Avalon Waterways is on the move. Not only will it christen two new ships in Europe in 2010, it will increase its vacations by nearly 20 percent, unveiling more than 30 itineraries, ranging from five to 23 days in Europe, China, Egypt and the Galápagos.
"Traveling on the waterways that weave together the history and lore of villages and countries is not only one of the fastest-growing means of travel, it’s also the most scenic and experiential way to vacation," said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. "Small-ship cruising provides travelers big benefits including a more intimate experience, the proximity of attractions and hassle-free, all-inclusive style. Guests don’t have to worry about hidden fees and currency increases; instead, they know the cost of their vacation before they depart."
In order to meet increased demand, Avalon Waterways has created five new river cruises for 2010: Eight-day Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches; Grand France, 16 days, Paris to Côte d’Azur (or Côte d’Azur to Paris); Castles on the Rhine to the City of Music, 13 days, Zürich to Vienna; A Taste of the Danube, four or five days, Vienna to Budapest (or Budapest to Vienna); and Christmastime in Germany & Austria, 12 days, Frankfurt to Vienna
Also in 2010, the company will christen its fifth new ship in less than 36 months, bringing Avalon's Europe fleet total to 10.
In celebration of its new ships and itineraries, Avalon Waterways is offering early booking incentives: Receive $150 off per person 2010 any Egypt, China, Galapagos or Taste of the Danube cruise/land-only vacation or $300 off per person when booking air on the same itineraries. Receive $250 off per person select Europe river cruise/land-only vacations or $500 off per person when booking air on the same itineraries.