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  • Avalon-Scenery-exterior-1 - Avalon Scenery’s 16-day “Grand France” cruise highlights include the picturesque Normandy region, Avignon and Lyon.
  • Avalon-Scenery-panorama-lounge 2 - Savor one of the regional wines and watch France sail by from Avalon Scenery's Panorama Lounge.
  • Avalon-Scenery-food - Avalon Scenery's dining room serves seasonal cuisine with fresh local ingredients.
  • Avalon-Scenery-exterior-2 - Avalon Scenery makes a port call in Vienne, France.
  • Avalon-Scenery-skydeck-bistro - Lunch al fresco on Avalon Scenery's Sky Deck bistro.
  • Avalon-Scenery-Deluxe-Stateroom - Wake up to a beautiful view of France gliding by your deluxe stateroom on Avalon Scenery.
  • Avalon-Scenery-Panorama-Lounge - Meet for libations in the Panorama Lounge on Avalon Scenery as it cruises the Rhone River in France.
  • Avalon-Scenery-skydeck - Watch the sun set over France's countryside from Avalon Scenery's Sky Deck. 
  • Avalon-Scenery-dining-room - Share a quiet four-course meal in Avalon Scenery's dining room.
  • Avalon-Scenery-balcony - Most staterooms and suites on Avalon Scenery feature French balconies (floor-to-ceiling windows).
  • Avalon-Scenery-Lyon - Explore the towns and cities along the Rhone and Saone Rivers of France on Avalon Scenery.

Avalon Scenery: River cruises on France’s storied waterways (retired)

Editor's note: As of 2019, Avalon Scenery is no longer part of the Avalon Waterways fleet.


There’s both serenity and a measure of adventure when cruising France’s famed waterways aboard Avalon Scenery. Sailing the Seine, Rhône and Saône rivers, Avalon Scenery 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 Scenery offers even seasoned travelers new opportunity to discover (or rediscover) France.

One of the line’s smaller ships, Avalon Scenery 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 watch the scenery pass by from their suite’s French balcony. Dining options range from buffet breakfasts and lunches to multi-course dinners.

Where Avalon Scenery sails

Avalon Scenery’s 16-day “Grand France” cruise embarks from Paris to cruise north along the Seine, then south along the Rhône and Saône. Cruise highlights include the picturesque Normandy region, Avignon and France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, and an overnight in the stunning Côte d’Azur (the French Riviera).

Cruises on this ship


Dining is part of the journey on Avalon Scenery. Whether you’re sitting for an al fresco lunch on the Sky Deck, waterfront room service or multi-course dining, 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
  • Tastings: Sample the destinations' 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: Destinations
  • Where: Vienne, France

  • What: Panorama Lounge
  • Where: Deck 3

  • What: Deluxe stateroom
  • Where: Shipwide
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic windows
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
  • Bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Fitness center
  • Complimentary wi-fi lounges
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits

Top dining options on board

Main dining room

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

Fast facts

138 Passengers [?]
39 Crew
4 Decks
2007 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
361 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
9 speed (mph) [?]

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