Avalon Waterways vs A-Rosa Cruises - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
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This is our second time cruise

0.0 July 2016
See you tomorrow AROSA Bella & this will be our second time of cruise ship, first was AROSA Riva. Its gonna be fun & excitement!

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Excellent cruise

0.0 April 2016
We have just returned from an excellent cruise on the Danube on board the A-Rosa Donna. Wonderful vacation with friendly crew. Thanks to all the people who made it so special - especially, Nelly our Cabin Steward, Rudolph, our waiter and Victor and John, our favourite bar tenders.
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Wonderful cruise!

0.0 August 2015
Unbelievably great experience! Thanks to the crew of the A-Rosa Viva for a wonderful cruise!

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Tours 616 Trips 4 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 409 $ 0
Operator Type River Cruise Line River Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Styles
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • River Cruises
Service Level Luxury Luxury
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Luxury
Headquarters Littleton, Colorado, United States Newport Beach, California, United States
Year Established 2003 2000
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Avalon Waterways

      Part of the Globus family of travel brands since 2003, Avalon Waterways has proven to be one of the more innovative of the many river cruise companies now in operation.

      Its newest “Suite” ships feature “open-air balconies” with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to serve as indoor-outdoor seating areas, which don’t cut into cabin space as do normal balconies -- meaning you have more room to move around. Bathrooms are also roomy.

      What Makes Avalon Waterways Stand Out?

      While global in scale, Avalon Waterways is best known for offering high-end cruises on brand new ships on European rivers. The oldest of the 15 Europe-based ships dates from just 2008, which makes it the youngest fleet of any size on European rivers.

      Newer ships generally mean that staterooms are larger and amenities are enhanced.

      Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Avalon Waterways?

      While the majority of river cruise travelers are in the 50-plus range, more and more middle aged couples have been enjoying river cruises as well. Avalon is a good place to start, particularly for the more exotic destinations like the Mekong in Asia or the Amazon in South America.

      Travelers seeking a luxury minded cruise experience, without an overly pomp and circumstance feel, will love cruising the world’s rivers with Avalon.

      If you’re wary of river cruising as an extension of the “floating hotel”, Avalon makes sure that a focus on the region itself is felt onboard as well as through the port excursions. Local ingredients are used to make traditional dishes, and beer, wine, and spirits of the area are also showcased.

      Casual and comfortable, combining a relaxed atmosphere with a fine dining calibur food and wine, Avalon presents a quiet elegance without being stuffy.

      Travelers who like choice will appreciate Avalon’s numerous options when it comes to port excursion activities. Starting in 2019 and unlike many cruises, a majority of these excursions will be included in the price.  

      Top Destinations

      Avalon is well known for their Europe cruises, but they travel all over the world as well.  They have five ships in Asia (sailing the Yangtze, Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers), and one ship each in the United States (the American Queen, which sails the Mississippi) and South America (the Aria, which plies the Amazon). Avalon runs small-ship cruises through the Galapagos Islands as well.

      Avalon Waterways Travel Style

      The comfort of their passengers is top of mind for Avalon. Whether this means the spacious viewing deck or numerous excursions available to satisfy different interests.

      There is a sense of casual elegance that Avalon portrays. The culture on board is professional while still friendly, and the furnishings are not overly opulent.

      Another thing that makes Avalon stand out is their attention to staying active and healthy. They have been a frontrunner in river cruises providing bikes and other ways to be active in each port stop.

      Why Choose a Cruise with Avalon Waterways?

      Avalon Cruises are comfortable, fun, and active. This is the perfect choice of cruise company for older affluent travelers seeking top notch river cruise experiences around the world.

      Considering the spaciousness and innovativeness of its cabins, the fact that shore excursions and multiple dining options are included in the rates, and a chance to take advantage of some attractive early-booking discounts, Avalon can offer excellent value.

      About A-Rosa Cruises

      A-Rosa was founded in 2000, to offer travelers an informed, intimate experience of Europe’s most beautiful riverside cities, villages, and landscapes.  

      What Makes Them Stand Out? 

      A-Rosa’s streamlined ships are designed to offer guests a sense of luxury, comfort and a feeling of home-away-from-home.

      Who Travels With Them?

      A-Rosa river cruises are open to all ages, for romantic getaways, family vacations, or solo travelers. 

      Where Do They Operate? 

      A-Rosa sets sail in Europe, traveling along the Danube, Rhone & Saone, Rhine, Main, and Moselle Rivers.

      Why Travel with Them? 

      A-Rosa guests come from far and wide, attracted to the idea of an “escape from the ordinary,” and creating lasting experiences.

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