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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.

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--including a growing fleet of upmarket "suite ships," with two new ships entering service in 2015.

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 five 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 2015, including a  Beer Tasting Cruise, a Jewish Heritage Cruise, an Author Cruise with Patricia Schultz (1,000 Places to See Before You Die), and Wine and Culinary Cruises.

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