Avalon Waterways cruise
Cruiselines: Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways sails European, Asian and South American rivers, with the addition of the Galapagos Islands cruise. It is mostly known for its spacious accommodation, whose units are among the largest on river cruisers.
Dining options are diverse, mostly consisting of specialties of the sailing regions. Each meal comprises several dishes, accompanied with homemade breads, appetizers, pastries, cereals, etc.
Musical and entertaining performances, various lectures, and movie nights are the main source of entertainment on board Avalon's ships. Welcome and Farewell parties are also organized.
Onboard activities vary, depending on the region you are sailing. South American, Asian and European cruises feature different special programs and lectures (those about nature, calligraphy, mah-jongg, culinary demonstrations, and such).
Fitness facilities consist of small Fitness Centers on each ship, and Sky Deck whirlpools on European cruising ships.
The dress code is casual, and formal suit isn't required.
Avalon Waterways' vessels don't dispose of children's programs and facilities. Only children over 8 years of age are allowed on board.
The Journey's Club is Avalon's loyalty program. The membership begins after completion of the first cruise, and includes various benefits.
A 98% satisfaction rating tells a great deal. The service is personalized, and provides top quality performance.
Specialty regional wines of the cruising regions are served with meals. Some cruises organize wine-tasting programs.
Major pros: large accommodation units with significant storage space; all inclusive service; interesting itineraries and destinations; lounges with panoramic views; personalization of the cruise elements. Major cons: lack of lavish parties and children's facilities.
Tips are included in cruising fares. Additional gratuities are appreciated.