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Avalon Waterways has risen to the head of one of the fastest growing segments in travel. River and small-ship cruising is booming in popularity, and the reasons for the growing interest are abundant. Since the price of a river cruise vacation includes accommodations, local sightseeing, and most meals meals, costs (both on-shore and onboard) are greatly minimized. Plus, because the ship acts as a “floating hotel,” travelers are falling in love with the idea of unpacking once and then enjoying an up-close look at a variety of historic destinations along the way.
The difference is clear with Avalon, who combines the comfort and style of the world’s youngest river cruise fleet with the stories and charm of years gone by. With spacious staterooms, panoramic views, and state-of-the-art technology, every ship is decked out in the latest creature comforts. And the engaging on-ship activities and insightful Local Guides bring the legends of Europe, China, Egypt, and the Galápagos to life.
Travelers return home from an Avalon vacation with glowing reviews. “My husband and I have been on seven cruises and stopped at lovely ports, but after having experienced a river cruise, I know that this is the only kind of cruise I want to go on,” writes Phyllis, a recent Avalon Waterways traveler.
Here’s a look at how Avalon Waterways is setting the standard in small-ship and river cruising:
The Youngest FleetWith ships averaging two years in age, travelers will be consistently sailing in the newest ships on the water. The Avalon Affinity and Avalon Creativity will debut in 2009, and two ships are already on order for the 2010 season. To see the Avalon difference yourself, take a virtual tour of the Avalon Scenery which premiered this year in France.
Modern, Contemporary Design
Since Avalon’s ships are so new, they stand out in the crowd. Everything is up-to-date on their vessels, from the sleek, contemporary ship design to state-of-the-art innovations. Modern amenities include flat-screen TVs in the staterooms and wireless Internet access.
A Floating Room with a View
More than 90% of the staterooms in the Avalon fleet have panoramic, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and French balconies, allowing passengers to relax and enjoy the remarkable scenery pass by. Avalon’s staterooms are the most spacious in the industry, measuring 172 sq. feet and featuring a mini-bar, hotel style beds with Egyptian cotton linens, large wardrobes and three closets—that’s 50% more closet space than the nearest competitor.
Special Details and Extra Touches
Since its inception, Avalon has offered fine dining with unlimited complimentary local wines which vary nightly on all vacations, thus setting the standard for dining on river cruise vacations. Every detail of the Avalon experience has been designed with the guest in mind. That’s why we offer impeccable service from an English-speaking crew, local cuisine tailored to North American tastes, and plenty of engaging onboard activities.
The Best On-Shore Programs
Because Avalon Waterways is part of the Globus family of brands, all land programs are operated by Globus, the leader in escorted travel for over 80 years. Expert Tour Directors share little-known stories, historic insights, and helpful tips so that travelers return to the ship having experienced a slice of local life. As a special addition, audio headsets are now available on all Europe and Egypt shore excursions.
A Name You Can TrustWith eight decades to refine and enhance its land program, Avalon has fine-tuned an engaging and insightful experience that is seamless and hassle-free. With 200 support staff in Europe and 32 offices worldwide, travelers are never far from a trusted resource.
Now is the most opportune time to introduce clients to the world of river cruising. Since Avalon has just introduced 2009 vacations, act now to offer potential cruisers a prime selection of departure dates and stateroom locations. This special promotion can sweeten the deal even more for budget-savvy clients. For a limited time, travelers can save $200 per couple on the air-inclusive price of 2009 Avalon Waterways vacations to Europe.* Simply put, there’s no better time to set sail with Avalon than right now.
Expand your client base with a leader in the growing river cruise market. Learn more about Avalon Waterways at www.avalonwaterways.com or call 800.221.0090.
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