travelers a world of possibilities as they interact with the locals and choose from a plethora of dynamic activities – a vast majority of which are included – that most appeal to them. It’s the Old World in a whole new way.”
April 17, 2017 No Comments
Like James Cook, Vasco da Gama or Marco Polo, you can set out on your own expedition to parts unknown (at least unknown to you) via an expedition cruise. An expedition cruise is one where you are being active in an exotic locale. You are getting out into the elements, getting up close and personal with a penguin or a blue footed booby or hiking through the jungle. When onboard, the expedition continues as you learn about the region in which you are sailing, understanding its natural resources and wildlife patterns.
While your experience on shore is usually very active, onboard you are most likely spending that time enjoying an enrichment class, relaxing with a spa treatment, rejuvenating with a hearty gourmet meal or resting in your spacious stateroom. An expedition cruise is not a cruise for the masses; these are exclusive experiences where you’ll be sailing through rivers, oceans and seas in smaller vessels that can traverse a variety of environments from the reef-laden coasts of Australia to the glacier-filled waters of Antarctica. If you are ready, keep reading to discover the cruise lines that offer expedition cruising and learn about their varied offerings. [Read more →]
October 22, 2013 No Comments
Last year Avalon Waterways introduced the Visionary and the Vista to their fleet, last month they introduced Avalon Artistry II and just this week they welcomed her sister ship, Avalon Expression. All of these ships are considered Suite Ships, which include Panorama Suites that are on average 30 percent larger than staterooms on other river ships. Avalon did this by bringing the balcony in so each of these rooms has a full wall of windows that slide away to give passengers 7 feet of open air. The 200 square foot rooms make up 80 percent of the staterooms onboard these Suite Ships. [Read more →]
May 8, 2013 No Comments
Celebrating a hobby or a passion while on a vacation to a beautiful destination is the best of both worlds. Not only are you discovering something new, but you are meeting others who share your interests. River cruise line Avalon Waterways has seen the profound effects their specialized sailings have had on their passengers, and for 2014 they have decided to increase the number of themed sailings by 30 percent. Each sailing will focus on a certain interest and provide insight and activities geared around that interest both on land and while on the river.
In 2014 Avalon will introduce four new specialty themes to their already impressive list of themed sailings. Those new themes are:
- Beer Tasting – This sailing on October 13, 2014 will visit sites in Austria and Germany and passengers will be able to participate in onboard tastings, tours of historic breweries and attend onboard lectures about European beer brewing techniques.
- Golf – The July 7, 2014 sailing of the Austrian Highlights and Bavaria cruise allows passengers to participate in special golf excursions. Don’t worry, Avalon will set up the tee times.
- Wellness – Also departing July 7, 2014, the Wellness cruise will have passengers start their morning with stretching and yoga. Throughout the cruise healthy and delicious meals will be served onboard and passengers can attend lectures on leading a healthy life. This cruise will take place on the Blue Danube Discovery itinerary, which sails from Budapest to Prague.
- WWI History – 2014 marks the centennial of the start of WWI. Avalon will have two sailings that delve into the history of this great war with onboard lectures, and visit some of the key battlegrounds or landmarks from the war. The two sailings are the July 14, 2014 Grand France itinerary and July 22, 2014 Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches itinerary.
Other themed sailings include:
- Art & Impressionist
- European History & Politics
- Jewish Heritage
- Jazz Music
- Classical Music
- Festive Time
These sailings are limited so please call a consultant at The Cruise Web to ensure a spot on one of these amazing theme cruises. For a limited time you can save $250 per person when you book any 2014 European cruise from Avalon Waterways, so don’t wait till these sailings are sold out.
April 26, 2013 No Comments
Courtesy of Avalon Waterways.
There has been an annual 10 percent increase in passengers for river cruises in the last five years, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. To keep up with the demand, Avalon Waterways is introducing new ships, offering more sailings and new itineraries in Europe. [Read more →]
July 18, 2012 1 Comment
I have had a lot of clients ask me what I thought of river cruises and differences they can expect after years of sailing on ocean-faring cruises. Clients who have been on a LOT of ocean cruises and are somewhat experiencing “port fatigue” are really looking to other alternatives for their holidays. However, they’re hesitant to give up a lot of the conveniences that ocean cruises offer when planning a vacation. I recently returned from a river cruise through the “lowlands” of Europe this past May, and here are my thoughts if you are considering a river cruise for future travel plans. I’ll go beyond the usual “ships are smaller, the voyage is more intimate” to share some things that may surprise you.
July 18, 2012 2 Comments
Can you guess the location of the river cruise photo featured above? Post your guess in the comments below.
April 18, 2012 16 Comments
Courtesy of Avalon Waterways.
Starting in 2013, passengers on any Avalon Waterways’ river cruise will have more options when it comes to touring ports and dining. This week the company announced a new initiative called Avalon Choice. “Now, and only with Avalon, at every turn, cruisers will enjoy the luxury of choice,” said Patrick Clark, managing director for Avalon Waterways.
April 13, 2012 No Comments
Courtesy of Avalon Waterways.
Cruising with Avalon Waterways is about to get even more “suite.” The small-ship cruise company will unveil two more ships – the Avalon Expression and Avalon Artistry II to join three other “Suite Ships.” A “Suite Ship” boasts two full decks of suites – 200-square foot Panorama Suites (293 total) and 300-square foot Royal Suites (10 total). That’s right, all cabins in these ships will be suites – bringing the fleet’s “Suite Ship” total to five.
The Avalon Expression and Avalon Artistry II will be joining the Panorama, Vista and Visionary in sailing the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers in Europe in 2013.
“Seeing the Old World doesn’t mean you have to cruise on an old ship,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “On an Avalon cruise, travelers will step aboard Europe’s youngest fleet where they’ll find themselves surrounded by the most expansive views, innovative technologies and inspired designs available.”
March 20, 2012 No Comments
The Cruise Web is pleased to announce the addition of two new preferred cruising partners, Avalon Waterways and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. The Cruise Web’s preferred partnerships mean that The Cruise Web can offer you, our client, the best values for both of these excellent river and small-ship cruise lines. Continue below for more information on our two new cruising partners.
Avalon Waterway’s 80+ years of experience offers river cruises like no other. With larger, luxuriously appointed staterooms, locally inspired cuisine, and more educational opportunities than any other line, Avalon will inspire, enlighten and engage all of your senses. Avalon’s exclusive Panorama Suites await you, with 360-degree views of the countryside as you travel through Europe.
Additional itineraries in Egypt, Asia and the Galapagos Islands allow you to explore some of the world’s most fascinating destinations up-close and personal, with all the contemporary amenities you desire. With the youngest fleet in river cruising, Avalon’s 120 all-inclusive itineraries have been designed to meet the needs of luxury and budget-minded travelers, boomers and young families looking to take in the sights, smells and sounds of some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, not accessible by traditional cruise ships.
To learn more about Avalon Waterways, please visit: http://cruiseweb.com/cruise-lines/avalon-waterways
Uniworld River Cruises, the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line, offer voyages to Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. With an average guest size of 130 guests per voyage, Uniworld is able to offer anticipatory service that is truly sublime. Uniworld’s guests enjoy complimentary wine and beer at each of their gourmet dinners, free WiFi access, and access to cultural enrichment programs.
Offering both “Go Active” and “Gentle Walking” tours, Uniworld caters to discerning guests of all fitness levels, who desire the opportunity to experience the interior of some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating destinations, delivered with the charm of old world style that makes them the hallmark of luxury.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s unique partnership with Red Carnation Hotels – an award-winning collection of five-star luxury boutique hotels – results in an uncompromising guest experience. With exquisite boutique design, superb service and world-class cuisine, Uniworld creates memories that will last a lifetime.
To learn more about Uniworld River Cruises, please visit: http://cruiseweb.com/cruise-lines/uniworld-river-cruises
The Cruise Web, Inc.
February 22, 2012 No Comments