The modern, beautifully appointed ships are beacons of opulent travel, but to Avalon, luxury means more than simply curated artworks, divine décor and floor to ceiling windows. They are big believers that luxury on a river cruise is also about the little things, such as how a guest is greeted in the morning, about providing unexpected, yet utterly delightful personal touches, being friendly, not formal and working incredibly hard to make it all seem as seamless and as effortless as possible.
Avalon truly understands the nuances of high-end travel, that is, the team strongly believes luxury is more than providing an extensive wine list or impeccable chef-prepared local cuisines. They do that too, of course, but moreover the level of pure splendour you can enjoy on an Avalon cruise reflects their ethos about the ship itself being an intrinsic part of the experience.
They have a distinct focus on creating a seamless destination experience, whether a guest is on-board or on-shore, and the first port of call to achieve this is their innovative Panorama Suites.
Boasting river cruising’s only open-air balcony with suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, Avalon’s gorgeously appointed Panorama Suites are a spectacular sight to behold. Avalon guests can also enjoy an incredible 30% more room to relax than in industry standard staterooms, ensuring sweeping, unhindered vistas can be enjoyed at every destination in spacious, comfortable surrounds. Their innovative ship designs mean that whether a guest is relaxing with an Italian espresso in bed, tucking into a classic French crêpe deck-side or having a relaxing Indian-inspired yoga session on the Sky Deck, the cultural sights and cities of Europe can easily be enjoyed for all their opulence and glory before even stepping out of the luxury of the ship.
True luxury is about exciting all of your senses, for wine-lovers this may mean chats with an on-board sommelier about why that particular wine is wowing your palate, or learning about the history and prestige of the local wineries during a private vineyard tour.
For the foodies on-board, it can be tasting local cuisines made using locally sourced delicacies and seasonal fare in the Dining Room, through to savouring cheese direct from a local cheesemaker in amongst rolling meadows, or creating your own unique sweet treat at a chocolate factory. The unique service Avalon offers means that any destination’s sensory pleasures are just as exciting on-board as they are on-shore; the team behind each experience has thought of everything.
freedom and choice
There are three sightseeing choices available as a starting point for guests; Active, Discovery, and Classic. But in true Avalon style, they are only the starting point. Every single experience on an Avalon cruise is customisable. Guests can choose to do as little or as much as they wish, so if you feel like stepping out and experiencing the buzz of a city, or staying in to enjoy a quiet moment and a cocktail, it is your choice.
Plus, Avalon takes flexible cruising to a whole new level with their latest innovation, FlexDining. One of the biggest breakthroughs in cruise travel for culinary lovers, now you can forget being told when and when you have to eat on board. With Avalon, guests can have dinner wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. It’s your luxury river cruise after all!
So, now that your first destination – luxury – is taken care of, all that is left to do is choose from one of the many European, South American and Asian river cruises available!
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