BY SHAWN KILNER
Avalon Waterways reinvents the “special interest” river cruise by offering guests dynamic cruises and inviting them to explore individual hobbies and passions while on vacation.
Remembrance on the River: A series World War II history cruises make a special trip to the 1940s to honour the significant sites of the War and the fallen that fought for freedom. Sailings include: Paris to Normandy WWII Remembrance & History Cruise (May 28 & June 11): Paris to Normandy 75th Anniversary of D-Day WWII Remembrance Cruise (June 4); Grand France 75th Anniversary of D-Day WWII Remembrance Cruise (May 27).
Holiday Joy & Jolly: Travelers will enjoy the jolly atmosphere on their festively decorated Suite Ship as they take in the sights, smells, tastes and local traditions of European Christmas markets, offering 16 European Christmas cruises.
See the World in Red & White on Wine Cruises: On Avalon’s wine cruises, wine lovers unite with renowned winemakers and masters on the vineyards of Europe along the Danube, Rhine, Rhône and Saône. Sailings include: The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers (April 30 and Oct 29); Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (Oct 14, 28 & Nov 3); Grand France for Wine Lovers (Oct 14, 28 & 29); Rhine & Rhone Revealed for Wine Lovers (Oct 14, 28 & 29).
Adventure Brewing on Beer Cruises: An Avalon beer cruise promises incredible scenery and visits to the greatest European beer scenes. Beer sailings include: Tulip Time Cruise for Beer Enthusiasts (April 1); a new Germany Grandeur for Beer Enthusiasts (Aug 14); Magnificent Europe for Beer Enthusiasts (Oct 25); and Enchanted Europe for Beer Enthusiasts (Aug 14).
Once Upon a Castle: Celebrating the history of the Habsburgs, Avalon is sailing along the Danube from the palaces of Budapest and Vienna to the castles of the surrounding countryside. Habsburg sailings include: Danube Dreams with Habsburg & Royalty (July 11) and From the Danube Delta to Prague with Habsburg & Royalty (July 2).
Jewish Heritage Cruises: Deep in the Jewish quarters of Europe’s most historic cities, guests explore museums, monuments, cemeteries, synagogues and get touching stories behind them all on-site with onboard lectures. Jewish Heritage sailings include: The Blue Danube Discovery & Jewish Heritage (Aug 13); Jewels of Central Europe & Jewish Heritage (Aug 13); Romantic Rhine & Jewish Heritage (July 23); and Rhine & Rhône Revealed & Jewish Heritage (July 23).
Wonder in Bloom: Avalon’s Garden & Nature Cruises celebrate spring in Holland and Belgium and their iconic tulips. Travelers will stop and smell the flowers in Rotterdam’s famous Keukenhof Gardens and the hidden courtyards of Amsterdam. (April 12 & 19).
A Sailing Serenade with Jann Arden: 160 fans will enjoy The Blue Danube Discovery cruise with singer, songwriter, entertainer, author Jann Arden. Enjoy and intimate concert, CD-signing and photo op. (June 16).
Swing Into Europe: Avalon’s Golf Cruises feature castles and cathedrals, birdies and bogies on top European courses. Sailings include: The Danube Discovery for Golfers (July 4) and Enchanted Europe for Golfers (July 4).
Passion for the Passion Play: For those yearning to experience the Oberammergau’s Passion Play, Avalon delivers an unforgettable cruise and preferred seating at the Passion Play in 2020: Danube Dreams with Oberammergau 2020 (multiple departures in 2020).
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