Avalon Waterways offers travelers the perfect balance of enriching activities, included excursions, mouthwatering cuisine, and unmatched service. Looking forward to 2018, Avalon is expanding and giving their guests even more, including a new ship for the Mekong River, adding new active discovery river cruises and increasing the number of themed river cruises. Here are the highlights of what the new year has to come.
New Ship: Avalon Saigon
The line’s next new ship, Avalon Saigon, will allow travelers to be fully immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions, while sightseeing and spending time with locals in the most fascinating of places, the Mekong River in Southeast Asia.
The 36 passenger vessel has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features of a bigger ship, while retaining the colonial charm of Vietnam and Cambodia. Since the ship was built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, all the state rooms and public areas are bigger and never crowded.
The ship amenities will be similar to what you would expect with all Avalon ships. The air-conditioned Panorama lounge and the open-air observation lounge with shade system and premium lounge chairs provide breath taking views and plenty of secluded spots to relax. In the spacious open-seating dining room, you can enjoy delectable regional and western cuisine meals and seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients. All state rooms are suites with 14 foot panoramic windows that slide to create a huge open air balcony.
Avalon Saigon will set sail in September 2018, sailing between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap.
Expanded Active Discovery Cruises
Avalon Active Discovery is an exciting type of river cruise that introduces you to the people and places of Europe in the most energetic, lively and hands on way possible. This is a new and stimulating way to river cruise and to actively venture to well-known and off-the-beaten-path treasures.
Previously only offered on the Danube River, Active Discovery cruises will now be available on the Rhine River in 2018. The Rhine itineraries will run between Amsterdam and Frankfurt (and vice versa) and take place on the Avalon Felicity. Holding only 138 guests, the Felicity will visit different ports than the Avalon offers on its more traditional itineraries. The new and unique Rhine ports include Xanten, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Engers, Boppard, Eltville, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt.
At each stop, travelers can choose an activity that interests them every day. There will always be at least one included shore excursion that is designed to give passengers a more in-depth experience and view into the culture. Also available to all travelers is the traditional sightseeing guided tour, for guests who are interested in a more customary view of the new city they are visiting.
Active guests have their choice of excursion choices like climbing up to Marksburg Castle for a guided visit and spectacular views, or participating in a reenactment of Roman Games in Xanten, or biking along the Rhine River. For travelers looking to discover the gems of the area, you can participate in tasting the wine of the region in Eltville, the art of chocolate making at the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, and visit the Zollverein Coal Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
More Specialized Theme Cruises
Special interest cruises unite zealous travelers and other like-minded enthusiasts with their passions and pursuits. In 2018, some themes that have proven popular, like cruises that focus on wine or beer, have been expanded to include 4 beer cruises and double the amount of wine cruises.
Avalon is also adding some theme cruises that are unique and unexpected within river cruising. Some sailings on the Danube offer gold enthusiasts the ability to play a round in Budapest, Vienna, and Nuremberg, as an optional excursion. The Garden and Nature cruise will take passengers on a Dutch Waterways cruise to hidden gardens in Amsterdam and the spectacular Keukenhof (pictured above). Avalon Christmastime cruises in Europe have tripled in the past 3 years. Shopping for local, handmade crafts at the Christmas markets is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate the season.
Each Avalon Waterways was specifically designed to offer the best cruise experience possible. Whether you’d like a romantic mini-break, an extended exploration, or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you get to choose the river cruise that reveals the very best the world has to offer.