Say goodbye to the waves, and hello to the world and another type of cruise! River cruising with Avalon Waterways still has all the benefits of being onboard a ship but in a way that elevates your cruising experience. River cruising allows you to cruise without the crowds, explore new destinations with ease, and sail in an intimate setting. If you’re considering trading an ocean cruise for a river cruise, read on to find out more about why you should choose a river cruise with Avalon.  

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More off-ship adventures 

Rhine Gorge

On a typical ocean cruise, your itinerary often includes a few days out at sea when you’re travelling from Point A to Point B. This is never the case with Avalon. River cruising means land is never far away so the passing scenery is a highlight, and your next off-ship adventure is just around the bend. And when you do sail during the day, it’s because there is something best seen from the water – like ancient castles dotted along the Rhine Gorge, a stretch of the Rhine River that has a high concentration of the castles. 

All staterooms are exterior rooms 

Panorama Suite view

All staterooms are exterior rooms so that you won’t miss a single thing while sailing. Avalon boasts the widest views in all of river (and ocean) cruising. Thanks to our award-winning Panorama Suites, your wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Open-Air Balcony was designed with our guests’ views in mind. After all, the spectacular views are one of the many perks of river cruising.  

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And the best part? More than 80% of our staterooms are Panorama Suites (in Europe; 100% in Southeast Asia). Your Open-Air Balcony opens to 7-feet wide on our European Suite Ships, and 11-feet-wide in Southeast Asia. Sit back and relax on your sofa or stretch out on your bed that specifically faces the view.  

More to explore on shore 

Docking in Rudesheim
Docking in the heart of Rüdesheim

Get straight to shore whilst river cruising and get the most out of the new city, town or village that your Suite Ship has docked in. A more intimate cruising experience means a smaller ship design that allows us to sail under centuries-old bridges and dock in the heart of your next port. Plus, with an average of only 150 guests onboard you won’t be queuing to get off- and onboard.  

Smaller ships yet bigger experiences 

Panorama Dining Room

Ocean cruises are known for being levels upon levels of a floating hotel. An Avalon river cruise is also a floating hotel yet feels more like a home-away-from-home with just three levels. A smaller ship ensures personalised service from our friendly crew, and still plenty of space for you to catch up with new friends, read a book or simply watch the world pass you by.  

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We place a big emphasis on curating a range of experiences. We don’t all have the same interests which is why our Avalon Choice selections are split into Classic, Discovery and Active excursions – take your pick each day and dive straight in.  

When compared to an ocean cruise, Avalon has smaller ships yet bigger experiences – all the more reason why you should choose a river cruise as your next holiday! Start planning and take a look at our range of river cruises today.  


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