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  • Avalon-Poetry-II-exterior-2 - Avalon Poetry II cruises range from 11 to 22 days, with Amsterdam, Strasbourg and Budapest among its port calls.
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  • Avalon-Poetry-II-fitness-room - Avalon Poetry II amenities include a fitness room, complimentary wi-fi and movie nights.
  • Avalon-Poetry-II-Royal-Suite - The 300-square-foot Royal Suite on Avalon Poetry II includes a spacious seating area and stocked minibar.
  • Avalon-Poetry-II-exterior-1 - Avalon Poetry II cruises the Danube, Rhine, Rhône and Saône rivers.

Avalon Poetry II: When cruising Europe is poetry in motion

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 Europe’s famed waterways aboard Avalon Poetry II. Sailing chiefly the Rhône and Saône in France, Avalon Poetry II 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 Poetry II offers even seasoned travelers new opportunity to discover old and new Europe.

Avalon Poetry II 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 Poetry II sails

Avalon Poetry II cruises the Rhône and Saône in France. Cruises range from 11 to 22 days, with Lyon, Arles and Paris among the Rhône and Saône cruise destinations. A 22-day cruise that embarks from Côte d’Azur (the French Riviera) concludes with several nights (via high-speed rail) in Paris and London.

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Dining is part of the journey on Avalon Poetry II. Whether you’re sitting for an al fresco lunch on the Sky Deck, waterfront room service or multi-course dining in the Panorama Bistro, you can choose between enticing regional cuisine or 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
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • 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

  • Wall-to-wall panoramic windows
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
  • Panorama bistro
  • Expanded fitness center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits

Fast facts

128 Passengers [?]
37 Crew
4 Decks
2013 Maiden voyage
2,022 Tonnage [?]
361 Length in feet
39 Width in feet (max beam)
14 speed (mph) [?]

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