• Experience a world beyond your expectations. Choose from our award-winning vacations on virtually every continent with local favorites and off-the-beaten-path experiences only Globus can share.

  • We know why you travel. You’d rather have an extra day exploring than a fancy chocolate on your pillow. Enjoy VIP inclusions and world-class experiences at budget-friendly prices.

  • Embrace your independent spirit with the freedom to discover the world without getting lost. Enjoy independent travel confidently with guided sightseeing, loads of free time, and a knowledgeable Monograms Local Host in each destination.

  • Happiness flows on an Avalon river cruise. From Asia to South America and Europe to the Nile, you’ll cruise in relaxed luxury with river cruising’s widest views of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.

While we were busy delivering first-rate service to our guests on Avalon Waterways, it seems a few people noticed. We're humbled and happy to share kudos we've received from some of the industry's most respected experts in river cruising, including readers and editors of Cruise Critic, USA Today, Conde Nast, and TravelAge. It seems we've struck the right note with our award-winning Panorama SuitesSM, Open–Air BalconiesSM, Panorama Windows, exceptional shore excursions, and flexible dining options. But we're not ones to rest on our laurels. Our biggest reward is making our cruise guests feel happy — from the first throw of the bowlines to the last drop of the anchor. That’s the Avalon difference, and it doesn't get much better than that!

    Cruise Critic

    Avalon River Cruise Awards

    2019

    • Cruisers' Choice Award Top European River Cruise Ship Line
    • Editors' Pick Best Shore Excursions
    • Cruisers’ Choice Award Top 10 River Cruise Ships - Avalon Imagery II®, Avalon Expression®, Avalon Poetry II®, Avalon Tapestry II®

    2018

    • Best River Cruise Line Cabins

    2017

    • Best River Cruise Line Cabins

    2016

    • Best River Cruise Line Cabins

    2015

    • Best River Cruise Line Cabins

    2010

    • Best River Cruise Line



    Conde Nast Traveler

    Avalon River Cruise Awards

    2018

    • Top 10 Best River Cruise
    • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Overall River Cruise Ship (Avalon PanoramaSM)
    • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Overall River Cruising (Avalon Waterways)

    2016

    • Finalist - Top River Cruises

    2015

    • Finalist - Top River Ships

    2014

    • Top River Cruise Line

    2013

    • Top 40 Cruise Ships 2013 (Avalon Creativity®)

    2012

    • Top 5 Best River Cruise Lines

    2011

    • Top 5 Best River Cruise Lines

    2010

    • Top Cruise Ships 2010

    2009

    • Gold List
    • Top Cruise Ships 2009

    2008

    • Voted a Top 10 Small-Ship Cruise Line in 2008 Reader's Choice awards


    USA Today

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    2021

    • No. 1 Best River Cruise Ship – Avalon Envision®
    • Voted 10 Best River Cruise Ship – Avalon Tranquility II®
    • Voted 10 Best River Cruise Line – Avalon Waterways

    2019

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Lines in USA Today's 10Best 2019 readers' choice awards.
    • Avalon Envision® ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Ships in USA Today's 10Best 2019 readers' choice awards.

    2018

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Lines in USA Today's 10Best 2018 readers' choice awards.

    2017

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Lines in USA Today's 10Best 2017 readers' choice awards.

    2015

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Lines in USA Today's 10Best 2015 readers' choice awards.

    Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

    Avalon River Cruise Awards

    2011

    • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Advertising/Marketing Campaign (Avalon PanoramaSM)
    • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Overall River Cruise Ship (Avalon PanoramaSM)
    • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Overall River Cruising (Avalon Waterways)

    2009

    • Gold Winner/Cruise Ship: Best Overall River Cruising
    • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: River Cruise Ship (Avalon Affinity®)
    • Silver Winner/Cruise Ship: Marketing Campaign (Virtual Tours)

    Travel + Leisure World's Best

    Avalon River Cruise Awards

    2019

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 among River Cruises in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2019 readers' survey.

    2013

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 among River Cruises in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2013 readers' survey.

    2011

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 5 among River Cruises in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2011 readers' survey.

    2010

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 5 among River Cruises in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2011 readers' survey.

    2009

    • Top 10 Small-Ship Cruise Line - #2

    2007

    • Top 10 Small-Ship Cruise Line

    Travel Age West Wave Awards

    Avalon River Cruise Awards

    2019

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Lines in USA Today's 10Best 2019 readers' choice awards.
    • Avalon Envision® ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Ships in USA Today's 10Best 2019 readers' choice awards.

    2018

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Lines in USA Today's 10Best 2018 readers' choice awards.

    2017

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Lines in USA Today's 10Best 2017 readers' choice awards.

    2015

    • Avalon Waterways ranked in the top 10 River Cruise Lines in USA Today's 10Best 2015 readers' choice awards.



    Cruise Report

    Avalon River Cruise Awards

    2017

    • Best River Cruise Accommodations - Avalon VistaSM - Panorama Suite
    • Best Panorama Lounge - Avalon VistaSM



Affiliations and Memberships

Avalon River Cruise


Sustainable Travel

Avalon is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment and to reducing its dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

Sustainable Travel
Sustainable Travel

Avalon Traveler Icons: Cambodia Project

Kailyan Mith program Siem Reap; part of the ChildSafe Network Visiting Cambodia can be a life-changing experience. Two things that visitors remember are the amazing archaeological treasures and the Cambodian people. Their warm, friendly personalities truly leave a lasting impression-as do their touching stories. Today, there is no story more important to tell than the growing number of children living in poverty.

Siem Reap, with its proximity to the temples of Angkor, has developed into a major tourism centre in Cambodia. In 2013, Cambodia saw 4.2 million tourists and over half of these visitors arrived through Siem Reap. This recent growth in tourism has brought a good deal of wealth to the city, which has led a growing number of impoverished families to move to the city from surrounding villages in hopes of a better life. Often unprepared and with few employable skills, the hope for economic opportunities has instead increased the number of children, families, and mothers with small babies begging or selling souvenirs to tourists on the streets and around the temples.

To respond to these challenges, Avalon, in partnership with Tourism Cares, is proud to help fund the ChildSafe Network. Initiated by Friends-International, this powerful, proven program enlists the tourism community, both local and international, to support the welfare, advancement, and safety of children.

In Siem Reap, the ChildSafe Network is run by the Friends-International program Kaliyan Mith, which offers a comprehensive range of services and projects. This includes outreach to children and youth living on the streets, providing a safe space for young people through drop-in centres, an educational centre and school re-integration, vocational training and employment for youth and their parents, and the provision of temporary accommodation through a transitional home. The program also includes awareness-raising campaigns where child begging is especially prominent as well as a 24/7 ChildSafe Emergency Hotline.

Avalon is a firm believer in this mission. Education is the key-not only for the children but for all visitors, and we do all we can to ensure that the begging lifestyle is not promoted on our journeys that visit Siem Reap and the rest of Asia.