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  • Avalon-Panorama-Suite-ships-Dining-Room-09.jpg - Enjoy gourmet dining during your sailing on Avalon Waterways.
  • Avalon-Panorama-Sky-Deck-Sky-Bistro-04.jpg - Take in the passing scenery while dining al fresco at the Sky Bistro on your Avalon sailing.
  • Avalon-Panorama-Bar-31.jpg - A wait staff member is always on hand to craft a cocktail to your liking on your Avalon sailing.
  • Avalon-Expression-exterior-3 - Avalon Expression sailing the Danube River in Wachau, Austria.
  • Avalon-Expression-club-lounge - Meet friends for a cocktail at Avalon Expression's club lounge.
  • Avalon-Expression-panorama-lounge-2 - Stop by for the Panorama Lounge's social hour when you sail Europe on Avalon Expression.
  • Avalon-Expression-panorama-suite - Wake up to a beautiful view of Europe sailing past your suite's French balcony on Avalon Expression.
  • Avalon-Expression-dining-room - Avalon Expression's spacious, open-seating dining room.
  • Avalon-Expression-exterior-2 - Avalon Expression sails the Rhine, Danube and Main rivers, as well as the waters of Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Avalon-Expression-Koblenz - Glide down the Moselle River aboard Avalon Expression on a cruise vacation through Austria and Germany.
  • Avalon-Expression-Wachau - Avalon Expression cruises the Danube River through some of the most romantic towns and cities of Europe, such as Austria's Wachau river valley.
  • Avalon-Expression-deluxe-stateroom - Avalon Expression deluxe staterooms feature a well-stocked minibar and flat-screen satellite TV. 
  • Avalon-Expression-open-air-balcony - Avalon Expression suites feature French balconies (floor-to-ceiling windows).
  • Avalon-Expression-sky-bistro - Lunch al fresco on Avalon Expression's Sky Deck bistro.
  • Avalon-Expression-wine - Complimentary wines, beer and soft drinks are served with dinner on Avalon Expression.
  • Avalon-Expression-Observation-Lounge - Unwind in the Observation Lounge on Avalon Expression as she cruises the Moselle or Danube rivers of Europe.

Avalon Expression: Sailing Europe’s great rivers

Health advisory: All international travelers from the U.S. must be fully vaccinated before boarding an Avalon river cruise. All guests will undergo a health screening upon arrival.


There’s both serenity and a measure of adventure when cruising Central Europe’s famed waterways aboard Avalon Expression from Avalon Waterways. Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, and the waterways of the Lowland countries, Avalon Expression can glide by centuries-old castles and beautiful landscapes in the afternoon, then make an overnight port call at one of Europe’s overlooked gems. Whether tastes favor exploring charming historic neighborhoods and world-class museums, or indulging in fine cuisine or a city’s vibrant nightlife, Avalon Expression offers even seasoned travelers new opportunity to discover old and new Europe.

Avalon Expression is fitted with onboard amenities that promise sailing in comfort. Cruisers can soak in the rays and take in the view from a lounge chair or whirlpool on the Sky Deck. Or wake each morning to the scenery passing by their suite’s wall-to-wall panoramic windows (the ship’s suites are spacious — at 200 square feet, Avalon says, they’re more than 30 percent larger than industry standard). Dining options range from light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro to multi-course dinners.

Where Avalon Expression sails

Avalon Expression sails the Rhine, Danube and Main rivers, as well as the waters of Belgium and the Netherlands. Cruises range from 8 to 21 days, and destinations and port calls include Amsterdam, Budapest, Brussels, Cologne and Vienna. The 21-day cruise that embarks from Budapest concludes with overnights (via high-speed rail) in Paris and London.

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Dining is part of the journey on Avalon Expression. Whether you’re sitting for a buffet lunch or multi-course dining in the Sky Deck Bistro, you can choose between enticing regional cuisine and Western dishes. Meals are prepared by expert chefs with fresh, quality ingredients direct from the market.   


  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Onboard movie nights
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Tastings: Sample the destination's famous delicacies.
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Sightseeing with certified local guides
  • Biking excursions

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Panorama Lounge
  • Where: Deck 3

  • What: Deluxe staterooms
  • Where: Shipwide

  • What: Destinations
  • Where: Austria & Germany
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic windows
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
  • Panorama Bistro
  • Expanded fitness center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits

Top dining options on board

Main dining room

  • Style: Varied regional cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Sky Deck Bistro

  • Style: Varied regional cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Seating time varies

Fast facts

166 Passengers [?]
47 Crew
4 Decks
2012 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
443 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
9 speed (mph) [?]

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