In 2013, Avalon is adding more personalization to its cruise itineraries by introducing three tour types:
- Essential Sightseeing gives travelers a basic orientation with the must-sees, then more time to explore on their own.
- Traditional Sightseeing offers cruisers the great on-shore sightseeing they’ve always enjoyed.
- Leisurely Sightseeing takes things slower, allowing cruisers to take it all in.
Avalon Waterways CuisineAvalon is introducing Avalon Choice Dining at every meal. This concept will give cruisers the ability to choose from several dining options throughout each day – from experiencing the local culture through cuisine at special culinary events to a la carte dining – and multiple venues on board and off. In some cities, the Guest Services team will offer travelers on-shore dining options, thus providing an opportunity to enjoy the local culture, through food, off-ship. In addition to the variety of dining options, Avalon is also expanding the times for meals. Breakfast times will appeal to both early- and late-risers, and Night Fare will be served at 10:30 pm.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will continue to be served in the Avalon ships' panoramic dining room, and al fresco lunches will be served in the outdoor Sky Bistro. However, in addition, guests can have a light dinner with local specialties and regional wines in the new Panorama Bistro or they can order continental breakfast in their cabins.
Avalon also plans to offer its guests a nice selection of special onboard culinary events, such as "tastings" of famous local dishes from some of the local chefs and relaxing afternoon tea.