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Avalon Waterways Adds More Personalization to River Cruises

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"Avalon Choice" - More Options for Touring and Dining
Avalon Panorma cabin

The Avalon Panorama was the first Avalon Waterways river vessel to feature huge panoramic windows in its cabins and suites.

Avalon Panorama (c) Linda Garrison
Avalon Waterways introduced its first "suite ship", the Avalon Panorama just last year. Two other new river ships, the Avalon Vista and Avalon Visionary, followed this year.

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.
This concept is similar to the "fast walking", "slow walking", and "regular pace" tours currently seen at some river cruise ports of call.

Avalon Waterways already offers guided bike excursions in several European ports and will add Nordic walking sticks in 2013. In addition, travelers can select an alternative sightseeing experience, with help from the onboard Avalon Guest Services team, allowing them to focus on special interests.

Avalon Waterways Cuisine

Avalon 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.

More on Avalon Choice

Next year, as part of the new Avalon Choice program, guests can attend exclusive onboard Culture & Cruise activities – like food, beer and wine tastings, demonstrations by local artisans and talks by local experts about the areas through which they're traveling. The river cruise line also will bring local entertainers on-ship so guests can gain a full appreciation of each region and culture.
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