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Avalon Poetry II, Cologne

Avalon Poetry II, Cologne

Avalon Waterways is a Swiss company formed in 2004.  Avalon is known for their standard of floor-to-ceiling windows and the option of French balconies.  They have the same commitment to views in their open-air bistros and sky decks.  Most suites have wall to wall panoramic windows with open-air balconies.  Most beds face the window.  Their ships average 150 passengers.  Avalon operates vessels in Europe and Asia. They coordinate cruises with other companies in Egypt, China, the Amazon and the Galápagos.  Avalon is able to sail directly from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Saigon, Vietnam due to the small size of its ship.  Other cruise lines may use buses for portions of the journey.


In Europe Avalon operates on the Danube, Rhine, Main, Moselle, Rhône, Saône and Seine Rivers.  The ships operating in Europe are:

See European cruises available by river.

Asia & Africa

The Avalon Siem Reap operates on the Mekong River between Siem Reap, Cambodia and Saigon, Vietnam. The Avalon Myanmar travels the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. The Century Legend, is an independently owned ship that receives most of its passengers from Avalon and Uniworld. The Century Legend tours the Yangtze in China. The Sonesta St George is another independently owned ship that Avalon refers passengers to for river cruising on the Nile River in Egypt.

South America

Avalon tours the Galápagos by sending guests to the Isabela II and refers guests visiting the Amazon to the Discovery.

Special Interest Cruises

Avalon devotes special attention to theme cruises such as cooking, wine, music, history, Jewish heritage and Christmas cruises.


  • Educated 50+ people who like to travel.

  • Affluent 60-year olds with dual income and a high amount of discretionary dollars.

  • Previous travel experience on ocean cruisers and motorcoaches.

  • Usually married with a household income over $100,000, and only 7 percent still have children at home.

  • 79% have traveled on 4 or more international trips.

  • 70% have been on at least 2 ocean cruises.

  • 27% have taken 2 or 3 river cruise vacations.

  • 97% customer satisfaction and 93% say they would refer Avalon to a family member or friend.


  • Staterooms on European cruises are a minimum of 172 sq ft.  Most staterooms have floor to ceiling windows, except for the lowest deck, which has half height windows.

  • Panorama Suites are 200 sq ft.

  • Royal Suites are 300 sq ft.

Panorama Suite



  • All meals are included. Meals are available in the main dining room or at the bistro with alfresco seating.

  • Complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner.

  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees.

  • Complimentary bottled water in staterooms.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access.

  • Excursions are provided at each port and do not need to be pre-booked. Bike rentals are available at some ports.

  • Fitness Center

  • Enrichment lectures, a piano player and local entertainers brought onboard at various ports of call.

  • Hair dryer, mini fridge, safes.

  • Sky Deck whirlpool (all European ships).

  • Library.

Not Included:

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink packages for service between meals.

  • Tips to your tour or cruise director, local guide, driver and/or ship's crew.

  • Laundry (available for a fee).

  • Hair salon (manicures available).

  • Electrical adapters for the Amazon Discover.

Avalon Myanmar


Smoking - Smoking is allowed only on the vessel's outside decks where ashtrays are available.

Tipping & Gratuities - Gratuities are not included in the cruise fees. Avalon has suggested amounts for tips and gratuities.

Avalon Standard Cancellation Fees -

  • 90-60 days prior to commencement of services: 35% of total price plus Travel Protection payments.

  • 59-30 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price plus Travel Protection payments.

  • 29-1 days prior to commencement of services: 80% of total price plus Travel Protection payments.

  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price plus Travel Protection payments.