Avalon Waterways has announced its new plans for 2012. In the spring of that year, the company will launch two new ships: the 443-foot Avalon Vista and the 361-foot Avalon Visionary.
The Visionary will sail between Amsterdam and Basel and operate Christmas cruises, while the Vista will sail between Amsterdam and Budapest and between Budapest and Nuremberg.
In addition, Avalon will launch the Avalon Angkor to sail the Mekong River between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Siem Reap, Cambodia. This vessel will be the only one currently capable of sailing the entire journey by river; other tour operators on the same route must use buses for part of the trip. Finally, Avalon will charter two existing ships in Egypt. The Mayfair will sail the Nile, and the Kasr Ibrim will operate on Lake Nasser.
Avalon will also conduct themed cruises in 2012. The company will offer the 13-day “Jewish Heritage” cruise from Budapest on the Avalon Tapestry on October 29. On the Avalon Luminary, the company will run three “European History and Politics” cruises in July and early August. These cruises will last from 12 to 17 days.
Lastly, Avalon has announced the My Avalon program, a new section of their website for agents and consumers. Coming online in sections throughout the fall, it will allow users to book shore excursions, customize bookings with a celebration or drink package, and pre-pay gratuities. In 2012 Avalon will also offer free WiFi throughout its European fleet.
Visit www.avalonwaterways.com for more information.