From quaint, picturesque villages to bustling cities with abounding culture, Europe boasts an array of experiences within mere miles of one another. We caught up with Pam Hoffee, Managing Director of Avalon Waterways, to discover how travellers can immerse themselves into all Europe has to offer without sacrificing relaxation.
Q: Why should travellers consider booking with Avalon Waterways?
Travellers would enjoy a few unique aspects of river cruising when they book with Avalon.
First, our award-winning Panorama Suite was named by Cruise Critic for four consecutive years as the “Best Cabin in River Cruising.” Not only is the Panorama Suite 30 percent larger than the industry standard stateroom, our wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows open wider than any other, creating river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony®. Plus, our beds face the windows giving Avalon guests a bed with incredible views. Even if you’re a seasoned traveller, you’ve never seen Europe like this. Couple that with a crew who’s warm and welcoming and the best of the best land programs. Avalon is part of the Globus family of brands, a tour operator with 90+ years of experience in immersive experiences, and cruisers get to choose from three unique sightseeing styles: Classic, Active or Discovery.
It all adds up to a river cruise line that’s uniquely positioned to deliver a river cruise experience unlike any other.
Q: What type of traveller / travel experience does Avalon Waterways cater to?
Avalon caters to experienced travellers in their 50’s and 60’s, on average, who love being taken care of while on vacation yet also want to maintain independence and autonomy. They want to cruise their own way and make their own choices, but they like guidance.
We also cater to a new, more active/engaged river cruiser with our Active & Discovery cruises. These cruises are great for those new to river cruising, looking to do more, multi-generational travellers needing a wide variety of choices, and for repeat cruisers who want to experience new ports and different, immersive sightseeing options while at sail on their favorite rivers.
Q: How much can people expect to spend when booking with Avalon Waterways?
On average, an Avalon Waterways cruise (per couple) will cost about $9,000 in an award-winning Panorama Suite for a 7-night cruise (without airfare). Pricing varies based on seasonality and available early booking offers and incentives. Remember, too, that river cruising is inclusive. This price includes daily shore excursions, regional wine and beer, lunch and dinner. Very little additional spending should be expected once on board.
Q: If a traveller could pick only one destination Avalon Waterways offers, which do you recommend and why?
I would recommend Europe, of course, and the Danube River specifically, since it’s one of the most popular, requested rivers in Europe. Avalon Waterways offers more lengths, unique sailing segments and combo-river cruise options than any other company. From European capitals like Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna, and from the Wachau Valley to the Danube Delta, no one will help you enjoy all the sights, sounds and stunning scenery of the Danube like we will.
Q: Describe an Avalon Waterways experience in one phrase.