3 Myths About River Cruising


River cruising’s one of the biggest trends in travel these days. But even as more Canadians discover the joys of river cruising, there are some myths that persist. But no longer! Let’s proceed to bust some…

Myth #1:  River cruises are for old people who like statues and classical music

Yes, there are a lot of statues in Europe, and classical music is never too far away. But the typical river cruiser has changed and now is more like any typical traveller: some love to shop, to explore cities on walking tours, to try wine tasting, capture memorable photos. Avalon Waterways is a great example of how river cruising has changed. Avalon offers so many options ashore that they won the coveted Best Shore Excursions from prestigious industry voice Cruise Critic. You can take an art class, meet a cheese producer, or go for a guided bike ride or canoe excursion (how Canadian is that?) all included in your cruise price.  Or if you’d rather explore independently, venture ashore with a picnic prepared by the ship’s crew and the handy AvalonGO app full of sightseeing suggestions, maps and more. Feel free to admire the statues!

Myth #2:  River cruising ships are old with pokey cabins

That used to be the case. But now ships are newer with some of the most comfortable facilities around.  Avalon’s Suite Ships (with an average age of just five years) feature their trademark Panorama Suites, roomy 200 square feet, which is 30% larger than the industry standard. Featuring a window wall which opens a full 2 meters to bring the sights and sounds into the cabin, Panorama Suites are also famed for their luxurious beds which face the windows. The perfect vantage point from which to admire the passing scenery whether its vineyards, castles or one of Europe’s famed cities. Even better, enjoy the view as you sip on a specialty coffee, also included in your cruise price, or a glass of wine. (Unlike many ocean ships, with Avalon you are welcome to purchase wine ashore and enjoy it in your cabin.)

Cabins also feature a desk, small sitting area and flatscreen TV.

And the bathrooms are marble-clad with a spacious shower and amenities by L’Occitaine. Does it get any better?

Myth #3: European River Cruising is beyond my budget

There are many vacations where the price you pay is “just the beginning.” There are so many inclusions on an Avalon cruise you could just about leave your wallet at home.  There are three stylish meals a day, including continental breakfast in your cabin if you wish; wine and beer with lunch and dinner; a choice of included shore excursions at every port of call; daily events such as stretch classes and enrichment lectures; use of bikes and walking poles; 24/7 specialty coffees and teas. And…wonderful news for solo travellers: there are a guaranteed five cabins per sailing set aside with no single supplement.

Find out more about Avalon Waterways at avalonwaterways.ca; call 800-268-3636; or see your travel agent.