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Avalon Expression Review

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Avalon Expression
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47

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Launched
2013

Shore Excursions
79
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Europe
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Avalon Expression Overview

Avalon Expression joined Avalon Waterways in May 2013.Itineraries focus on the Danube River with sailings from Amsterdam to Budapest and Budapest to Prague.

Here's what you can expect onboard:

Sixty-four 200-square-foot Panorama Suites -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts. Two 300-square-foot Royal Suites will offer an even wider view. The remaining 16 cabins are 172 square feet and have picture windows.

Cabin amenities include flat-screen satellite TV, radio, minibar, safe and hair dryers. Beds can be configured into two twins or one queen and come with choice of firm or soft pillows and duvets and Egyptian cotton linens. Royal suite occupants also get usage of in-suite complimentary iPads.

Avalon Expression has four decks, including a sky deck for sunning and relaxing by the whirlpool. The sky deck also boasts an open-air bistro. There are multiple lounges, an open-seating dining room, an Internet corner, a hairdresser and manicurist, and an small fitness center. Wi-Fi is free throughout the ship. Smoking is not permitted in interior areas. An onboard elevator is available for passenger use.

In addition to meals and accommodations, sightseeing excursions led by local guides, onboard lectures and piano entertainment, and wine with dinners are included in the fare. Avalon Waterways appeals to mostly English speaking passengers in the 55-plus range.

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Pictured above is a Royal Suite onboard Avalon Expression.


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Where does Avalon Expression sail from?

Avalon Expression departs from Amsterdam and Frankfurt

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Cruises on Avalon Expression start from £1,676 per person.

Is Avalon Expression a good ship to cruise on?

Avalon Expression won 1 award over the years, including Best River in 2019.

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Avalon Expression Member Reviews

Avalon Expression
Europeantraveler1
Sail Date: Sep 2019
We recently returned from our Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel on the Expression. All four of us are seniors ranging in age from 65-74.... Read More
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omawillson
Sail Date: Aug 2019
We took the Avalon Danube River Cruise last year and enjoyed it so much, we decided to take a second Avalon River Cruise.... Read More
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lhearog
Sail Date: Apr 2019
This is one reason we picked Avalon ... the same size boat as others with fewer passengers.... Read More
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vdough1352
Sail Date: Apr 2019
If we take another Avalon cruise we for sure would look to see what cruises on which Hendrik might be the Director... Read More

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