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Avalon Waterways

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ABOVE: A couple enjoys the view from an Avalon cruise on the Danube. INSET BELOW: A stateroom and a junior suite's bathroom on the Avalon Artistry.

Avalon Artistry photoAvalon Waterways is a river-cruising line owned by Globus, a tour operator with more than 75 years of experience in Europe. Avalon focuses on the U.S. and Canadian market, with cruises on modern vessels built since 2007. (Two new "suite ships" joined the fleet in 2013, and three more will enter service in 2014.)

photoAvalon's ships feature oversized cabins and state-of-the-art amenities such as sliding glass doors, fitness rooms, free Internet access, and--in Royal Suites--complimentary iPads. Restaurants have open seating, and passengers are served wine, beer, or soft drinks at lunch and dinner without charge.

European itineraries range from four to 24 days in length, with travel on the waterways of Holland and Belgium, France, Germany, and Central Europe. Some itineraries include land tours before or after the river cruise. Avalon also has a number of "theme cruises" scheduled for 2014, including a  Beer Tasting Cruise, a Jewish Heritage Cruise, a World War II History Cruise, and Wine and Culinary Cruises.

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