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Owner, Lia Vincent, on a 7-night Rhine river cruise.
Oceans take you to countries; rivers take you through them. River cruising is without a doubt, the most relaxing way to travel. Unpack your bags once, and experience and take it all in. Sail between grand capitals and charming villages as your intimate ship docks in the heart of destinations often unreachable by ocean liners.
“Avalon shattered all of our misconceptions about river cruising. We loved our spacious stateroom, the dining options and the delicious food. There was so much to do every day; I never even cracked open the book I brought to read.”
- Becky T.
Avalon Waterways sets the standard in river and small-ship cruising with the newest fleet, the most included shore excursions, the widest range of choices and extraordinary itineraries.
Experienced travelers agree that an Avalon Waterway river cruising is one of the most enjoyable and hassle-free ways to discover a destination!
Book now thru January 3, 2023 and fly free (plus save up to $1000 per couple) from select U.S cities select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe River Cruise.
Both lines have a lot in common as far as river cruising. They both operate in Europe's major rivers as well as in Asia. They are both considered moderately priced. Viking is the largest river cruise line with over 70 ships versus a fleet of 19 with Avalon. Viking having more fleets mean more available dates/sailings. Avalon is owned by Globus that also specializes in land tours so they can provide a host of options for pre and post cruise excursions. Viking's expertise will be mainly on river cruising.
Choose Avalon if you like specialty cruises and consider Viking if you want a choice of dates. Also look at the itineraries to see which ones appeal to you. I hope this gives you an idea of which line to consider. Let me know if we can be of any more help to you.
For the comparable price point of Viking vs. Avalon vs. AmaWaterways vs. Uniworld, we love AmaWaterways. They are also the preferred river cruise company of Disney, as Adventures by Disney goes through AmaWaterways.
We're proud to partner with such a prestigious river cruise company!
"From the beginning, our goal was to create a river cruise company that we ourselves would enjoy. To us, that meant the highest-quality, locally sourced food and wine; elegantly appointed ships with staterooms offering maximum views to enjoy the ever-changing countryside; and a crew who goes above and beyond, treating every guest like they are part of OUR family."
- Avalon Waterways
With an average of just 156 guests, AMA's ships allow you to experience luxury unencumbered by crowds. With so much included in your river cruise package, simply choose your itinerary and we’ll take care of the rest, ensuring peace of mind every step of the way.
Europe, Asia and Africa's peaceful waterways provide your pathway for journeys of a lifetime. No one can match AMA's signature twin-balcony concept. 20 of their European ships are honored with Green Awards.
You get to choose your experience! With small groups, guided shore excursions and a variety of choices, you can personalize every aspect of your experience with hiking and biking adventures, tastings and city tours, while choosing your own pace to explore.
The slower pace of river cruising allows for more free time. Take a dip in the sun-deck pool, relax with a soothing massage or watch the scenery glide by with a glass of wine in hand – moments to experience as you wish.
AMA's professionally trained Wellness Hosts lead the way with complimentary fitness classes and onshore experiences. Plus, enjoy healthy cuisine prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients.
All fine dining on board, plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, is included – even The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant. Ama's membership in La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs means every meal is designed to impress.
Stay connected with high-quality complimentary Wi-Fi and the innovative myAmaCruise app, which includes all your electronic travel documents and more.
Throughout your experience, you will get to know your waiters, bartenders and stateroom stewards personally as they greet you by name, remember your unique dietary preferences and treat you as esteemed members of their own family.
No two travelers are alike – that’s why Avalon offers a variety of experiences that cater to your individual preferences. From specially-curated excursions to wellness activities to quiet sun-deck reading corners, there are so many unique ways to spend your day. Whether you are traveling solo, enjoying a girlfriend getaway or reuniting with family for a milestone celebration, there is truly something for everyone.
Avalon Waterways is thrilled to be nominated in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards in the following categories:
Best River Cruise Line
Best River Cruise Ship (AmaMagna, AmaSerena)
Why should your client sail the Mekong River with Avalon Waterways?
You might come alone, but you won’t sail alone. Upon boarding Ama's ships and highly-trained crew members will welcome you to your new home away from home. You’ll meet your fellow travelers at the welcome reception and get to know them better during excursions or meal times. You can also enjoy the journeys through each small town on your own or in Ama's small group tours.
Why settle for imagining nature's beauty when you can enjoy it for yourself? Discover the largest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls, along the Zambezi River. Recognized as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, you'll experience it with us on our Africa Safaris & Wildlife Cruise!
With a seasoned travel agent ready to assist you, the natural wonders and distinct culture of traveling abroad are yours to discover! Explore colonial cities, ancient ruins, hidden cenotes, and architectural treasures, and create a new experience every time you visit. In the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, discover a fascinating blend of sun, culture, and archaeological ruins, and astounding beauty. In Central Mexico, discover charming UNESCO World Heritage colonial cities. The diversities are fascinating. From golden sand beaches and jungle forests of the Pacific Coast to the Land's End and endless horizons in the Sea of Cortes. We can help you arrange a vacation you will not soon forget.
Unspoiled, unhurried and uncrowded. Fiji is the land of happiness in the heart of the South Pacific, blessed with over 300 tropical islands. Here you'll find classic images of an island paradise - turquoise lagoons, sun-drenched beaches and swaying palm trees.
But it's the people that make the islands so special and the hospitality is warm and welcoming. Take time to mingle with the locals and relax. You will enjoy their genuine nature. Experience the true Bahamas. From its pristine naturan beauty to a host of water and land sports. We can help you plan an unforgettable vacation, whether you are seeking a romantic escape or an activity-filled stay. Everyday you'll find something new to discover.
Like sparking jewels in crystal-clear waters, the islands of the Caribbean and Bermuda beckon travelers to discover the natural beauty and unique culture each one has to offer. Explore World Heritage sites, spectacular beaches, tropical rainforests, and more. The Caribbean and Bermuda is where all the senses come to life. See the beauty of the natural landscapes. Hear the rhythm of Caribbean music. Smell the fragrances of tropical flowers, and taste the diversity of the Caribbean cuisine. Whether you seek an adventure-filled vacation or a leisure stay soaking in the local culture, a memorable vacation awaits. Let us make it easy and help you arrange your perfect experience on the island or islands of your choice.
Explore the Caribbean islands onboard a private crewed catamaran, for up to 10 of your closest friends or family in five cabins. Relax as your captain navigate over turquoise waters from one exotic port to the next, while your chef prepares delectable meals to enjoy onboard or on a secluded beach.
Your journey embarks from one of five Moorings’ bases, on a luxury crewed catamaran, like a fabulous floating resort, with a dedicated crew providing the utmost in personalized service onboard. At each tranquil anchorage, you will have the chance to explore the culture, shop in charming boutiques, sample local delicacies, or stroll on a white-sand beach of a new island. Each day is a new discovery of experiences you won’t soon forget.
From stunning seascapes to rare wildlife and granite and coral islands, your experience in the Maldives or Seychelles will be as unforgettable as these worlds-away locations in the Indian Ocean.
Comprising 26 atolls and 1,190 islands dating back 2,500 years, the Republic of Maldives is a serene masterpiece in natural landscaping and home to one of the world’s most diverse underwater marine life. Its capital, Malé, is easily reached by ferry from the main airport.
The Republic of Seychelles is a 115-island archipelago of legendary and unspoiled beauty, between 4º and 10º south of the equator. The inner islands cluster around the islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, and are renowned for their granite formations and stunning beaches.
Morning - Prepare for a two-tank dive, exploring a vibrant thila (submerged reef) and an overhang full of soft corals. Nondivers can snorkel or relax on board.
Afternoon - Set anchor at a virgin island. Divers can explore the open waters on a channel dive; nondivers can water-ski or tube in the lagoon. Later, enjoy a relaxing massage on the beach.
Evening - Take a fishing trip aboard a local dhoni boat and enjoy sunset at sea with cocktails. Set anchor and savor a BBQ dinner on a beautiful sandbank. See video highlights of the day with after-dinner drinks in the lounge.
Cruises and Inclusions -
All cruise packages aboard Four Seasons Explorer include:
• Seaplane and speedboat transfers
• Diving and recreational activities
• Full-board meals, bottled water, and nonalcoholic
beverages for up to two • Fresh fruit in your stateroom upon arrival
• Luxurious accommodations onboard
Northward Cruise: Three Nights -
Sail from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa to Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru via the Malé and Baa atolls.
Southward Cruise: Four Nights -
Discover four secluded atolls between Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.
Circuit Cruise: Seven Nights -
Visit five atolls on the ultimate dive cruise.
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